Player News - Cardinals

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AzCardinals.com projects first-round ILB Haason Reddick as a Week 1 starter.

Ace in-house reporter Darren Urban expects Deone Bucannon's (ankle surgery) recovery to drag into the season, giving No. 13 overall pick Reddick a chance to shine. Once Bucannon returns, the Cardinals will still find ways to get Reddick on the field. He can man the edge in sub-packages and drop into coverage.
Jun 22 - 2:57 PM

98.7 Arizona's Mike Jurecki expects third-round WR Chad Williams to open the year as the Cardinals' No. 5 wideout.

That's behind Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. Nelson, and Jaron Brown. Williams is an intriguing height-weight-speed prospect out of Grambling State at 6'1/207 with 4.43 wheels. Fitzgerald talked Williams up at OTAs, but Williams is going to find it tough to make a 2017 impact if everyone is healthy.
Jun 20 - 11:33 PM

Carson Palmer earned Pro Football Focus' No. 4 overall passing grade from Weeks 8-17 last season.

Only Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan graded out better in that stretch. Although Palmer's 2016 is remembered as a disappointment, he posted a 19:9 TD-to-INT ratio and 280.8-yard average with low-end fantasy QB1 production over the final nine games. Palmer is a low-floor fantasy investment this year, but there is reason to believe he offers value at his QB20/22 ADP. You can read more about the 2017 Cardinals in Evan Silva's Fantasy Team Preview at the link below.
Jun 13 - 11:51 PM

The Arizona Republic reports Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) is questionable for the "first couple of games" of the season.

Bucannon is shaping up as a strong candidate for the reserve/PUP list after going under the knife in mid-May. First-rounder Haason Reddick has immediately slid into Bucannon's spot on the depth chart.
Jun 8 - 5:55 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel has the "inside track" to start opposite Patrick Peterson.

Coach Bruce Arians has raved about Bethel's play this offseason after he struggled and lost his job in 2016. Arians believes Bethel's complete recovery from his foot issues is the reason why he's looked so good. Bethel took a pay cut earlier this offseason. Brandon Williams is the next man up if Bethel falters again.
Jun 8 - 3:37 PM

Cardinals signed first-round ILB Haason Reddick to a four-year contract.

A special athlete, Reddick made plays all over the field at Temple, both getting after the passer and erasing the run. He's capable of dropping back into coverage. Even at 6-foot-2, 237 pounds, Reddick has the ability to generate edge heat, but the Cardinals are starting him out in the middle.
Jun 8 - 3:31 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) will likely begin training camp on the PUP list.

It is not a surprise considering Bucannon is at best questionable for Week 1 following May ankle surgery. Starting him on the active/PUP in camp would leave open the option of the reserve/PUP, which would cost Bucannon the first six games. First-round pick Haason Reddick has been working with the first-team in Bucannon's place.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 1:10 PM

Carson Palmer and John Brown lived together this offseason.

Palmer and Brown lived together during offseasons the past two years, as well. Palmer is optimistic doing so will help them build "chemistry." More important, of course, will be Brown's ability to stay healthy. Brown has battled hamstring problems since his rookie season and recently tweaked a hammy during OTAs. This is a contract season for 27-year-old Brown.
Jun 8 - 1:09 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said John Brown suffered a tweaked hamstring at OTAs.

Brown was having a strong offseason prior to the injury. It sounds like a low-grade strain, but the Cardinals will likely move him slowly. Brown should be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 7 - 5:39 PM

The Cardinals have moved Andre Ellington back to running back.

With J.J. Nelson as the No. 3 receiver, the return to health by John and Jaron Brown, and drafting of third-rounder Chad Williams, the Cardinals' need at receiver isn't as high as it was before the draft. Fifth-round scatback T.J. Logan was Arizona's only addition behind David Johnson. Coach Bruce Arians wants Ellington to be a tougher runner and not go down so easily. Expect him to be mostly used in space when on the field.
Jun 7 - 2:18 PM

Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley is recovering from "core" surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

The operation repaired a "lingering" issue. The Cardinals' starting pivot, Shipley played all but five snaps in 2016. Now 31, Shipley will be ready for Week 1.
Jun 1 - 1:52 PM

Cardinals first-round ILB Haason Reddick is getting extra reps during OTAs with Deone Bucannon (ankle surgery) sidelined.

Coach Bruce Arians added the rookie looks "damn good," and Reddick thinks the extra work is allowing him to progress "so much faster." It likely will not be at Bucannon's expense, but Reddick should play a big role as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
Jun 1 - 11:07 AM

Larry Fitzgerald said third-round WR Chad Williams reminds him of Anquan Boldin in some ways.

This is extremely high praise. "He's reminds me of Anquan Boldin in terms of the strength of his hands," Fitz said of Williams. "Once it touches his hands it just doesn't move. He's got unbelievably strong hands." A sleeper out of Grambling State, Williams dominated his FCS competition and showed NFL-caliber athleticism at his Pro Day. He's an upside pick in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 10:17 PM

Cardinals.com's Darren Urban reports "few have been around the training facility more" than 2016 first-round DL Robert Nkemdiche.

Coach Bruce Arians criticized Nkemdiche's work ethic during a lost rookie season, and the defensive lineman apparently took the comments to heart. Urban reports Nkemdiche has worked out "by himself many days" and is among the group staying late at OTAs for "extra technique and conditioning" work. "He’s changed," teammate Frostee Rucker said. "For the good. He’s changed." With Calais Campbell gone to the Jags, Arizona needs Nkemdiche to make a big sophomore leap.
May 27 - 10:06 AM

Cardinals signed second-round CB Budda Baker to a four-year contract.

Similar to new teammate Tyrann Mathieu, Baker is a slot/safety hybrid who made a big play seemingly every game in college. Even as a rookie, he should be a movable chess piece for Cardinals DC James Bettcher.
May 25 - 3:24 PM


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