Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals EDGE Markus Golden (knee) is targeting a preseason return.

Golden was cleared to run in April and got in some limited side work this offseason. It's doubtful he'll be ready for the start of training camp, but Golden is trending in the right direction. With Arizona moving to a 4-3 scheme, Golden should bookend Chandler Jones when healthy.
Jun 16 - 11:20 AM

Cardinals rookie RB Chase Edmonds repped with the first-team offense at minicamp.

It confirms Edmonds as the clear No. 2 back. Arizona's contract talks with David Johnson are bad news for Edmonds' dynasty outlook, but he has handcuff upside as an every-down backup. Edmonds could get some preseason hype if Johnson's holdout extends into training camp.
Jun 15 - 6:49 PM

Christian Kirk could open the season as the Cardinals' No. 2 wideout.

Kirk only has to beat out Chad Williams, J.J. Nelson, and Brice Butler. There were concerns over Kirk moving outside after playing the slot in college, but he was repping with the first-team offense at minicamp. Kirk has the playmaking skills for a rookie year impact.
Jun 15 - 6:30 PM

Cardinals.com's Darren Urban believes it's "hard not to see" Sam Bradford as the opening day starter.

The Cardinals have moved Bradford slowly this offseason, but he's looked good when on the field. Barring setbacks, it sounds like Arizona won't stray from their plan to go into the year with him as their starter. Bradford hasn't played a full season since 2012 but is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league. It's a potentially bad situation for Josh Rosen if Bradford stays healthy.
Jun 15 - 6:16 PM

Patrick Peterson doesn't expect to be used as a shadow cornerback in 2018.

"I was an artist at taking No. 1 receivers out of the game, and I was pretty damn good at it," Peterson said, speaking of his shadow role in the past tense. Peterson is now apparently going to "play off the ball and blitz" in addition to trying to shut down opposing No. 1s. Peterson has been looking for a role that would allow him to make more plays. "I’m looking to make a ton of plays this year," Peterson said. "I’m looking to start jumping routes now. I’m looking to be a little bit more aggressive off the ball, and be the same as I am when I’m in the receiver’s face." Although that role would be more in line with coach Steve Wilks' history, this sounds like the sort of plan that might be talked up in the summer before being quickly abandoned during the season.
Jun 14 - 7:09 PM

Cardinals signed WR Greg Little.

The second-round bust has not caught a regular season pass since 2014. That's not going to change in 2018.
Jun 14 - 5:39 PM

Cardinals signed P Andy Lee to a two-year extension through 2020.

Headed into his 15th year in the league, Lee was 25th in net-punting average (39.7) last season.
Jun 14 - 5:03 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he looks forward to "rewarding" contract-year RB David Johnson.

Coming off a season lost to injury, Johnson held out of mandatory minicamp. "I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with," Keim said. "There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past." Old for a prospect when he entered the league in 2015, Johnson turns 27 in December.
Jun 14 - 2:08 PM

David Johnson is officially absent for Cardinals minicamp.

Coming off a year lost to injury, Johnson isn't messing around heading into his contract season. It's a wise move for a 26-year-old running back with massive workloads and a punishing style. Transitioning at quarterback, the Cardinals are going to need Johnson out there to carry the offense in 2018.
Jun 12 - 1:39 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports David Johnson will skip this week's mandatory minicamp.

Set to earn just $1.88 million in the final year of his deal, Johnson is looking for a long-term extension. Schefter reports the "two sides have been in discussions" and "are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season." Johnson missed all but one game last season with a wrist injury, but he recorded 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns in 2016.
Jun 12 - 11:29 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo expects the Cardinals to extend contract-year RB David Johnson before the season.

Johnson missed all but one 2017 game to wrist surgery. He doesn't have a ton of leverage, but it's possible he could hold out. The Cardinals want to avoid having to franchise Johnson next offseason and may view training camp as a window to get him at a discount. Johnson would make just $1.9 million if he plays out this year without a new deal.
Source: NFL Network
Jun 8 - 6:25 PM

AZCentral's Kent Somers reports David Johnson's undisclosed injury is "not serious."

There was some concern after Johnson missed time this week with an unidentified issue, but it seems like the Cardinals were just being cautious. As of now, it does not appear there is anything to worry about. Johnson should come off the board in the first five picks of fantasy drafts.
Jun 8 - 4:05 PM

Coach Steve Wilks is "hopeful" Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') will be ready for Week 1.

Gresham tore his Achilles' in the Week 17 finale last season. He turns 30 next week and hasn't been a season-long fantasy factor since his Bengals days. Ricky Seals-Jones should be given more opportunity in 2018.
Jun 6 - 9:49 AM

Sam Bradford (knee) is "on schedule" with his health.

"He feels real confident right now with how his knee feels," coach Steve Wilks said. "Again, we are doing a great job in-house with the trainers and strength and conditioning coach and getting him where he needs to be. I think from a mental standpoint, he’s feeling pretty good." Bradford's activity is expected to "ramp up" in next week's minicamp. Bradford will supposedly be the Week 1 starter, but No. 10 overall pick Josh Rosen should give him a run for his (considerable) money.
Jun 5 - 5:11 PM

Cardinals signed third-round C Mason Cole to a four-year contract.

The Cardinals' entire draft class is now under contract. Cole was a second-team All-Big Ten pick in 2016 and 2017. Due to short arms (32 1/8") and ninth-percentile SPARQ athleticism, Cole is headed inside in the pros, where he’ll have to win with technique, intelligence, and consistency over brute strength. Cole looks like a probable multi-position reserve with some chance to become a lower-end starter.
May 31 - 5:24 PM


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