Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) said he's still "at least a month away."

Mathieu believes he's 6-8 weeks from returning. That would put him on track to be cleared no later than Week 3, though coach Bruce Arians has conservatively listed Mathieu's return as October 1 (Week 5). Mathieu was placed on active/PUP for the start of camp and can be activated at any time.
Jul 25 - 5:16 PM

Coach Bruce Arians referred to Andre Ellington as a "bellcow in our offense" as the Cardinals began training camp on Friday.

Arians also confirmed Ellington added offseason weight, believed to be as much as ten pounds. Arians seems adamant about Ellington's capability of handling a spiked workload, though we still wouldn't rule out the possibility of more work than expected for either Stepfan Taylor or Jonathan Dwyer, particularly if Ellington struggles early. We don't see Ellington as a 300-carry back.
Jul 25 - 5:11 PM

The Cardinals plan to use first-round SS Deone Bucannon as a linebacker in nickel and dime packages.

Taylor Mays and Glover Quin are notable NFL safeties who've excelled in the dime 'backer role. "We have a young man in Deone who is just a natural for it," Arians said. "Sixty percent of the game is nickel (defense), and whether we have two linebackers out there or a safety and a linebacker is yet to be seen." Bucannon is also likely to start at strong safety on early downs.
Jul 25 - 1:52 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said CB Justin Bethel "might have had the best spring of anybody."

Arians has been hyping Bethel for months, and even said as camp opened that Bethel could start this season "over [Patrick] Peterson or [Antonio] Cromartie" at times. Bethel (6-foot, 200) has the size DC Todd Bowles covets at corner, but he didn't play at all on defense last season, instead focusing on special teams and making the Pro Bowl. Cromartie and Peterson are locked-in starters.
Jul 25 - 12:38 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim estimated in a Thursday radio interview that Andre Ellington "appeared to add 8-10 pounds" in the offseason.

Ellington's 2013 Combine weigh-in was 5'9/199, so he presumably now stands in at 5-foot-9 and 207-209 pounds. The hope is that Ellington's weight gain doesn't sap burst, as it appeared to do with fellow smaller backs Felix Jones, Steve Slaton, and Ray Rice in recent years. Adrian Peterson, Ryan Mathews, Trent Richardson, and Bernard Pierce are other running backs who gained weight in recent offseasons, and later regretted it. Ellington bulked up in anticipation of a large workload spike. His current ADP is the mid-third round.
Jul 25 - 11:40 AM

Cardinals rookie TE Troy Niklas (hand surgery) was medically cleared for the start of training camp.

He recovered on schedule. Niklas' draft position (No. 52 overall) initially seemed to suggest he'd start right away in Arizona, but he broke the hand at OTAs and is now behind Jake Ballard and John Carlson. Even if Niklas climbs the depth chart in camp, he is unlikely to be a re-draft league factor under Bruce Arians.
Jul 23 - 9:15 PM

Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him is DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee). Mathieu said earlier in the month that he's running at 60-70 percent coming off ACL and LCL reconstruction. He's about eight months removed from the injury. Coach Bruce Arians has conservatively forecasted Mathieu's return at October 1 (Week 5).
Jul 23 - 3:38 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Andre Ellington will get the call in short-yardage on a "few occasions."

Weinfuss is actually optimistic on Ellington's short-yardage ability, saying the 199-pounder is "capable" of being a "workhorse" there. We're not sure we agree, but more importantly we don't think Bruce Arians agrees. One way the Cardinals can lessen Ellington's workload while still keeping him as a feature back is by giving big backs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor the short-yardage work. How Arians handles goal-line packages will be worth watching closely at camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 8:43 AM

The Cardinals' official website calls 2014 a make-or-break year for third-year RT Bobby Massie.

Massie was drafted by the old regime. He started all 16 games for Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt's 2012 Cardinals before playing just 57 offensive snaps for Steve Keim and Bruce Arians' group last season. The former fourth-round pick was considered a first-round sleeper leading up to the 2012 draft who was oozing with upside at 6'6/316 with vine-like 35-inch arms. Massie is the favorite to start over Bradley Sowell opposite LT Jared Veldheer.
Jul 16 - 1:38 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Rob Housler is "sitting at No. 4 right now" on Arizona's tight end depth chart, behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard, and rookie Troy Niklas.

"He's just not the type of tight end head coach Bruce Arians prefers," Weinfuss writes. The Cardinals' website seems to agree, also projecting Carlson and Ballard ahead of Housler. Once Niklas (hand surgery) gets healthy, it will be interesting to see whether Housler goes on the trade block. The Patriots, Giants, Packers, and Falcons could all use an athletic, catch-first tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 2:59 PM

John Carlson "impressed the most" among the tight ends at Cardinals OTAs.

The Cardinals' website has penciled in Carlson as a starter in two-tight end packages, alongside Jake Ballard and ahead of both Rob Housler and injured rookie Troy Niklas. Carlson drew praise from both Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians this spring. "John has done a really, really good job," Arians said. "... He plays full speed all the time and has got outstanding hands. He's not an overwhelming blocker but he's more than adequate." As usual, we'll be avoiding Cardinals tight ends in fantasy football this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 3 - 6:11 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers says Andre Ellington has proven to be more durable than the Cardinals thought.

Coach Bruce Arians coddled the 5'9/199 Ellington as a rookie, never giving him more than 15 carries or 35 snaps in a game. But he's changed his tune this offseason, talking up Ellington as a feature back and only rostering replacement-level big backs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor behind him. It's worth noting that Chris Johnson (5'11/203) and Jamaal Charles (5'11/199) have been two of the game's most durable runners of their era. We don't think the explosive Ellington will hit 300 touches, but 220 carries and 55 catches is very realistic.
Jul 3 - 9:41 AM

Paul Fanaika will enter training camp as the Cardinals' starting right guard.

Fanaika started all 16 games last year, but struggled badly in the run game and finished as one of the worst guards in the league. He should face serious competition from 2013 fourth-rounder Earl Watford in camp. Regardless, Arizona's offensive line projects to be more effective overall this season thanks to the addition of LT Jared Veldheer and return of LG Jonathan Cooper.
Jul 3 - 9:27 AM

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (ACL, LCL surgery) said he is running at about 60 or 70 percent.

Mathieu is now seven months removed from his injury. He's returned to his normal weight room routine and has begun to do some cutting, signaling the home stretch of his rehab. The realistic goal is for the Honey Badger to be back on the field following the Cardinals' Week 5 bye.
Jul 2 - 10:56 AM

During minicamp, coach Bruce Arians said Jonathan Dwyer was "in better shape and he's running routes and catching the ball better than I remember."

Arians and Dwyer spent 2010-2011 together in Pittsburgh, where the power back appeared in just eight games and earned 25 total carries. Dwyer may have a much more significant role this year as he fights Stepfan Taylor for big-back duties behind starter Andre Ellington. Dwyer has a legit chance to earn all goal-line work, as that's an area smallish Ellington projects to struggle. Ellington had three carries inside the five-yard line last year, and was stuffed on all three.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 2 - 8:54 AM


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