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Cardinals defensive backs rave about QB Carson Palmer

Friday, August 21, 2015, 7:03pm

AZ Central - [Full Article]

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 Sleeper Alert that Senior Editor John Paulsen issued back in June.

Cosell: 49ers will 'try very hard' to get TE Vernon Davis more involved

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:11am

49ers - [Full Article]

Greg Cosell of NFL Films discussed the 49ers' offseason:

People tend to forget with Colin Kaepernick, because he had such great success early, that he's only been a full-time starter for two years. He's still a young quarterback, he's still learning the craftsmanship of the position and the subtleties of the position. With a new coordinator, I think Geep Chryst, my sense is, I think he'll try and be a little more expansive and explosive with the pass game. So I'm anxious to see that. I think they'll try very hard to get Vernon Davis back into it. So I think it's important for people to remember that Colin Kaepernick is still a young quarterback learning.

Fantasy Impact:

He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

As for Davis, he's quite a bit better than the numbers he posted last year. His 50 targets were his fewest since 2008, and his usage was way too low considering he has finished in the top 8 at his position in four of the last six seasons. He was targeted just once in the red zone after seeing 20 red zone targets in 2013.

49ers Beat: QB Colin Kaepernick 'decisively accurate' at minicamp, especially 'on the move'

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:29pm

49ers.com - [Full Article]

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was mostly on point throughout the minicamp. Sure, at times there were a few passes he'd like to have back. Kaepernick was intercepted twice in three days: Michael Wilhoite caught a deflected slant pattern; Jaquiski Tartt victimized Kaepernick on an end-zone pass to close out a situational two-minute drill. Other than those two passes, Kaepernick was decisively accurate with the football. Perhaps the most striking observation of the 49ers signal-caller was his accuracy on the move. One of the hardest throws to make is a rollout throw to the left for a right-handed quarterback. But not for Kaepernick. San Francisco's fifth-year quarterback is able to complete nearly every one of his rollout throws. Kaepernick used the three-day period to continue his chemistry with Smith as well as other prime targets like Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin.

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sporting a 'more compact' throwing motion

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:28pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

If you think 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's release is more compact, you're right.

"It's the first thing everyone sees -- how fast the ball comes out of his hand," QB Dennis Gile said. That's a result of all the alterations -- from his head to the bottom of his cleats -- that the quarterback has made. "It's not about how hard you can throw it or how fast you can get rid of it," Gile said. "It's how quickly he can release it while still being relaxed."

One of the main things that changed was Kaepernick's stance. Gile said it was too narrow. That is, his feet were close together -- "real tall on his tippy toes," Gile said -- and when he took a step to throw the ball, that step was too big, too exaggerated. That elongated his release.

It's also helped his accuracy. Gile said Kaepernick made the biggest gains with his deep passes. That has to be good news for wideouts like Torrey Smith and Jerome Simpson, who were brought in this offseason to add firepower to a deep passing attack that had been lightly utilized in previous seasons.

Gile said he expected Kaepernick to return to Phoenix and continue to work on his craft during the team's break in early July.

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value.

49ers Beat: Chemistry 'already building' between Colin Kaepernick and Torrey Smith

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 10:01am

49ers.com - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers may only be two days into minicamp and a few weeks into the offseason program, but Torrey Smith said Wednesday that the chemistry is already building between him and his new quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The two aren’t new acquaintances; Smith said that he and Kap had trained at the same facility in past offseasons. He referenced Kaepernick’s “cannon” and how it differs from the strong arm of his former Baltimore Ravens teammate Joe Flacco.

“Joe (Flacco) has a great arm, probably the strongest arm in the league, but Kap’s is something different with that velocity,” Smith said. “I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s something different.”

“He’s doing a great job,” Smith said. “Ya’ll aren’t out there, but some of the throws he made yesterday were ridiculous.”

“It was cover two and I had a conversion,” Smith said. “It turned into a deep route and there was a small, a really small window for him to make the throw between (Antoine) Bethea and myself. If he put too much air on it, the ball is going to get tipped in a real game, and I’m going to get knocked out. But, he threw it where only I could get it and I didn’t break stride. And it was on a rope, 35 yards on a rope. It would have been a touchdown. It was ridiculous.”

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower (due to his offseason work with QB coach Dennis Gile and former Rams/Cardinals QB Kurt Warner) will only help his overall value, and early reports describe a 'radically different' throwing motion.

49ers TE Vernon Davis says that QB Colin Kaepernick 'looks like a totally different guy'

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:52pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The makeover of Colin Kaepernick was so noticeable, tight end Vernon Davis wondered if his eyes were deceiving him.

“When I saw him yesterday, I didn’t even know that was Colin,” Davis said Friday after the final day of the first week of the 49ers’ offseason program. “Seriously, he was working on his drop-back. ‘Who was that?’ You guys are in for a treat. He looks like a totally different guy.”

Kaepernick spent 10 weeks at the beginning of the offseason in Arizona working on his mechanics with private quarterback coach Dennis Gile. He also spent about one day a week on the mental aspect of the game with two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner.

“I feel like there’s been quite a bit of change,” Kaepernick said. “Obviously, it’s noticeable. Vernon said something to me right away when we started throwing. But I just want to do everything I can to make sure I’m getting better and doing my part to help this team win.”

Neither Kaepernick nor Davis spoke specifically about the mechanical changes, but Kaepernick said everything he did was aimed at becoming a better quarterback to enable the 49ers to win more games.

Fantasy Impact:

It was reported earlier in the offseason that the team planned to utilize Kaepernick’s running ability to a greater degree. Kaepernick ran the ball 12 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013 for an additional 115 yards, so it's not like he abandoned the scramble. It sounds like it's more about utilizing the read-option as a larger part of the offense. If that's the case, it could be a boon to Kaepernick's fantasy value. He was the #14 QB in 2014 after finishing #9 the season before, though his overall production only dipped by 11 fantasy points. He's a bounce-back candidate provided new OC Geep Chryst can design an offense that can move the ball. Chryst previously served as the OC for the Chargers in 1999 and 2000, but his offenses ranked 26th and 28th overall in that span. Any gains that Kaepernick can make as a thrower will only help his overall value.

Monday, April 6, 2015, 8:06pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After working with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Kurt Warner came away impressed with his arm. Now, he wants to make sure he doesn’t use his legs too much.

During an interview with Rich Gannon on SiriusXM, Warner said he thought Kaepernick would be better served staying in the pocket, rather than allowing his incredible athleticism to become a crutch.

“He can’t do all the running,” Warner said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Now he’s got to become more of a pass-first guy and complement with his athleticism. And he’s never been asked to do that before. And so that’s the process that we kind of went through in the couple of months I was working with him."

Fantasy Impact:

Warner spent 10 sessions working with Kaepernick in Arizona this offseason, according to the story, and said he hoped the work helped keep Kaepernick focused on moving the ball downfield. Last year, Kaepernick averaged just 7.0 yards per pass attempt, and the 49ers went out and bought Torrey Smith in free agency in an attempt to stretch the field.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to train with Kurt Warner this spring

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2:19pm

AZ Central - [Full Article]

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner are teaming up this offseason.

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows reported Tuesday that Kaepernick will spend the spring at EXOS in Phoenix with Warner and quarterback coach Dennis Gile.

Kaepernick is looking to rebound after a disappointing 2014, and Warner will be there to help. According to the report, Warner will focus on film study and 7-on-7 drills with Kaepernick.

Fantasy Impact:

Kaepernick finished as the #15 QB in standard formats. He rushed for 641 yards, which was second-most among quarterbacks, but only rushed for one touchdown. We're expecting better fantasy numbers from Kaepernick in 2015.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).

But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.

Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 12:08pm

TribLive.com - [Full Article]

Steelers OC Todd Haley’s offense has something for everyone. For QB Ben Roethlisberger, there’s the promise of virtually free rein to run the no-huddle offense. For running backs Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall (when he gets healthy), there’s the promise of a blocking fullback. (Yes, those are two-backs you’re seeing. It’s not an illusion.) For the wide receivers, there are simpler pass routes that don’t require as much reading as they do reacting. For the linemen, there aren’t as many blocking adjustments as before (at least they’re saying there aren’t).

The offense seems designed – paraphrasing Haley – to run when it has to run and pass when it has to pass. Roethlisberger , the NFL’s most-sacked quarterback, should benefit from a system that’s designed to keep him upright, in rhythm and on target all while getting rid of the ball as quickly as possible. Kurt Warner loved the Todd Haley offense, and Haley seems confident Roethlisberger will, too.

Friday, July 13, 2012, 2:43pm

The Sporting News - [Full Article]

Former Cardinals QB Kurt Warner weighs in on Arizona's QB battle:

“I think this is going to play out with Kevin Kolb becoming the starter for the Arizona Cardinals,’’ said Warner on NFL Network, where he is an analyst. “When I talk to people in the organization and what I’ve seen, everybody believes that Kevin has everything you need to be a starter in the NFL. He’s smart, he works hard, he’s got accuracy, he’s got mobility to run around and make plays, which we saw him do a number of times last year.

“The biggest problem was the offense in Arizona was completely different than what he ran in Philly, and it was tough for him to pick up that offense, and the nuances of that offense, and he really struggled with that last year. Never got fully comfortable.’’

Several Saints suspended for bounty scandal

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 1:04pm

Yahoo! Sports - [Full Article]

The NFL continued doling out punishment for the New Orleans Saints bounty program on Wednesday, suspending linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his role in the team's pay-for-hits system.
Defensive end Will Smith will sit out four games.

Anthony Hargrove, a former Saints defensive end who signed with the Green Bay Packers in March, was given an eight-game suspension. Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games.

The NFL found that Vilma offered $10,000 of his own money to any team member who knocked Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of 2009 playoff games.

Fantasy Impact:

This is obviously a blow to the Saints defense and with all the changes amongst the coaching staff, they look like a unit to target in 2012.

QB Kevin Kolb and WR Larry Fitzgerald showcase chemistry

Sunday, August 28, 2011, 7:28am

Associated Press - [Full Article]

San Diego wide receiver Bryan Walters caught a 14-yard pass from Billy Volek with 3 seconds left to lift the Chargers past the Arizona Cardinals 34-31.

The chemistry that quarterback Kevin Kolb and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald keep talking about was on full display early for the Cardinals. They connected on an 80-yard play for the quarterback’s first touchdown pass with his new team.

Philip Rivers completed 18 of 28 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns for the Chargers (2-1) as both teams played their first units well into the third quarter. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, in his first game since Dec. 5, caught two passes for 18 yards, including a 13-yarder for a touchdown.

Patrick Peterson, Arizona’s top draft pick, intercepted Rivers’ pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown, and Andre Roberts scored on a 34-yard reverse for the Cardinals (1-2).

Fantasy Impact:

We are going to see the Fitz we saw with Kurt Warner. He'll be one of the first receivers off the board in most leagues, and he'll justify his draft position. Kolb projects as one of the safer QB2s. As for the Chargers, it was great to see Gates looking good and healthy, and Rivers showed why he is one of the steadiest quarterbacks in the fantasy universe.

WR Braylon Edwards Might Land in Arizona

Sunday, July 31, 2011, 4:49pm

Mike Jurecki on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Arizona Cardinals are working on a deal with former New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The deal is not a lock to happen and could fall through.

Fantasy Impact:

It would be a good move for the Cardinals if it happens. New quarterback Kevin Kolb might not be Kurt Warner, but if he's got Edwards, Larry Fitzgerald, and Todd Heap as targets, he's going to have some big games.

Friday, June 17, 2011, 9:09am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Kurt Warner pointed out that Marc Bulger “got beat up pretty good” as the starter in St. Louis, and that it wouldn’t surprise Warner to learn that Bulger is “happy” as a backup, and that “he can just enjoy life and not have to worry about the pressure of being an NFL starter and everything that goes with it.” Again, Warner was careful not to phrase his assessment as criticism, and Warner said he thinks that Bulger would want to start again if he finds the right situation.