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Carson Palmer (ACL) is roughly two months away from full clearance.

Palmer is approaching seven months removed from his latest ACL tear. He's been participating in individual drills and 7-on-7s at minicamp, putting him on track for full 11-on-11 work in August. Palmer's 16-game pace last year was 4,336 passing yards, 29.3 touchdowns and eight interceptions -- top-10 fantasy quarterback numbers. But it's worth noting he faced some of the league's worst defenses in his six outings (SD, WAS, OAK, PHL, DAL, STL).
May 21 - 8:15 AM

Coach Bruce Arians insists first-rounder D.J. Humphries will have to earn the Cardinals' right-tackle job over Bobby Massie.

"It’s not D.J.'s job," Arians said Tuesday. "D.J.'s got to do a helluva lot to ever get that job." Arians always talks a tough case, but Humphries should be given every opportunity to beat out Massie, who struggled in 2014. Humphries' main stumbling block will be staying healthy after an injury-plagued career at Florida.
May 19 - 2:08 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised RG Jonathan Cooper's conditioning on Tuesday.

Cooper broke his leg in his rookie year training camp, and it appeared to remain an issue last season. Cooper also dealt with wrist and toe issues as a sophomore. Finally back to full health, Cooper has the inside track on right-guard duties.
May 19 - 2:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been impressed with Michael Floyd's conditioning in OTAs.

The Cardinals are beginning the process of building Floyd back up after word leaked he was available via trade. Standing in at 6-foot-3, Floyd shed some weight before his rookie year, but his conditioning has never been known to be an issue. Floyd knows 2015 is a critical year for his career. A motivated offseason would serve all parties well.
May 19 - 1:50 PM

Coach Bruce Arians says the competition for the Cardinals' No. 3 quarterback job is "wide open."

It doesn't speak well to 2014 fourth-rounder Logan Thomas' development. His "wide-open" competition is with journeyman Chandler Harnish and undrafted rookie Phillip Sims. The Cardinals needed Thomas to step up in the worst way last season, but he completely bombed in practice. If he doesn't run away with No. 3 duties this summer, his future will be looking grim.
May 19 - 1:42 PM

Carson Palmer (ACL) will wear a knee brace this season.

We've seen braces inhibit quarterbacks before, but it shouldn't be an issue for a player who has never relied on his mobility. Palmer has remained limited in OTAs, but participated in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday. He copped to being "rusty," but remains fully on track for training camp.
May 19 - 1:37 PM

Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah has packed on 25 pounds since January.

Momah entered the league as an intriguing 6-foot-7, 230-pound receiver with the Eagles, but wasn't cutting it at the position. He finally gave in and agreed to switch to tight end. Now 255, Momah has "really impressed" coach Bruce Arians at minicamp. With John Carlson retired, Momah has a chance to make the team.
May 18 - 7:23 PM

Cardinals signed third-round RB David Johnson and seventh-round TE Gerald Christian to four-year contracts.

Although Johnson struggles as an interior runner, he has drawn praise for his versatility from the Cardinals' coaching staff early on. He'll have a chance at 2015 fantasy relevance behind overworked Andre Ellington. Christian was this year's Mr. Irrelevant, selected with the 256th overall pick.
May 18 - 5:36 PM

Cardinals first-round pick D.J. Humphries will begin his career at right tackle.

Humphries played left tackle in college, but the more pressing need for Arizona is at right tackle, where Bobby Massie struggled last season (42nd out of 84 qualifiers on Pro Football Focus). There were concerns Humphries would have a hard time grasping the offense after scoring poorly on the Wonderlic exam, but coach Bruce Arians doesn't believe it will be an issue.
May 17 - 8:44 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised rookie RB David Johnson's versatility.

"Very, very bright," Arians said. "The kid can do anything as far as a wide receiver, running back, fullback. He will find a niche quick because he can learn so much." On the surface this sounds like great news for Johnson, but what Arians is describing is an H-back. "Niche" players are rarely valuable in fantasy, and a "niche" running back is not what Arizona set out to land at the beginning of the offseason. Johnson could conceivably develop into a starting running back, but for now it appears Andre Ellington's spot atop the depth chart is safe.
May 16 - 12:48 PM

The Cardinals believe FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee, thumb) is back to the player he was.

Mathieu was in the mix for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors back in 2013 before blowing out his knee. He spent last season easing back into the mix and fighting through a nasty thumb injury. Now healthy, Mathieu projects as a difference-maker in his free safety/slot corner hybrid role.
May 14 - 8:42 AM

Cardinals signed No. 116 overall pick DL Rodney Gunter to a four-year contract.

Arizona traded up in the fourth round for Gunter, a developmental project out of Delaware State. Gunter adds five-technique depth to the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme.
May 13 - 5:24 PM

Cardinals signed No. 58 overall pick OLB Markus Golden to a four-year contract.

A one-year starter at Missouri, Golden broke out for 20 TFLs and ten sacks during his senior year as the bookend to Shane Ray. Golden should open 2015 behind veterans Alex Okafor and LaMarr Woodley.
May 13 - 5:16 PM

Cardinals signed ILB Darryl Sharpton, formerly of the Bears.

Arizona cut CB Eddie Whitley to make room. Sharpton played just 108 snaps for the Bears last season and didn't contribute at all on special teams. The 27-year-old is merely a depth addition for the linebacker-needy Cardinals.
May 13 - 2:18 PM

Cardinals signed No. 158 overall pick OLB Shaq Riddick to a four-year contract.

A gargantuan, gangly 6-foot-6, 244 pounds, Riddick spent only one season in the Big 12, but put up big numbers. He's a premium athlete, turning in eye-popping measurables at West Virginia's Pro Day. Riddick is a project, but one who could eventually develop into a big-time pass rusher.
May 12 - 5:33 PM

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