Hopkins played 8 games, one of which he only played the very start of. Meyers played 14. Hopkins had 80 less yards and 3 less touchdowns in half the games is far more accurate than saying he played one less game.
trying to extrapolate games played based on routes run isn’t a better way to think of it, it’s a non sensical way to think about it. When a receiver produces, drives are extended, which gives them the ability to run more routes per drive (and thus more routes per game). If Meyers produced like Hopkins did last year then he would have gotten to run more routes per game because the drives would be extended.
Hopkins was near the top of the league in production in the games he played, Meyers was not.
Everyone has been complaining about not having a number one for years. Then when the Pats have the opportunity to get one people say oh I don’t want that guy I want someone better. That is a solid recipe to never be satisfied.
By that same logic, Meyers only played in 11 full games and 3 half games. ( Vegas, Buffalo, and Minnesota)
Routes run is a factor of scheme. Not offensive efficiency of 1 player. Yards per route run tells how efficient that player is with the opportunity.
The cardinals passed the ball about 120 more times that the pats. ( Air Raid Vs. Power Run)
Meyers YPRR = 2.18 (21st)
Hopkins YPRR = 2.21(18th)
Even comparing snap count would allow you to compare the players more accurately, but these players don’t preform in a vacuum. Scheme, coaching, supporting cast, all impact statistics.
Prime Hopkins is a more talented and accomplished player. At this stage of his career, I do not think he is an upgrade.