Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Cardinals signed OLB Jarvis Jones, formerly of the Steelers, to a one-year contract.

Jones was supposed to visit the Rams next, but the Cardinals wouldn't let him leave without a deal. Jones has been a disappointment as the No. 17 overall pick of the 2013 draft, but is coming off his best season. He'll be playing in a 3-4 defense similar to Pittsburgh's. Jones provides zero pass-rushing upside, but is decent enough at setting the edge.
Mar 14 - 3:13 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals plan to use recently re-signed RB Andre Ellington "more at wide receiver than running back."

Ellington has a reputation of being more valuable as a pass catcher than runner at this point in his career, but has just 27 receptions over his past 26 games. He's a potential mismatch out of the slot or in the open field, but the Cardinals would probably still be better served by giving those snaps to, you know, an actual receiver. Ellington is only 5-foot-9. The Cards are clearly still in the market for a veteran backup behind David Johnson. Chris Johnson is available.
Mar 14 - 1:21 PM

The Arizona Republic believes the Cardinals could re-sign free agent DE Frostee Rucker.

Rucker offered little as a run stopper or pass rusher last season, but knows Bruce Arians' system and will be cheap. Rucker turns 34 in September.
Mar 14 - 1:18 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Andre Ellington to a one-year, $905,000 contract.

The one-time ascendant player pencils back in behind David Johnson, though the Cardinals could definitely add another veteran body. Ellington generated a ton of excitement as an elderly 23-year-old rookie in 2013, but quickly proved too brittle at his 5-foot-9, 199-pound size. In theory, he offers play-making ability, but has looked more worn down with each passing season.
Mar 13 - 3:58 PM

Free agent OLB Jarvis Jones will meet with the Cardinals on Monday.

It is the first known interest for Jones, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Steelers are still interested in bringing him back. A first-round disappointment, Jones recorded just six sacks in four seasons with Pittsburgh. He is scheduled to visit the Rams next.
Mar 13 - 11:15 AM

David Johnson (knee) says he's back "full throttle."

"My wheel is good," Johnson said of his Week 17 injury. "Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything." Johnson gave Dynasty owners the scare of a lifetime in Arizona's meaningless finale, but he ended up dodging a bullet. Johnson and Le'Veon Bell will compete for No. 1 overall status in fantasy drafts this summer.
Mar 11 - 4:22 PM


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