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.
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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.
Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said last week that he expects to have quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back with the team in 2017 and the two players fielded questions about their plans for the future after Sunday’s 48-41 loss to the Saints.
Palmer said he hasn’t given much thought to what’s beyond the 2016 season at this point, but that he expects that he will be back and wants to remain with the team. Fitzgerald, who is under contract for next year along with Palmer, also said that it hasn’t been on his mind and sounded less sure about his feelings than Palmer.
“I got two more games to go [this season],” Fitzgerald said, via the team’s website. “I will play those games as hard as I can against two division opponents and we will see what goes on this offseason. My attention is solely focused on Seattle this Saturday.”
We reported on this same story last week. The window seems to be closing a little on the Cards. Palmer's play at QB has slipped but it remains to be seen of the Cards can find an upgrade. Fitz has remained very solid - he needs two more catches for another 100-catch season. He needs 12 more to pass last year's career high of 109 receptions.
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At the heart of his team, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim thinks he has a pretty good idea he will have his top trio back next season.
Asked Monday on his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7, Keim said “I know Coach (Bruce Arians) is coming back.” He did say Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald should be asked directly, but “based on conversations I had with them in training camp, I’d be surprised if they didn’t play next year.”
Of course, that’s next year, and the subject of next year is on the table because after Sunday’s loss, this year is down to three games with the playoffs all but out of the question, the story said. The window is starting to close for the Cards and there's especially lots of question marks about Palmer at QB.
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