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ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss considers rookie OLB Markus Golden a candidate to start opposite Alex Okafor.

Golden was viewed as a reach in the second round, but is in the mix for the WLB spot in new DC James Bettcher’s scheme. Golden’s primary competition is LaMarr Woodley, Lorenzo Alexander, and converted DE Kareem Martin.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 8:01 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised first-round OT D.J. Humphries for his progress during minicamp.

Humphries had maturity issues at the start of OTAs, allowing Bobby Massie to work with the first team ahead of him. If Humphries can close the gap, the Cardinals have incentive to start him over Massie, who is in a contract year and not expected to be re-signed. Humphries should be given an opportunity to unseat Massie in training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 7:49 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington plans to be at training camp.

Washington texted FOX-910's Mike Jurecki he has not heard from the NFL about his potential reinstatement, but was "confident that something will work out." Washington has been suspended indefinitely since May 30 of 2014. Even if he is reinstated, Washington would face a lengthy suspension stemming from a domestic violence incident in May of 2014. Anything the Cardinals get from Washington this season will be viewed as a bonus.
Jun 20 - 1:50 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington had his probation reduced by two months and his aggravated assault charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

Perhaps the reductions will help Washington get back in the league's good graces. He's been suspended indefinitely since May 30 of 2014 and is currently in the process of applying for reinstatement. However, complicating matters is the dual violations at hand. Washington has a domestic violence violation in addition to two substance abuse transgressions.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 12:36 PM

Larry Fitzgerald had the best statistics of Cardinals wide receivers in the six games Carson Palmer started last season.

Fitzgerald's 16-game pace stats in Palmer's six starts were 109.3 targets, 85.3 catches, 1,288 yards, and 5.3 touchdowns. Fitz has not hit 1,000 yards since the 2011 season and will soon turn 32, but he is the favorite to lead Arizona in targets this season. For a full rundown on Arizona's wide receiver corps -- as well as Andre Ellington, David Johnson, and Palmer -- read Evan Silva's 2015 Cardinals Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 15 - 8:28 AM

The Cardinals' official site says John Brown is "being primed to be a star."

Michael Floyd was the Cardinals' wideout that received all the offseason hype last year. This time, it's Brown. We'd expect better results from the speedy Brown though, especially because he can be had in the 10th or 11th round of fantasy drafts while Floyd was a fourth-rounder. Bruce Arians has a history of developing small and fast wideouts in Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Jun 15 - 8:01 AM

The Cardinals' official site says Andre Ellington "remains the linchpin" at the running back position.

Ellington is healthy and will head to camp as the first-string running back. But he's coming off a 3.28 YPC season and the Cardinals used the No. 86 overall pick on a player with a similar skill set in David Johnson. Expect Ellington to hold off Johnson for lead back duties, but he won't come close to the volume he saw last year (20.5 touches per game).
Jun 15 - 7:58 AM

Third-round pick David Johnson reportedly looked like a "natural" catching the ball at Cardinals OTAs.

Per beat writer Kent Somers, 6-foot-1 Johnson "looks like he belongs with the receiver's group." Johnson was an extremely productive receiver in both college and high school, but his inside running ability leaves much to be desired on game tape. The Cardinals have likened Johnson to Andre Ellington skill wise. Johnson is a candidate to handle 7-12 touches per game as a rookie.
Jun 14 - 1:42 PM

Cardinals LCB Patrick Peterson, who has diabetes, attributed his poor 2014 play to blood-sugar issues.

Peterson turned in his worst NFL season, grading out 69th among 108 qualifiers in PFF's cornerback ratings. With his blood sugar now under control, Peterson is down 13 pounds and has reportedly stood out during spring practices. After Antonio Cromartie bolted in free agency, Arizona needs Peterson at top form to remain an elite defense. With Jerraud Powers penciled in as the new No. 2, expect Peterson to resume shadowing top receivers this season after he primarily lined up on the left side only in 2014.
Jun 13 - 11:52 AM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss thinks coach Bruce Arians "has had enough" of second-year QB Logan Thomas.

Thomas' place on the roster is in serious danger. He barely saw any action by the end of OTAs and was quickly yanked off the field on Wednesday after communication issues with his offensive line led to pre-snap penalties. Chandler Harnish and UDFA Phillip Sims are in the mix for No. 3 duties with Thomas.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 7:42 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said first-round OT D.J. Humphries was immature at the onset of OTAs.

Humphries is just 21 and doesn't turn 22 until late December. "He settled down a little bit," Arians later said. "He knows how serious this is." ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss is of the belief that Humphries may actually be a project and may not make much noise as a rookie. By the sound of things heading into training camp, RT Bobby Massie may have a firm hold on his job.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 7:36 PM

Cardinals second-year TE Troy Niklas will undergo ankle surgery on Thursday.

Niklas went down in Week 11 with a high-ankle sprain that required surgery. He again rolled his ankle in Tuesday's minicamp practice and needs another "procedure." Coach Bruce Arians expects Niklas to be ready for training camp, but the ankle is an obvious concern for last year's No. 52 overall pick. Tight end is a thankless position in Arians' offense, leaving Niklas well off the fantasy map.
Jun 10 - 1:47 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said second-year QB Logan Thomas is "still a work in progress."

"He still makes those wild throws and you scratch your head sometimes," Arians said. Offseason reports haven't been glowing for Thomas, who was an erratic mess at Virginia Tech. The Cardinals seemed to be the perfect landing spot for him with Arians, but the quarterback guru hasn't been able to get much out of Thomas. If Thomas can't flip the switch in Arizona, we doubt he can elsewhere.
Jun 9 - 3:11 PM

Carson Palmer said he expects "huge things" from second-year WR John Brown in 2015.

Brown has been one of the more buzz-worthy players around the league this offseason. Beat writers, teammates, and coaches are all expecting a spike in production for the bulked-up sophomore. Brown will travel to San Diego after this week's minicamp to work out with Palmer. Brown has a shot to lead the Cardinals in receiving this season in a sort-of "passing of the torch" from Larry Fitzgerald.
Jun 9 - 3:05 PM

The Cardinals are expected to use third-round RB David Johnson similarly to the way they use Andre Ellington.

The Cardinals knew they weren't getting the "big back" complement everyone thought they needed by drafting Johnson. They got a redundant player, one that does his best work in space and in the pass game. Essentially, Johnson is insurance against an Ellington injury and can also spell him a bit without the offense missing a beat. This offense will be more about no-huddle and passing than trying to pound between the tackles.
Jun 9 - 11:41 AM


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