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Christian Kirk
Christian Kirk pushing for No. 2 receiver job
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 10:50 AM
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said Christian Kirk has "created some separation" for the No. 2 receiver job.
Analysis: Chad Williams also drew praise after struggling with training camp drops. Brice Butler's injury was an opportunity for Kirk to do some depth-chart climbing, and he responded by leading the Cardinals in receiving against the Saints. Kirk played with the first-team offense, but scored his touchdown on a highlight from Josh Rosen. The Cardinals are making Kirk compete with a middling cast of wideouts behind Larry Fitzgerald, but his starting chances are trending up going into the third preseason game.
Chad Williams
Chad Williams has three catches vs Saints
Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 9:53 AM
Chad Williams caught 3-of-4 targets for 44 yards in the Cardinals' second preseason game.
Analysis: Williams got more run with the first-team offense with Brice Butler sidelined. He was outplayed by Christian Kirk, but this was a step in the right direction. There should be some clarity on the Cardinals' depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald after the third preseason game.
Christian Kirk
Kirk breaks out in second preseason game
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 9:38 PM
Christian Kirk caught 4-of-6 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' second preseason game.
Analysis: Kirk scored on an end-zone catch-in-traffic from Josh Rosen on the Cardinals' third series. He showed good rapport with Rosen, also adding a 21-yard catch later in the game. It's a needed breakout after Kirk's quiet preseason debut. With Brice Butler sidelined, Kirk is trending toward opening the year in three-wide sets.
Josh Rosen
Rosen bounces back from rough debut
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 9:24 PM
Josh Rosen completed 10-of-16 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' second preseason game.
Analysis: Rosen came in on the third series after taking a beating behind the second-team offense line last week. He rebounded from his rough debut, throwing a 13-yard strike to Christian Kirk on his first drive. Sam Bradford is locked in as the Cardinals' Week 1 starter, but there's a lot to like with Rosen's post-draft development. Rosen may need a Bradford injury to see rookie-year starts.
David Johnson
David Johnson finds end zone versus Saints
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 8:28 PM
Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed six times for 22 yards and a touchdown while catching one pass for five yards in Friday's preseason game versus the Saints.
Analysis: Johnson played into the 2nd quarter, capping his final drive of the night with a 9-yard touchdown in which he carried half of the Saints' defense on his back while crossing into the end zone. One of the NFL's premier all-purpose players, Johnson will be relied on to carry the Arizona offense in 2018, cementing his place among the top-5 fantasy options at the running back position.
Markus Golden
Wilks: Markus Golden (knee) 'on schedule'
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 5:39 PM
Darren Urban on Twitter
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said EDGE Markus Golden (knee) is "on schedule."
Analysis: Golden has spent the last two weeks of training camp on the PUP list. He was targeting an August return but looks doubtful to be activated before Arizona's third preseason game. The Cardinals are hoping to have Golden back for Week 1.
Brice Butler
Brice Butler out for second preseason game
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, 5:02 PM
Darren Urban on Twitter
Brice Butler (foot) has been ruled out of the Cardinals' second preseason game.
Analysis: Butler started the Cardinals' preseason opener. He's day to day, but any missed time is a concern with Butler competing for the No. 2 receiver job. Butler's injury opens up reps for Christian Kirk opposite Larry Fitzgerald.
David Johnson
David Johnson 'encouraged' by contract talks
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, 8:10 AM
Walk-year RB David Johnson said he is "encouraged" by ongoing contract discussions.
Analysis: Despite an optimistic tone, Johnson seems to be more encouraged the talks are happening than by the content of the discussions. "I was hoping my production from my second year and what I did my first year would help out," Johnson said, "but the NFL is what have you done for me lately, so hopefully I can prove it once the season starts." Their only young and established weapon on offense, the Cardinals need to get Johnson under contract.
Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen to receive first-team reps Friday
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, 4:48 PM
Pro Football Talk
Cardinals QB Josh Rosen will work with the first-team offense in Friday's preseason game versus the Saints.
Gerald Hodges
Schefter: Cardinals sign LB Gerald Hodges
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 3:22 PM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
Cardinals signed LB Gerald Hodges.
Analysis: Hodges played sparingly in 11 games for the Saints last season, and started 12 games for the 49ers in 2016. His best bet for sticking with the Cardinals on their 53-man roster is excelling on special teams.
Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen throws for 41 yards on debut
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 8:56 AM
Josh Rosen completed 6-of-13 passes for 41 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions Saturday in the Cardinals' preseason opener against the Chargers.
Analysis: The tenth overall pick entered the game with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter and played up until halftime, when he was replaced by third-stringer Mike Glennon. The second unit did Rosen no favors as center Daniel Munyer struggled snapping the football while the offensive line had the rookie QB running for his life. Rosen had his moments including a 21-yard completion to Gabe Holmes in the second quarter, though ultimately it was not a memorable debut for the former UCLA Bruin. Beat writer Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic said the 21-year-old didn't look like "the most NFL-ready quarterback" on Saturday while adding that Rosen's performance did little to threaten Sam Bradford's job security.
Christian Kirk
Christian Kirk getting reps with first team
Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 6:19 PM
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has been impressed with Christian Kirk's training camp.
Analysis: "The one thing that I love about him is his motor," Wilks said. "Full speed every play. You try to create that mindset, that muscle memory, and he has that." The Cardinals listed Kirk behind Chad Williams, Brice Butler, and J.J. Nelson on their unofficial depth chart, but his talent should win out opposite Larry Fitzgerald. We like Kirk's potential for a Year One impact in an offense with targets up for grabs.
Brice Butler
Butler listed as starter on first depth chart
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 5:36 PM
Brice Butler was listed as the starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald on the Cardinals' initial depth chart.
Analysis: The Cardinals released the very informal depth chart Monday. Butler, signed to a two-year deal in April, is ahead of J.J. Nelson, sophomore Chad Williams, and rookie Christian Kirk, but this is all subject to change. The preseason will tell the real story. But Butler does have a chance to win the gig.
Mason Cole
Mason Cole sliding in as Cardinals' center
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 2:04 PM
Cardinals third-round C Mason Cole will take over as the team's starter after A.Q. Shipley was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Analysis: Cole spent three of his four seasons at Michigan on the blindside, though he did man the pivot as a junior. Rotoworld's Evan Silva believes Cole will have to win with "technique, intelligence, and consistency over brute strength" as an NFL starter. He tested as a ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete at the Combine.
A.Q. Shipley
Cardinals lose C A.Q. Shipley to torn ACL
Mon, Aug 6, 2018, 2:01 PM
Kyle Odegard on Twitter
Cardinals C A.Q. Shipley has been diagnosed with a torn right ACL and will miss the 2018 season.
Analysis: Third-rounder Mason Cole will slide in as the Cardinals' starting pivot. A career reserve/swing man who finally got the chance to be a full-time starter in 2016, Shipley was sub-replacement level in 2017. Now 32, he will be a free agent next spring.
Deone Bucannon
MRI comes back clean for Deone Bucannon
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 7:15 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon (knee) is day to day.
Analysis: An MRI confirmed Bucannon isn't dealing with any ligament damage. He'll be moved back slowly but it's a best-case scenario for the Cardinals. Bucannon is questionable for Saturday's preseason opener against the Chargers.
Deone Bucannon
Bucannon dealing with hyperextended knee
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 12:52 PM
Darren Urban on Twitter
Updating an earlier report, Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon is out with a hyperextended left knee.
Analysis: Bucannon suffered the injury during Thursday's practice and will undergo an MRI, though coach Steve Wilks didn't seem overly concerned and said his absence on Friday was mostly precautionary. The 25-year-old is coming off a lackluster 2017 campaign that saw him earn PFF's third-worst grade among inside linebackers.
Deone Bucannon
Deone Bucannon nursing left knee injury
Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 12:11 PM
Arizona Republic
Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon sat out Friday's practice with a left knee injury.
Analysis: Bucannon's knee collided with the helmet of teammate Brice Butler during Thursday's practice. The linebacker didn't appear to be limping when he left the field and DC Al Holcomb seems convinced the injury is only a minor setback. "He's a tough player and I'm not worried about him," said Holcomb. "He's fine." Consider Bucannon day-to-day.
Chad Williams
Chad Williams opens as Cardinals' No. 3 WR
Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 5:17 PM
Jess Root on Twitter
Chad Williams opened 11-on-11 drills as the Cardinals' No. 3 WR Sunday.
Analysis: Larry Fitzgerald, Brice Butler, and Williams opened as the Cardinals' starters in their nickel offense. Williams was reportedly "more comfortable" in the team's offense during OTAs and apparently has a leg up on rookie Christian Kirk as the starting slot receiver. Kirk has the higher fantasy ceiling if he wins the job out of camp.
Sam Bradford
Cardinals starting QB spot Bradford's to lose
Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 11:54 AM
Mike Jurecki on Twitter
Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said the team's starting QB spot is Sam Bradford's job to lose.
Analysis: Wilks also said the backup quarterback role is currently a wide open competition between rookie Josh Rosen and FA signee Mike Glennon. The decision will come down to preseason performance. Bradford has looked good when on the field, but he hasn't played a full season since 2012. If Arizona struggles out the gate, Rosen could still receive his first start sooner than later.