John Brown - WRPosted 8/25/16 11:25am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: Brown has been dealing with head injuries for the past few weeks, so he probably will be eased back into practice. Brown should receive plenty of targets this season and can be a low-end No. 2 or a high-end No. 3 receiver in leagues.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 8/24/16 12:37pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) said he could be taking part in practice but does not want to suffer a setback this close to the start of the season.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald is dealing with a minor injury and does not need to play in a preseason game because the Cardinals know what to expect from him. He had a terrific season in 2015 and should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues in 2016.
John Brown - WRPosted 8/24/16 2:03pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 24, because he is dealing with a headache.
Huddle Up: Brown is working his way back from a concussion and will be held out until he is healthy. He will have a few weeks to recover before the start of the season, so owners should monitor the situation. He is part of one of the better receiver corps in the NFL and should be considered a No. 3 receiver in most leagues.
Tyrann Mathieu - SPosted 8/21/16 2:52pm ET
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) is practicing with the team Sunday, Aug. 21, about 35 weeks after tearing his ACL.
Huddle Up: Don't look for 'Honey Badger' to play in the preseason, but his ability to seamlessly defend wide receivers as a cornerback or tight ends as a safety is a big deal for a team with Super Bowl aspirations like the Cardinals. Considering he has yet to experience any setbacks, expect Mathieu to be ready for Week 1 against the New England Patriots.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 8/20/16 5:52am ET
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) did not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 19, because of a medial collateral ligament injury but was able to run before and after the game. The injury is not considered serious.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald could sit out some practices but should be fine for the start of the regular season. He is coming off a solid 2015 season and should be a solid part of the passing game again this season. He can be a No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 8/19/16 7:10pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer completed four of his eight passes for 37 yards and an interception in three series against the San Diego Chargers Friday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: With plenty of weapons to throw to, Palmer should finish comfortably in QB1 territory again in 2016.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 8/19/16 9:35pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) didn't play against the San Diego Chargers Friday, Aug. 19, and head coach Bruce Arians said Fitzgerald is dealing with a 'slight' sprain of the medial collateral ligament.
Huddle Up: It doesn't sound like fantasy owners should be too concerned. Fitzgerald enjoyed a resurgence last year, and if he and Carson Palmer can stay healthy, the veteran receiver should be a high-end WR3.
Tyrann Mathieu - SPosted 8/16/16 3:44pm ET
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Huddle Up: Great news for the Cards' play-making safety, who's ranked as the Huddle's sixth-ranked DB in IDP drafts.
John Brown - WRPosted 8/16/16 4:21pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown still has not cleared the concussion protocol. The Cardinals remain concerned and are being cautious with Brown, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: It's certainly concerning with the wideout on the sidelines since the early days of training camp, but good news is there's still nearly four weeks for him to get ready for the regular-season opener. Stay tuned ...
David Johnson - RBPosted 8/16/16 10:36pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has had a good training camp, and he has been impressive his teammates and the coaching staff. He averaged 135 yards from scrimmage per game while posting eight rushing touchdowns, four receiving scores and one kickoff return for touchdown. His skills as a receiver out of the backfield are drawing lofty comparisons. 'I mean, probably the best receiving back I've seen,' general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday, Aug. 16. 'A lot of people have compared him to Marshall Faulk, and our coaches had Marshall Faulk in Indy. I think he's very similar in some way athletically and in terms of ball-catching skills to Marshall.'
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy GMs are banking on the Faulk comparisons as Johnson currently is the second back and sixth overall player coming off the board in drafts according to MFL.com ADP figures.
David Johnson - RBPosted 8/11/16 5:54pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson will not be run into the ground early on in the regular season because RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington will be able to help, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: This is the potential fly in the ointment for the talented second-year back who currently owns a MFL.com ADP of seventh overall and No. 3 among running backs. Definitely take this into consideration when you're weighing RB1s.
Tyrann Mathieu - SPosted 8/5/16 8:46am ET
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) and DT Frostee Rucker are two weeks away from being able to practice, according to head coach Bruce Arians. CB Justin Bethel (foot) and DE Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) should be back in even less time.
Huddle Up: Among the top IDP defensive backs, a healthy Mathieu offers big-play ability to a fantasy roster. Consider him a somewhat risky DB2 in standard IDP setups.
Tyrann Mathieu - SPosted 8/2/16 3:41pm ET
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million contract extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, according to sources.
Huddle Up: A deserving deal for one of the league's best defensive play--makers -- one who has notched 196 tackles, 30 passes defensed and eight interceptions in 40 games over three seasons.
John Brown - WRPosted 8/1/16 3:31pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown will not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 1, because he is taking part in the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Tough early-camp going for the speedy Brown, and he'll have ample time to mend.
David Johnson - RBPosted 7/29/16 12:45pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's carries will be determined 'game to game,' head coach Bruce Arians said Thursday, July 30.
Huddle Up: The fantasy world has been quick to bestow no-doubt RB1 status on Johnson after his run of big games late last season, but Arians and Co. keep stressing that Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington still will be involved as well.
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.
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