Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
NFC West | 5-10-1
Rank: 16th
Avg Yds
Rank: 19th
Avg PYds
Rank: 21st
Avg RYds
Rank: 9th
Posted 2/25/2020 9:56 pm UTC
Impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake is wanted back by the team, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'We'd love to have him back, he's a perfect fit for our offense,' Kingsbury said. 'He's certainly a guy we would like to have back but again not sure what the market is going to do,' said Keim.
Huddle Up: Drake rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns over eight games with the Cardinals after being acquired from the Miami Dolphins. He dethroned David Johnson and Chase Edmonds in the backfield, and he'll be a top-end RB2 wherever he plays in 2020.
Posted 2/25/2020 9:50 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is still valued by the team, according to general manager Steve Keim Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'He's a guy who's shown he can do it,' Keim said. 'I think because of the success that Kenyan (Drake) had, because of the success Chase (Edmonds) had, I think that's something that will be a chip on his shoulder. He's going to want to come back and play well and again because of his skillset, he's such a big talented athlete, we certainly think he can jump back in and do some good things for us.'
Huddle Up: Johnson has struggled the last three seasons since his All-Pro 2016 campaign while battling various injuries. He lost work to Kenyan Drake at the end of last season and he's a wild card until it's known how the Cardinals' backfield depth chart will stack up.
Posted 2/16/2020 3:17 pm UTC
The Arizona Cardinals could trade RB David Johnson during the offseason if they decide to give impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake the franchise tag or sign him to a contract extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Johnson's current contract includes a substantial amount of guaranteed money, which would make it nearly impossible for the Cardinals to cut him, so they are likely to wind up eating a great deal of cash in any potential trade, even if a draft pick is included. Drake should be viewed as a high-end RB2 option in next season's fantasy drafts if he returns to Arizona, with Johnson likely falling into the low-end RB2 range if he winds up elsewhere.
Posted 2/14/2020 8:42 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake has had some contract talks with the Cardinals since the end of the season, and general manager Steve Keim said he has told Drake that the team wants him back.
Huddle Up: Drake played very well after his trade to the Cardinals and rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with Arizona. He probably would receive most of the touches at running back if he re-signs and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/14/2020 4:09 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson has had initial contract talks, according to general manager Steve Keim. Peterson is entering the final year of his contract.
Huddle Up: Peterson was tested last year when he returned from suspension. He had 53 tackles in 10 games, and he had 54 in all of 2018. He has never been a dependable option in fantasy because teams feared throwing at him. That's no longer the case, and Peterson will quietly be an option in IDP leagues as a low-end DB1.
Posted 2/14/2020 4:08 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is not an option to be cut, according to general manager Steve Keim. 'You can't just have one back,' Keim said.
Huddle Up: The team used Johnson like a run-of-the-mill backup and not like a player that was one of the top picks in fantasy two years ago. It's hard to see him returning, and it would behoove him to play elsewhere. If he lands elsewhere, he'll be a low-end RB2 option.
Posted 2/08/2020 5:29 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones says he understands why the New England Patriots traded him to the Cardinals in 2016. 'When I spoke to Bill (Belichick) when I got traded, he told me it was best for the team; this was the best decision for our team,' Jones recently told Jeff Howe of The Athletic. 'At the time, I didn't understand. That next year, they won the Super Bowl, so I did understand that was best for the team -- saved money, and they actually went and won. There were no hard feelings at all. I understood it's a business and it was what was best for the team.'
Huddle Up: It's been a win-win trade for all parties as Jones has bagged a league-most 60 sacks since the deal, including a career-high 19 last season, while the Pats have won a pair of Super Bowls.
Posted 2/06/2020 5:29 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is scheduled to earn $10.2 million in 2020, with the entire amount guaranteed on the third day of the new league year. In the opinion of ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, it is possible Johnson will be a cap casualty with his 'production and contract going in opposite directions.'
Huddle Up: Working against such a move is the fact releasing Johnson would leave more than $18 million of dead money on Arizona's cap. There aren't many other alternatives - such as designating him as a post-June 1 cut - since the CBA is expiring and teams cannot push cap charges into the future. As such, the 28-year-old will probably stick around as veteran depth behind Kenyan Drake if the Cardinals can bring back the impending free agent or as a committee partner with Chase Edmonds if they cannot strike a deal.
Posted 2/01/2020 10:20 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was named the 2019 Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Saturday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Murray led the Cardinals to a 5-10-1 record while starting all 16 games in his rookie season. He finished the year with 349 completions on 542 attempts with 3,722 yards and 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He added 544 rushing yards and four scores on the ground. He's already one of the league's best dual-threat quarterbacks, and his passing numbers should only improve with some upgrades to the Cardinals' receiving corps.
Posted 1/26/2020 2:18 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray finished the 2019 season with 3,722 passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions, joining Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 3,500 yards and rush for at least 500 yards.
Huddle Up: Although Murray had his share of ups and downs in his rookie campaign, his dual-threat ability still allowed him to provide low-end QB1 production overall. He should at least be able to post similar numbers in Year 2, and his ceiling is even higher.
Posted 1/18/2020 12:04 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray hasn't necessarily given up on playing the sport of baseball. In an interview with The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman, Murray said that he thinks that he would be capable of playing in the NFL and MLB in the same calendar year. 'I think I could. ... Athletically, I think yeah, I could do it. I've been playing both my whole life. I would love to add that to the resume.'
Huddle Up: Despite Murray's wishes, his baseball dreams appear unlikely to happen anytime soon, if ever, since his current contract with the Cardinals prohibits him from playing baseball. From a fantasy football perspective, he should be viewed as a low-end QB1 in next season's fantasy drafts.
Posted 1/15/2020 2:53 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Larry Fitzgerald re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year deal Wednesday, Jan. 15. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Fitz had a solid, yet unspectacular, 75-804-4 line in Kyler Murray's stellar rookie campaign. He was worth having as depth in PPR formats, but it was really hard to play him and expect more than four catches for 50 yards or so. He'll be worth having at the end of rosters in PPR, but the upside is minimal.
Posted 1/14/2020 2:36 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is due to count $14.156 million against the 2020 salary cap. Moving on from him would cost the Cardinals $16.2 million in dead money. Should the Cardinals wait until 2021 to part ways with Johnson, the dead money will be only $3 million with a savings of $9 million. Arizona would have to eat $6 million of remaining prorated signing bonus money if Johnson is traded.
Huddle Up: The front office wants Kenyan Drake to return, but he'll require an investment that becomes a tremendous amount of money for a backfield to soak up. It remains to be seen how the Cardinals will address Johnson's future, and he's barely on the fantasy football radar should he remain in the desert.
Posted 1/03/2020 2:51 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals S Budda Baker led the NFL with 104 solo tackles this season, and his 147 total stops ranked fourth in the league and first among defensive backs.
Huddle Up: Baker has blossomed into one of the premier IDP options among defensive backs, and his numbers this year place him among the best regardless of position.
Posted 12/30/2019 4:02 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones (thumb) may need surgery this offseason to repair torn thumb ligaments.
Huddle Up: Jones has averaged 16.3 sacks per season over the last three years. His 19 sacks in 2019 were a career high at 29. He'll remain a low-end LB1 in drafts next season.
Posted 12/30/2019 2:54 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said Sunday, Dec. 29, that he will take a 'little time' before deciding if he will return for the 2020 season.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald finished the 2019 season with 75 receptions for 813 yards, improving slightly in both categories from the previous season. His days of being a weekly fantasy starter are in the past, but he could provide some depth as a WR4 if he returns for another year
Posted 12/29/2019 8:29 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Murray will be in the starting lineup, but it is not known if he will be limited at all because of the injury. He could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues but can also be benched if better option are available.
Posted 12/29/2019 5:31 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is expected to play in the Week 17 game as long as he does not suffer a setback during pregame warmups, according to sources.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Murray will be able to handle his normal workload because of the injury, so fantasy players could consider using another quarterback in their lineups and keeping Murray on the bench.
Posted 12/26/2019 11:22 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) remained limited at practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Murray will be a high-end QB2 if active for the regular-season finale, but the Cardinals won't be risking his long-term health. He shouldn't be counted on this week.
Posted 12/25/2019 8:05 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Murray completed 11 of 18 pass attempts for 118 yards and a touchdown before being replaced by Brett Hundley in the upset win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. He's a mid-tier QB2 against the Los Angeles Rams in the season finale, if active.
Posted 12/24/2019 5:12 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) will practice Tuesday, Dec. 24. His MRI showed that he tweaked his hamstring in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Interesting. Murray has taken a beating among the most-sacked quarterbacks in the league. This would be the perfect excuse to spare him from more, but it sounds like they want him to play against the Los Angeles Rams. If he goes, there's no guarantee he'll play the whole game. Murray isn't more than a backup in fantasy in the Week 17 finale.
Posted 12/23/2019 5:05 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 16 on Monday, Dec. 23. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters Murray is considered 'day-to-day' at the moment.
Huddle Up: Kingsbury also told reporters Murray will play in Week 17 against Los Angeles Rams if he can so he can get some more reps. Backup Brett Hundley was serviceable in Week 16 after Murray was injured, but he's nowhere near the passer the rookie is. Owners should consider him a risky QB2 at best if he Murray sits.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:46 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk went without a catch on five targets in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks while running twice for nine yards.
Huddle Up: Kirk lost Kyler Murray under center in the second half, but he was struggling all game for whatever reason. He will look to bounce back in Week 17 in the season finale against the Los Angeles Rams, but this was a tough pill to swallow for fantasy owners trusting Kirk in their championship games.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:41 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald ended up with four catches, 48 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: It's 2019 and Fitzgerald is still doing it at a high level. Father Time is trying to catch up, but Fitzgerald is holding him off at arm's length. The future Hall of Famer will look to finish up strong in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:36 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake rumbled 24 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks, while adding three receptions for 18 yards on four targets. His big blow was an 80-yard rushing touchdown in the first half.
Huddle Up: Drake came over from the Miami Dolphins in the middle of the season and he pushed David Johnson to the bench and moved himself into a starring role in Kliff Kingsbury's offense. He might be an early-round fantasy pick if he sticks in Arizona heading into 2020 and beyond.
Posted 12/23/2019 2:33 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals QB Brett Hundley completed 4-of-9 passes for 49 yards in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks while running for 35 yards on six attempts after coming on for the injured QB Kyler Murray (hamstring).
Huddle Up: Hundley didn't skip much of a beat, especially with his legs, as he made it look like Murray was still in there. He might get the starting nod in Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams if Murray cannot go.
Posted 12/22/2019 8:04 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Kirk has been inconsistent during the second half of the season but will continue to be the main target in the passing game. He can be a No. 3 receiver or a flex option in fantasy leagues.
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