Chad Williams - WRPosted 6/20/17 8:51pm ET
Arizona Cardinals third-round WR Chad Williams will likely begin the season as the team's fifth receiver, according to 98.7 Arizona's Mike Jurecki.
Huddle Up: It's not a big surprise despite the early hype he has generated, considering the Cardinals have a reputation recently of not getting much out of their rookie class and the fact Arizona has Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown ahead of him on the depth chart. He is being groomed as Fitzgerald's replacement, however, so he should have significant value in 2018 and beyond.
Andre Ellington - WRPosted 6/7/17 11:25am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is moving back to running back, and the team will be looking for him to have a tougher running style, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington probably will compete for the backup running back job during training camp after the team briefly moved him to wide receiver. Ellington likely will receive limited touches in 2017 and should only be a late-round option.
John Brown - WRPosted 6/7/17 1:10pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Brown could miss the rest of offseason workouts because of the injury but likely will be ready for the start of training camp. Brown struggled with injuries in 2016 and finished with only 517 yards and two touchdowns. He should be a top three receiver for the Cardinals this season and can be considered a No. 3 receiver.
John Brown - WRPosted 6/3/17 8:38pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown is back to running routes like he did in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year,' Arians said. 'Knock on wood, it stays that way.'
Huddle Up: Health issues derailed Brown last year, but he topped 1,000 yards in 2015. He should be a key component of Arizona's passing attack this year, and he is worth grabbing as a WR3.
Chad Williams - WRPosted 5/30/17 7:49pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams received some lofty praise from a likely Hall-of-Famer Tuesday, May 30, as WR Larry Fitzgerald said the third-round pick reminds him of former teammate Anquan Boldin in terms of the strength of their hands. 'He's reminds me of Anquan Boldin in terms of the strength of his hands. Once it touches his hands, it just doesn't move. He's got unbelievably strong hands,' Fitzgerald said of Williams.
Huddle Up: Obviously, this is high praise and probably enough to skyrocket Williams' stock in redraft and dynasty formats. The Cardinals could use another big body at receiver besides Fitzgerald and Williams might be that guy, especially considering the team wants to groom the rookie to take over for aging vet when he retires. With Fitzgerald and John Brown most likely to play starring roles this year, expect Williams to take more of a back seat this season before emerging as a regular fantasy starter in 2018 and beyond.
Jaron Brown - WRPosted 5/24/17 9:53pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (knee) participated in a portion of OTAs on Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24, taking part in individual drills while sitting out team activities. Brown suffered a season-ending torn ACL last October. 'We?re keeping him out of the team drills because I don?t want to see him cut, but he?s running routes full speed. He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they?ve ever been,' head coach Bruce Arians said.
Huddle Up: With Larry Fitzgerald nearing the end, the 179-pound John Brown a bit on the small side and the 160-pound J.J. Nelson definitely on the small side, the Cardinals could use someone like the 6-2, 205-pound Jaron Brown to step up and fill the void left behind by Michael Floyd. He has yet to 22 catches in his first four seasons, however, so expectations should be tempered. He can be avoided in fantasy drafts this summer.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 5/22/17 9:08pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Monday, May 22, he plans on addressing his post-2017 future once during training camp and won't talk about it anymore after that.
Huddle Up: No matter what his decision is, the 33-year-old will be on the field for the upcoming season and if last year is any indication, he still has plenty left in the tank. Fitzgerald notched his fourth-career campaign with 100 or more catches (107) and eighth-career 1,000-yard season (1,023) in 2016, and as a result, should still be viewed as a WR2 fantasy option going into training camp.
Andre Ellington - WRPosted 5/21/17 8:22pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Ellington said the hardest part of his transition from running back to wide receiver is the change in terminology.
Huddle Up: Ellington can be a big-play weapon, but the move to receiver doesn't guarantee playing time. He doesn't need to be drafted at this point.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 5/16/17 11:52am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he has no idea if 2017 will be his last year in the NFL. He will evaluate himself when the season is over as he does every year.
Huddle Up: Palmer hasn't exactly declined with age. He has thrown for close to 9,000 yards and 61 touchdowns over the last two seasons. That being said, his QB1 days are probably over at 37 years old.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 5/12/17 4:01pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer likely will not throw until the end of offseason workouts, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said the team wants to keep Palmer fresh for the regular season.
Huddle Up: Palmer probably will not play much during the preseason but will be ready for Week 1. He will have solid weapons to work with the passing game and probably should be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in a majority of fantasy leagues.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 5/12/17 7:04pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams is considered someone who can 'carry the torch' once WR Larry Fitzgerald decides to retire, according to offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.
Huddle Up: Williams probably won't contribute a lot this year, but he could find himself with a much bigger role in the offense as soon as 2018. He should be owned in all keeper formats.
Andre Ellington - WRPosted 5/10/17 9:27am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Ellington is getting more comfortable with the nuances of being a receiver and has the fluidity and ability to run routes with the right angle and bend, according to QB Carson Palmer. 'Everything changes when he?s got to line up and there are 11 guys across the ball and he, post-snap, has to make decisions. That?s difficult. But he runs really good routes, and the thing that really excites me is, once he gets the ball in his hands, what is he going to do with it? He?s not a receiver, he?s a running back when he has the ball in his hands,' Palmer said.
Huddle Up: Ellington is a wild-card in fantasy and reality. The odds are against him considering Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson are pretty much locked into the first three spots on the depth chart. With that said, he has more value to the Cardinals as a player who could be their third running back and fifth receiver. Barring a catastrophic number of injuries at either position, however, Ellington will have a hard time being useful in fantasy this year.
John Brown - WRPosted 5/4/17 2:03pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (back) had a cyst removed from his spine following the final game of last season. Brown had been dealing with a sickle cell trait last season and his production suffered because of it. After the cyst was removed, though, he was back to normal. Brown said his body has been feeling better and he's back in his normal routine and back to being himself.
Huddle Up: Brown is one of the better deep threats in the NFL when he's on the field. He's set to start opposite Larry Fitzgerald in 2017 with Michael Floyd out of the picture. He's capable of putting up WR2 numbers, too, as he tallied 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games two seasons ago.
Chad Williams - WRPosted 4/28/17 8:22pm ET
The Arizona Cardinals selected WR Chad Williams with the 98th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Williams lands with a Cardinals team that could use another quality receiver, and playing with Larry Fitzgerald should only help his development. He could be a sneaky stash candidate in keeper formats.
David Johnson - RBPosted 4/7/17 9:30am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson did not back down from head coach Bruce Arians' recent assertion that Johnson could approach 30 touches per game in 2017. 'I?m still young. I?m still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield,' Johnson told the team's website.
Huddle Up: Johnson led the league with 373 touches last season, or 23.3 per game, and he'd need 107 more to hit Arians' goal. Only one running back in league history - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' James Wilder with 492 in 1984 - has even come all that close to topping 480 touches, so expect Johnson to fall well short. With that said, Johnson could push for 400 touches and is certainly in the discussion for the top overall pick in fantasy drafts this summer.
David Johnson - RBPosted 3/29/17 4:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could receive 30 touches a game next season because of the amount of offense he can produce, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Johnson was one of the most productive players in the NFL this past season with 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns. He ranked second on the team with 80 receptions. Johnson should be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues and is a candidate for the first overall pick.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 3/17/17 5:56am ET
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington landed a one-year deal with a $775,000 base salary.
Huddle Up: Ellington is expected to be used more as a receiver in the backfield, but David Johnson's emergence as potentially the best RB in fantasy limits Ellington to possible flex usage.
David Johnson - RBPosted 3/11/17 1:29pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (knee) said he has completely recovered from the knee injury he suffered near the end of the season.
Huddle Up: Johnson should participate in all of the offseason workouts and be ready for training camp. He is one of the most valuable players in the NFL because of his running and receiving abilities. Johnson likely will be one of the first players selected in all fantasy leagues.
John Brown - WRPosted 2/14/17 8:04pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) is now 'very healthy,' according to team president and owner Michael Bidwill, who also said that it 'looks like they found the issue' regarding the sickle cell problem the receiver was dealing with this past season. Bidwill added: 'We'll get (Brown) back the way we had him.'
Huddle Up: That would be terrific news for the Cardinals and fantasy owners, as Brown regressed mightily after a breakout 2015 campaign that saw him register his first career 1,000-yard season. In 2016, Brown managed only 39 receptions for 517 yards and a pair of scores, but that had more to do with the sickle cell issue than anything else. With a clean bill of health, Brown could easily be a nice buy-low candidate and re-emerge to deliver solid WR3 value.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/9/17 12:17pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has announced that he will play in 2017 after considering retirement.
Huddle Up: Palmer is coming off a 2016 season where he recorded 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Palmer will have plenty of weapons to work with in the passing game, but he probably should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/3/17 11:58am ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he thinks QB Carson Palmer will 'announce he's coming back real soon,' in regards to his status for the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: With fellow veteran Larry Fitzgerald recently announcing that he'd back next year, there is strong belief that Palmer will indeed return as well. In an above-average offense that puts up a lot of points, the former No. 1 overall draft pick will have potential to put up some desirable numbers, but coming off a down campaign last season, he should be considered more of a QB2 on draft day in most leagues.
David Johnson - RBPosted 2/2/17 9:13am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson said he wants to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving next season. Johnson believes he can reach that goal if he improves his route running.
Huddle Up: Johnson finished 2016 with 1,239 rushing yards and 879 receiving yards, so there is a good chance he can accomplish the feat if he remains healthy. Johnson will be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues next season and can be in the conversation for the first overall pick.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 2/1/17 7:13pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, that he is 'definitely' returning for a 14th season and play out the final year of his contract in 2017, according to ESPN's Jim Trotter.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald's return at least gives Arizona a fighting chance to remain competitive in 2017 while the team continues to develop its young talent at receiver. Fitzgerald's second-half fades over the last two years will continue to be a concern entering his age-34 season, but it's hard to complain too much about a receiver who has proven 100-catch upside and will likely be available in the middle rounds in fantasy drafts again this summer.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/1/17 7:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is reportedly 'tied to the hip' with WR Larry Fitzgerald in terms of their playing futures. Fitzgerald announced Wednesday, Feb. 1, he will return for another season, suggesting it is a 'good sign' Palmer will do the same.
Huddle Up: Palmer has been noncommittal about his playing future to this point. He has indicated his intention is to play, but that it will depend on how his body recuperates from 'the most physically trying season of his career.' It seems more probable than not Palmer plays at least one more year, but Arizona needs to ramp up its efforts to find his successor. Palmer turned 37 in December and should be treated as midrange QB2 in 2017 should he decide to keep playing.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/31/17 6:52pm ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expects both QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald to return in 2017. He feels 'comfortable with where they're at' and added, 'I think when the juices start flowing and the injuries go away, they?ll both be back. But there?s nothing to confirm yet.'
Huddle Up: At this point early into Arizona's offseason, it's still unknown if both stars plan on continuing their respective careers. Fitzgerald is 33 years old and coming off his eighth 1,000-yard season, so there is certainly no doubt that he can still play at an elite level, which could point to him returning. Palmer, 37, isn't as much a sure bet to come back, especially after somewhat of a down campaign, but Arians hinted that one's decision could affect the other, so the early indication is both will keep playing in '17.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/29/17 12:40pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has yet to confirm whether he intends to return for another season or retire. At least one prominent general manager and two coaches around the league believe Palmer has played his last down.
Huddle Up: Palmer is coming off a physically punishing and overall trying season during which he looked almost nothing like he did in 2015, when he was in the running for league MVP. The 37-year-old picked it up late in the season, but with Larry Fitzgerald also contemplating his future and Arizona possibly in the midst of an offensive makeover, Palmer may decide to call it a career.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/29/17 12:50pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald reportedly told friends in September he expected 2016 to be his last season. He has yet to make a definitive decision one way or the other, but when asked about his future last offseason, the 10-time Pro Bowler told KMVP-FM 'a lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer).'
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald is 33 and led the NFL with 107 receptions this season, so while he wouldn't be leaving the game in his prime, he would be doing so despite transforming himself into one of the league's top slot receivers in recent years. With Palmer also pondering retirement, expect Arizona to target receiver early in April's NFL Draft. If Fitzgerald retires, John Brown, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown, who is recovering from a torn ACL, would be the Cardinals' top receivers as things stand at the moment.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/27/17 1:32pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw for 1,821 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the road this season. He threw for 2,412 yards, 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions at home.
Huddle Up: Palmer has not announced if he will play in 2017, but he probably will be back with the Cardinals. He has posted solid numbers of the last few seasons and will have a number of weapons to work with in the passing game. Owners should consider Palmer a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues and a No. 2 quarterback in standard leagues.
David Johnson - RBPosted 1/25/17 5:13pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed for 633 yards and eight touchdowns at home this season and rushed for 606 yards and eight touchdowns on the road. Johnson also caught 40 passes and two touchdowns both on the road and at home.
Huddle Up: Johnson was one of the best fantasy options for owners this season because of his success in the running and passing game. He will continue to be a focal point in Arizona's offense and should be one of the first players selected in fantasy leagues in 2017.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/22/17 9:19am ET
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer has not told him if he will continue his playing career but he believes Palmer will play in 2017.
Huddle Up: Palmer saw his numbers drop this past season and finished the season with 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games. Owners should keep an eye on the situation because Palmer can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues if he returns.
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