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Arians: Michael Floyd is 'starting to reach his potential'
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:03pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. But it wasn’t the yards or catches that impressed Arians the most, it was the injuries Floyd played through – most notably the shoulder problem that the wideout had when he went off for a career-high 193 yards in Jacksonville.
“I think Michael is starting to reach his potential,” Arians said. “He still needs to be more consistent each week. He played through injuries for the first time which is a huge step for a young player to play through injuries. A lot of times they just sit themselves down. He wanted to win, he wanted to help us win. I thought he made great strides. This year, can he do it again?”
Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:02pm
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians changed the role of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last season, having him play inside and moving him around. Arians said Fitzgerald got more comfortable with it during the season and it helped to play inside where his size could be an advantage. Arians had done it previously in Pittsburgh with Hines Ward and in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne.
A major factor in making the shift for Fitzgerald, Arians said, was the receiver’s age. Fitzgerald turned 30 in August.
“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians said. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”
Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:17pm
At the Combine, Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said, "Tight ends for me block first, catch second."
This doesn't bode particularly well for Rob Housler, who had a late-season stretch of decent play (#15 TE from Week 10 to Week 14) after an injury kept him out of the first two games.
Arians: Cards will 'build offense around' Andre Ellington
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:20am
This paints a different picture of Ellington's potential usage than the comments from GM Steve Keim yesterday. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse, though Arians will have the final say on playing time. Ellington 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.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:04pm
If the Cardinals are counting on Taylor to share carries with Ellington, it's good news for Ellington.
Andre Ellington to get more work, but won't be 'featured'
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:08pm
Ellington should see a bump in touches if the Cardinals don’t re-sign Rashard Mendenhall or bring in another established RB via free agency. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse. 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. It's a good sign that Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect 12-15 touches per game.
Andre Johnson not retiring anytime soon
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:24am
While the Texans were the worst team in the NFL last season and the 32-year-old Johnson’s entering his 12th season, the seven-time Pro Bowler hasn’t given any thought to ending his career anytime soon.
“I know I’m not a second-, third-, or fourth-year guy. Everything comes to an end at some point,” said Johnson, who started all 16 games in 2013, recording 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns. “But right now I don’t know when it might end. I’m feeling fine. I’m feeling healthy. So I’m going to continue to play as long as I can.
“Everybody knows that day when it’s over. When that day comes, I’ll have no problem stepping away. But right now I feel fine. I feel like I still have a few more years left in me.”
Johnson finished the season as the #12 WR but failed to find the endzone in the final seven weeks after scoring all five of his touchdowns in Week 9 (9-229-3) and Week 10 (5-37-2) against the Colts and Cardinals, respectively. With the #1 overall pick in their pocket, the Texans should get an upgrade at QB, though a rookie passer is always a bit of a risk. Johnson will turn 33 in July and is starting to show signs of slowing down. But he should continue to be a quality fantasy starter for at least another year or two.
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 12:51pm
Browns WR Josh Gordon received a personal invitation from Larry Fitzgerald to attend his annual pre-camp all-star training session in Minnesota, in which former stars such as Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders help current top players perfect their skills. The camp runs for about six weeks in the summer, and Pro Bowl-caliber players come and go.
"I'm definitely going to make the trip,'' said Gordon. "I talked to Larry and he personally invited me out. Michael invited me, Jerry invited me, so I've got to go. It's going to be fun. It will be in the summer time and help get ready for training camp and hopefully tear it up this season.''
It's great to hear that Gordon -- who has had off field issues in the past -- seems focused and committed to perfecting his craft. The sky is the limit.
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:04pm