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Cardinals second-year WR John Brown is up to 183 pounds.

Smokey played at 173 as a rookie and plans to continue to add more bulk after admitting his body "started going down" toward the end of last year. As long as the added weight doesn't take Brown's blazing speed, it should help him better beat press coverage on the outside. T.Y. Hilton plays close to 183 pounds.
Apr 24 - 10:02 AM

Speaking Thursday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington was "95 percent recovered" from his foot injury.

Ellington is also in the final stages of his recovery from sports-hernia surgery. Ellington was a breakout candidate last season, but wasn't the same after injuring his foot in a Week 1 practice. A disappointing campaign followed, and now the Cardinals are openly pursuing a bigger back. There's a chance Ellington's 2015 fantasy appeal is limited to PPR leagues.
Apr 23 - 2:09 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said it's "not possible" for him to put up big statistics in the Cardinals' scheme.

"And it’s only that reason, because of the role that I play. It’s a different role," Fitzgerald said. "I just don’t have the opportunities down the field. I’m more inside, I move the chains a lot more." We'd have an easier time buying this if Hines Ward and Reggie Wayne didn't fill up the box score while playing the same blocking/possession receiver role in Bruce Arians' scheme. Even with Carson Palmer (knee) returning, Fitzgerald is a very shaky fantasy bet. He hasn't gone over 1,000 yards since 2011.
Apr 23 - 7:58 AM

The Cardinals haven't decided if they want to pick up Michael Floyd's fifth-year option for 2016.

Floyd is coming off a meager 47-841-6 season and the option is worth $7.3 million. But that lack of production stemmed partly from the Cardinals' quarterback woes and partly from the boom-or-bust way that Floyd was used. The Cardinals must make a decision by May 3.
Apr 23 - 7:44 AM

Drew Stanton (knee) has no limitations for OTAs.

Stanton will get the majority of first-team reps with Carson Palmer sidelined. He was forced into nine starts last year, throwing for 1,711 yards with a 7:5 TD/INT ratio. Stanton is owed $2.5M in the final year of his contract.
Apr 22 - 6:52 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle surgery) has been cleared for all team activities.

Multiple high-ankle sprains sabotaged Niklas' rookie year as he appeared in just seven games. The Fasano-esque prospect will have a bigger role as a blocker and low-volume possession receiver in Bruce Arians' TE-unfriendly scheme this year.
Apr 21 - 11:54 AM

Former Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson announced his retirement from football.

Wilson spent training camp time with the Patriots and Bears late in his career, but never played a snap for either team. He was a career Cardinal, and on Monday signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team. One of the NFL's premier box safeties in his heyday, Wilson earned five Pro Bowl trips and one first-team All-Pro berth. He finished his career with 27 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, and 25 1/2 sacks. Wilson's bust is unlikely to be enshrined in Canton, but he's very much deserving of a place in the Cardinals' Ring of Honor.
Apr 20 - 4:27 PM

The Cardinals announced Sunday that they will hold a press conference for free agent SS Adrian Wilson.

Wilson will presumably retire as a Cardinal. The 35-year-old tried a comeback attempt in Bears training camp last summer, but was released before final cuts. Wilson hasn't played an NFL snap since 2012.
Apr 19 - 4:59 PM

Jaron Brown (shoulder) will participate in the Cardinals’ offseason program.

Brown suffered a fractured shoulder in January, but managed to avoid surgery. He expects to be full speed for the start of OTAs. Brown is Arizona's No. 4 receiver behind Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and John Brown.
Apr 18 - 9:04 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers expects Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington to receive a 4-6 game suspension.

That would be on top of the yearlong ban Washington is coming off of this season, as he's expected to apply for reinstatement any day here. The Cardinals figure to roll with Sean Weatherspoon and Kevin Minter at inside linebacker while Washington is out. Washington will turn 29 in October.
Apr 17 - 10:30 AM

The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman expects "big things" from Cardinals second-year WR John Brown this season.

It's going to be awfully hard for Brown to improve on his 94 targets as a rookie, barring an injury, because Larry Fitzgerald is returning on a new two-year contract. Coach Bruce Arians has also said he expects a bigger year out of Michael Floyd. The Cardinals love "Smokey" Brown, but he may have to sit tight for another year or two. Arizona is also expected to run the ball more in 2015.
Apr 17 - 10:19 AM

The Arizona Republic wonders whether the Cardinals will be able to re-sign contract-year RT Bobby Massie.

Massie started all 17 games last year, including Arizona's playoff loss. He received poor marks in pass protection from Pro Football Focus. If he can take another step forward, Massie should get paid as a 26-year-old. The Cardinals may not be able to afford him after ponying up big free agent contracts to LT Jared Veldheer and LG Mike Iupati in back-to-back offseasons.
Apr 17 - 10:10 AM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington intends to apply for reinstatement "within the next week or so."

Washington recently stated he has not failed or missed a test for banned substances during his suspension, and also completed an anger-management class. Washington still hasn't been disciplined for a past domestic violence arrest; his current indefinite ban is for offenses related to illegal substances. We suspect Washington will begin 2015 on the reserve/suspended list.
Apr 10 - 3:37 PM

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson said diabetes affected his play last season.

Peterson was oddly getting humiliated by opposing wideouts on a weekly basis early in the year. He says that once doctors detected and got his diabetic condition under control, it "made a big difference." Peterson was still a bit inconsistent in the second half of the year, but did flash some of the shutdown form we know he's capable of. Peterson will likely be asked to shadow No. 1 wideouts again this season, especially with Antonio Cromartie gone.
Apr 7 - 8:02 AM

AzCardinals.com doesn't consider third-year OG Jonathan Cooper a viable candidate for the team's center job.

The Cardinals have a hole at center with released veteran Lyle Sendlein thus far refusing to return at a discount, but Cooper is penciled in at right guard. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2013 draft, injuries have limited Cooper to just 10 appearances and two starts. 2015 is shaping up as a make-or-break year for the interior lineman.
Apr 6 - 2:44 PM


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