Player News - Cardinals

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ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss listed Chris Johnson as the team's first-string running back in his starting lineup projections.

Weinfuss created a stir in early June when he suggested the player once known as CJ2K would start over David Johnson this year. Weinfuss is back and doubling down, omitting David from his starting lineup projections in favor of the elder Chris. In a recent video on Cardinals.com, venerable longtime beat reporter Darren Urban stated emphatically that David is Arizona's feature back and "I don't know how anyone would suggest otherwise at this point."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:07 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said he thinks Carson Palmer will be even better this season.

"He’s getting better with time," Fitzgerald said. "Coming off of that knee injury last year, he played the best football last year at 35 years old and only better things are coming for him this year." It is going to be difficult for Palmer to surpass the 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns he threw for last season, but he should at least come close to replicating those numbers in Arizona's high-powered attack. As long as he stays healthy, Palmer will be a solid QB1.
Source: NFL Network
Jul 21 - 11:46 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said CB Justin Bethel (foot) is the "current starter," but the team plans to have an "open competition."

Bethel missed the entire offseason program with a broken foot, but he should be ready for training camp. Whether he can keep his starting job once he gets there is another question. "We’ll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed," Keim said. "He’s got to continue to hone his skills, more so with the eyes, the vision, the instinctual things that come with the game." Arizona added Mike Jenkins earlier this week and plan to bring in Chris Culliver (knee) for a visit. Bethel finished last season in the starting lineup, but he needs to show well in training camp to keep that position.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 10:35 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said there’s no timetable for an extension with contract-year RE Calais Campbell.

Campbell has been a top 3-4 end the last few years and is only entering his age-30 season, but re-signing him could be difficult with the Cardinals’ cap situation. Locking up Tyrann Mathieu is Arizona’s top priority.
Jul 20 - 5:42 PM

Cardinals RG Evan Mathis (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Mathis hasn’t had any setbacks from early June surgery. The Cardinals want to get him as many reps as possible in his transition to right guard. PFF’s No. 1 run blocker last year, Mathis gives Arizona one of the league’s better top guard duos.
Jul 20 - 5:20 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

It’s an expected move with Mathieu recovering from his second ACL surgery. Frostee Rucker (ankle) is also likely to open camp on PUP.
Jul 20 - 5:11 PM

Cardinals S Chris Clemons is facing assault charges stemming from a May 8 incident outside a Scottsdale, Ariz. nightclub.

Clemons allegedly "completely knocked out" a woman outside a nightclub in Scottsdale. The story seems somewhat complicated, as police heard the commotion, tracked down Clemons and his girlfriend as they were fleeing, but ultimately let them go before other bystanders at the scene said Clemons knocked the other woman out with a "closed-fist punch to the center of her face." Maricopa County (Ariz.) doesn't play around. Clemons could be in big trouble.
Jul 20 - 1:41 PM

AzCardinals.com considers it "no guarantee" that D.J. Humphries wins the team's right tackle job.

In-house reporter Darren Urban confirms the team "wants" the 2015 first-rounder to win the job, but that they "won’t just give (it to him)." Urban doesn't rule out the addition of a veteran free agent if Humphries falters early in camp. Eugene Monroe and Will Beatty are the best-available options.
Jul 19 - 5:23 PM

Cardinals signed CB Mike Jenkins.

CB Carrington Byndom was released in a corresponding move. A first-round pick of the Cowboys way back in 2008, Jenkins spent the last two seasons with the Bucs, starting five games. He is a nice veteran depth addition for a fairly thin corner corps.
Source: ESPN
Jul 19 - 12:12 PM

Free agent CB Mike Jenkins visited the Cardinals on Monday.

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling reports the two sides have agreed to terms on a contract. Jenkins appeared in 14 games for the Bucs last season, making five starts, but was part of the problem on the back end for Tampa Bay. This is his first-known visit since becoming a free agent back in March.
Jul 18 - 10:58 PM

Darren Urban of Cardinals.com reiterated that David Johnson is the unquestioned feature running back.

"I don't know how anyone would suggest otherwise at this point," said Urban. Urban referred to Chris Johnson's return to Arizona in free agency as "an upset" after he took less money to stay, and called "David Johnson the guy this organization absolutely loves." Urban did say he expects Chris and Andre Ellington to be involved, with the former as a back who will "get the carries David Johnson doesn't get," and the latter likely to be used "split out" more at receiver, as opposed to lined up in the backfield.
Jul 18 - 3:53 PM

Cardinals backup QB Drew Stanton was told he will get a shot at the starting job once Carson Palmer retires.

Stanton re-signed on a two-year deal in March partly because of the potential starting opportunity. "I’ve found a great situation here in Arizona. Who knows how long Carson will play for," Stanton said. "I’ve had at-length discussions with everybody in the franchise (about the fact) that there’s a chance for me to be able to start when he’s done. So that’s the whole goal of all this." Palmer is nearing the end at 36, but Stanton is already 32-years-old himself. If he does eventually get a starting opportunity in Arizona, it will likely be as a veteran bridge to a younger quarterback.
Jul 4 - 10:47 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cardinals would like to hammer out an extension with contract-year DB Tyrann Mathieu before training camp.

The talks are complicated not just by the fact that Mathieu is recovering from a torn ACL, but also that he wants to be paid like a corner. The Cardinals are probably more inclined to offer safety money even though the majority of Mathieu's 2015 snaps came in the slot. Week 1 might be a more realistic deadline for a deal.
Jun 28 - 5:51 PM

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


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