Shark Bites

The Cardinals are signing RB James Conner, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Conner popped for a big year back in 2018, rushing for 973 yards and 12 scores on 4.5 yards per carry and adding a 55-497-1 receiving line. He hasn't looked like the same guy the past 2 seasons, though, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 6.8 yards per catch. Conner ranked 33rd in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 47 RBs with 100+ carries last year. He turns just 26 next month but has dealt with a bunch of injuries, missing 12 games over the last 3 years. Conner and Chase Edmonds figure to battle for snaps this summer. We'll see if the Cardinals add anything else to the backfield in the draft.

RB James Conner had surgery to repair a "very moderate turf toe-type injury" this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury reportedly happened when Conner was riding in a "recreational vehicle." He's expected to be back to 100% by June, per Rapoport. Conner is still toiling on the free-agent market but is visiting the Cardinals today.

Former Lions K Matt Prater is joining the Cardinals on a 2-year deal. It’s an upside landing spot for the reliable fantasy kicker. Arizona ranked 6th in yards and 13th in scoring last year, the 2nd season for HC Kliff Kingsbury

The Cardinals signed WR A.J. Green. No word yet on the terms, but it's likely a cheap, 1-year deal. After playing in just 9 games across 2018 and 2019, Green played all 16 last season -- but set career lows with an ugly 45.2% catch rate and 11.1 yards per catch. He ranked 79th in yards per route run and 66th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade among 84 WRs with 50+ targets. Green turns 33 in July and might just be out of gas. He figures to be no better than 3rd in line for targets in Arizona behind WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk. We'll see if WR Andy Isabella is ready to take on a bigger role in 2021.

Update: It's a 1-year deal worth "up to" $8.5 million with $6 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Cardinals have agreed to a 2-year, $9 million deal with EDGE Markus Golden, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Golden originally broke through with 12.5 sacks for the Cardinals back in 2016 and then made his way back to Arizona last season after a year and a half with the Giants. He supplied 14 QB hits across 9 contests with the 2020 Cardinals and should be a favorite to land at least a top-3 spot in the 2021 edge rotation.

DE J.J. Watt is signing with the Cardinals, he reports. Multiple other reports say it's a 2-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million of that guaranteed. (So it sounds like a pact he's likely to complete.) Watt will join an Arizona defense that jumped from 20th in Football Outsiders DVOA in 2019 to 10th last season. The Cardinals also tied for 10th among fantasy defenses, by ESPN scoring. Watt looked past his prime last season but should still upgrade an unspectacular D-line and enhance a Chandler Jones-led pass rush.

The Texans are releasing DE J.J. Watt, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Watt asked the team to release him, marking yet another star player looking to get out of Houston. Watt has clearly slipped from the dominant form of his early seasons, but he remains a productive player and should find plenty of potential suitors. We'll see where the veteran lands -- and the size of his next contract -- before projecting his IDP outlook for 2021 and beyond.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray injured his right ankle early in Sunday's game against the Rams. It's unclear if this is the same injury that had him on this week's injury report. Murray headed back to the locker room and is officially questionable to return.

Update: Murray re-entered in the 4th quarter, with Arizona down 18-7.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) is active for today’s game against the Rams. It’s unclear how big a role he’ll be able to play, making him a shaky fantasy option.

Cardinals S Budda Baker (neck) is active for today's game against the Rams. Use him as planned in IDP lineups.

There's "optimism" Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) will be able to play vs. the Rams today, although he remains a game-time decision, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Edmonds has been playing through injuries for a few weeks now. He can't be trusted in Week 17 fantasy lineups, but his presence would continue to cap RB Kenyan Drake's upside.

The Cardinals on Saturday placed WR Christian Kirk on the COVID list. That knocks him out for Sunday's game against the Rams and should leave Larry Fitzgerald and KeeSean Johnson as Arizona's 2nd and 3rd wideouts for the regular-season finale. Andy Isabella might also finally make it off the inactive list. We'll see about Kirk's availability for the playoff opener, if Arizona makes it.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Rams. HC Kliff Kingsbury said he’ll be a game-time decision. Edmonds’ absence would be a boost to RB Kenyan Drake’s projected volume.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (leg) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. There’s still a chance his rushing is limited this weekend, and the passing matchup is a tough one vs. the Rams. It leaves Murray as a lower-end QB1 for Week 17.

Cardinals S Budda Baker (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams. Baker sustained the injury in Thursday's practice and then was not seen during the open portion of Friday's workout. HC Kliff Kingsbury told reporters that Baker is "a little sore" but that the team is "hopeful that he will be able to go." We'll see about his status Sunday afternoon. With a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, though, we might not know before the early games begin.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (leg) said Wednesday that he's "good" and expects to play vs. the Rams this weekend. We still don't have any details on his leg injury, but there's a chance it'll limit his rushing ability. And the passing matchup is brutal, leaving Murray as just a borderline QB1 for Week 17.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's status for Sunday's finale against the Rams is "uncertain" because of the lower-leg injury he sustained late in Saturday's loss to the 49ers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. If Murray can't go, Chris Streveler would start for Arizona in a game with playoff ramifications for both teams. We'll be watching Murray's status throughout the week.

Update: Arizona HC Kliff Kingsbury said he's "hopeful" Murray will play, according to Kyle Odegard of the team website.

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray suffered a leg injury late in Saturday night's loss to the 49ers. But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it "doesn't seem serious." We'll keep an eye on Murray's status leading up to next weekend's game vs. the Rams. Arizona needs to win that one to have a shot at the playoffs, so Murray will be out there if able.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds suffered a hip injury in the 1st half of Saturday's game vs. the 49ers and is officially questionable to return. He entered this one with ankle and knee injuries. We'll pass along an update on Edmonds when we get one.

Update: Edmonds has been ruled out.

Steelers RB James Conner (quad) doesn't appear on the final injury report. That returns him to the lineup for a tough matchup with the Colts. Conner hasn't topped 13 carries since Week 8 and could still cede work to Benny Snell this week. We'd prefer to avoid the Pittsburgh backfield, if possible.

 
 
 

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