Player News - Cardinals

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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

Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin will call plays during the preseason.

Coach Bruce Arians has and will continue to call plays when the games count, but giving Goodwin the opportunity to run things throughout the offseason program and preseason should help prepare him for the coaching carousel. Goodwin interviewed for the Bucs this winter, and he should be a hot candidate again next January.
May 26 - 8:59 AM

New Cardinals RG Evan Mathis is mentoring sophomore RT D.J. Humphries.

Mathis was brought in this offseason mostly because of his All-Pro talent, but his ability to mentor Humphries was an important aspect as well. "The first meeting, as soon as Evan walked in the room, he mandated D.J. sit next to him," OC Harold Goodwin said. "From D.J.’s standpoint, he gets to see a Pro Bowl player work every day, how he works, how he is a professional. D.J. has no choice but to grow up." After spending his rookie year as a healthy scratch, the Cardinals expect Humphries to take over at right tackle this season.
May 26 - 8:57 AM

Larry Fitzgerald has "no idea" if 2016 will be his final season.

Fitz has previously admitted this could be his final campaign, but was more coy on Tuesday. "Honestly, I have no idea," Fitz said. "I really don't look at it like that." Fitz averaged a career low 11.1 yards per reception last season, but it was largely by design. He worked underneath with Michael Floyd and John Brown doing damage downfield. Fitz was far less productive with Floyd at full health, but still posted a sparkling 109/1,215/9 line. Although he's going on 33, there's little doubt Fitz could physically play more than one season. The question is if the mental steam will remain.
May 24 - 1:55 PM

Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) said he does not "want to be slotted as a corner or a safety."

Position designation could play a role as Mathieu negotiates his expected contract extension. Although he is labeled a safety by some, Mathieu played primarily as a corner last season, and top corners traditionally get paid more than top safeties. Mathieu is trying to eschew both labels, saying instead he wants to be paid like a "top defender." Even coming off his second career ACL tear, he should get his wish.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 6:16 PM

Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) says he won't play in Week 1 unless he's 100 percent healthy.

"If I’m 90 percent, then I don’t necessarily want to go out there," Mathieu said. "I’ve already shown who I am and what I am, so my objective is to come back that same person. And if I can’t come back that same person, maybe I should wait until I am that person again." The stakes are high for the 24-year-old defensive back as he returns from his second career ACL tear. There is no reason for either the Cardinals or Mathieu to rush his return. That being said, it's still more likely than not he is out there for the opener.
May 23 - 1:39 PM

Cardinals DE Frostee Rucker (ankle) has been sidelined at OTAs.

Recovering from ankle surgery, Rucker is still expected back in time for training camp this summer. Justin Bethel (foot), Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) and Patrick Peterson (ankle) have also been absent for OTAs.
May 17 - 10:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals are "deep in negotiations" with Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) on an extension which would make him the "highest-paid safety" in the NFL.

It is debatable whether Mathieu should be considered a safety -- he is a slot corner -- but this report at least puts the potential numbers in perspective. Eric Berry holds the highest "annual average" ($10.8 million) under his franchise tag, but the largest long-term AAV for a safety belongs to Earl Thomas at $10 million. Devin McCourty falls slightly below Thomas at $9.5 million, but his five-year deal netted him $28.5 million guaranteed. While Mathieu would be easily worth those numbers at full health, he has torn his ACL twice since 2013 and has an extremely slight frame. The average value of his upcoming extension will likely be eye-popping, but the Cardinals might resist giving him big, long-term guarantees.
May 16 - 8:27 AM

Cardinals signed Calgary DB Elie Bouka.

Bouka (6'1, 205) may well have been drafted had he not torn his left Achilles tendon in training camp last summer, wiping out his senior season. It was an unfortunate turn of events, because the raw, projectable (4.41 forty) prospect shifted to the defensive backfield full-time less than two years ago. "I’ve played wideout, slotback, corner, halfback, safety, returner, gunner, kickoff coverage," Bouka told the Calgary Sun. Bouka will need to make it on special teams early while showing Arizona, a team that loves its defenders rangy and versatile, that he's clay worth molding. If Bouka doesn't make the Cards, he'll head to the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders, which took him No. 24 overall in the CFL Draft. Bouka would have gone higher if teams could have guaranteed he wouldn't make the NFL. The Roughriders, for instance, took Manitoba DT David Onyemata, a Saints fourth-rounder, 11 picks after Bouka.
May 13 - 2:30 PM

Cardinals signed fourth-round C Evan Boehm and sixth-round CB Harlan Miller to four-year contracts.

A fearsome competitor, Boehm began his Mizzou career at guard before settling in at center. Boehm overpowered opposing linemen in the SEC, but will have to win with more than strength in the NFC West. That being said, he could easily be a Week 1 starter with only A.Q. Shipley to beat out.
May 9 - 3:30 PM

Cardinals signed third-round CB Brandon Williams to a four-year contract.

A dual running back/corner in college, Williams has 4.37 speed, but had an otherwise quiet Combine. At 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, he's an average-sized corner. The Cardinals have had success with jack-of-all-trades type defenders, but Williams could mostly be limited to special teams as a rookie.
May 9 - 3:29 PM

Cardinals signed No. 167 overall pick S Marqui Christian to a four-year contract.

He was one of three Cardinals draft picks to sign on Friday. Christian excelled in Division II but it remains to be seen whether his skills will translate to the next level. His best chance to stick may come on special teams.
May 6 - 4:15 PM

Cardinals signed No. 170 overall pick OT Cole Toner to a four-year contract.

The Cardinals locked him up ahead of Friday's minicamp. Toner offers intriguing versatility but right now, he doesn't have a clear path to playing time in Arizona.
May 6 - 4:10 PM

Cardinals signed No. 29 overall pick DT Robert Nkemdiche to a four-year, $8.6 million contract.

It comes with a $4.4 million signing bonus. Fifth-round picks Marqui Christian and Cole Toner also signed on Friday. Nkemdiche endured a slew of off-field incidents while attending Ole Miss, but he could end up being a valuable pass-rushing presence for Arizona if he can walk the straight and narrow.
May 6 - 4:01 PM

Cardinals signed Eastern Washington OT Clay DeBord.

DeBord (6'6/302) made a school-record 51 starts for the Eagles, earning first-team FCS All American in 2015. He drew NFL notice with a big Pro Day, running 5.03 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. DeBord managed only 18 bench-press reps and obviously needs time in the weight room, but he has NFL-level size and athleticism. He's a somewhat intriguing project.
May 1 - 1:19 PM


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