Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers believes WR Jaron Brown needs to "play more" at the expense of Michael Floyd.

Floyd has arguably been the least productive receiver in the league through three weeks. Among receivers with at least 20 targets, Floyd's 39.1 percent catch rate ranks dead last. He was credited with one drop in the Week 3 loss to the Bills, but he could have just as easily been charged with three. Floyd also ran a bad fourth-quarter route, leading to a Carson Palmer interception, when the Cardinals were threatening a comeback. Brown has caught 6-of-11 targets for 145 yards (24.2 YPR) and one score on just 85 snaps, mostly playing in garbage time.
Sep 27 - 9:15 PM

Cardinals signed LS Aaron Brewer.

Incumbent LS Kam Canaday was cut after a bad snap in the Week 3 loss, leading to a Bills touchdown. Brewer has 64 games of experience.
Sep 27 - 8:24 PM

Cardinals placed TE Troy Niklas on injured reserve with a wrist injury, ending his season.

Niklas needs four months of rehab. The No. 52 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Niklas has been bitten by the injury bug, sandwiching a 16-game 2015 with injury-shortened affairs. He was viewed as a blocker coming out of Notre Dame, and has lived up to his rep with only eight career catches. Niklas won't be guaranteed to make the 53-man roster in the final year of his rookie contract.
Sep 27 - 5:24 PM

Cardinals TE Troy Niklas has a wrist injury that "could be severe."

Niklas has only one catch, and played a modest 29.3 percent of the Cardinals' snaps. Darren Fells and Jermaine Gresham have both been on the field more, and would see their playing time rise if Niklas misses an extended period.
Sep 26 - 3:27 PM

Michael Floyd is in the league's concussion protocol.

Floyd was evaluated and cleared on Sunday, but had a headache on Monday. It's bad news for a player off to a slow start. Floyd's status will be updated no later than Wednesday, when the Cardinals issue their first Week 4 injury report. An absence against the Rams would create a big opening for John Brown, who is off to a shaky start after concussion issues of his own.
Sep 26 - 3:19 PM

John Brown played 47-of-82 (57%) snaps Week 3 against the Bills.

Brown appeared to get back on track with 6 catches for 70 yards on 11 targets, but the snap count shows he was once again a limited member of the offense. Six of his targets came after the four-minute mark in the third quarter with the Cardinals in comeback mode. Despite the resurgence, there are still reasons to worry about Brown's role moving forward.
Sep 26 - 9:04 AM

Larry Fitzgerald caught 7-of-12 passes for 60 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

Fitzgerald contributed a handful of clutch catches to keep drives alive, but didn't get loose for any big plays and was unable to corral a few end-zone targets. On a day where Carson Palmer attempted 50 throws, it was disappointing that no Arizona receiver topped 70 yards. (John Brown led the team with exactly 70.) Expect Fitzgerald to bounce back in Week 4 against the Rams, who have struggled to slow down slot receivers early this year.
Sep 25 - 5:08 PM

John Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 70 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

It's a big story because Brown's playing time and production were limited in Arizona's first two games. He finally got going against the Bills, drawing 11 targets to tie Michael Floyd for second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald (12) in a game where Carson Palmer attempted 50 throws. Brown needs to be picked up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped after a slow start. He has upside WR3 potential the rest of the way.
Sep 25 - 5:03 PM

Michael Floyd caught 4-of-11 targets for 65 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

The Cardinals tried numerous deep shots to Floyd early in the game, but connected on none of them and wound up trying to nickel and dime Buffalo's defense underneath, which didn't work. Floyd scored a touchdown in Week 2 and has gone over 60 yards in his other two games, but he has been a disappointment in fantasy early in the season. He'll get a tougher draw in Week 4 when the Cardinals take on a Rams defense that suffocates perimeter wideouts.
Sep 25 - 5:00 PM

David Johnson rushed 19 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns and caught 3-of-6 targets for 28 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to Buffalo.

Beyond a handful of clutch catches by Larry Fitzgerald, Johnson was Arizona's lone source of offense against the Bills. He nearly had a third touchdown, but was tripped by his own teammate en route to the end zone on a late second-quarter red-zone play. Still, Johnson has surpassed 110 total yards in three straight games to open the season. Even against a stout Rams defense in Week 4, Johnson will be a top-three fantasy RB1 play.
Sep 25 - 4:56 PM

Carson Palmer completed 26-of-50 passes for 261 yards and four interceptions in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

Palmer held his own in Weeks 1-2 dates with New England and Tampa Bay, but he was a nightmare in Sunday's upset loss to the Bills. Buffalo's rejuvenated defense sacked Palmer five times, he held onto the ball far too long, and his passes floated in the air seemingly forever, throwing four picks in the second half alone. Palmer's schedule gets no easier in Week 4 against the Rams, where he will be a fringe fantasy starter.
Sep 25 - 4:52 PM

Cardinals declared RG Evan Mathis, DB Marqui Christian, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Olsen Pierre, DE Frostee Rucker, DT Xavier Williams, and OLB Kareem Martin inactive for Week 3 against Buffalo.

Losing Mathis stings, but the Cardinals are quite a bit healthier than their Week 3 foe the Bills. Earl Watford starts for Mathis at right guard.
Sep 25 - 11:51 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Cardinals DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is expected to miss Week 3 against the Bills.

It's a mild surprise to see Nkemdiche inactive after practicing all week, albeit in a limited fashion. It looks like the Cards are targeting Week 4 against the Rams for his return. The Cardinals are going to be thin at defensive end this week with Nkemdiche sitting and Frostee Rucker (knee) listed as doubtful.
Sep 25 - 8:33 AM

Cardinals DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

He was limited all week. Coach Bruce Arians called out Nkemdiche for his play in practice, but with Frostee Rucker (knee) doubtful, he should be active if healthy.
Sep 23 - 5:10 PM

Larry Fitzgerald (knee) has been removed from the injury report.

It's the same routine the Cardinals did last week. Fitzgerald is a high-end WR2 against Buffalo.
Sep 23 - 5:02 PM


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