Cardinals Fantasy News

Chris Johnson (hamstring) not 'a lock' for Cardinals roster

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 4:08pm

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Cardinals writer Darren Urban on Chris Johnson and his ailing hamstring:

I would still lean toward CJ being on this roster heading into the regular season. But it’s not necessarily a lock, with what David Johnson has shown and Kerwynn Williams still lingering in the background and Stepfan Taylor so valuable on special teams. Can’t keep ’em all.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson may be expendable with the way David Johnson is playing and how Williams played last season.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:56pm

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The injury bug has stricken Arizona Cardinals second-year tight end Troy Niklas again.

Niklas reinjured a hamstring injury he initially suffered training this offseason, coach Bruce Arians said. He began training camp on the non-football injury list because of the injury but returned two weeks ago. There isn’t a timetable for Niklas’ return from his current injury.

“We don’t know how long that’s going to be,” Arians said.

Arians: 'Wouldn't be shocked' if Michael Floyd plays Week 1

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:48pm

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd walked through the team’s locker room at University of Phoenix Stadium on Wednesday without his injured left hand wrapped.

It was a sign of progress, but coach Bruce Arians said there is still not an estimate on when Floyd will return.

"He’s doing extremely well, so no, I don’t think there is an exact timetable," Arians said. "I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s ready (for Week 1), knowing Michael."

The Cardinals open the regular season Sept. 13 at home against New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact:

Floyd’s stitches were removed on Aug. 18, almost two weeks after he had surgery to repair three dislocated fingers in his left hand. Floyd has been working on his conditioning with assistant strength and conditioning coach Roger Kingdom before and after practices.

Monday, August 24, 2015, 8:26pm

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Two days after Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said running back Chris Johnson would miss one to two weeks because of a hamstring injury, Arians upgraded Johnson's status to day-to-day.

"He's healing," Arians said. "He's had these [minor injuries] in the past, and they only lasted a few days, so hopefully it's one of those."

Johnson did not practice Monday.

Johnson hurt his right hamstring on the last play of Thursday's practice, which caused him to miss Saturday's preseason game against San Diego. Arizona plays at Oakland on Sunday.

Cards WR J.J. Nelson showing off his speed

Monday, August 24, 2015, 8:11pm - [Full Article]

Carson Palmer wanted it back, that deep ball he heaved down the sideline to wideout J.J. Nelson in the first quarter Saturday.

His rookie speedster had gained a step on cornerback Richard Crawford, but the veteran quarterback has thrown countless bombs in his career, and knows an overthrow when he lets one fly.

Except, this time, he was wrong. As the ball ended its descent, Nelson sat there waiting for it, actually slowing down in order to complete the 57-yard gain.

“I can’t wait to watch it on film,” Palmer said. “He must have hit the nitrous button because he took off.”

Fantasy Impact:

When the Cardinals selected Nelson in the fifth-round of the draft, they knew he had speed. The Alabama-Birmingham star had the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting combine and figured to come in and compete for kick and punt return duties immediately, the story said. His playing time at wideout was less certain, with Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown taking up the majority of the snaps and Jaron Brown and Brittan Golden battling Nelson for the fourth receiver spot. But with Floyd recovering from three dislocated fingers in his hand, it was Nelson who started alongside John Brown and Fitzgerald in a three-receiver set in the 22-19 preseason loss to the Chargers. Much like John Brown last year, Nelson could be a guy who comes out of no where on the Cards deep list of WRs.

Keim: Team must protect Carson Palmer

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:18pm - [Full Article]

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim was impressed by his team’s deep threats at receiver last Saturday night against the Chargers. But he’s also concerned that quarterback Carson Palmer won’t have enough time to pass the ball if the Cardinals don’t protect him better.

The Chargers had six sacks in the first half of the victory, including two on Palmer, who dropped back just nine times.

“If we can protect Carson, we have some guys who can not only create separation, but can be explosive,” Keim said Monday morning on his weekly appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said both tackles gave up sacks, even though Keim didn't blame the offensive line entirely. He also pointed to missed assignments by running backs, which also happens to be an area bit by the injury bug so far in camp for the Cards. Palmer is a potential late-round starting option at QB who has a lot of weapons to throw to . But as the story said, he needs to be protected to allow his talented WRs to get open - on top of staying healthy.

Chris Johnson (hamstring) out 1-2 weeks

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 9:27am

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Chris Johnson wasn’t able to stay healthy for long in Arizona.

Johnson, the running back signed by the Cardinals last week, did not play in last night’s preseason game against the Chargers even though the Cardinals had initially planned to get him at least a few carries. Afterward, coach Bruce Arians explained that Johnson pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s practice and will be out for a week or two.

Johnson has been very healthy in his NFL career: The only game he’s ever missed was a meaningless Week 17 game. The Cardinals will try to get him healthy in time for Week One, when they hope he looks like the Chris Johnson of old.

Fantasy Impact:

If he’s out two weeks, that means he won’t play at all for the Cardinals, and his first live action in their offense wouldn’t come until the regular season. HC Bruce Arians said about rookie David Johnson that he wouldn't play in the season without the proper time in camp, so it remains to be seen how the team treats CJ2K. The Cards RBs have been banged up all camp and the hope was CJ2K would add some stability.

Carson Palmer continues to impress

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:04am

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The bulky black brace Cards QB Carson Palmer wears on his left knee is about the only sign he is less than nine months removed from his second torn anterior cruciate ligament.

That and, well, the way head coach Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians still sometimes shakes his head in disbelief that three weeks into training camp, Palmer isn’t just healthy, he’s better.

And maybe better than he’s been at any point since he made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2005 and 2006 while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Carson is in great shape, mentally and physically,” Arians told USA TODAY Sports.

Plenty of coaches gush these sorts of platitudes about their quarterback this time of year. But it means something coming from a quarterback guru like Arians, who has tutored passers like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said that through three weeks of training camp, Palmer has been among the Cardinals’ most consistent players, something that backs up numerous reports we've had here at 4for4. In a recent fully-padded practice, he zipped pass after pass across the middle of the field to Larry Fitzgerald, and nailed several deep touchdown passes to second-year receiver John Brown — all while playing against a secondary that includes stars Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Then, in his first live action since suffering the knee injury on Nov. 9, Palmer went 4-for-4 for 77 yards to lead the Cardinals to a touchdown in his one series of work in the preseason opener against Kansas City last week. All signs are pointing to Palmer having very nice, later-round value at the QB position, definitely something to note if you're waiting to draft at the position.

Cardinals defensive backs rave about QB Carson Palmer

Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:03pm

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The Cardinals defensive backs were asked about how QB Carson Palmer is playing in camp...

Safety Rashad Johnson: “The timing, the zip, the placement of the ball. He’s just been on fire. I’m surprised to see how well he’s come back from the (knee) injury. I think it took us a week and half to get an interception off of him. With the secondary we have, that’s very impressive. He’s playing at a very, very high level. You can tell he understands the offense way better than he did a couple years ago. I’m excited, man. I’ve never seen a quarterback play this well in person, besides Kurt Warner.”

Safety Tyrann Mathieu: “His arm has gotten so much stronger. And just his confidence. He’s throwing the ball into double coverage and against our best cornerback. That confidence he has and the trust in his receivers, that’s what stands out to us the most. We practice against him but we don’t play against him. He’s on our team so we’re pretty excited for the season to get here.”

Cornerback Patrick Peterson: “The way he’s going through his progressions, as far as one, two, three reads. You can tell he’s much more comfortable within the offense and Coach Arians’ play calling. And his arm looks so much stronger than the years past. Just look at him, his demeanor, his confidence is different. I wish we could just wrap him up in a whole bunch of bubble wrap and keep him safe leading up to the season.”

Fantasy Impact:

In the 15 games since his team’s 2013 bye, Palmer is averaging 277 yards 1.8 touchdowns and 0.8 interceptions. Those are fringe QB1 numbers, and he has a nice receiving corps (including Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown) to throw to. Everything is going smoothly with his recovery from ACL surgery, so he's our favorite late-round sleeper at the QB position. For more on Palmer, be sure to read the Cardinals-qb-carson-palmer">Sleeper Alert that Senior Editor John Paulsen issued back in June.

Cardinals RB David Johnson returns to practice, shows good receiving skills

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 2:49pm

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In drills coming out of the backfield, no one has really been able to cover David Johnson, making one think about the matchup issues he can provide. Now, we wait to see what it looks like in a game.

“I’ve been waiting since January, since the draft, to prove what I’m worth,” Johnson said.

HC Bruce Arians likes to use his running backs as receivers, and this isn’t just about throwing swing passes to a guy — which is why it will be interesting to see how Chris Johnson adapts to the offense. Andre Ellington runs out of the slot and has shown good hands (remember, Arians has said he thinks Ellington could have been a wideout in this league) and that is something Johnson has already shown. There is no fighting the ball when it comes to him.

Fantasy Impact:

With the addition of both Johnsons, Ellington suddenly has to compete for touches. He should post solid RB2 numbers in PPR formats, but if he struggles to run the ball -- like he did last year with his 3.3 YPC -- he isn't likely to have a long leash.

Cardinals sign Chris Johnson

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:45pm

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After a long offseason out of work, Chris Johnson has finally found his new NFL home.

Johnson has agreed to terms one a one-year contract with the Cardinals, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

The Cardinals had Johnson in for a physical and workout today, and that revealed that he’s ready to go and fully healed from the shoulder injury he suffered when he was shot this offseason.

Now the question is whether Johnson has anything left. He’s coming off a season in which he had career lows of 155 carries for 663 yards and one touchdown, and he appears to be a far different player now than he was in 2009, when he ran for 2,006 yards. Johnson turns 30 next month and isn’t the player he used to be.

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson and Andre Ellington have been banged up through camp and HC Bruce Arians expressed frustration the team wasn't able to install plays designed for their top-two backs. The thought here is Chris Johnson's skill level will at least allow the team to install that part of their game plan, something they weren't able to do with the other backs on their roster. David Johnson is expected to return to practice on Monday after missing significant time, but if he would miss more time in the future, Arians already stated he wouldn't see the field for real games. Ellington has a history of injuries dating back to last year so Chris Johnson is expected to give the team some security in the running game. Ellington should still be a big factor in the passing game at least and Arians said Ellington would get about 20 touches a game. Johnson may cut into some of Ellington and David Johnson's carries, though.

Arians: David Johnson, Andre Ellington 'foundation' of offense

Monday, August 17, 2015, 6:33pm

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For the last two weeks, Arizona Cardinals rookie running back David Johnson has been trying to find the right balance between returning to the field and making sure his hamstring injury doesn't linger.

It wasn't easy for the third-round pick, who coach Bruce Arians said will return to practice Monday.

"You can feel good but you don't know until you start running," Johnson said. "I got to take it day-by-day."

Johnson's return couldn't have come sooner for the Northern Iowa product. He's missed every padded practice of training camp and Arians' frustration with Johnson was mounting every day.

"(It's ) killing him," Arians said. "There's no way a rookie is going to play in September and miss training camp. There's just no way in hell I'm putting him out there -- not in any expanded role of any kind."

Arians said Johnson and Andre Ellington are the foundation of Arizona's offense. Without both of them at practice for most of the last two weeks, the Cardinals weren't able to install packages specifically built for Johnson and Ellington.

"It's a pain in the ass when you got two guys that aren't out there practicing, and you got packages for them and you can't install them because it's not fair to the other guys because that's not their skill set," Arians said. "So you modify your practice and all your scripts to do something that's beneficial for all those guys."

Fantasy Impact:

This was Johnson's first "significant" injury of his football career. After tweaking his hamstring on Aug. 2, the rookie panicked a bit, unsure how to approach his comeback, the story said. With Andre Ellington also out, it put a damper on practices because they are considered the top two backs. Arians said he expects to get Ellington 20 touches a game but that also includes receptions so it looks like there will be plenty of opportunity for Johnson to be involved in the offense, too.

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:45pm

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One by one, Carson Palmer's passes landed softly in the hands of their intended targets.

Larry Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd. John Brown. Jaron Brown. One by one, Palmer hit them in stride, throwing his passes so perfectly that the receivers didn’t have to adjust a muscle to come down with the football.

Through the first two weeks of training camp, Palmer has defied expectations that accompany a 35-year-old who’s coming off a second major knee surgery and a rehabbed nerve that damaged his throwing shoulder. The proof came in a 65-yard bomb to John Brown that was perfect.

Fantasy Impact:

Palmer is definitely one of our sneaky, late round QB picks who could put up good enough fantasy numbers to at least make owners consider starting him a lot of weeks this year. Taking Palmer late will allow owners to load up at other positions.

Report: C.J. Spiller has knee surgery, will be ready Week 1

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 4:29pm

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New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this week but is expected to be back for the team's regular-season opener, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Mike Triplett.

The surgery took place Friday in Pensacola, Florida, according to the source.

The Saints visit the Arizona Cardinals in their opener Sept. 13.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller did not play in the team's the Black & Gold scrimmage last Friday and missed camp practice Tuesday after limited work Sunday and Monday. He did not participate in the team's first preseason game against the Ravens Thursday but was reportedly present for the game. It's actually more of a relief as there was starting to be some concern around the oft-injured Spiller. He's expected to be ready for Week 1, but it's something we'll continue to monitor as camp progresses. He's ranked 14th on our PPR RB list, giving him high-end RB2 potential in those formats. We project him to lead all backs in receptions in 2015.

Arians: 'No way' RB David Johnson plays early season if he misses camp

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:58pm - [Full Article]

Cards HC Bruce Arians added Tuesday that there's "no way in hell" he will play the rookie RB David Johnson early in the season if the former Northern Iowa star misses training camp with hamstring woes.

Fantasy Impact:

The Cardinal RBs are banged up and the team offered veteran Chris Johnson a one-year deal. Arians hasn't been happy with the RB performance and the injuries. Ellington, Johnson and Marion Grice have all missed time with injuries. If Johnson accepts Arizona's offer, he will compete with Grice, Stepfan Taylor, Kerwynn Williams and Robert Hughes for snaps behind Ellington, the story said.

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