Marion Grice is the next man up. But be warned – the Cardinals are averaging just 3.1 YPC on the season, and Grice has averaged just 2.6 YPC on 11 carries. The good news is that the Chiefs are yielding 4.9 YPC. We're expecting that Stepfan Taylor and possibly Michael Bush will be involved as well.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hip, foot) missed practice again Thursday. HC Bruce Arians said that Ellington has a “severe” hip pointer and that he is a game-time decision for Sunday. It's generally not a good sign if the head coach is talking about a game-time decision as early as Tuesday. Marion Grice is expected to be the lead back if Ellington is out, and would be a decent desperation start against a mediocre Chiefs rush defense. But he's not likely to see a huge workload with Stepfan Taylor, Robert Hughes and possibly Michael Bush in the mix. Complicating matters, the Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday. Hopefully, we'll have some clarity on the situation by Saturday, but owners should not plan on having Ellington available in Week 14.
Cardinals beat writer Alex Marvez: RB Andre Ellington has "severe" hip-pointer, per HC Bruce Arians. Probably won't practice this week. The team hopes he can go against the Chiefs, but he will be a game-day decision.
It's generally not a good sign if the head coach is talking about a game-time decision as early as Tuesday. Grice would be a decent desperation start against a mediocre Chiefs rush defense, but he's not likely to see a huge workload with Taylor, Hughes and possibly Michael Bush in the mix. Complicating matters, the Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday. Hopefully, we'll have some clarity on the situation by Saturday, but owners should not plan on having Ellington available in Week 14.
It's tough to trust a player with this status for the following week, but it's at least a little good news Ellington thinks he'll be OK for Week 14. Fox's Mike Jurecki on Twitter said the injury isn't serious and Ellington could be back by this week or next week. Given how the Cards performed in a Week 13 loss, Arizona will really need Ellington to play. There isn't a whole lot behind Ellington to trust from a fantasy perspective, even going against a Chiefs defense that was gashed by Denver's C.J. Anderson in Week 13. Stepfan Taylor, Michael Bush and Marion Grice could possibly form a committee if Ellington can't play.
Arizona running back Andre Ellington aggravating a hip injury.
Ellington left the field slowly with 10:13 remaining in the second quarter. He had five carries for 12 yards before the injury. He had 10 carries for only 24 yards in the Cardinals' 19-3 loss to Seattle last week and was probable on Arizona's final injury report of the week with foot and hip injuries.
Marion Grice had three catches for 24 yards and was the only other back to get carries - five for 16 yards as the Cards trailed early on in this contest. Stepfan Taylor ended up with a late TD. The team also signed Michael Bush last week but he was inactive for Week 13. We'll continue to monitor Ellington's status this week, but this was pretty much the last favorable matchup for Arizona RBs for the rest of the season. The team finishes with the Chiefs, Rams, Seahawks and 49ers to close the season and while the Chiefs ranked 15th, the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers are all in the top-five in allowing fantasy points to RBs.
Fitzgerald’s absence is a boost for John Brown and Michael Floyd, who should both see plenty of targets in a very good matchup against the Falcons. HC Bruce Arians said last week that he should have done a better job dialing up plays for Floyd, who only saw two targets against the Seahawks. Brown has played well with Drew Stanton under center.
The Arizona Cardinals are doing something about their troubled ground game.
Bush, 30, hasn't played since making 13 appearances with the Bears last season as a short-yardage back who never lived up to the promise of the four-year deal he signed in 2012. The former Raiders starter rumbled for 977 yards with Oakland in 2011, but accounted for just 197 yards and three scores in the Windy City last autumn.
As the story said, in theory, Bush gives the Cardinals a physical presence they've missed this season. Andre Ellington is a tantalizing athlete, but Arizona's inability to sustain drives on the ground cost them dearly in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Coming out of Week 12, only the Raiders are churning out fewer yards per outing than the Cards. The Cards have had some tough matchups at least in terms of fantasy. Things get a bit easier the next two weeks, but for fantasy playoffs, it's the Rams and Seahawks followed by the 49ers in Week 17, all in the top-five. Bush likely won't have much fantasy value, but could potentially steal short-yardage TDs.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 8:54pm
The guy you've never heard of, RB Juan Thompson, is helping the Broncos resist the temptation to add a big name such as Felix Jones or Michael Bush to an injury-ravaged, inexperienced running back corps. With Anderson's status uncertain (concussion) for the Aug. 17 game at San Francisco and Montee Ball (appendectomy) out until at least the third preseason game, Thompson becomes an interesting option in the roster roulette.
"We have got numbers there — kids that have been with us and done a good job," coach John Fox said when asked if he was concerned about the depth at the running back. "Ronnie (Hillman) got more opportunities. Montee is doing great, and he'll be back shortly. And Thompson played well."
The Broncos feel like the don't need to add another back, especially with the play of Thompson on Thursday night. The story gives him a "puncher's chance" to make the team because he's built like a boxer, a sculpted 5-foot-11, 225 pounds. He is equipped for short-yardage plays, where he first started making noise in training camp during goal-line drills. And his tires feature plenty of tread. He was part of a four-man rotation at Duke.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 8:26pm
Bears RB Matt Forte had 363 touches last season, the second most of his career. It was the first season since 2009 in which he had more than 300. As he approaches his 29th birthday in December, let's see whether the increased contact affects his power, explosiveness and endurance. In training camp and exhibition games, at least, it seems logical for the Bears to get Forte the work he needs but not a touch more.
Besides, the backs behind Forte need repetitions to answer many questions. As is the norm with backups, those center on pass protection.
RB KaDeem Carey commands the brightest spotlight. GM Phile Emery evaluates two criteria: toughness and reactive instincts for finding the correct defensive rusher. Carey "has shown that repetitively," Emery said after the Bears drafted him.
The Bears RB1 job still belongs to Forte, but it's a good sign Carey is gaining at least a little praise for his pass protection early on. With Michael Bush gone, Carey appears next in line for work if something were to happen to Forte. According to this story, he's considered a roster lock. Tony Fiammetta is considered a good bet while Michael Ford, Shaun Draughn, Jordan Lynch and Senorise Perry are competing for one spot.
Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:34pm
Q: I thought running back KaDeem Carey was a steal in the fourth round of the draft. How many carries do you see him getting this year?
A: That’s difficult to say, primarily because starter Matt Forte is such a versatile three-down back who’s capable of running inside and outside as well as catching passes. I know the coaching staff has a hard time taking Forte off the field, and who can blame them? Interestingly, the Bears’ backup running back got 112, 114 and 114 carries in Lovie Smith’s final three seasons as coach, but only 63 last year in Marc Trestman’s first season.
With that being said, I think that Carey has the potential to be more productive than predecessors Chester Taylor (267 yards and three touchdowns in 2010), Marion Barber (422 yards and 6 TDs on 2011) and Michael Bush (411 yards and 5 TDs in 2012 and 197 yards and 3 TDs in 2013).
But Carey must first prove that he can learn and execute pass-blocking assignments because protecting the quarterback is vital in Trestman’s offense. If you want me to guess, I’ll say that Carey will get 80 carries this season barring a serious injury to Forte, which breaks down to five per game.
It sounds like Mayer thinks Carey has the chance to play more of a role than Bush did last season. Carey seems like a guy to grab later in drafts as a potential handcuff to Forte, especially when you consider Forte will likely be one of the top-five RBs off the board later this summer. Of course there is some risk with drafting handcuffs and Carey may not get all of Forte's workload should Forte get hurt, but it's a situation worth monitoring if you plan to protect or draft Forte.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:00am
Monday, November 25, 2013, 5:01pm
Forte has a nice matchup this week against the Vikings. The tweet said they will see where he is at Wednesday, but Forte was able to return to the game so he should have a good chance to play in Week 13. If you're an owner, it's a good time to go out and get Michael Bush if you haven't already.
Monday, September 23, 2013, 5:13pm
This is nothing new to Forte owners as we saw Bush go in from in close on Sunday night against the Steelers. However, Forte does have 2 TDs so far this season. That may give Bush some value in scoring only leagues, but it's still a risk to start him even in that format. Forte owners should think about adding Bush as a handcuff if they haven't already.
‘‘I’m just excited about getting back to getting out of the backfield and running routes and catching balls. Not just running the ball, but getting the ball out in space,’’ Forte said. ‘‘It’s a different way of running the ball. After you catch it, you’ve got to run with it. So instead of handing it off, you get the ball out in space, and that gives you more opportunity to make big plays.’’
Not using Forte last year is one of the reasons Lovie Smith lost is job, according to the story. That bodes well for owners this year, especially in PPR formats. Last year, Forte caught 44 passes for 340 yards which were both career lows. He could still lose goal line carries to Michael Bush, but overall having Forte fall to you in the early second round should be a nice bargain.
Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:52am
Trestman called former Raiders running back Charlie Garner one of his favorite players. Garner made 91 receptions for 941 yards in 2002 and rushed for 962 yards on 182 carries. It might be asking too much for Forte to catch 91 passes, but he sure could top the career-high 63 he had as a rookie in 2008.
We rank Forte 12th among our RBs. Michael Bush, ranked 51st, could still be a threat to take away carries as well as TDs in close, but Forte projects to be a second-round pick and a very high end RB2, perhaps especially in PPR leagues.
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