Jurecki went on to say Seals-Jones' targets should be a lot higher this year with an expanded role. He’s still working on becoming a better blocker, though. Seals-Jones is our No. 24 ranked tight end, so he's someone who will be available later in drafts
Although CB Patrick Peterson thinks Sam Bradford is the Cardinals' starting quarterback, he didn't hold back from heaping a mound of praise on first-round pick Josh Rosen. He said Rosen "blew my mind" during the first week of practice because of his football IQ and advanced skill set.
"Just to see him run hurry-up offense, to see him make all different checks, to see him put guys in position, I was completely stunned when I saw it," Peterson said. "I was like, 'This guy's only been here a week, and he's already doing what? We're already running two-minute offense now?'"
Peterson added he thinks Rosen is the future of the franchise and was "very, very impressed," according to the story.
"I mean, to be honest, you know, just with what the coaches have said, and just the way it's looking, I'm pretty sure Sam's going to start, but you never know. Training camp, you know, provides opportunities for Josh to go out there, show what he can do as well."
This isn't a surprise considering the contract Arizona is paying Bradford, but it seems based on Kirk's quote that Rosen would have to play out of his mind to take the starting job away to open the year. This is good news for David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, who stand to benefit from a veteran taking snaps.
The word from Arizona at the end of the team’s offseason program was that rookie QB Josh Rosen has done well, but that Sam Bradford remains the likely choice to start at quarterback for the Cardinals come September.
Trying to keep that spot on the depth chart hasn’t gotten in the way of Bradford aiding Rosen’s transition to the professional level, however. Bradford told Rosen after the draft that he would be an “open book” for the first-round pick and Rosen said Bradford’s been true to his word.
Rosen said during minicamp that Bradford has been “helping me out a ton” and that he’ll return the favor any way he can during his rookie season, according to the story. This is only good news for those interested in the Cards QB situation, especially given Bradford's injury history. Rosen could be under center as the starter sooner than later.
The story said the two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season. Johnson is due to make $1.8 million this season, and the team can franchise him in 2019 and 2020.
Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said recently that it is “hard to say” who will be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, but one of the competitors believes he will make it an easy call before the regular season gets underway.
The Cardinals signed Brice Butler as a free agent this offseason and his starting experience over five years with the Raiders and Cowboys is limited to seven games. Butler, who has 73 career catches, doesn’t think that will keep him from making it clear that he’s the best choice for such a role in Arizona.
As the story said, Butler's limited starts have him in the same boat as the rest of his competition. Keep in mind, one of these guys could very well have a significant fantasy role this season.
Bradford has been limited over the last couple of months as the team tries to do whatever it can to make sure that his oft-injured knee doesn’t get overworked at this point in the calendar. On Tuesday, head coach Steve Wilks said that the process has gone well.
“I think he’s on schedule,” Wilks said, via the team’s website. “He feels real confident right now with how his knee feels. Again, we are doing a great job in-house with the trainers and strength and conditioning coach and getting him where he needs to be. I think from a mental standpoint, he’s feeling pretty good.”
The story added the team plans to “ramp up” Bradford’s work in the final week of the offseason program and identified different looks from a blitz standpoint as well as a two-minute offense as areas that they hope to focus on with the veteran quarterback.
A true fullback.
During his first three seasons, Johnson played in the fullback-less offense of former coach Bruce Arians, who didn't shy away from his dislike of the position.
Johnson is quoted in the article saying it makes his job a little easier, which is welcome news to fantasy owners, who already have sky-high expectations for him coming off an injury last season. Johnson also ran behind a fullback in college, and his new RB coach Kirby Wilson said he's always coached a fullback. This move may be out of necessity though, as the Cardinals are thin at WR behind Larry Fitzgerald, meaning far less 3WR sets in 2018. It will likely also mean more defenders in the box against Johnson. Either way, Johnson is locked in as an elite high-volume RB option in 2018 fantasy drafts, but this is a curious wrinkle to watch in the preseason.
Niklas will be entering his fifth season, but hasn't made much of an impact due to injuries. He's caught 19 total passes in four years, with 11 of those catches coming last season. If Niklas sticks around in New England he will likely compete with Dwayne Allen for the second tight end role behind Rob Gronkowski.
Sam Bradford was brought into the fold earlier in the day, as the assumed new No. 1 QB in Arizona. Once Glennon is officially released by the Chicago Bears he can sign a new deal with Arizona. It's pretty wild that the 2018 free agency period hasn't even started yet, officially, but that Mike Glennon has a new team before he's been released by his "current" team.
With Bradford's injury history, this could turn out to be a significant backup QB signing—and one 2QB/Superflex owners should take note of.
In what might be the most surprising signing of the day, financially, the Baltimore Ravens are going to sign former Washington WR Ryan Grant to a four-year deal worth $29 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. The team brought in John Brown earlier in the day.
Ever since his breakout 2015 campaign, in which he caught 65 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, Brown has been hyped up as fantasy sleeper at the receiver position. However, that sleeper potential has never materialized, and now the soon-to-be 28-year-old WR will join an offense quarterbacked by Joe Flacco that saw only one receiver catch more than 50 passes last season—Mike Wallace (52).
Another team with a need at quarterback has made a move, this time it's the Arizona Cardinals, who plan on bringing in Sam Bradford. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is for one year at a rate of $20 million, with $15 million guaranteed.
Following the retirement of Carson Palmer, and Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert both free agents, the Cardinals literally had zero depth at quarterback. They had been rumored to Mike Glennon earlier in the day, but instead opted to go with Bradford.
Injuries have played a big role in Bradford's career, last season being no exception, as he appeared in only two games. However, it looked like 2017 was going to be a promising one for Bradford, having thrown for 346 yards and three touchdowns in his season debut. It's that type of tantalizing performance that continues to net him opportunities.
He has apparently had enough time.
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said on AZ Sports 98.7 FM that Fitzgerald told him last night he intends to play in 2018.
Fitzgerald is coming off of three straight top 11 finishes in PPR and three straight top 17 finishes in standard scoring formats. He should remain a solid fantasy WR2 in 2018 despite a change at quarterback and offensive coordinator.
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