Carson Palmer - QBPosted 7/24/16 12:45pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald expects 'better things' from QB Carson Palmer this season because of Palmer's understanding of head coach Bruce Arians' offensive system.
Huddle Up: We can appreciate Fitz's positive outlook, but it'll be the 36-year-old Palmer's fourth season in Arians' system now, and he'll doing well to even approach his career-high numbers (4,671 yards, 35 TD passes) of last season when he finished fifth among fantasy QBs.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 7/21/16 4:10pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald seems unlikely to retire anytime soon. 'Just trying to prepare for the next phase in your life, but I have a lot of good football left in me. How long I will play, I don't know. I feel great. I can still play at a high level. I just have to take it one year at a time and I got a really fantastic team I'm a part of,' Fitzgerald said.
Huddle Up: Fitz will turn 33 before the season begins, but is coming off a career year in receptions (109). Although his yardage total (1,215) was the fifth best of his career, it reflects his new status as a slot/possession receiver -- and it's one he is excelling at.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 7/19/16 4:17pm ET
The majority of Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's playing time may come at wide receiver, as long as RBs David Johnson and Chris Johnson are healthy, according to azcardinals.com's Darren Urban.
Huddle Up: That's looking about the best chance to keep Ellington involved after his career-low 60 offensive touches in 10 games last season as the Johnsons played and played well as the Cards' lead backs. In all, though, given the talented Arizona WR corps, Ellington projects as the odd-man out there as well.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 7/5/16 1:09pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton said he has talked with the Cardinals about the possibility of being the starting quarterback once QB Carson Palmer retires. Stanton said that was a factor in him re-signing with Arizona.
Huddle Up: Bruce Arians & Co. certainly haven't hidden their affinity for Stanton, and his time in the desert likely is coming sooner rather than later with Carson Palmer set to turn 37 before this coming regular season ends.
David Johnson - RBPosted 7/1/16 8:35pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has averaged 131.7 yards from scrimmage per game since he entered the starting lineup in Week 13 last year, which was the most in the NFL. Johnson also had the fastest speed by a running back as a ball carrier in 2015, per Next Gen Stats.
Huddle Up: You'll get no argument from us at The Huddle, ranking Johnson fourth inn the standard-scoring RB ranks and third in the PPR ranks.
John Brown - WRPosted 6/28/16 10:36pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown finished the 2015 season with 1,003 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.
Huddle Up: The second-year WR finished second in all three categories to veteran Larry Fitzgerald, and while his deep speed is an integral part of the Cards' aerial attack, his continued success hinges a great deal upon another career-esque year from Carson Palmer, who will be 37 before the season is over.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 6/8/16 11:09am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'
Huddle Up: While it's problematic that the Cards have three quality backs for a one- or two-back backfield, Ellington's injury history suggests he'll remove himself from the equation for at least a portion of the season. Johnson remains the feature back here, though there is real fantasy concern as to what portion of the touches CJ and Ellington are capable of stealing.
Patrick Peterson - CBPosted 6/7/16 4:00pm ET
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) was able to participate in some individual drills during practice Tuesday, June 7. He said he expects to be a full participant once training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Cards and the IDP-league prospects of Peterson, who has yet to miss a regular-season start in five seasons.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could claim the starting job in Arizona's backfield despite head coach Bruce Arians claiming that RB David Johnson is the bell cow back, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
Huddle Up: This could end up being a very frustrating situation for fantasy owners, as David became a fantasy darling last season while CJ has mostly drawn ire from the fantasy community in recent seasons. If this evolves into a "hot hand" or RBBC situation, those who spend big on David Johnson will be very displeased.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 5/29/16 9:15pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes he and RB David Johnson can be the best running back tandem in the NFL. David Johnson said Chris Johnson has helped him become a more patient running back.
Huddle Up: It definitely is one of the league's more intriguing -- and, yes, productive -- RB pairings with the veteran Chris Johnson and sophomore David Johnson, but the latter projects as the Cards' clear No. 1 back (a top-10 fantasy RB) after the former surprisingly led the team in rushing a season ago.
Dwight Freeney - LBPosted 5/12/16 1:06pm ET
Free-agent DE/LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) said he definitely wants to play in 2016.
Huddle Up: Even at 36 years old, Freeney's tank isn't empty as he led the Cards with eight sacks in 11 games last season. He is, however, almost strictly a one-trick pony as he only had one more total tackle (nine) than sack.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 4/21/16 10:19am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said he has not really thought about the possibility of this being his last season playing in the NFL. Fitzgerald signed a two-year deal last offseason and said he's focused on finishing that deal this season. He hinted that if the Cardinals won the Super Bowl this season, he would lean towards retirement. 'A lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer) - Carson's playing at a high level,' Fitzgerald said. 'I don't want to go through any other quarterback situations. It's been great to have the stability that we have now with the big fella, he's been playing lights out.'
Huddle Up: Fitz isn't getting any younger, and after suffering through some horrific quarterback play you can't blame him for not wanting to break in another one post-Palmer. His potential short-term future is worth keeping in mind in dynasty league drafts.
Patrick Peterson - CBPosted 4/21/16 11:59pm ET
Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) said he has a six-to-eight week recovery process from his ankle surgery. As stated previously, he should be ready for training camp in late July.
Huddle Up: A lot of eyes will be monitoring the offseason progress of the two Arizona defensive backfield standouts -- Peterson and S Tyrann Mathieu (ACL tear) -- who combined for seven interceptions, 25 passes defensed and 122 total tackles last season.
David Johnson - RBPosted 4/3/16 2:06pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has earned the right to be the 'bell cow' at running back, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: The 2015 rookie third-round pick finished second on the team with 161 touches a season ago but was the Cards' most productive offensive skill player with 1,038 total yards and 12 TDs. Even with Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington still in the mix, look for the second-year back to approach 250 touches.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 3/21/16 12:20am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he has turned the page on the playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers and won't let one game define him.
Huddle Up: It was a tough postseason for Palmer, who finished fifth among fantasy QBs with 382 points in the regular season. Palmer can certainly bounce back, but time is running short as he'll turn 37 before the 2016 season ends.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham believes the offseason surgery he had last year on a herniated disc slowed him down. Gresham said he didn't play up to his full potential and expects a big 2016 season.
Huddle Up: Gresham signed late and took a while to work into the offense, then was injured; as a result, he posted the lowest catch totals of his career. Healthy and fully versed in the offense, Gresham is in line for a bounceback and could work his way into low-end fantasy contributor territory.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 3/17/16 4:20pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson re-signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals Thursday, March 17, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the veteran RB is staying in the desert, and that's not necessarily good news for the fantasy owners of second-year back David Johnson as the competition for touches will remain.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 3/15/16 3:49pm ET
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) could sign with a team as early as this week, according to a source. Prospective teams were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Johnson turned 30 last season but did open some eyes with his strong 11-game run (872 total yards, three TDs) with the Cards in 2015. All indications, though, is that Johnson won't be back in Arizona, though, with the Cards set to hand the No. 1 RB gig over to second-year back David Johnson.
Jermaine Gresham - TEPosted 3/13/16 10:45pm ET
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham re-signed to an undisclosed deal Sunday, March 13. He is taking less money to stay with Arizona, however.
Huddle Up: Gresham is coming off his least-productive receiving season (18-223-12) in his six years in the NFL as he was required to block more in Bruce Arians' offense, and his days as a fantasy-viable tight end appear to be over.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 3/8/16 11:19pm ET
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent QB Drew Stanton agreed to re-sign a two-year deal with the Cardinals Tuesday, March 8. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Unlike 2014, Stanton only attempted 25 passes backing up Carson Palmer this past season, but the latter isn't getting any younger as he'll turn 37 before the end of next season.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 2/25/16 7:25pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could be on the roster bubble because he has not lived up to expectations at this point, according general manager John Keim. 'Andre hasn't proved he can be a 20-25 touch-a-game guy. David Johnson has,' Keim said. 'If the guy doesn't fulfill expectations, it's time to move on.'
Huddle Up: Ellington is entering the final year of his 4-year, $2.3 million rookie deal so he's not going to cost the Cards too much to keep, but health definitely is a concern after he's missed a combined 11 games over his first three seasons, and whatever way the Cards decide to go this offseason shouldn't come as any surprise.
Chris Johnson - RBPosted 2/24/16 8:59am ET
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Chris Johnson said Tuesday, Feb. 23, that he has spoken with head coach Bruce Arians and running backs coach Stump Mitchell about returning to the team in 2016. 'They want me back and I want to be back, but you know how the business side is,' Johnson said in a satellite radio interview.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners would prefer that CJ?K find a new home, lest he cut into the burgeoning fantasy career of David Johnson.
David Johnson - RBPosted 2/16/16 10:51am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has the potential to be extremely special, according to general manager Steve Keim, who claims it's 'scary' to think how good Johnson will be once he develops beyond merely 'scratching the surface.'
Huddle Up: The Cardinals are unlikely to bring back Chris Johnson, leaving David with the bulk of the work and Andre Ellington as a change of pace back. The opportunity in Arizona will push Johnson's fantasy value sky-high.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/12/16 10:50am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's $7.15 million base salary and $6.35 million roster bonus are fully guaranteed Friday, Feb. 12.
Huddle Up: Given the Cardinals' struggles when Palmer was not in the lineup, he's worth every penny.
Darren Fells - TEPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Arizona Cardinals TE Darren Fells signed his exclusive-rights tender Monday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Fells didn't have much of a choice, hence the name "exclusive rights". Fells appeared to usurp Jermaine Gresham as the Cards' tight end of choice down the stretch, and while it's not a particularly juicy role in that offense if he's seeing most of the looks he could be a viable plug-in fantasy play next season.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (finger) won't be playing in the Pro Bowl in order to let his injured finger heal. He will not need surgery, however. Head coach Bruce Arians said that he didn't think the finger was an issue against the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship, but added that Palmer probably should not have played in Week 17 of the regular season because of the finger.
Huddle Up: Palmer clearly didn't have his "A" game in the conference championship, be it nerves or the finger or the Carolina defense. Good news that he won't need surgery, and by skipping the Pro Bowl he has plenty of recovery time before the next meaningful snap for the Cardinals.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/24/16 11:11pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer completed 23-of-40 passes for 235 yards, a touchdown and four interceptions in a 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: Palmer also lost two fumbles in a horrifying performance for a veteran QB who played like a serious MVP candidate for most of the season. Needless to say it's going to be a long offseason for the 36-year-old QB.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/24/16 11:18pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald finished with four catches for 30 yards in a 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: The veteran WR went from feast to famine following his 8-176-1 day a week ago against the Packers, dropping a couple passes and mainly just suffering from QB Carson Palmer's horrendous outing.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/22/16 1:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson led the NFL with nine touchdowns on the road this year.
Huddle Up: The rookie third-rounder certainly displayed a nose for the end zone with 13 scores overall, including a 108-yard kickoff return, but he'll be up against one of his toughest challenges of the season in the Panthers' run defense, which ranked foutrth overall with 88.4 yards allowed per game.
John Brown - WRPosted 1/22/16 10:17pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 22, and is listed as probable for the NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Huddle Up: No surprise, and that will give Carson Palmer a full complement of receivers to go up against a not-so-deep Carolina secondary.
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