Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals signed second-round CB Budda Baker to a four-year contract.

Similar to new teammate Tyrann Mathieu, Baker is a slot/safety hybrid who made a big play seemingly every game in college. Even as a rookie, he should be a movable chess piece for coach Bruce Arians.
May 25 - 3:24 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated he is optimistic about WR Jaron Brown's (ACL) health.

Brown was poised to assert himself into a bigger 2016 role before tearing his ACL late last October. The Cardinals liked him enough to sign Brown to a one-year extension less than a month later, ensuring he spent another year with the club. "We’re keeping him out of team drills because I don’t want to see him cut, but he’s running routes full speed," Arians said. "He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they’ve ever been."
May 25 - 12:31 AM

Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (knee) is participating in individual drills at OTAs.

Brown tore his ACL in October and remains on track in his recovery. He should be ready to roll for the most part once training camp opens. A coaches' pet, Brown will battle for one of the Cardinals' final receiver jobs.
May 24 - 2:23 PM

Larry Fitzgerald will address his post-2017 career plans at training camp.

Once he addresses it, he won't discuss the matter again, Fitzgerald said. This would seem to hint that 2017 is Fitzgerald's final season, but we'll find out for certain come July. Fitzgerald turns 34 this summer and is certainly headed to the Hall of Fame once his playing days are through.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 10:35 PM

Cardinals signed fourth round OG Dorian Johnson to a four-year contract.

One of this year's top ranked guards, Johnson fell to Day 3 over concerns with his liver issue. Johnson has pro-ready traits and a clear path to playing time, but the Cardinals have a history of not starting rookies on their offensive line. First round LB Haason Reddick and second round S Budda Baker are Arizona's only unsigned picks.
May 19 - 5:46 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians agrees with Carson Palmer's assessment that John Brown has looked more explosive this offseason.

"Smoke looks like John Brown," said Arians, using Brown's nickname. "A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year. Knock on wood it stays that way." Palmer said Brown looked "stronger" and "more explosive." Slowed by a concussion in camp, Brown's 2016 was derailed by issues with his sickle-cell trait, as well as a cyst on his spine. With Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald aging, Brown is a strong bounce-back candidate.
May 18 - 5:55 PM

Cardinals signed WR Chad Williams to a four-year contract.

A superstar at FCS Grambling State, Williams ran 4.43 at his Pro Day. The Cardinals, who have had success with small-school receivers, were clearly taken with Williams' production and speed. Coach Bruce Arians and OC Harold Goodwin have already had glowing things to say. Williams will be hard pressed to make a 2017 fantasy impact, but is an intriguing player in Dynasty leagues.
May 18 - 4:59 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Carson Palmer said John Brown looks "stronger" and "more explosive" following his injury-marred 2016.

Brown said he's "feeling like myself" now that doctors have found a way to control the sickle-cell issues that ruined his 2016 season. Surgeons also removed a cyst from Brown's spine that apparently sapped his energy. Being drafted as WR46 in MFL10s currently, Brown has massive upside at that draft cost.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 8:15 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Carson Palmer said he has "no idea" if 2017 will be his final season.

Palmer is headed into his age-37 campaign. Riddled with injury throughout his 14-year career, he's indeed likely on his last legs. In an attempt to keep him fresh, the Cardinals are easing him into the offseason program. Palmer has eliminated throws in March and April, and will receive routine off days throughout the year. With both Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald on the brink of retirement, the Cardinals' current offensive core is about to age out.
May 16 - 2:01 PM

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon underwent ankle surgery and is questionable for Week 1.

Coach Bruce Arians said the operation was to correct a "lingering" issue. Bucannon suffered a high-ankle sprain last December and missed the final three weeks. He had previously never missed a game. Now he's a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of 2017. The Cardinals are hopeful he'll be back in "early" September. The hybrid safety/linebacker has settled in fairly well at inside 'backer, though he was better in 2015 than last season.
May 16 - 1:14 PM

Cardinals DL coach Brentson Buckner said the team expects DE Josh Mauro to take a "giant step" forward this season.

Despite starting 13 games, Mauro was limited to 389 snaps last season as primarily a run-stuffer. With Calais Campbell gone, the Cardinals seem to expect Mauro to play a bigger role on a defensive line which suddenly is filled with question marks. Mauro is a solid rotational option, but Arizona really needs 2016 first-rounder Robert Nkemdiche to step up and replace Campbell.
May 16 - 11:29 AM

Cardinals LT Jared Veldheer is shifting to right tackle for 2017, with D.J. Humphries sliding in on the blindside.

"I wouldn’t categorize it as easy or hard," Veldheer said of the transition. "I think it’s just getting to the point where you can get that muscle memory. Your body, after doing it for years and years on one side, wants to take that position when you’re telling it to go block somebody." Veldheer has been an excellent signing since arriving in 2014, though his play has leveled off. Humphries, who missed his entire 2015 rookie season with injury, was hardly elite last year, but coach Bruce Arians is evidently ready to throw in with his upside. It's not a particularly high-risk move since Veldheer can always kick back over if Humphries struggles.
May 15 - 2:24 PM

Cardinals signed S Rudy Ford to a four-year contract.

Fifth-rounders T.J. Logan and OT Will Holden also agreed to deals. A converted running back, Ford is a hard hitting safety/corner project that should contribute on special teams. The Cardinals have signed all seven of their draft picks.
May 13 - 4:34 PM

Carson Palmer likely won’t throw until the end of offseason workouts.

It's a way to manage Palmer's reps as he enters his age-37 season. With Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton backing him up, the Cardinals can't afford to lose Palmer. It won't be surprising if Palmer gets regular days off during the season.
May 13 - 2:20 PM

Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin indicated he envisions third-round pick Chad Williams as Larry Fitzgerald's eventual successor.

Fitzgerald, John Brown, and Jaron Brown are all in contract years, so there will be playing time available for Williams in the near future. It's believed Fitzgerald will retire after 2017. "Knowing that Larry is going to one day walk away from the game, you talk about somebody that can carry the torch," Goodwin said. "(Williams) is the guy that everybody thinks can do that."
May 12 - 8:46 PM


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