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David Johnson
Backs didn't catch many passes under Kliff
Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 12:53 PM
The most catches a running back had in a season under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech was 41.
Analysis: The numbers were compiled during 12-13 game seasons, but that is still well below what would be considered a high number for a running back. For his part, Kingsbury has hinted he is excited about using David Johnson as a pass catcher. "David Johnson is a tremendous asset," Kingsbury said. "He's a guy who can do from the backfield, between the tackles, you can motion him out. He's a mismatch in space. I can't wait for our offensive coaches to be able to get their hands on him." The truth is, it's going to be almost impossible to predict what Johnson's 2019 is going to look like. Kingsbury will be making a huge transition, and the talent around D.J. will still be lacking.
Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald undecided if he'll be back in 2019
Sat, Jan 12, 2019, 11:26 AM
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Larry Fitzgerald still has not made a decision about whether to return and play in 2019.
Analysis: It would be Fitzgerald's 16th season if he does return. He'll gather his thoughts and contemplate returning to a Cardinals squad that will be under the lead of new coach Kliff Kingsbury and picking No. 1 overall in April's upcoming draft. Fitzgerald announced he was returning last season in mid-February, so it's likely we receive word of his status in the next couple of months. He's currently not under contract.
Josh Rosen
Kliff: Rosen 'an extremely talented thrower'
Thu, Jan 10, 2019, 8:58 AM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury called Josh Rosen "an extremely talented thrower."
Analysis: A video from last October recently emerged of Kingsbury saying he would take Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray "with the first pick of the draft if I could," an interesting coincidence given his new team's position at the top of the draft. Arizona just used the 10th-overall pick on Rosen, however, and Kingsbury is at least publicly behind the soon-to-be sophomore. That said, this comment will do nothing to stifle trade rumors over the next couple months.
Kliff Kingsbury
Kingsbury officially new coach of Cardinals
Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 3:42 PM
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Cardinals hired ex-Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury as head coach.
Analysis: It's a great, bold leap for a franchise that relieved Steve Wilks of his duties after only one season. Just 39, Kingsbury first came on the scene as a Mike Leach "system" quarterback at Texas Tech before later becoming one of his successors as head coach. Bizarrely, he spent the past month as USC's on-paper offensive coordinator. Kingsbury never finished in the Associated Press top 25 and posted a losing (35-40) record over six years in Lubbock, but he oversaw routinely prolific offenses. Of course, they were alongside astoundingly bad defenses. More than anything, his hiring can be interpreted as a rescue mission for Josh Rosen coming off Rosen's dreadful rookie year. It's going to be interesting.
J.J. Nelson
J.J. Nelson catches seven passes in 2018
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 9:21 PM
J.J. Nelson caught 7-of-19 targets for 64 scoreless yards in 2018.
Analysis: Nelson was active for 14 games, but he was not a contributor on offense. After four largely forgettable seasons with the Cardinals, Nelson is set to reach free agency this offseason. The 2015 fifth-rounder is unlikely to find a major offensive role moving forward despite plenty of speed.
Jermaine Gresham
Jermaine Gresham catches 9 passes in 2018
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 9:10 PM
Jermaine Gresham was not targeted in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Gresham caught 9-of-12 targets for 94 scoreless yards in 2018 while playing behind Ricky Seals-Jones. Clearly not involved, the Cardinals could cut Gresham, who has a $8.25 million cap hit in 2019, but that would create $5.75 million in dead cap. The Cardinals will be in the market for upgrades all across the offense, including at tight end. Turning 31-years-old next season, Gresham's contributions as a receiver are likely behind him.
Trent Sherfield
WR Trent Sherfield posts 19-210-1 as a rookie
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 9:00 PM
Trent Sherfield caught 2-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: After not catching a pass for the first 10 weeks, Sherfield developed a receiving role with Christian Kirk on injured reserved. The 22-year-old rookie finished the season with four straight games with at least four targets on his way to a 19-210-1 season. The Cardinals will be upgrading the wide receiver group this offseason with the sixth most cap space in the league, so Sherfield isn't expected to be an every-week contributor in 2019.
Chad Williams
Chad Williams manages 171 yards on 46 targets
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:50 PM
Chad Williams caught 5-of-11 targets for 51 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Williams set season highs in targets, receptions, and yards in the regular season finale, but that shows how uninvolved Williams was in his second NFL season. The 2017 third-round pick only caught 17-of-46 targets for 171 yards and one touchdown in 2018, and it's fair to be pessimistic about his NFL future with a career 3.81 YPT average. In 2019, Williams will compete for scraps behind David Johnson, Christian Kirk, and whoever the Cardinals bring in at receiver with their draft capital and sixth most cap space.
Chase Edmonds
Edmonds averages 3.46 YPC as a rookie
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:36 PM
Chase Edmonds rushed six times for 14 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: After being selected in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Edmonds earned No. 2 duties behind workhorse David Johnson. Edmonds was only given 60 carries with David Johnson staying healthy, and he only managed to average 3.46 yards per carry in arguably the NFL's worst offense. With David Johnson under contract, Edmonds will purely be a low-end handcuff in 2019, and the Cardinals could upgrade Edmonds since the team has the sixth most cap space. Edmonds finished with 208 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, adding 20-103-0 on 25 targets as a receiver.
Larry Fitzgerald
Fitz becomes third ever to catch 1,300 passes
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:26 PM
Larry Fitzgerald caught 4-of-9 targets for 36 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Fitzgerald ended his 2018 season (and possibly his career) with a nice one-handed touchdown catch to bring his season touchdown total to six. Despite playing at age 35, Fitzgerald showed little signs of a physical decline, and he hasn't ruled out returning in 2019. The Cardinals don't have Fitzgerald under contract, but the team is open to him coming back if he wants to continue playing. After this year's 69-734-6 season, Fitzgerald is now top-three all-time in career receptions (1,303) and receiving yards (16,279). If this was it for Fitz, it was a fantastic career and his next stop would be in Canton, Ohio, but we are confident that Fitzgerald can contribute in 2019 if he wants.
Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen tosses 11 TDs and 14 INTs in 2018
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 8:11 PM
Josh Rosen completed 18-of-34 passes for 149 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Starting 13 games as a rookie, Rosen struggled in an offensive that refused to use David Johnson effectively. The No. 10 overall pick was constantly under pressure as well, which resulted in more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (11). There is certainly hope that Rosen will turn it around, but the Cardinals are multiple steps away from that happening. The first part of the puzzle is finding the right coaching staff to get Rosen developed, and Steve Wilks is not the answer. Rosen also deserves major personnel upgrades on offense, but the Cardinals have the sixth most cap space and the No. 1 pick to make it happen. Expect Rosen to improve on this season's 175 passing yards per game as long as he gets some help.
David Johnson
DJ totals 1,386 yards and 10 TDs in 2018
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 7:56 PM
David Johnson rushed 17 times for 62 yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for six yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: A first-round pick this August, Johnson dragged his way to 940 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Game script was never in Johnson's favor as a runner, but it was disappointing for Johnson to only catch 50 passes for 446 receiving yards and three touchdowns with the Cardinals trailing the entire season. Johnson has bounce back appeal in 2019 for his age-28 season, but it's contingent on the coaching staff. The Cardinals are expected to move on from Steve Wilks and bringing in an offensive mind makes the most sense for Josh Rosen and David Johnson.
J.J. Nelson
J.J. Nelson inactive for the Cardinals
Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 2:00 PM
Arizona Cardinals on Twitter
Cardinals declared WR J.J. Nelson, WR Jalen Tolliver, S D.J. Swearinger, DE Markus Golden, OL Zach Golditch, TE Ricky Seals-Jones, and DE Benson Mayowa inactive for Week 17 against the Seahawks.
Analysis: Nelson missed Week 16 as well, but he's been a non-factor all season long. Only signed this week, Swearinger did not spend enough time in the building to get cleared in time.
Ricky Seals-Jones
RSJ (shoulder) ruled out for Sunday's finale
Fri, Dec 28, 2018, 1:20 PM
Arizona Cardinals on Twitter
Ricky Seals-Jones (shoulder) is out for Week 17 against the Seahawks.
D.J. Swearinger
Cardinals claim Redskins castoff Swearinger
Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 3:49 PM
Darren Urban on Twitter
Cardinals claimed S D.J. Swearinger off waivers from the Redskins.
Chad Williams
Williams hauls in one catch versus Rams
Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 7:48 PM
Chad Williams snagged one-of-four targets for seven yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 16 loss to Los Angeles.
Ricky Seals-Jones
Ricky Seals-Jones invisible in loss to Rams
Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 7:47 PM
Ricky Seals-Jones caught his lone target for three yards Sunday in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Rams.
Chase Edmonds
Edmonds totals 21 yards in loss to Rams
Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 7:16 PM
Chase Edmonds amassed 20 yards on four carries while pulling in one-of-two targets for one yard Sunday in Arizona's Week 16 loss to the Rams.
Trent Sherfield
Trent Sherfield delivers team-high 62 yards
Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 7:15 PM
Trent Sherfield contributed six grabs for 62 yards on six targets Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 16 loss to Los Angeles.
David Johnson
Johnson catches touchdown from Larry Fitz
Sun, Dec 23, 2018, 6:26 PM
David Johnson collected 35 yards on 10 carries while also securing one catch for 32 yards and a touchdown on five targets Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 16 loss to the Rams.