The Cardinals have traded QB Josh Rosen to the Dolphins in exchange for the 62nd pick of this year's draft and a 5th-rounder next year. Arizona had zero leverage here and did well to get this return. But it's also a nice move for the Fins, who get a young QB who's under control for 3 more years for cheap. Rosen's rookie year was ugly -- 55.2% completion rate, 5.8 yards per attempt, 11 TDs, 14 INTs -- but he was in a tough situation in stale offense behind a bad offensive line. He'll get at least 1 year in Miami to prove himself.
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 announced Wednesday that WR Larry Fitzgerald has re-signed on a 1-year deal and will play in 2019. Fitz lopped 50 targets, 40 receptions and 422 yards off his 2017 totals this past season, in the 1st year with QB Josh Rosen and only season under former HC Steve Wilks' staff. A full offseason with Rosen can only help, and the switch to former QB Kliff Kingsbury can't hurt after Arizona trotted out the league's worst offense a year ago. That said, we shouldn't count on Fitzgerald to jump back to anywhere near his 3 recent campaigns of more than 100 catches. Heading into his age-36 season, Fitzgerald figures to compete with 2018 rookie Christian Kirk for lead-target status. We'll see if Arizona adds to the WR corps in free agency or the draft. Fitz is a solid shot to take around his early 150.3 ADP in PlayDraft best-ball leagues, though that figures to climb now that his return is confirmed.
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.
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 HC Steve Wilks named QB Josh Rosen his new starter on Monday. The rookie entered late in the 4th quarter of Sunday's loss to the Bears, completing 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards and an INT. He can't be worse than Sam Bradford, though, who's averaged 5.0 yards per attempt with 2 TDs and 4 INTs through 3 weeks. That said, with a leaky offensive line, thin weaponry and questionable play-calling, Rosen isn't a fantasy option right now.
Cardinals QB Sam Bradford was benched late in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears. He got off to a good start in this one with a pair of TDs in the 1st quarter but got nothing done after that. Rookie QB Josh Rosen made his NFL debut with a chance to help the Cardinals to a comeback win but went just 4 of 7 for 36 yards and an INT. Arizona figures to stick with Rosen going forward, but he's not a fantasy option at this point.
Cardinals QB Josh Rosen missed practice Wednesday because of a right thumb injury. HC Steve Wilks said Rosen banged the thumb on a helmet during Monday's practice and still had soreness Wednesday, according to multiple reports. It doesn't sound like a serious issue, and Rosen is reportedly considered day-to-day. He has continued to work behind QB Sam Bradford, so this should be a non-issue for fantasy owners.
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said Monday that rookie QB Josh Rosen will get some snaps with the 1st team in Friday night's exhibition game against the Saints, according to the team website. QB Sam Bradford will start the game and play more snaps than he did in the opener, Wilks said, but the plan for Rosen is noteworthy. Wilks has talked up Bradford as the starter. We'd certainly bet on that changing at some point this season -- quite possibly in the 1st half of the year.
The Cardinals traded up from #15 to #10 to grab UCLA QB Josh Rosen. Rosen in 2015 became the 1st true freshman to start for the Bruins, completing 60.0% of his passes with 23 TDs vs. 11 INTs. His sophomore season was cut short 5 games early by a “soft tissue” right shoulder injury. He returned this past year to set career highs in completion rate (62.6%), yards (3,756) and TDs (26) — despite missing 2 games with a pair of concussions. That injury history is the biggest knock against Rosen. (We’re not buying any of the silly attitude/personality stuff.) He’s otherwise a clean prospect, though, and might just be the most NFL-ready QB in this draft class. That said, Rosen figures to start his career backing up Sam Bradford. Of course, Bradford is a poor bet to last the season. Long term, Arizona needs to add some weapons for Rosen at WR with Larry Fitzgerald turning 35 in August. The current depth chart behind Fitz: J.J. Nelson, Brice Butler and Chad Williams.
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