Both J.J. Nelson (hamstring) and John Brown (quad) are listed as questionable for the team's Week 5 contest against the Eagles. If both WRs miss this week's game that would give a boost to Jaron Brown, and most likely more targets for Larry Fitzgerald.
Jaron Brown could surprise, Nelson is the most obvious beneficiary. Since 2015, in the three games in which Nelson has played and Brown has missed, Nelson has averaged 2.3 receptions for 54 yards and 0.33 touchdowns, while adding 20 yards and 0.33 touchdowns as a runner. This adds up to 13.7 fantasy points in PPR formats. Given the great matchup with a very shaky Colts secondary, Nelson is a nice WR4 dart throw. We may also see more Andre Ellington in the passing game.
Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:40pm
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related) took full practice reps again Friday. No worries here. We believe Fitz will get off to another hot start this season. He has a great matchup against undersized slot corner D.J. Hayden.
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:18pm
Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6:47pm
Heading into last season, Brown was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league. He was 25 years old and coming off of a 65-catch, 1003-yard, 7-touchdown sophomore year. Last year, he struggled with his sickle cell trait and also discovered that he had a cyst in his back. The cyst has been removed and he is reportedly feeling like his old self again. Carson Palmer has taken notice: "He doesn't look like he looked last year. He just has a different energy about him. He's heavier. He's stronger. He looks more explosive than he did last year, I think, with all the health issues he had last year.” Beat writer Josh Weinfuss said that Brown, who has added 12 pounds of muscle this offseason, looks like a “game-changing receiver.” Michael Floyd is out of the way, so outside of Fitzgerald, Brown’s main competition for targets is J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown. If John Brown is fully healthy again, and it appears that he is, he’s going to be a great value in the middle rounds.
Cards WR Jaron Brown, a little less than nine months after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, looked fast and smooth as he streaked down the middle of the field and past defenders.
“I feel really good,” Brown said. “If I had to put a percentage on it, I’d say closer to 100 for sure.”
Brown’s recovery has been a pleasant development for the Cardinals, whose receiving corps has been beset by various sprains and pulls in training camp.
Brown, in contrast, has not missed a day of work, and he has not worn a brace since the opening days of camp.
Bruce Arians doesn't mince words or hide behind passive aggressive language. When the Arizona Cardinals coach takes a shot, it's in your face or across your bow.
On Monday, Arians aimed at his receiver corps. After watching the group stink up training camp, he regretted the praise he lavished on them in the spring.
"I must've been seeing things back in the spring when I said we had had 12 guys who could play in the NFL," Arians said, via the team's official website. "We might have two."
The two he was talking about were Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown. The rest of the group have dealt with injury or inconsistency during camp thus far. Arians also mentioned simple execution errors like assignments and catching the ball.
“I can still play at a high level,” Fitzgerald said Sunday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “If my number is called, I can still make a play.”
Fitzgerald made it clear he isn’t going into this season thinking it’s his last, but he acknowledged it could be.
Speaking Thursday on The Blitz with Bruce Murray and Kirk Morrison on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Cardinals running back David Johnson said his goal is to win a championship for Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer.
"I don't know as far as the team, but for me, I feel like definitely [it's a goal to win for them]," Johnson said. "Because Carson, especially Carson and Larry, those two guys have taught me so much in these last two years that helped me so much with the playbook. Learning how to run a route effectively, it's not all about speed, it's also about technique and stuff. So I really want to do it for those guys. Especially since they're such -- not just great athletes, but great people off the field. So I feel like there's a little pressure on me to do as much as I can to get that ring for those two."
Palmer and Fitzgerald have reached the year-to-year portion of their NFL tenures -- seasons 15 and 14, respectively. Palmer reiterated last month that he'll decide his future after the season. The story added a deep playoff run, or even a Super Bowl win, could have a major influence on whether the two Cardinals stalwarts decide to return in 2018. For his part, Johnson said he wants to make sure he does everything in his power to buoy the offense and give Arizona the best chance to get that ring. Johnson said he's worked on his blitz pickups this offseason, which he admitted he struggled with at times in 2016. A motivated Johnson could be a nice piece for fantasy owners this season.
Bruce Arians is content with his wide receivers, for now at least.
If a top-tier wide receiver is available when it’s the Cardinals' turn to pick at No. 13 in this month’s NFL draft, there's no guarantee he’ll be heading to Arizona.
“A top-round pick isn’t necessary,” Arians said. “Again, if the right guy falls and you say, ‘OK, where does he fit this year?’ And everyone says he’s a bust because he’s fighting his ass off to get on the field.’
“We don’t need a plug-and-play player right now at that position.”
Just spoke to Larry Fitzgerald, who said he's definitely returning in 2017 to play the final year on his contract.
Fitzgerald finished #10 in PPR formats, but averaged just 13.0 FP over the final eight games after averaging 17.9 in the first half of the season. Early ADP has him going in the 5th round, so he should continue to be a good value at that point in fantasy drafts, especially in PPR formats.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
One of the big things Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim is going to have to deal with this offseason is the receivers room. It could be in major flux. Michael Floyd is already gone, Larry Fitzgerald could retire, and John Brown is still trying to fully handle his sickle-cell issues.
When it comes it Fitz, “he still loves the game and still plays at a high level,” Keim said. “There’s no doubt in my mind he should play next year.”
Of course, Keim added, that will be up to Fitz.
J.J. Nelson was fantastic in Seattle with 132 yards on three catches, including two giant plays that boosted the win. As far as him as a potential No. 2 receiver, “I’m not sure what his ceiling is, I just know he is a big-play guy.”
As for Brown, Keim acknowledged it is “always a concern when you can’t put a finger on exactly what is happening” when it comes to Brown’s health. But he said Brown will see specialists as soon as the offseason ends so that he and the Cardinals can find the proper way for both Brown to be healthy and for him to find again what was making him special on the field.
The author and Keim both seem to be unsure about how Nelson will factor into the offense next year. The author doesn't think Nelson is a high-volume kind of a WR, and will be more of a big-play threat than anything. As for Brown, it seems like the team is counting on him to bounce back as well as Fitz to at least play another year.
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