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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler hears that the Cardinals envision WR Rondale Moore stepping into the role WR Christian Kirk played last season. Kirk tallied 103 targets across 17 games, finishing 27th among WRs in half-PPR points. "The Cardinals envision Moore, an explosive second-round pick, handling those duties and more, considering his ability to take handoffs," Fowler writes. If Moore gets to triple digit targets -- in addition to some rushing work -- he'll be a smash pick at his 13th-round price tag.

The Cardinals are using WR Rondale Moore all over the formation in camp. “We’ve played him outside and we’ve played him inside, so he’s gotten work at both the X and the H inside,” WRs coach Shawn Jefferson said. “You’re going to see him in a bunch of positions, even in the backfield, coming out of the backfield. He’s one of those guys who can do it all." We'd be surprised if the 180-pound Moore played much on the outside this season, but it's at least encouraging to hear that his role has expanded from a mostly quiet rookie season. Moore is well worth a shot at his 13th-round ADP.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray returned to practice on Saturday. He missed 5 days with COVID but still has over a month to go before the season opener. Murray remains a high-upside QB1 in fantasy drafts.

Per Cardinals beat writer Blake Allen Murphy, “the Eno [Benjamin] hype is real coming out of camp.” No surprise, then, that he projects Benjamin as the current #2 over Darrel Williams. A 7th-round pick in 2020, Benjamin owns only 34 carries in 2 seasons (all in 2021). But the buzz on him started earlier this offseason, so this type of chatter has become a trend. He’s worth stashing late in drafts given James Conner’s injury history.

Cardinals WR Antoine Wesley "will miss a little time," according to Jess Root of Cards Wire. Wesley suffered an injury to the hip/groin area that required an MRI. We have yet to see further specifics on the issue. The team is reportedly "looking at about a week before they will know the time frame."

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz left Thursday's practice early and remained out Friday. HC Kliff Kingsbury said the veteran strained a calf, according to Jess Root of Cards Wire. We'll watch for further indications on the severity. Rookie TE Trey McBride (back) also missed a 2nd straight day of practice Friday.

The Cardinals let LB Jordan Hicks walk in free agency this offseason, clearing the way for LB Zaven Collins to enter the starting lineup in Year 2. He has been working there so far in training camp. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Collins and Nick Vigil have been the starting ILBs in the base defense. Collins has called plays in the huddle at times (green dot) but is also coming off the field in nickel and dime packages. "He's got to be able to diagnose it, see it and go, and not wait on the play to come to him," HC Kliff Kingsbury says. "I think last year he was kind of waiting for everything to unwind. I think he's still learning, but there's no doubt he's reacting faster than last year at this time." There's still time for Collins to earn more of a 3-down role, but we've moved him down our 2022 IDP rankings. The role uncertainty makes him a boom/bust fantasy option. Isaiah Simmons, meanwhile, has shifted to the "star" LB role, which will move him around the formation. Somers writes that he "seems to have a role in every package."

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown was arrested Wednesday morning on criminal speeding charges, according to KTAR News 92.3 FM. We'll see where this goes but doubt it draws a suspension from the league. Brown, of course, missed the first week or so of camp with a hamstring issue. So it hasn't been an ideal start to his Cardinals career.

The Cardinals activated WR Marquise Brown (ankle) from the non-football injury list. He ended up missing about a week of camp. Barring a setback, it's a non-factor for his 2022 fantasy value.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray tested positive for COVID and will miss at least the next 5 days of training camp, HC Kliff Kingsbury said. Murray is reportedly dealing with "minor" symptoms. It's fortunate timing with Week 1 still over a month away. Assuming no long-term impacts of the virus, consider Murray's fantasy stock unaffected.

Darren Urban of the team website says that Arizona Cardinals WR Antoine Wesley "is gonna be a crucial part of the WR corps while [DeAndre Hopkins] is absent." Hopkins, of course, is suspended for the 1st 6 games after violating the league PED policy. Wesley assumed a starting role in the 2nd half of last season, after Hopkins got hurt. Wesley topped 50% playing time in 8 of his final 10 appearances for the season, including 6 games of 75% or more. He also reached 4 catches just twice, though -- never exceeding that number -- and averaged just 26 receiving yards across that 8-game span. The team acquired Marquise Brown and re-signed A.J. Green since, so Wesley will need to beat 1 of them or Rondale Moore to slide into the team's top 3 at WR early in the year. We'll be watching, but don't bet heavily on fantasy impact from Wesley.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown is on the non-football injury list with a "tweaked" ankle he suffered last week, HC Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday. It was previously reported that Brown was dealing with a hamstring injury. An ankle is actually less worrisome, but we'll see when Brown is able to get back to practice.

The Cardinals on Tuesday placed WR Marquise Brown on the non-football injury list with a hamstring injury. That designation -- as opposed to the PUP list -- means Brown didn't sustain the injury during a team activity. Arizona can still activate Brown whenever he's ready, though. We'll assume for now it's not a serious issue.

The Cardinals have reached a 1-year deal with WR Victor Bolden Jr. He most recently ranked 4th in the USFL with 415 yards on 42 receptions, and then earned championship-game MVP honors with a 6-64-1 receiving line for the Birmingham Stallions. Bolden initially landed in the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He spent time with the 49ers, Bills and Lions, collecting just 4 total targets (all in 2018) and 28 returns. We'll see whether Bolden can carve out a role in an already crowded Arizona pass-catching corps.

The Cardinals and QB Kyler Murray have agreed to a 5-year, $230.5 million deal with $160 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It makes Murray the league's 2nd-highest-paid QB in terms of average annual salary. So, after early-offseason reports that these sides might be headed for a divorce, Murray is now locked up with the Cardinals through the 2027 season. Murray is coming off a QB5 finish in fantasy points per game.

ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports that contract talks between the Cardinals and QB Kyler Murray are "going smooth and getting a deal before camp remains a very reasonable likelihood." It looked like the 2 sides might be heading for a divorce early this offseason, but cooler heads have prevailed. "The drama of February feels long in the rear view," Darlington adds. Expect Murray to be under center for Arizona in 2022 and likely beyond. He remains 1 of the highest-upside QBs in fantasy football.

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury talked up the offensive fit for new WR Marquise Brown. "I think it's similar to what he played in at OU [Oklahoma],” Kingsbury said. "Obviously, position-wise, no-huddle type stuff, signal-based. But he's been in Baltimore for a while now, and so it's just readjusting to that, but I think he feels comfortable in what we're doing.” Kingsbury believes Brown is “ahead of the curve” with the new offense — no surprise considering his experience with Kyler Murray in a similar system. With DeAndre Hopkins out for the first 6 games, Brown’s short-term WR1 potential is obvious. Over the course of the season, Brown projects more as a WR2.

The Cardinals plan to limit WR DeAndre Hopkins' reps in training camp. Hopkins underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL in December and is suspended for the first 6 games of this season. "We're trying to come up with a great plan that rolls right up to Week 7 of the season and make sure we're smart about it," HC Kliff Kingsbury said. "But, the main thing I don't want him to do is ramp up, make a bunch of plays in training camp, do this, practice really hard and then six weeks he's not doing anything." Hopkins still boasts WR1 upside for the final two-thirds of the season. His recent FFPC ADP is sitting in early Round 9.

"It wouldn't surprise me if Eno Benjamin wins the No. 2 RB role for the Cardinals." That's a recent tweet from Kyle Odegard, who finished 8 years of working for the team website last summer. He goes on, "I've heard a lot of good things about his progress." That aligns with Benjamin praise from HC Kliff Kingsbury earlier this month. Benjamin sits 70th among RBs in Underdog ADP right now, and 80th in FFPC best-ball drafting, in the wake of Arizona adding RB Darrel Williams. But it's worth remembering that Williams signed a 1-year deal for just less than $1.2 million, far from a guarantee that he'll serve as #2 to James Conner. Benjamin is at least worth a look late in best-ball drafts. We'll see how this competition plays out in training camp.

Cardinals DE Zach Allen revealed recently that he needed post-season ankle surgery after shredding the ligaments in a December game. "I literally had no ligaments in my ankle," he said last week, according to the Arizona Republic. "My tibia was basically floating. So, the tape was the only thing kind of holding it together." Allen said doctors put "some hardware" into the ankle, which has kept him from participating in spring practices. The 4th-year lineman says he expects to be 100% for the start of training camp and that he feels better than he did entering last year's camp. Allen doesn't appear to have high-end sack potential but can be a quality contributor for us on the tackle and pressure fronts -- especially at low draft cost.

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