Player News - Cardinals

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John Brown has bulked up to 185 pounds this offseason.

He's added 12 pounds of muscle since last season. Brown has clearly put an emphasis on strength training, though luckily it hasn't come at the expense of his patented speed. "I'll never lose that," he promised. ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss said the new, bulkier Brown has the look of a "game-changing receiver," which is exactly what he was before complications from his sickle-cell condition derailed his season in 2016. Currently being drafted as a WR4 in fantasy, Brown has the chance to be an immense bargain.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:48 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is "impressed" with LG Mike Iupati’s conditioning.

Iupati ballooned to 345-pounds while dealing with an ankle injury last year. He's in better shape this season at close to his listed weight of 331 pounds. The Cardinals have concerns on the right side with unproven Evan Boehm replacing Evan Mathis, but are counting on Iupati to anchor their interior line.
Jul 22 - 5:06 PM

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer won't play in the Hall of Fame Game.

It's an expected move with the Cardinals managing Palmer's reps. Palmer wore his arm out last offseason, but has responded well to rest. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert will likely split the game against Dallas.
Jul 22 - 3:15 PM

Speaking about Carson Palmer, David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

"His arm was so fresh I actually had to get stitches in my finger," Johnson quipped. Entering his age-37 campaign, Palmer will never regain his early-career arm strength, but it's good news he's feeling "fresh" after an offseason designed to keep him as such. With 4.34 speedster John Brown back to full health and the Cardinals more aware of Palmer's limitations, a bounce-back is a realistic possibility.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 22 - 10:53 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Evan Boehm will start at right guard.

Boehm appeared in all 16 games as a 2016 rookie but made only one start. He’ll take over for Evan Mathis, with fourth rounder Dorian Johnson likely to back him up. Boehm graded poorly on 122 snaps at PFF last year, but the Cardinals are counting on a second-year leap.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 7:11 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

This was fully expected with Bucannon recovering from May surgery. Bucannon is a candidate to open the year on reserve/PUP, but coach Bruce Arians is "hopeful" he'll be ready Week 1. First-rounder Haason Reddick has been repping with the starters in Bucannon's place.
Jul 21 - 5:17 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

The deal includes $200,000 in guaranteed money with a base salary of $1 million. It's the best possible outcome for the former 2,000-yard rusher, who turns 32 in September. Johnson has found a nice niche as a Bruce Arians reserve, but was limited to four games by a groin injury last season. His explosion is long gone, but Johnson can still follow blocks and go station to station. The Cardinals' official website expects him to remain the No. 2 behind David Johnson. A committee would emerge were DJ to go down with injury, limiting Johnson's appeal as a handcuff.
Jul 20 - 3:17 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer wore his arm out last offseason.

"Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." The rest seemed to work, as Palmer was the QB8 over the final eight weeks of last season, and the Cardinals have kept that regimen going this offseason. Currently being drafted behind the likes of Carson Wentz, Palmer is a great value.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 20 - 8:59 AM

According to the Arizona Republic, coach Bruce Arians "seems comfortable" with Kerwynn Williams as the Cardinals' No. 2 running back.

The Cardinals were happy with how 26-year-old Williams improved as a pass blocker and special teamer last year, and he is ahead of Andre Ellington on the depth chart. Beat writer Kent Somers still wouldn't rule out the Cards re-signing free agent Chris Johnson during training camp. Either way, Arizona's No. 2 job has minimal fantasy relevance behind bellcow David Johnson.
Jul 16 - 9:12 PM

David Johnson reiterated on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he wants to handle 30 touches a game this season.

"I feel like there’s room for me to definitely carry more," Johnson said. "I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously." Johnson added that he's "100 percent" healed from Week 17's MCL injury, which did not require surgery. Last season, Johnson handled 24.3 touches per game in Weeks 1-16. While averaging 30 touches probably isn't realistic, there is no question Johnson will remain a top-three workhorse back along with Le'Veon Bell and Zeke Elliott.
Jul 16 - 3:52 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians (illness) has confirmed he will coach in 2017, and hopes to continue coaching beyond this year.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Arians was diagnosed with kidney cancer in December, and underwent surgery in February. "We'll re-evaluate it at the end of next year, and hopefully we'll be ready for another one," Arians said Thursday. Arians also said he would at least like to finish out his contract, which runs through 2018. Arians turns 65 in September. It appears he will be a year-to-year proposition going forward in Arizona.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 3:01 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has revealed he coached through kidney cancer in 2016.

Arians was diagnosed with "renal cell carcinoma" in December. He had to have a "small portion" of his kidney removed in February. Arians, who also battled other health issues last season, says he's back to 100 percent. "Now I feel great," Arians said. "My energy has returned. I’m told I’m cancer-free again. I’m ready for at least one more season of NFL football — maybe more." It's a stunning admission from Arians, who turns 65 in October. One of the league's best coaches, it would be a shame were 2017 to be Arians' final season.
Jul 11 - 4:10 PM

Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson improved his route running this offseason.

Nelson is coming off a strong finish to 2016, posting over 75 yards or a touchdown in the final five weeks. He struggled with efficiency despite his career year, catching under 46 percent of his targets and dropping six passes. There's not much in front of Nelson with rookie Chad Williams the only notable offseason addition, but he needs to hold off a healthy Jaron Brown to keep the No. 3 job.
Jul 7 - 7:02 PM

Cardinals second-round S/CB Budda Baker said he is "not really that far behind" despite missing the offseason program.

Because of Washington's quarter system and the NFL's absurd rule requiring players to sit out until finals are finished whether they are enrolled or not, Baker was not able to participate during OTAs or minicamp. The rookie said he was able to "watch film of the practices" and stayed in touch with safeties coach Nick Rapone, but seeing and doing are different things, especially since his hybrid skill set will require him to learn multiple roles. Despite his optimism, it could take him some time to get rolling in camp.
Jun 29 - 8:34 AM

Carson Palmer remains undecided about his playing future beyond 2017.

"That’s a great question," Palmer said of his plans beyond this season. "And I don’t have an answer. ... I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season." Palmer got off to a brutal start last year, but played much better down the stretch. If both Palmer and vertical-minded coach Bruce Arians have learned how to manage his diminished physical abilities, 2017 doesn't necessarily have to be his last year. Palmer turns 38 in December.
Jun 27 - 5:03 PM


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