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Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:17pm
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:30pm
Cardinals GM Steve Keim on RB Andre Ellington (6th round) — “Obviously after taking Stepfan Taylor, we did not anticipate taking a back, but sticking to our board and staying true to it, we wanted to take the best player available. The fact that most likely we are going to keep four backs on our roster, we feel that Andre is a guy that can bring a diffferent style to the table. His run style, his elusivness, his play speed and athleticism, is different from the other top three backs on our roster.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:27pm
Cardinals GM Steve Keim on WR Ryan Swope (6th round) — “A guy that B.A. and I have had our eyes on for quite some time. We were extremely excited that he started to slide. He is a guy that not only can stretch the field vertically but has some underneath quickness. He kind of reminds me of Brandon Stokely a little bit.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:26pm
Cardinals GM Steve Keim on RB Stepfan Taylor (5th round) — “Extremely productive running back. Three consecutive years with over 1,000 rushing yards. Not a burner with tremendous top-end speed but a guy that runs with balance, strength and fits Bruce’s offense very well with his ability to protect in pass protection situations.”
Dynasty leaguers should take note -- the Arizona RB situation is far from static. Taylor could be starting in a year or two.
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.
Arians: Rashard Mendenhall is "a legitimate big-time threat"
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 3:13pm
“He’s a legitimate big-time threat every time he touches the ball,” Arians, the Steelers former offensive coordinator, said this morning at the NFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. “He’s a big back who never has to come out of the game. He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet.”
It certainly sounds as if Arians plans to start Mendenhall over Ryan Williams, but we'll know more once we get deeper into summer.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 6:27pm
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:37pm
Cardinals trade for Carson Palmer
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:35pm
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cards completed the deal with the Raiders in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.
The condition is that he starts 13 games, meaning if he falls short of being the full-time starter, the Cards don’t owe them a thing.
This is big news for Larry Fitzgerald owners. Even mediocre QB play should be a big upgrade for Fitzy. A QB change had already been priced into his ADP (3.02) but his stock may rise a bit further now that the news is official. As for Palmer, he should post his usually decent fantasy numbers, especially if the Cardinals often find themselves in catch-up mode in 2013.
Raiders acquire QB Matt Flynn
Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:16pm
The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have pulled the trigger on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a pair of draft picks, reports Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
In addition to acquiring Flynn, Glazer adds that the Raiders are attempting to trade Carson Palmer, their starting quarterback the last two seasons, to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round draft choice.
Flynn has started two games in his career. In 2010, he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in a tough 31-27 loss against the Patriots in Week 15, throwing for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception. In 2011, with Rodgers resting in Week 17, Flynn torched the Lions for 480 yards and six TDs (with one interception). His stock took a dive after he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson, but he was dealing with an elbow injury and Wilson turned out to be pretty good. The Raiders have not been a favorable situation for QBs in recent years, but Carson Palmer was 8th in the league in pass attempts in 2012, so if Flynn finds himself in garbage time as often, he should put up decent fantasy stats. He doesn't have great arm strength, but has shown good accuracy and anticipation on his throws. As for Palmer, it appears that he will land with the Cardinals. He's no savior, but even mediocre QB play would be a big upgrade for WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Bills sign Kevin Kolb to two-year deal
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 11:10pm
The Bills could still draft a QB, but at this point it appears that Kolb will start Week 1.
Carson Palmer wants out of Oakland
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 11:18am
By proposing that the 33-year-old quarterback take a relatively modest reduction from his $13 million base salary, rather than a drastic cut, the Raiders were essentially affirming their faith in Palmer's abilities. And given that it's highly unlikely Palmer could command anywhere close to $10 million annually on the open market, staying seemed like the obvious play.
Yet Palmer, Y! Sports has learned and other media outlets have reported, balked at the Raiders' request, a move that could lead to his outright release. The quarterback's decision, according to three sources familiar with Palmer's mindset, is based on a sense that Oakland's prospects for success in 2013 are so bleak that money is no longer the predominant factor in his thought process.
Palmer's rejection of the Raiders' proposal could lead him to the Arizona Cardinals, who are in the market for a starting quarterback, or possibly put him on the path to becoming a backup for a contending team. Oakland, meanwhile, may respond to the player's hardened stance by trading for Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn or selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft.
It seemed from the beginning like it was less than a 50/50 proposition that Palmer would start for the Raiders in 2013, and the chances seem even lower now. If he were to land in Arizona, it would be a boon for Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer is no longer elite, but even mediocre play at QB would be a huge upgrade for the Cardinals.
Cardinals content with Drew Stanton as starting QB
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:22pm
Asked by Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network whether he thinks his starting quarterback is currently on the roster, Arians answered, “Yes, we have a very capable one in Drew Stanton.”
Arians continued that Stanton played for him last year as Andrew Luck’s backup in Indianapolis, which makes him comfortable that he has a quarterback who can run his offense effectively.
“Drew knows the offense, he is more than capable of doing it. If he is our guy, I am comfortable,” Arians said.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:17pm
Speculation for the better part of a week has been that Josh Cribbs is not only on is way out of Cleveland, but that he is headed to the Arizona Cardinals. In fact, the Plain Dealer reporter on Sunday that Cribbs was headed to Arizona to take a physical and, “if all goes as Cribbs hopes, he’ll be a Cardinal by Monday the source said.”
ESPN Cleveland has learned from multiple sources that the delay in Cribbs signing is because he failed his physical with the Cardinals on Monday. It is unclear at this time what may have been the cause of the failed physical and if this will deter Arizona from signing the nine year NFL veteran.
Update: Mike Garafolo of USA Today has tweeted that Cribbs' agent JR Rickert said his client underwent surgery to repair meniscus after the season and it has not completely healed. He added that they expect for Arizona to give Cribbs another physical in a few weeks and possibly sign him then.
A torn meniscus is usually not a big deal. We're expecting Cribbs to pass his physical in the next month or so.
Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:55pm
RB Beanie Wells has BAD wheel, source says.