Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals selected Temple LB Haason Reddick with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Reddick (6’2/237) played tailback and safety in high school, enrolled at Temple as a walk-on cornerback, and developed into an edge rusher, where Reddick tallied 46 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and four forced fumbles and led the nation in TFLs (22.5) as a redshirt senior. Reddick played middle linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He ruined the Combine, testing as a 95th-percentile athlete with 4.52 speed and an absurd 11-foot-1 broad jump. Despite his shortage of size, PFF College gave Reddick its No. 2 run-stop grade among all outside linebackers in 2016, in addition to plus pass-coverage marks. Reddick has drawn Jamie Collins and Clay Matthews comparisons as an exceptionally athletic swiss-army knife. We suspect Reddick will play most of his snaps at inside linebacker in Arizona, also rushing off the edge at times.
Apr 27 - 9:44 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports it is unlikely Temple LB Haason Reddick "even makes it to pick No. 15."

This matches a report from colleague Daniel Jeremiah, who said Reddick is one of the "hottest names right now" in league circles. Zierlein expects Reddick to come off the board before Alabama LB Reuben Foster, who has both off-field and medical concerns. Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris believes Reddick could go as high as No. 6 to the Jets.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 11:25 AM

Cardinals exercised ILB Deone Bucannon's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Picked 27th overall in 2014, Bucannon was a college safety who has made a mostly-smooth transition to linebacker. He had a big year in 2015, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 10 inside linebacker, but Bucannon dipped all the way to No. 40 last season. He received really strong marks for his pass coverage, but was No. 54 of 59 qualifiers against the run.
Apr 26 - 12:03 PM

According to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Temple LB Haason Reddick is one of the "hottest names right now" in league circles.

Reddick (6'1/237) had a strong Combine, running 4.52 with a 36.5-inch vertical and 11-foot-1 broad jump. He'd likely fit in any defensive alignment, playing inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4-3. Reddick is plus in coverage and even brings some pass-rush juice with his game. Reddick is the No. 18 player on Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' latest big board, but Norris believes he could go as high as No. 6 to the Jets. Reddick could be selected ahead of red-flagged Alabama LB Reuben Foster. For what it's worth, Jets coach Todd Bowles also went to Temple.
Apr 25 - 9:32 PM

Reinstated ILB Daryl Washington insists he's in the "best shape of my life."

"Physically I’m in the best shape of my life and have maintained a strenuous six-day per week workout plan for over a year in anticipation of this day and next season," Washington said. "I understand the physical and mental demands that it takes to be an All-Pro linebacker in this League, and I fully intend to play at that level this season." Washington has All-Pro-caliber play in him, as he was named a second-teamer in 2012. We'll see if the Cardinals give him a chance.
Apr 25 - 8:46 PM

NFL reinstated suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington.

Washington has been suspended since May 2014 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Technically, he's yet to be suspended for his 2013 domestic violence charges. The Cardinals greeted Washington's unexpected return with a lukewarm statement. "Considering we have been prohibited from having contact with him over the last three years, it would be premature today to discuss a potential return to the team." Washington turned 30 during his marathon ban, and has appeared in 12 games since 2012. In theory, the Cardinals could use Washington's help at inside linebacker, but he's a complete mystery at this point. Washington was a star before his suspension. It's quite possible he's granted his release.
Apr 25 - 5:45 PM

Cardinals re-signed G/T John Wetzel and DT Olsen Pierre.

Both players were exclusive rights free agents. A 2013 UDFA, Wetzel made the first appearances of his career last season. Up all 16 weeks, he made eight starts, including five at left tackle. He was not effective, but the 26-year-old (in July) is position versatile.
Apr 18 - 7:20 PM

D.J. Humphries said he is "excited" to play left tackle.

"That's all I practiced in the offseason," Humphries said. "It's going to be a little sketchy if I have to go back to the other side." The tackle added he is "a little heavier" but "a lot stronger' than he was last season. A first-round pick in 2015, Humphries was on the bench his entire rookie season before a poor showing as a sophomore, but the Cardinals obviously think he will have more success on the left side, where he played Weeks 12-14 before suffering a concussion. Former LT Jared Veldheer should switch to the right side.
Source: ESPN
Apr 17 - 9:11 PM

Coach Bruce Arians recently "showered praise" on WR Aaron Dobson.

The Cardinals signed Dobson to a reserve/future deal in January, and Arians recently said he liked Dobson coming out of Marshall in 2013 and thinks his size (6'3/205) is a needed presence after Michael Floyd was cut last season. Dobson could have a chance to replace Floyd in three- and four-wide sets behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. The Cardinals may also draft a wideout.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 9:59 AM

David Johnson said he "definitely" thinks he can handle 30 touches per game.

This comes on the heels of coach Bruce Arians saying last month he'd like to get Johnson 30 touches per game this season. "I'm still young," Johnson said. "I'm still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield." Johnson didn't "basically do it last year," as he averaged just over 23 touches per game, but he and Le'Veon Bell are the best bets to ever do it in today's league. Johnson has the size (6'1/224) to take the hits and the hands to rack up 5-8 catches per game. Just like last year, Johnson is going to be a fantasy league-winner.
Apr 7 - 9:20 AM

Cardinals WR Marquis Bundy was arrested for disorderly conduct last Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bundy allegedly became upset after he lost his hat inside a nightclub, and police were unable to calm him down before he shouted at them and was arrested. He was also booked for failing to obey an officer. The second-year UDFA out of New Mexico made the team last year but never played a snap.
Apr 5 - 9:27 AM

Cardinals second-year C/G Evan Boehm will open OTAs as the starting right guard.

A fourth-round pick last year, Boehm played 122 snaps as a rookie and started the season finale at right guard. He'll replace Earl Watford, who left as a free agent for Jacksonville. Boehm started his college career at Mizzou as a guard and is known as a fearsome, tough, power-blocking lineman.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 11:23 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said he'd like to get David Johnson 30 touches per game this season.

We've heard this "30 touches per game" thing from Arians before, and it's never exactly translated to that much work, but Johnson did average over 23 per game in 2016 and appears capable of more. Arians said Johnson is still too young to be "overused" at 25 years old. The Cardinals know they can't ask Carson Palmer to throw 40 times a week at his age in this downfield offense, so putting more on Johnson's plate is their best chance at winning games. Johnson is the early leader in the clubhouse to go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts this summer.
Mar 29 - 11:18 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals are moving Andre Ellington to wide receiver.

Ellington will no longer meet with the running backs and is moving full-time to receiver. Ellington stands 5'9/199 and has always been a plus pass-catcher. He didn't hold up the one season Arizona tried him as a workhorse back. With so many health-related question marks behind aging Larry Fitzgerald, Ellington could carve out a slot role in three- and four-wide sets. Arizona now needs a No. 2 back.
Mar 29 - 11:09 AM

Cardinals re-signed DE Frostee Rucker to a one-year contract.

Rucker didn't draw much (any?) interest elsewhere so he'll return for a fifth season in Arizona. The 33-year-old earned PFF's No. 37 grade out of 51 qualifiers at 3-4 defensive end last year. Rucker's return takes on greater importance following the loss of Calais Campbell.
Mar 17 - 4:36 PM


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