Originally Posted by TexansSeminole
He honestly pushed off there but your point still stands. His has good enough speed to beat people.
Somewhere fifteen yards or so beyond the LOS, Hopkins turned to look at the ball. It looks to me like he was selling the CB an intermediate route. This is the normal break where the receiver can either go inside or outside.
The CB bought it too; he turned and looked at the ball.
Undoubtedly, in doing so, he lost some speed and got beat as Hopkins only one thought in mind, and that was going deep.
IMO, this is why it doesn't pay for the DB to try to locate the ball when he doesn't have the route "secured" yet.