The Cardinals selected Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the 1st pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Murray spent his first 3 college seasons — 1 at Texas A&M and 2 at Oklahoma — on the bench. He followed Baker Mayfield as the Sooners’ starter this past year and turned in a massive campaign. Murray completed 69% of his passes and averaged an NCAA record 11.6 yards per attempt on his way to 4,361 yards and 42 TDs. He ranked top 2 in this draft class in adjusted completion rate, adjusted completion rate vs. pressure and adjusted completion rate vs. the blitz, according to Pro Football Focus. But what makes Murray such an exciting fantasy prospect is his elite athleticism. (He was also the 9th overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft.) He cranked out 1,001 yards and 12 scores on the ground last year, showcasing RB-like speed and quickness. His transition to the pros will be made easier in Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury’s college-style Air Raid offense. Kingsbury, of course, has no NFL coaching experience — so this marriage with Murray certainly has bust potential. Murray’s size is also a concern: at 5’10, he’ll be the league’s shortest QB. We’ll see what happens with QB Josh Rosen, but Murray is the heavy favorite to be under center for the Cardinals in the season opener against Detroit.
The Cardinals have hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new HC. He was named USC's OC last month but is bolting for a head gig in the pros. Kingsbury was a prolific passer at Texas Tech, racking up 11,937 yards and 91 TDs over his final 3 seasons. After flaming out in the NFL, he spent 5 seasons as an assistant coach at Houston and then Texas A&M. Kingsbury was named HC at his alma mater in 2013 and led the Red Raiders to top-28 finishes in total offense in all 6 seasons there. His squad never ranked worse than 8th in passing yards. Of course, it remains to be seen how Kingsbury's offense will translate to the NFL. It's an exciting but risky hire by Arizona.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks is expected to be fired, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wilks went 3-13 in his lone season in the desert. A defensive mind, Wilks' defense ranked 20th in yards allowed and 26th in points. The offense was even worse, finishing dead last in both yards and points. We'll see who Arizona tabs to lead QB Josh Rosen and Co. moving forward.
Cardinals RB David Johnson (quad) is not listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He sat out Wednesday but put in a limited practice on Thursday and was a full-go on Friday. The quad shouldn’t be an issue against the Falcons this weekend.
Cardinals RB David Johnson (quad) returned to practice on Thursday. He'll be ready for this weekend's game in Atlanta.
Cardinals RB David Johnson (quad) did not practice on Wednesday. HC Steve Wilks said afterward that he expects Johnson to play against the Falcons this weekend, so this sounds like more of a maintenance day. Check back tomorrow for another update on D.J.'s status.
The forecast for today's Cardinals-Packers game calls for a 100% chance of snow and winds of 20-30 mph. Those are tough conditions for the passing games -- especially the Cardinals, who play their home games indoors. QB Josh Rosen shouldn't have been in your plans anyway, but WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are shakier plays now. Aaron Rodgers looks like a lower-end QB1 in this spot. RB Aaron Jones and the Packers defense are elite fantasy plays.
The Cardinals have fired OC Mike McCoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. About 6 weeks too late. Arizona is averaging a pathetic 13.1 points and 221 total yards per game. McCoy's usage of RB David Johnson was particularly terrible. McCoy will be replaced by former QB Byron Leftwich, who's been with the Cardinals since the start of last season but has no play-calling experience. Don't expect drastic improvement from Arizona's offense -- but it can't get any worse.
Cardinals RB David Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday because of a back injury. The fact that he took part at all indicates we shouldn't worry too much about this issue. We'll certainly keep an eye on Johnson's status into the weekend.
The Cardinals and RB David Johnson have agreed to a 3-year, $39 million deal with $30 million guaranteed. The $13 million average annual salary makes D.J. the league's 2nd highest-paid RB behind Todd Gurley, who inked a 4-year, $60 million extension in July. Johnson is now signed in Arizona through the 2021 campaign. He'll be 30 when this deal expires.
Cardinals RB David Johnson reported for the start of training camp after skipping spring workouts. He's angling for a new contract, with just 1 year and $1.9 million left on his current deal. But we can now cross off "holdout" on the list of concerns with Johnson. We're still worried about his supporting cast -- specifically Arizona's offensive line -- but volume should carry Johnson to RB1 fantasy production.
Cardinals RB David Johnson won't report for this weekend's mandatory minicamp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson is looking for a new contract, with just 1 year and $1.9 million left on his current deal. "There have been discussions regarding a new contract and both sides hopeful," Schefter tweeted. We'll see how this one plays out over the next couple of months. Johnson joins Julio Jones and Earl Thomas as early-summer holdouts.
Cardinals RB David Johnson has received full medical clearance from last year's dislocated wrist, NFL Network reports. Johnson declared himself 100% healthy back in mid-January, so this is just confirmation. The wrist injury that cost him 15 games last year shouldn't be a factor in 2018. A healthy Johnson racked up 2,118 total yards and 20 TDs back in 2016. It'd be super optimistic to expect a repeat of those numbers this season, but Johnson certainly has the potential to top the RB position in fantasy points.
The Cardinals have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy was fired by the Broncos this past November, struggling with a crappy QB situation. That followed a disappointing 4-year stint as Chargers HC, with McCoy compiling a 27-37 record. Three of those 4 squads ranked in the top half of the league in total offense, though, including 5th- and 9th-place finishes. McCoy has shown an ability to morph his offense to fit the personnel, most notably going extremely run-heavy with QB Tim Tebow in Denver back in 2011. We could see a similar attack this coming season. Arizona returns RB David Johnson but has a gaping hole at QB after Carson Palmer's retirement.
Cardinals RB David Johnson's injured wrist is fully healed, he told the team's official website. He missed all but 1 half of the 2017 season with a dislocated wrist, but it won't impact his 2018. The injury essentially granted Johnson a year off -- not insignificant considering he was coming off a 373-touch season. Johnson is still smack dab in his prime at 26 and will remain the focal point of Arizona's offense. The concerns are a new coaching staff and QB heading into 2018.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Wednesday that neither RB David Johnson (wrist) nor QB Carson Palmer (arm) has made "expected progress" in his rehab. Neither guy is expected to return this season. Both can safely be dropped from redraft rosters.
Cardinals RB David Johnson got the cast off his injured wrist on Monday but admits that there's still no concrete timetable for his return. “I’m pretty stiff,” Johnson said (talking about his wrist, you pervert). “I’m still getting the range of motion. Still pretty weak, but I’m making progress.” He remains no better than 50/50 to play again this season.
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