Shark Bites

The Cardinals selected OT D.J. Humphries with the 24th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  He had some injury issues at Florida but made 19 starts at OT.  Humphries' technique needs some work, but he's a 6'5, 307-pounder with plus athleticism.  He figures to open his career as Arizona's RT.  In Humphries, Mike Iupati and Jared Veldheer, Arizona has assembled a strong O-line core.

Share this!

The Cardinals have signed G Mike Iupati to a 5-year, $40 million deal.  It's a nice get for Arizona, whose offensive line finished in the bottom 10 of Pro Football Focus' 2014 run- and pass-blocking rankings.  Iupati was the top G on the market, finishing 14th in PFF's overall rankings last year.  He's an especially dominant run blocker -- good news for Andre Ellington and whoever else is running the ball for the Cardinals next year.

Share this!

The Cardinals watched 2 DBs leave Sunday's win over the Eagles with concussions. CB Patrick Peterson suffered his injury in a 1st-half collision with Jeremy Maclin. Jefferson played 75 of the 94 snaps and had his injury revealed Monday. Both will need to pass through the league protocol before returning to action. Fortunately, neither is much of an IDP factor. Jefferson's recent playing time hasn't proved consistent enough for fantasy owners to trust him. Losing him for Sunday's trip to Dallas wouldn't affect the outlook for the team D. Peterson has failed to live up to his reputation in coverage this year, but missing him would still only make Arizona a more positive passing matchup for Tony Romo and the Dallas WRs in Week 9.

Share this!

The Cardinals have signed LT Jared Veldheer to a 5-year, $35 million deal.  The 26-year-old is the youngest of the top free-agent OTs.  Veldheer missed most of last season with a triceps injury but finished 12th among 80 OTs in Pro Football Focus' 2012 rankings.  He's a significant upgrade for the Cardinals -- and good news for the fantasy prospects of QB Carson Palmer, RB Andre Ellington and WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Share this!

In updating its signature DVOA stat with Week 9 results, Football Outsiders revealed that Arizona's defense now rates tops in the league at -19.1%.  The stat measures situation-specific performance and adjusts for strength of opponent.  According to FO, the Cardinals have played the 4th-toughest schedule of opposing offenses so far.  The Cards sit tied for 10th in scoring defense through 8 games and are allowing just 3.5 yards per carry (3rd best in the league) and 6.9 yards per pass attempt (10th).  We respect the unique analysis that FO does.  We knew that Arizona was playing well on D this season but didn't realize just how well.  The FO report motivated us to move the Cards a few spots up the Rest of the Way rankings.  Keep an eye on them as a spot-starting option for the season's 2nd half.

Share this!

1 year ago

The Cardinals have promoted WR Kerry Taylor from the practice squad.  It's another sign that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Lions.  He'll be a game-time decision.  Fantasy owners planning on using Fitz need to have a viable late-game alternative lined up.

Share this!

Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper suffered a broken leg in Saturday night's preseason game.  The team won't rule him out for the season just yet, but it's unlikely we see the 1st-round pick until 2014.  It's a significant loss for a thin unit.  Offensive line play remains the biggest concern for guys like Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald.

Share this!

2 years ago

The Cardinals obviously weren't sold on their Rashard Mendenhall-Ryan Williams backfield combo.  They added RB Stepfan Taylor in the 5th round of the draft, and then snagged Andre Ellington in the 6th.  Taylor rushed for 1,000+ yards in each of the past 3 years at Stanford.  He doesn't stand out in any single area, though.  Taylor goes 5'9 and 214 pounds with 4.7 speed.  Ellington is the more intriguing prospect.  He's undersized at 5'9, 199 pounds but comes with legit big-play ability.  He averaged 5+ yards per carry in each of his 4 seasons at Clemson.  Ellington is also a capable pass-catcher, with 36 grabs over the past 2 seasons.  We think he's capable of winning a change-of-pace role in Arizona's backfield.

Share this!

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians isn't part of the growing RB-by-committee sect.  He prefers a 3-down back.  “Backs by committee, one of them gets hurt you’ve lost half your committee or a third of your committee,” Arians said. “I like guys who can play every down.”  That sounds like good news for RB Ryan Williams, who Arians has talked up this offseason. “I know Ryan can flat run the football...” the coach said back in February. “I know all about Ryan, and I love him.”  RB Beanie Wells is still hanging around, but he doesn't feel like a part of this new coaching staff's plans.  There's been talk that Wells could be cut this offseason.  Williams, meanwhile, will have every chance to emerge as a workhorse in Arizona.  We're still believers in the former 2nd-round pick's skill set.  He just needs to stay healthy.

Share this!

2 years ago

Bruce Arians has brought along Colts OL coach Harold Goodwin to be his OC in Arizona. Goodwin has coached nothing but O-line since entering the league in 2004 with the Bears, so it's tough to know what he might bring in terms of philosophy. Arians has already indicated he'll call plays, however. So expect the Arians offense. Of course, the biggest thing missing for the Cards the past few years has been a QB. Improved play there will be the key to any fantasy success.

Share this!

The Cardinals have hired Bruce Arians as HC.  All 8 HC openings have now been filled.  Arians started the 2012 season as Indy's OC.  But he was thrust into the HC job with Chuck Pagano battling cancer.  The Colts went 9-3 with Arians at the helm.  Prior to arriving in Indianapolis, Arians spent the previous 5 seasons as Pittsburgh's OC.  He's a passing-game guru but obviously has his work cut out for him in Arizona.  We'll see what the team does with the QB situation this offseason.  Arians' arrival should be considered good news for WR Larry Fitzgerald.

Share this!

The Cardinals fired HC Ken Whisenhunt on Monday.  Whiz led Arizona to the Super Bowl in 2008 but has failed to reach the playoffs in each of the last 3 seasons.  His offense was completely undone by the lack of an NFL caliber QB.  Whisenhunt should latch on elsewhere as an OC or maybe even a HC.  The Cardinals are reportedly pursuing Andy Reid and Broncos OC Mike McCoy for their HC vacancy.

Share this!

Cardinals HC Ken Whisenhunt threw up the white flag in his team's pursuit of QB Peyton Manning. "Acquiring Peyton Manning is no longer an option for us," Whiz said. “Since the end of last season we made it very clear that our plan was to head into 2012 with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, let the process play out and – like at every position - go with the quarterback who gives us the best chance to win."  Arizona paid Kolb a $7 million roster bonus today, making him the heavy favorite to open the 2012 season as the starter.  Meanwhile, Manning's decision is coming down to Denver, Tennessee, and San Fran.

Share this!

Filter By Player

Filter By Team

Filter By Position

WHY FREE? Because we think you’ll love our free advice so much that you’ll eventually become a Draft Sharks Member. This free offer is a shameless bribe on our part just to get you hooked on the idea of winning. But there’s no obligation to buy anything, ever.  And if you decide it’s not for you, unsubscribe at any time

next
Have an urgent membership issue? Call us: 413-274-2757