The Huddle on Facebook Facebook   The Huddle on Twitter Twitter   The Huddle Mobile Mobile Welcome, Guest. You are not logged in.JOINHELP
HOME FANTASY DRAFT KIT IN SEASON ARTICLES NEWS STATS FORUMS TEAMS PLAYERS NFL DRAFT NFL ABOUT myHuddle

FANTASY FOOTBALL ARTICLES

State of the Cardinals - Training Camp Preview
David Dorey
July 16, 2009
Comments Comments       Print this page Print 
This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
Team Menu
ARI ATL BAL BUF CAR CHI
CIN CLE DAL DEN DET GBP
HOU IND JAC KCC MIA MIN
NEP NOS NYG NYJ OAK PHI
PIT SDC SEA SFO STL TBB
TEN WAS  

Traning Camp Opens: July 29
Head Coach:
Ken Whisenhunt (3rd year)
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium (Retractable Roof)  Surface: Grass
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 9-7

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 36 47 2 544 321 59% 3919 12.2 17 17 9 22
2007 31 61 1 590 356 60% 4228 11.9 32 24 5 4
2008 22 3 0 627 416 66% 4847 11.7 31 15 2 3

Quarterback - After finally realizing the Cardinals would be better served with Matt Leinart on the bench and Kurt Warner on the field, this offense has been cruising in the fast lane that ended in the Super Bowl last year. Warner brought this offense to being top five in passing categories for the last two seasons. The only problem is that Warner is 38 years old and has been surprisingly fortunate with injuries for the last two seasons. 2008 was the first season in seven years that Warner played all 16 games. The Cardinals need to get Leinart some work in training camp - he's going to figure in again and that may not be as far away as it may seem.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 377 1256 3.3 10 97 69 71% 474 0 30 29 20
2007 366 1344 3.7 8 104 64 62% 529 1 29 30 25
2008 307 1100 3.6 14 118 81 69% 612 1 32 30 19

Running Backs - The Cardinals running backs are always among the least used in the league though last year saw Tim Hightower become a touchdown machine (10). But he really never was much more than a goal line player and only had a 2.8 YPC. Edgerrin James has moved on so now the rookie Chris Wells has an open door to be the fulltime, every-down back for the Cardinals. He's actually a good fit since he won't be asked to run the ball too much in this pass happy scheme and he too is a bruiser who can score the close touchdowns. Hightower and James combined only had 276 carries last year and that was in the most successful season in franchise history.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 372 218 59% 3124 14.3 16 2 9
2007 423 255 60% 3342 13.1 23 3 3
2008 461 310 67% 4013 12.9 30 1 1

Wide Receivers - No question where the elite pair of wideouts were in 2008. Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald combined for 23 touchdowns last year and a mere 2469 yards. If that wasn't enough - and it usually was - Steve Breaston added in to make the ultra-rare three wideouts with over 1000 receiving yards apiece. Jerheme Urban seemed a non-factor on this team because he only had 448 yards and four touchdowns. As with last year, there have been constant rumors and speculation that Anquan Boldin is going to be traded but nothing happened. It worked out well last year.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 50 34 68% 321 9.4 1 30 32
2007 57 37 65% 357 9.6 8 30 10
2008 40 25 63% 237 9.5 0 31 32

Tight Ends
- The Cardinals almost never use their tight ends and the resulting ranks bear that out. Leonard Pope gave a minor spike in touchdowns (5) in 2007 but there is nary a tight end here worthy of any fantasy consideration.

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - The Cardinals return to camp as the NFC Champs along with all the same skill players outside of Edgerrin James being replaced by Chris Wells. That should prove to be an upgrade and while Wells had injury issues in college, he may be okay in the NFL if he follows the Cards normal usuage of backs and only tallies maybe 250 or so carries with enough goal line trips to ensure fantasy value. Wells is the only player of note to watch in the preseason though the persistent rumors about Boldin being traded will never die. If he does leave, then all eyes should be on Breaston whose fantasy stock will skyrocket in this potent offense.

Related Articles

Team-by-Team Offensive Line Review and Ratings
Head Coaching Changes and Their Fantasy Impact
Ease of Schedule for Quarterbacks
Ease of Schedule for Running Backs
Ease of Schedule for Receivers
a d v e r t i s e m e n t