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Tyrann Mathieu - S Posted 7/23/14 9:51pm et
The Arizona Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.
Huddle Up: The Cards weren't expecting Mathieu to be ready for the start of camp, and they're not holding their breath with regards to his availability for the start of the season. While he could still surprise everyone, IDPers shouldn't bank on him being ready to play until midseason.

Jonathan Dwyer - RB Posted 7/16/14 12:34am et
Arizona Cardinals RBs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor will both be used to spell RB Andre Ellington this season, according to's Josh Weinfuss.
Huddle Up: With the 5-10, 195-pound Ellington not built to carry a full-size workload, it's looking like a three-headed RBBC in the desert. Ugh.

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR Posted 7/13/14 10:23pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. appears to have the inside track for the No. 3 wide receiver job this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Ginn has had only one season of more than 38 receptions, and that was way back in his second season of 2008, so things thin out pretty quickly in the desert behind starters Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Antonio Cromartie - CB Posted 6/30/14 12:32am et
Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie said he recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds and 4.36 seconds.
Huddle Up: Cromartie turned 30 in April but hasn't missed a start since 2010. Regardless, he'll see plenty of action if he starts opposite Patrick Peterson as expected.

Carson Palmer - QB Posted 6/15/14 4:00pm et
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer will become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
Huddle Up: Palmer, who threw for a career-high 4,274 yards last season, will turn 35 in December, but the Cards don't currently have their future starting QB on the roster, unless fourth-round pick Logan Thomas develops quicker than expected.

Jonathan Dwyer - RB Posted 6/12/14 8:53pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer received praise from head coach Bruce Arians during organized team activities for his pass-catching abilities. Dwyer also is effective in pass blocking, which is something that Arians covets in his offense.
Huddle Up: Dwyer only had 27 receptions in 4 seasons in Pittsburgh, but his pass-blocking prowess could earn him some extra offensive snaps in the desert if second-year backs Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor struggle with protection.

Daryl Washington - LB Posted 5/30/14 6:25pm et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington acknowledged his upcoming NFL suspension was the result of failing the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse related to marijuana. Washington said he is committed to making changes in his life to allow him to return to the NFL as soon as possible.
Huddle Up: Washington has been suspended indefinitely, which means he can apply for reinstatement after a year. Don't look for any IDP contributions from him until at least 2015.

Andre Ellington - RB Posted 5/28/14 11:27am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is expected to receive 25-30 touches per game, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: It's the offseason, so take the coachspeak with a grain of salt. Ellington has definite fantasy value as the most talented back in Arizona, but at his current ADP of RB17--ahead of, among others, Shane Vereen and Ryan Mathews--he's no longer a value pick. The concern, which Arians has voiced before, is how Ellington will hold up to such a workload at 5-9 and 200 pounds.

Logan Thomas - QB Posted 5/24/14 1:53pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said the biggest hurdle for QB Logan Thomas to clear is breaking the habit of trying to decide where to throw while dropping back. Arians wants Thomas to drop back and set his feet before making a throw.
Huddle Up: Thomas is a project, but there are few better choices for a coach to develop such a prospect than Arians. He's a deep, deep dynasty investment, one with low risk and a potentially huge payoff if he flashes the ability he did a couple seasons back at the collegiate level.

Michael Floyd - WR Posted 5/23/14 11:38am et
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd has impressed the team thus far in offseason workouts. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said Floyd is more fluid this year and runs and catches effortlessly. Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake wants Floyd to improve his block, route running and technique.
Huddle Up: Big things are expected from Floyd this season, both by the Cardinals and potential fantasy owners. Floyd actually had more receiving yards than Larry Fitzgerald last season; don't be surprised if he surpasses him in other categories this season as well.

Tyrann Mathieu - S Posted 5/17/14 12:47pm et
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) could be healthy enough to play in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, according to general manager Steve Keim. Last month, the team believed Mathieu would begin the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list. 'He has been a gym rat,' Keim said. 'He's in here all the time. We have to kick him out of the building and tell him 'Tyrann, go home for a little bit.' He's always in the training room doing his rehab.' Mathieu is recovering from torn anterior and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee.
Huddle Up: Knee injuries are no longer a death sentence in the NFL, with players consistently returning to action faster than the old timetables suggested they would. Mathieu seems to be on a similar path, though if you're banking on him in an IDP league you'll need to keep closer tabs on his progress once training camp opens.

Ryan Williams - RB Posted 5/13/14 5:55pm et
The Arizona Cardinals have released RB Ryan Williams.
Huddle Up: The often-injured 2011 2nd-round pick's' 3-year run in the desert netted 3 starts and 58 carries for 164 yards.

Carson Palmer - QB Posted 5/6/14 7:39pm et
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's comfort level with the offense is expected to show in 2014 and pay huge dividends, according to general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: There's a good chance the Cards could draft a young QB to develop this week, but don't sleep too long on Palmer in fantasy drafts as it won't take much of an improvement for the veteran to make a strong push for No. 1 QB status after throwing for a career-high 4,274 yards last fall in his debut season in the desert.

Patrick Peterson - CB Posted 4/20/14 4:53pm et
Updating a previous item, the Arizona Cardinals plan to exercise the option on CB Patrick Peterson no later than Monday, April 21.
Huddle Up: Peterson, who has 10 interceptions and 30 passes defensed over the past 2 seasons, will combine with newly signed Antonio Cromartie to form one of the league's most dynamic CB tandems.

Andre Roberts - WR Posted 4/19/14 10:37pm et
The Washington Redskins may consider using WR Andre Roberts as a kick and punt returner this upcoming season, but he did not have great numbers when handled the role with the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Washington is looking for ways to get their money out of Roberts, who they signed to be their WR2 before DeSean Jackson became available.

Stepfan Taylor - RB Posted 3/29/14 3:46pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expanded on how the team plans to use RB Andre Ellington this year at the owners meetings this week. "He is still not a guy who you will pound up the middle 30 times a game and survive," Arians said. "He can run the football 30 times a game if you do it correctly, but you'd rather have him have 10 catches and 20 carries and let Stepfan Taylor or (Jonathan) Dwyer have the rest of the carries pound the rest of the ball up in there."
Huddle Up: Ellington's fantasy owners will be perfectly happy with 30 touches a game regardless of how they come; heck, in a split backfield in Arizona they'll settle for 20. Either way, the indication here is that Ellington has some serious fantasy value heading into the 2014 season.

Antonio Cromartie - CB Posted 3/20/14 1:54pm et
The Arizona Cardinals signed CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) Thursday, March 20, to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cromartie, who has had at least 3 interceptions and 10 passes defensed in the last 5 seasons, fortifies the back-end opposite Patrick Peterson for an already standout defense.

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:23pm et
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers) to an undisclosed 3-year deal Thursday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Ginn, who had 36 receptions for 556 yards and a career-high 5 TDs this past season in Carolina, will be the Cards' No. 3 wideout behind starters Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Karlos Dansby - LB Posted 3/11/14 4:34pm et
According to Kent Somers of, the Cleveland Browns have sign free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) to a four-year deal worth $24 million with $14 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: The 10-year veteran Dansby, who notched a career-high 113 solo tackles this past season in Arizona, will step in for the recently released D'Qwell Jackson.

Andre Roberts - WR Posted 3/11/14 10:57pm et
The Washington Redskins and free-agent WR Andre Roberts agreed to a 4-year, $16 million deal Tuesday, March 11, including $8 million in guaranteed money. The first year of his salary is for $1.25 million in fully guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Roberts, who started 35 games and averaged 45.5 receptions per season in his 4 years with the Cards, will be penciled in as a starter opposite No. 1 WR Pierre Garcon in the Skins' new-look offense under head coach Jay Gruden and OC Sean McVay.

Rashard Mendenhall - RB Posted 3/9/14 11:29pm et
Teams are being told the free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals) is retiring, according to sources. He hinted at the possibility in a Feb. 25 column.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Mendenhall, whose best years were back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009-10, may be done at 26 years old. He gained 821 yards from scrimmage and scored 8 TDs this past season on a 1-year deal in Arizona.

John Carlson - TE Posted 3/7/14 11:22pm et
Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson will make $4.65 million as part of his two-year deal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bruce Arians is on record as saying his tight ends need to be blockers first, so Carlson's fantasy value--even with his move from Vikings backup to Cardinals starter--remains minimal.

Rashard Mendenhall - RB Posted 2/25/14 8:45pm et
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall hinted at retirement in a piece he posted on The Huffington Post Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'That day I sat on my couch two years ago was the very next day after I tore my ACL in week 17. The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow. And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over, and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead,' Mendenhall wrote.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall, who has played 6 pro seasons, rushed for only 687 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per attempt this past season but did find the end zone 8 times -- 11th among all RBs. It appears, though, the Cards are prepared to move on, and if Mendenhall does suit up again, it likely will be in a new uniform in a No. 2 role.

Ryan Williams - RB Posted 2/24/14 2:06pm et
The Arizona Cardinals will give RB Ryan Williams a chance to make the team in camp, but he's no lock. He missed the entire preseason due to injury last year and was a healthy scratch all 16 games. 'It's very hard to become a player during the season when you miss the entire preseason,' head coach Bruce Arians said. 'He did impressive things on the scout team. The big thing, he came to work every day. The consistency of showing up to work every day - that will be the big thing for him in training camp this year.'
Huddle Up: Williams' injury history suggests that even if he does get a shot he can't be banked on. The Cardinals found other backfield options last season in Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor, so Williams will be competing for a backup gig at best.

Andre Roberts - WR Posted 2/18/14 12:14pm et
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Andre Roberts said he is not sure if he will re-sign with the team this offseason.
Huddle Up: Roberts was third on the squad with 43 receptions this past season, but that marked a three-year low as did his 471 receiving yards and 2 TDs. He's clearly been surpassed by Michael Floyd, the team's 2012 first-round pick, in the WR pecking order and would be best served seeking out a new home if he has designs on being a starting WR.

Patrick Peterson - CB Posted 2/7/14 12:06am et's Josh Weinfuss doesn't believe Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson will hold out for a new contract this offseason, as he heads into his fourth and final year of his rookie deal. Peterson said his representatives haven't heard back from the team yet about a new deal. However, Weinfuss says Peterson told him he loves playing football and doesn't like to be away from the field, which means he'd be unlikely to hold out and miss training camp time. Peterson can always play another season and approach a contract extension before the 2015 season, too.
Huddle Up: We'll see if Peterson's outlook is swayed by the deals signed in the FA CB market this offseason with several big names available, including Aqib Talib, Alterraun Verner and Sam Shields.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 2/4/14 11:52pm et
The Arizona Cardinals have created $9.4 million in salary cap space by restructuring the contract of WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's 2015 salary cap figure has increased to $23.6 million because of the restructuring.
Huddle Up: This still doesn't necessarily rule out the Cards trading Fitz, but it does make it more likely that he'll remain with the only franchise he's known.

Ryan Lindley - QB Posted 2/1/14 10:08am et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he is willing to draft a quarterback in the second or third day of the 2014 NFL Draft if he believes that quarterback can become a better player than QBs Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley.
Huddle Up: That's not exactly setting the bar high, and Carson Palmer isn't the long-term solution in Arizona. In other words, the Cards will be taking a quarterback on Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 1/30/14 8:46pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said he is willing to restructure his contract if that is what needs to be done. 'Absolutely. If that's what needs to be done, that's what needs to be done,' Fitzgerald said.
Huddle Up: Fitz is a frequent subject of offseason trade rumors, but he's a fan favorite in the desert, and neither side seems to have any inclination to part ways at this point.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 1/28/14 11:37pm et
The New England Patriots were interested in trading for Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald last offseason, according to a trusted source of's Tom E. Curran.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald and Brady would be quite the interesting pairing, but it's hard to envision the Cards trading away the fan favorite unless the Pats extended an offer they couldn't refuse. Definitely a rumor to track this offseason.

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