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2006 Player Profile: WR - Keenan McCardell
July 20, 2006 Discuss Player Here | Team Page
Year Team Gms Plays Targets Catch Catch
Yards
YPC Catch
TDs
Rush
#
Rush
Yards
Rush
TDs
100 Yard
Gms
1 TD
Gms
2003 TB 16 137 137 84 1179 14.0 8       4 7
2004 SD 7 62 61 31 393 12.7 1         1
2005 SD 16 110 107 70 917 13.1 9       1 7
  AVG 13 103 102 62 830 13.5 6       3 5
Age: 36      Years Played: 14      Height: 6'1"     Weight: 191

Background:   A three sport letterman in football, basketball and track at Waltrip High School in Houston, TX, McCardell played quarterback on the gridiron.

McCardell played football at basketball-famous UNLV and left as the school’s leading receiver with 141 catches for 2,189 yards (15.5 yards per catch) and 15 touchdowns.  He emerged as UNLV’s big-play receiver during his junior year, catching 54 passes for 883 yards (16.4 avg.) and five touchdowns, while being named team MVP and becoming the first Runnin’ Rebel receiver to post four consecutive 100 yard games.

The 6-1, 190 pound scrapper entered the NFL as a long shot candidate, being drafted in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft (the modern version of the NFL Draft goes to seven rounds) by the Washington Redskins.  He never saw the field during his rookie season, spending the year on Injured Reserve with a knee injury, but did collect a Super Bowl ring from Washington’s Super Bowl XXVI win that season.

After being cut by the Redskins following his first year, McCardell landed in Cleveland and didn’t emerge as a consistent playmaker until his fourth season with the Browns, totaling 56 catches for 709 yards and four touchdowns.  The veteran’s impressive play in the final year of his contract caught the Jacksonville Jaguars attention and netted McCardell a No.1 receiver free agent contract.  McCardell would form one half of Jacksonville’s “Thunder and Lightning” receiving duo with opposite field playmaker, Jimmy Smith, over the next six seasons, with the best single season output coming in 2000, with 94 catches for 1,207 and five touchdowns.

After his sixth and final season in Jacksonville, McCardell, and several other Jaguar veterans, were waived due to salary cap reasons, steering him to Tampa Bay to perform a complementary role to Keyshawn Johnson’s No.1 receiver.  The two-time Pro Bowler played for two seasons in Tampa, collecting a second Super Bowl ring (XXXVII) in 2003 while putting together one of his best statistical efforts (84 receptions for 1,174 yards and eight touchdowns) after taking over the No.1 receiver role when Keyshawn Johnson was de-activated for insubordination.

An ill-advised holdout to start the 2004 season forced the Buccaneers hand to trade him to San Diego in mid-October of that year.  McCardell established himself as a much-needed, reliable veteran presence in the San Diego receiving corps, but was not fantasy-significant until 2005, when, in his fifteenth season as a pro, he recorded one of the best campaigns of his career (70 catches, 917 yards and nine touchdowns). 

McCardell Fast Facts:
* Named to Mr. Blackwell’s 1998 list of “Best Dressed Athlete’s in Sports”, with Blackwell calling McCardell, “smart, sassy and blessed with savoir-faire”

* McCardell interned at Merrill Lynch in the 1998 off season to prepare for a brokerage career after football.

*He and his wife, Nicole, have served as honorary spokespeople for BRCI, in an effort to recruit minority participants for one of the nation’s largest breast cancer studies.

* During each of his two seasons in Tampa Bay, the likely Hall of Fame receiver passed out 87 turkeys and took 10 children from the Department of Health and Social Services to a local toy store and gave each child $500 to spend on gifts for the holidays, while also treating each child to lunch and escorting them back to the shelter at the end of the day.

What’s new for 2006:After compiling career totals of 825 receptions for 10,680 yards and 62 touchdowns over fifteen NFL seasons, McCardell has most likely earned his ticket to Canton when his playing days are over.  However, his standing as a fantasy football contributor has never been on equal ground with his contribution to his team on the field.  In his long and illustrious career, McCardell has never registered double digit touchdowns in a single season and reached 1,200 receiving yards only once (1,207 in 2000), but he’s demonstrated Energizer-bunny durability and had one of his best seasons ever last year, at the age of 35.  Young quarterback Philip Rivers will look to the veteran in key situations and the Chargers still don’t have a better option among their wide outs, allowing the ancient warrior another season of scoring viability to perform as a reliable third or fourth receiver for your 2006 fantasy team.

2005 2004 2003
Wk Opp Tar C# CYD CTD
1 DAL 14 9 123 2
2 @DEN 7 4 54  
3 NYG 4 4 80 2
4 @NE 1 1 11 1
5 PIT 6 1 5  
6 @OAK 5 2 20  
7 @PHI 7 5 78 1
8 KC 7 5 73  
9 @NYJ 2 2 25  
11 BUF 8 6 88 1
12 @WAS 8 5 45  
13 OAK 4 4 60  
14 MIA 8 7 58 1
15 @IND 5 3 88 1
16 @KC 11 6 58  
17 DEN 10 6 51  
Wk Opp Tar C# CYD CTD
1 @HOU        
2 NYJ        
3 @DEN        
4 TEN        
5 JAX        
6 @ATL        
7 @CAR 9 5 65  
8 OAK 5 4 55 1
9 NO 12 6 89  
11 @OAK 16 7 91  
12 @KC 9 4 48  
13 DEN 6 2 15  
14 TB 4 3 30  
15 @NYG        
16 @IND        
17 KC        
Wk Opp Tar C# CYD CTD
1 @PHI 3 3 41  
2 CAR 9 5 53 1
3 @ATL 9 4 41  
5 IND 10 4 106 2
6 @WAS 5 5 77  
7 @SF 6 3 119 1
8 DAL 12 6 68  
9 NO 6 5 75 1
10 @CAR 15 9 118 1
11 GB 7 5 55 1
12 NYG 13 9 83  
13 @JAX 11 8 74  
14 @NO 8 6 85  
15 HOU 10 5 59  
16 ATL 10 6 122 1
17 @TEN 3 1 3  

Recent Priority News

10/01/07
The Washington Redskins have signed free agent WR Keenan McCardell to bolster the team's depleted receiving corp.
Huddle Up: The Redskins will likely work McCardell into the offense as quickly as they can since WR Santana Moss has a groin injury and recently acquired Reche Caldwell is yet to play. Keep McCardell on the radar and monitor news coming out of Washington in the next couple of weeks to see when he will get in the lineup.

08/31/07
The Houston Texans have waived Keenan McCardell in part because of the impressive play of rookie Jacoby Jones.
Huddle Up: The 37-year old McCardell has likely seen his last snap in the NFL.

06/19/07
Free agent Wide receiver Keenan McCardell, who was released earlier in the spring by the San Diego Chargers, is considering a return to another NFL team. McCardell, who is the No. 9 overall receiver in NFL history, is in talks with the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans. The 17-year pro out of University of Nevada-Las Vegas was drafted in 1991 in the 12th round by the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Monitor this situation closely as McCardell could be a great addition as a No. 2 receiver on a team that could use some receiver help. It appears likely that he could end up in Washington to finish out his career but Houston has shown an interest in his services as well. Fantasy owners should consider McCardell a No. 3 receiver at best during the upcoming NFL season.

03/01/07
The San Diego Chargers released Keenan McCardell on Thursday just hours before the free agency period was to start. The 37-year old wide out has never regained the same form he had in Tampa Bay and his advancing age has not been any help.
Huddle Up: No big surprise here. McCardell had a very small role last year even though he was on the field for literally every offensive play. His departure should only serve to make Vincent Jackson better this year though he too will be limited by the action commanded by LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates.

03/09/05
McCardell has signed a two-year extension with the Chargers. The extension is worth $7.6 million in new money and he received a signing bonus of $4.1 million. For the Chargers, the deal represents a small salary cap savings.

01/08/05
The Chargers get McCardell back from his lingering hamstring injury Saturday. He'll be in the starting lineup against the Jets.

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