Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals signed WR Christian Kirk to a four-year contract.

Already locked into three-receiver sets, Kirk should open the year as a starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Even with Sam Bradford or rookie Josh Rosen at quarterback, that's a position that would have immediate fantasy relevance.
May 24 - 4:04 PM

Second-year Cardinals WR Chad Williams worked out with Chad Ochocinco this offseason.

"He actually took my mind to another level," Williams said. "He prepped my mind more than he prepped my feet. It was me and Chad going at each other every day." Speaking about his lost rookie season (three catches in six games), Williams admitted he was daunted by both the playbook and long schedule. Williams will fight for the Cardinals' No. 3 or 4 receiver job this summer.
May 22 - 5:52 PM

Cardinals CB Jamar Taylor is likely to open the season in a starting role.

This was expected after Arizona traded a sixth-rounder for him. Taylor took a step back last season, but he's an upgrade over Brandon Williams. The Cardinals are hoping Taylor can give them a steady presence opposite Patrick Peterson.
May 19 - 2:20 PM

Cardinals CB Jamar Taylor agreed to a contract restructure.

Taylor helped facilitate his trade to Arizona by agreeing to a restructured deal. He's accepted a $3.5 million base salary for 2018, which saves Arizona $750,000 against the salary cap. Taylor only received PFF's No. 65 cornerback grade in 2017 but he's better than anyone else the Cardinals used opposite Patrick Peterson last year.
May 18 - 2:02 PM

Cardinals acquired CB Jamar Taylor from the Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2020.

The Browns were shopping Taylor in the lead-up to the draft but found no takers on draft weekend. Cleveland completely overhauled at cornerback this offseason, adding Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick after signing Travis Carrie, E.J. Gaines, and Terrance Mitchell in free agency. Taylor and fellow 2017 starter Jason McCourty, who was dealt to the Patriots, were the odd men out. Taylor was a second-round flop in Miami but rebounded for the Browns the past couple seasons. He figures to take over as the starter opposite Patrick Peterson in Arizona.
May 18 - 12:58 PM

Speaking on Good Morning Football, David Johnson said his "goal is still 1,000 rushing, 1,000 receiving."

Johnson came close as a sophomore, recording 879 receiving yards to go along with 1,239 rushing yards. He hoped to record a 1,000/1,000 season last year, but he was derailed by a wrist injury which cost him all but one game. Back to full health, he is setting his sights high once again. Considering Johnson's ability in the passing game and the Cardinals' issues at receiver, it is a reachable goal.
May 17 - 10:06 AM

The Cardinals' website says the team remains "confident in Christian Kirk's character" despite his February arrest.

The team knew about the incident before selecting Kirk with the No. 47 overall pick. "We did our own independent research on it and we felt very good about the information that we received," coach Steve Wilks said. "That’s why we moved forward and really drafted him. As I stated before, we want to bring in great character guys, and I think Christian is one of those guys." It should be a dead issue going forward.
May 15 - 5:42 PM

Although his reps are limited, Cardinals LT D.J. Humphries (knee) has been taking part in OTAs.

Per the Arizona Republic, Humphries is "on track to be ready by the start of the season." From the sound of it, he will be ready for training camp. Humphries had a decent 2017 between injuries, and will open the year as Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen's blindside protector. The Cardinals continue to endorse his progress as a player, most recently exercising his 2019 team option.
May 15 - 3:34 PM

Cardinals second-round WR Christian Kirk was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and property damage back in February.

The Cardinals knew about the arrest before taking Kirk with the No. 47 overall pick. Allegedly, Kirk and some friends were observed throwing rocks at vehicles while leaving the Waste Management Phoenix Open on February 3. They broke the window of at least one vehicle. The case is still pending in Arizona, so it's possible Kirk faces some sort of league discipline down the line.
May 14 - 6:40 PM

Cardinals signed fourth round RB Chase Edmonds to a four-year contract.

Edmonds set all-time rushing records in the Patriot League as a four-year starter. He'll open his career as a change of pace for contract-year RB David Johnson, but there's potential for a rookie impact. Edmonds has plug-and-play upside if Johnson suffers another injury.
May 11 - 8:59 PM

Cardinals signed No. 10 overall pick QB Josh Rosen to a four-year contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. A sometimes-candidate for the No. 1 overall pick, Rosen ended up falling to No. 10 in a deep quarterback class. The Cardinals traded up from No. 15 to get him. UCLA ran a pro-style offense wherein Rosen made anticipation throws and ran traditional play-action plays, so he is advanced conceptually. His tape reveals a mechanically-sound technician with picturesque footwork and delivery, albeit with passing efficiency that dipped sharply on downfield throws and risk-taking tendencies that hurt his consistency. With Sam Bradford in tow, Rosen could begin the year on the bench, but Bradford's backups always make starts sooner rather than later.
May 10 - 8:25 PM

Cardinals signed FB Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract.

Coleman is expected to open the year as Arizona's starting fullback. He appeared in all 16 games with Atlanta last season, but graded near the bottom of PFF's lead blocker ratings. Coleman doesn't figure to see many snaps in OC Mike McCoy's scheme, which utilizes dual tight end running sets. RB Bronson Hill was cut in a corresponding move.
May 9 - 6:01 PM

Cardinal RB Elijhaa Penny will transition to fullback and tight end.

Penny gained 162 yards from scrimmage with two scores last season, an impressive feat for a second-year UDFA. Playing fullback and tight end on top of running back duties will give him a better shot to make the team out of camp, but it's a legitimate question mark whether the 6'2", 234-pound Penny can make a seamless transition as a primary blocker. Fourth-round pick Chase Edmonds will serve as David Johnson's backup.
May 4 - 12:27 PM

Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki expects TE Ricky Seals-Jones to have an "expanded role" in 2018.

Jurecki is connecting the obvious dots after the Cardinals failed to either sign or draft legitimate competition. Jermaine Gresham tore his Achilles' last Week 17 and is probably doubtful for Week 1. A 23-year-old converted wide receiver, Seals-Jones flashed upside in catching 12 passes for 201 yards and three scores over the Cardinals' final seven games last season. He's an interesting TE2 prospect in fantasy.
May 3 - 3:59 PM

Cardinals selected Cincinnati OT Korey Cunningham with the No. 254 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Cunningham (6'5/311) didn't allow a single sack last season and posted the second-highest SPARQ score among offensive tackles before the draft, behind only Raiders first-round pick Kolton Miller. Cunningham has short arms and struggled to block powerful linemen in the American Athletic Conference, but he is worth a short to develop based on his movement skills and size.
Apr 28 - 6:50 PM


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