Jonathan Dwyer Fantasy News

Cards RB Stepfan Taylor (calf) to miss 'significant time'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:17pm

AZCardinals.com - [Full Article]

Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor is expected to miss “significant time,” according to coach Bruce Arians, because of a calf injury.

Taylor didn’t have a carry against the Eagles before going out with the injury in the second half. But it now means that the top two backs that were supposed to support Andre EllingtonJonathan Dwyer and Taylor — are not around. And this is all while Ellington is playing through a bum foot. The Cardinals have explored adding a running back through trade but nothing has been that close to happening.

Fantasy Impact:

It's likely going to mean a bigger role for Ellington. Marion Grice — a rookie sixth-round pick of San Diego who was cut and on a practice squad before the Cards signed him — is the Ellington backup. At some point, the Cards will have to add a back to the 53-man roster and Kerwynn Williams is an option from their own practice squad, the story said.

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Jonathan Dwyer formally charged

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:38pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been formally charged with assaulting his wife in two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment.

An indictment publicly released late Friday charges Dwyer with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors.

Investigators say Dwyer broke his wife's nose during a July 21 argument and engaged in a dispute the following day in which he punched his wife and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn't injured.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. With Dwyer out, Jalen Parmale will apparently get the short-yardage/goal-line touches for the Cardinals.

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. He’s out for Week 3 after an arrest for domestic violence. Stepfan Taylor will back up Andre Ellington.

Andre Ellington will be game-time call

Saturday, September 6, 2014, 4:07pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Cardinals still don’t know if running back Andre Ellington will play on Monday night, and they won’t know until Monday night.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Ellington was limited in practice today and will be a game-time decision on Monday night against the Chargers.

Ellington has been dealing with a foot injury, and there have been conflicting reports about the severity of that injury. Some reports have said Ellington could miss significant time, while others have said the injury is relatively minor. The fact that Arians expressed some optimism about Ellington playing on Monday suggests that the injury isn’t as severe as previously feared.

Fantasy Impact:

No surprise that after all the reports, good and bad, Ellington will be the dreaded game-time call on Monday night. Even if he plays, there's a chance he won't get a full workload to open the season. If you have no choice but to play Ellington, Jonathan Dwyer is someone to pick up and plug in if we find out Ellington is inactive leading up to the game.

Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) took limited practice reps Thursday. There have been conflicting reports about Ellington’s status, with beat writer Mike Jurecki suggesting it is a 4-6 week injury while the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is saying there is still a chance that Ellington plays on Monday. Given the uncertainty, we wouldn’t count on it. Jonathan Dwyer is the next man up if Ellington can’t play (and it doesn’t look like he will).

Rapoport: 'Still a chance' Andre Ellington plays on Monday Night Football

Friday, September 5, 2014, 12:45pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

On Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot), who had an MRI last night: First prescription is rest. He’s hopeful. Still a chance he plays on MNF.

Fantasy Impact:

This is great news for Ellington owners as it appears that the back has avoided a serious injury to the foot. Jonathan Dwyer would pick up the slack if Ellington can't play this week.

Cardinals Beat: Hearing RB Andre Ellington (foot) could be out for an 'extended period'

Friday, September 5, 2014, 11:58am

Mike Jurecki, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington aggravated his left foot in practice on Thursday, underwent an MRI, hearing he could be out extended period of time.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Dwyer has been running as the primary backup to Ellington, and HC Bruce Arians knows him from their days in Pittsburgh together. Stepfan Taylor would also be in the mix for carries if Ellington can't play. We should know more today when the results of the MRI are released.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington had an MRI on his foot

Friday, September 5, 2014, 9:42am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Ellington was limited in Thursday’s practice with a foot injury. Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 reports that Ellington has been bothered by foot trouble over the last week and that he “irritated” the issue during Thursday’s session.

Jurecki adds that Ellington went for an MRI on Thursday as well, which may just be about an abundance of that aforementioned caution but it’s never a great development when your starting running back needs to have tests done on either of his feet.

Fantasy Impact:

Jonathan Dwyer appears to be the proper handcuff for Ellington, whose status should be updated today. Hopefully the MRI was precautionary and he's just experiencing some soreness in the foot. It's worth noting that Ellington had toe and ankle surgery while in college, which is one reason he was drafted in the 6th round.

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) took limited practice reps Thursday. This is a new injury for Ellington so it’s something to monitor on Friday and over the weekend. Jonathan Dwyer is the next man up if Ellington can’t play.

Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:37am

ESPN - [Full Article]

While all of Arizona's starting skill positions are pretty much set, the best position battle is for the No. 2 running back between second-year back Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer. The two have split time behind starter Andre Ellington during training camp but with the Cardinals' new two-back system, the second job is valuable. Taylor has played in between the tackles while Dwyer is a power back who's proved dangerous in the red zone.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 3:07am

ESPN - [Full Article]

RB Stepfan Taylor filling in for Andre Ellington (neck) was telling in terms of the battle for the second running back job. It’s between Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer, but with head coach Bruce Arians’ decision to run Taylor with the starters, it appears that he’s leading the backup running back race. The importance of winning the second spot this year is greater than past years because of Arians’ decision to use more two-back sets.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington added 8-10 lbs of muscle

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:14pm

Mike Jurecki, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said that RB Andre Ellington has gained 8-10 pounds of muscle to increase his durability.

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Mendenhall retired, and the Cardinals didn’t do much of anything at RB in free agency (outside of signing Jonathan Dwyer), so the path is clear for Ellington to become a feature back. HC Bruce Arians says he wants to build the offense around the diminutive RB, but that they’ll be careful not to overwork him, implying that they may limit his short-yardage work. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the running back heavily in the passing game, but with the way he has been gushing about Ellington’s skill set, that may change. Ellington averaged 0.771 fantasy points per touch in 2013, so if he can maintain that production at a 15-touch workload, he’s looking at an average of 11.6 FP per game. Those are high-end RB2 numbers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014, 11:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss on RB Andre Ellington's potential for goal line carries: "I think Andre Ellington is capable of being a short-yardage workhorse, but I don't see Cardinals coach Bruce Arians using him there all the time. I think Ellington will certainly get the call on a few occasions, but I can see Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer getting more of the short-yardage carries. And don't be surprised if Robert Hughes -- if he ends up making the roster and staying healthy -- will be responsible for some of those situations as well."

Fantasy Impact:

HC Bruce Arians says he wants to build the offense around the diminutive RB, but that they’ll be careful not to overwork him, implying that they may limit his short-yardage work. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the running back heavily in the passing game, but with the way he has been gushing about Ellington’s skill set, that may change. Ellington averaged 0.771 fantasy points per touch in 2013, so if he can maintain that production at a 15-touch workload, he’s looking at an average of 11.6 FP per game. Those are high-end RB2 numbers.

Beat: Andre Ellington to be the 'featured back'

Thursday, July 3, 2014, 11:23am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers on RB Andre Ellington: Last year, the Cardinals limited how much they gave Andre Ellington the ball. They weren't sure the 5-9, 199-pound rookie could take a pounding. But he was more durable than they thought and as explosive as they expected. With the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington becomes the featured back. Arians said he would like to get Ellington the ball 25 times a game. That's a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea. Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer are the main backups.

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Mendenhall retired, and the Cardinals didn’t do much of anything at RB in free agency (outside of signing Jonathan Dwyer), so the path is clear for Ellington to become a feature back. HC Bruce Arians says he wants to build the offense around the diminutive RB, but that they’ll be careful not to overwork him, implying that they may limit his short-yardage work. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. Arians’ offenses don’t utilize the running back heavily in the passing game, but with the way he has been gushing about Ellington’s skill set, that may change. Ellington averaged 0.771 fantasy points per touch in 2013, so if he can maintain that production at a 15-touch workload, he’s looking at an average of 11.6 FP per game. Those are high-end RB2 numbers.

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