Player News - Cardinals

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In an interview with HBO's Bryant Gumbel, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted he "was pissed" when the Steelers fired him after the 2011 season.

We're in the midst of a 5-6 week lull on the NFL calendar before training camps open, so anything even remotely interesting is worth talking about. Plus, Arians is the GOAT. He was the Steelers' OC from 2007-2011, but the team decided not to renew his contract in March 2012, and it was announced as a phony "retirement" to save face. "I had done a good job," Arians said. "Maybe not the right image, but it was a damn good job. I was pissed. But again, time heals things." The Steelers are in good hands with OC Todd Haley, but the Cardinals are the real winner having landed two-time Coach of the Year (2012 and 2014) Arians.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 9:46 PM

The Cardinals' website confirms there is "little doubt" David Johnson will be the "anchor" in Arizona's 2016 backfield.

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss created a stir when he suggested David could lose his starting job to Chris Johnson. No one else close to the team is buying that. Cardinals.com's Darren Urban does believe "there will be a place" for each of the team's three tailbacks, insisting Chris and Ellington "will be used." FOX Sports 910's Mike Jurecki recently projected David would log 60 percent of the Cardinals' 2016 touches, leaving 30 percent for Chris and 10 for Ellington.
Jun 13 - 4:31 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said John Brown can take the next step by improving how he finishes a season.

"He didn’t have as good of a December or January as he should have had," Arians said. "I think he was pressing to get that 1,000 yards. He should have 1,400 easy. He had 200 worth of drops in Philly." Brown still had 299 yards and three scores in December and January, but his final three games only netted him 10 catches for 108 yards despite a healthy 24 targets. Brown's role is unlikely to grow much if Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald stay healthy, and he was already incredibly efficient last season considering his role. Still, there might be some room for growth in year three.
Jun 11 - 9:09 AM

Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix expects David Johnson to handle 60 percent of the Cardinals' running back touches this year.

Jurecki foresees a 30 percent role for Chris Johnson, with Andre Ellington at 10 percent. For comparison, 2015 No. 1 overall fantasy back Devonta Freeman logged 73 percent of Atlanta's running back touches. The 60 percent mark is a bit lower than first-round running back drafters should want to see, but could also rise as the season progresses once David separates himself from Chris and Ellington. As a three-down back in one of the NFL's best offenses, David is tough to fade even if he's not utilized as a true 20-plus touch-per-game workhorse.
Jun 9 - 6:28 PM

Cardinals RG Evan Mathis underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his ankle and will be sidelined until training camp.

Mathis is a 34-year-old 12-year veteran and doesn't necessarily need to be around for spring work. He'll be fine by the time things start to matter. PFF's top run-blocking guard last year, Mathis will flip to right guard in the desert after playing left guard last season with the Broncos and for much of his career.
Jun 8 - 1:49 PM

Cardinals TE Darren Fells has dropped roughly 20 pounds since last season.

Fells is listed at 281 pounds on the Cardinals' website, but it sounds like he's closer to the 265 range nowadays. Carson Palmer said Fells had the "best offseason" on the team. Fells' 28 targets were 41st among tight ends last season despite him appearing in 16-of-18 games. He's not on the fantasy map.
Jun 8 - 1:25 PM

According to the Cardinals' website, David Johnson is "expected to get the lion's share of the work" in Arizona's backfield.

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss predicted last week that Chris Johnson would overtake David for Arizona's starting job. That's not happening, but coach Bruce Arians did suggest Tuesday that the Cardinals may employ a situational two-back package in an effort to get Chris or Andre Ellington onto the field more with David. "We’ve been doing this for three years with Andre and whoever, to have a two-back package," Arians said. "And we’ve never been able to get both of them to the field healthy, but we’re going to continue with the package because they all bring such dynamic passing-game stuff, and obviously they can run." It sounds like a formation the Cardinals might use once or twice a game. David Johnson remains squarely in the first-round discussion in fantasy drafts.
Jun 7 - 9:35 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington will still have a role.

Arians hinted Ellington is firmly behind David and Chris Johnson, but he promised to get him looks. "We'll definitely get him in there," Arians said. "How many touches he gets is going to depends on how all three of them are playing." A free agent after this season, Ellington is likely entering his final year in Arizona.
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 3:50 PM

Patrick Peterson (ankle) participated in individual drills on Tuesday.

Peterson is still recovering from April ankle surgery. He will likely be limited the rest of the offseason program, but he said he will be a full-go for training camp. Peterson is coming off arguably the best season of his career.
Jun 7 - 2:02 PM

Cardinals signed WR Rico Richardson.

Richardson appeared in five games for the Titans last year but wasn't targeted. He's just a camp body.
Jun 6 - 5:06 PM

Cardinals NT Corey Peters said he's "close to the end" of his recovery from a torn Achilles.

He's finished rehabbing and has now entered the strength-and-conditioning phase of his training. Peters was held out of OTAs but plans to compete at a "high level" during training camp. Despite his optimism, the Cardinals plan to be careful with Peters, who has torn his Achilles twice since 2013.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 3:21 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) said he is "capable of being a great starting corner."

The Cardinals showed their faith in Bethel's development by giving him a three-year, $15 million extension last season. Bethel had surgery to repair a broken foot in April, but he expects to be ready for training camp. If healthy, he should push for the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson.
Jun 2 - 9:17 AM

In an ESPN prediction piece, Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss suggested that Chris Johnson could beat out David Johnson for Arizona's starting running back job.

This wasn't a bold prediction or hyperbole-based piece. The predictions were compiled from beat writers and ESPN analysts and (other than this one) were pretty realistic. Weinfuss predicted that Chris "will claim the starting job," and Chris and David will ultimately form a "dynamic thunder and lightning backfield." It's certainly not a prediction we'd be willing to make, but noteworthy if Chris has a bigger 2016 role than expected.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 4:30 PM

Coach Bruce Arians used the words "unique" and "special" when describing second-year WR J.J. Nelson.

"He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have when the ball's coming over your opposite shoulder," Arians said. "When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you have a special one." Nelson averaged a robust 23.7 YPR on 14 catches as a rookie and is hoping for an expanded role. But it's hard to envision many opportunities if all three of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown stay healthy. Fitz and Floyd are free agents in 2017.
May 31 - 8:37 PM

Chris Johnson believes he and David Johnson can form the "best tandem" in the league.

"We’ll be great together," David agreed. "C.J. continues to help me out in my running, continues to teach some of the tips of the trade of how to run the ball and make it easier for me and the linemen blocking." A true three-down threat, David should dominate touches, but the elder Johnson will have a role. With every top offensive playmaker back in the fold, Arizona looks poised for another big year.
May 27 - 1:54 PM


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