Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals intern LB coach Jen Welter called her time with the team "a complete win."

The NFL’s first female coach will see her training camp internship come to an end but said, "The biggest question coming in was would guys in the NFL respond to a woman coaching them, and the obvious answer is yes." Welter worked with the Arizona inside linebackers this summer under defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Arizona’s D/ST unit is currently the sixth group off the board in fantasy drafts.
Aug 29 - 10:38 AM

Chris Johnson (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game.

Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but he was very limited. Johnson will test his hamstring with the trainer before the game to determine his status. Arizona could decide to play it safe with their new running back, but with the first-team unlikely to play much if at all in the fourth preseason game, this might be the last chance to get Johnson run with the starters before the regular season.
Aug 29 - 10:31 AM

Chris Johnson (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice on Friday.

Johnson should be all systems go moving forward. He's competing for playing time in Arizona's backfield with David Johnson and Andre Ellington. We suspect Ellington will open the season as the Cardinals' lead back, but the coaching staff may ultimately opt to "ride the hot hand" in committee fashion.
Aug 28 - 2:00 PM

NFL.com reports Chris Johnson is expected to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster.

Andie Hagemann reports CJ?K has "made a positive impression on his new teammates overall," and that he'll eventually "share the workload behind starter Andre Ellington." Johnson does seem likely to make the roster as veteran insurance for a young, injury prone running back corps, but David Johnson could send CJ to No. 3 status with another big game this weekend. CJ is missing Arizona's regular season dress rehearsal with a hamstring injury.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 27 - 5:08 PM

The Cardinals may keep only two quarterbacks.

It means Logan Thomas' roster spot is in grave danger. Struggling through the preseason (9-of-19 for 107 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception), Thomas has been woefully overmatched by the NFL game, even in practice, since being the No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft.
Aug 27 - 4:57 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Earl Watford will get a chance to compete for the right tackle job.

With Bobbie Massie suspended the first three games and Bradley Sowell and rookie D.J. Humphries struggling, the Cardinals have big questions at right tackle. Considering Watford has played nine snaps in two seasons, he is unlikely the answer. Arizona's offensive line will be a concern for Carson Palmer and company entering the season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 27 - 11:52 AM

Coach Bruce Arians is "optimistic" Michael Floyd (fingers) will play Week 1.

Floyd dislocated his fingers three weeks ago today and had the stitches removed from his hand last week. With 18 days to go until the opener, there's a good chance Floyd will be ready. It's unclear what his role will be with John Brown emerging as Carson Palmer's favorite target and Larry Fitzgerald still manning the short-to-intermediate levels. But Floyd's ADP has dropped significantly, from Round 8 to Round 11, making him a worthy flier.
Aug 26 - 2:24 PM

Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) is expected to miss the third preseason game.

Weatherspoon pulled his hamstring on the first day of camp and has not practiced since. "I need to see a lot, haven’t seen anything yet," said annoyed coach Bruce Arians. "That’s very discouraging right now, to not know where he’s at as a football player, having missed most of last year and all of this camp." The Cardinals do not have enough talent at linebacker for Arians to seriously consider benching Weatherspoon, but the beginning of his Cardinals career could not have gone much worse.
Aug 25 - 10:30 AM

Coach Bruce Arians has upgraded Chris Johnson's (hamstring) injury outlook to "day to day."

The Cardinals originally feared Johnson's hamstring injury would sideline him 1-2 weeks. Johnson needs to get healthy just to hold off rookie David Johnson for the No. 2 back job behind Andre Ellington. David had a big second preseason week, showing well on traditional carries and catching two balls.
Aug 24 - 4:59 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said rookie OT D.J. Humphries has struggled with consistency.

"He’s a guy who on one play looks exactly like the first round pick we selected," Keim said. "Yet at the same time, he doesn’t do a great job with his hands. His consistency, his technique is up and down." Coach Bruce Arians had a similar critique last week, claiming Humphries only shows up "once a week." Despite the Cardinals' questions at right tackle, it does not appear Humphries will have an early-season role.
Aug 24 - 12:27 PM

Chris Johnson will miss a week or two with a pulled hamstring.

He suffered the injury at Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the remainder of Arizona's preseason slate. It's been a tough offseason for Johnson, who was injured in a drive-by shooting and didn't sign with a team until August. He's hoping to be the Cards' No. 2 back behind starter Andre Ellington.
Aug 23 - 8:28 AM

Andre Ellington ran the ball twice for 12 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

He ripped off an 11-yard run on the opening drive and only saw one more carry after that. He was targeted three times in the passing game but finished without a catch. Ellington is locked in as the No. 1 back ahead of veteran Chris Johnson and promising rookie David Johnson.
Aug 23 - 12:47 AM

Cardinals WR John Brown caught 3-of-4 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

Brown used his lethal speed to split two defensive backs and make a nifty grab in the back of the end zone on his 17-yard score. Up to 4/56/1 through two preseason games, Brown has some serious chemistry with Carson Palmer. He's an upside WR3.
Aug 23 - 12:46 AM

Carson Palmer put up 88 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

The highlights included a 57-yard rocket to J.J. Nelson and a good find on a 17-yard touchdown throw to John Brown. Palmer took a couple sacks and misfired on a few throws but the Cards have to be impressed by his performance less than a year removed from ACL surgery. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Brown will all benefit from having Palmer under center this year.
Aug 23 - 12:26 AM

Making his preseason debut, David Johnson put on a show against the Chargers on Saturday, rushing 13 times for 66 yards, and catching two passes for an additional 15 yards.

Johnson got run with both the first- and second-team offense. The third-rounder looked worth the wait for grouchy coach Bruce Arians, showing some real slickness through the pile. Johnson also did a good job of following his blockers, and turned a few nothings into somethings. Johnson still did a little unnecessary dancing, and may have botched a blitz pick up, but it was an extremely positive debut. Andre Ellington will begin the year as the Cardinals' No. 1 back, but Johnson has a real shot at third-down duties. Recent signee Chris Johnson was inactive this evening.
Aug 23 - 12:06 AM


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