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In case you missed it from yesterday’s article , here is the Cardinals current “two deep” roster:

Offense (24 players):

QB: Kyler Murray (22); Brett Hundley (26)

RB: Kenyan Drake (26); Chase Edmonds (23)

TE: Maxx Williams (25); Dan Arnold (25)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (36); Hakeem Butler (23)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (27); KeeSean Johnson (23)

WR: Christian Kirk (23); Andy Isabella (23)

LT: D.J. Humphries (26); Joshua Miles (24)

LG: Justin Pugh (29); Max Garcia (28)

C: Mason Cole (23); Lamont Gaillard (24)

RG: J.R. Sweezy (30); Sam Jones (24)

RT: Justin Murray (26); Brett Toth (23)

WC: Chris Streveler (25); Trent Sherfield (24)

Defense (22 players):

SAM OLB: Devon Kennard (28); Haason Reddick (25)

LDE: Zach Allen (22); Jonathan Bullard (26)

NT: Corey Peters (31); Miles Brown (22)

RDE: Jordan Phillips (27); Michael Dogbe (23)

JACK OLB: Chandler Jones (30); Kylie Fitts (25)

MIKE ILB: Jordan Hicks (27): Dennis Gardeck (25)

WILL ILB: De’Vondre Campbell (26); Tanner Vallejo (25)

LCB: Patrick Peterson (29); Byron Murphy (22)

SS: Jalen Thomson (21); Charles Washington (27)

FS: Budda Baker (24); Deionte Thompson (23)

RCB: Robert Alford (31); Chris Jones (24)

Special Teams (6 players):

K Zane Gonzalez (24)

P Andy Lee (37); Ryan Winslow (25)

LS: Aaron Brewer (29)

ST: Zeke Turner (23); Chris Banjo (30)

Analysis:

Steve Keim has been doing a diligent job of adding key players at positions of need, while trying to maintain as much continuity as possible (re-signing 10 of the Cardinals’ own free agents!) in all three phases of the team, offense, defense and special teams.
The main reason why Keim’s efforts have been praiseworthy is that no one as yet knows when teams will be able to hold mini-camps—-if at all before the middle of July—-and thus maintaining as much continuity as possible should allow the Cardinals to hit the round running as best they can in training camp.
In all likelihood, this year’s rookies are going to have a difficult time of competing for starting jobs or key roles early on in the season because of the uncertain timetables as to when teams can hold OTAs and minicamps. Thus—-when you look at what Keim has done—-he has assembled bona fide starters and solid, young depth at every position so that the Cardinals will not be forced to rush in a rookie too quickly.
There has been a recent proposal from the GM Committee to postpone the NFL Draft (due to greater restrictions for urban teams and the inability to conduct necessary physicals and meetings for draft prospects with question marks, etc.), although it appears that the NFL would prefer to keep the draft as scheduled.
The way the Cardinals’ current roster is constructed, it appears that the positions the Cardinals could be targeting the most in the draft are: T, RB, OLB, ILB, S, DT (if they are unable to re-sign Zach Kerr or another UFA DT) and TE (if they are unable to re-sign Charles Clay)—-with reasons being the potential practice squad bubble players on the current two-deep: T Brett Toth, RB (no 3rd RB on roster and Kenyan Drake is on a 1 year deal), OLB Kylie Fitts, ILB Tanner Vallejo (De’Vondre Campbell is on a one year deal), S (Charles Washington and Chris Banjo are used primarily as ST aces).
My hunch is that Steve Keim would prefer to move down from #8 in order to add an extra pick or two. Seth Cox and I were discussing this last evening and it would not be surprising if the Cardinals traded down even into the teens or 20s (depending on the added draft pick haul) if they have comparably high grades on Ts Ezra Cleveland (Boise St.), Josh Jones (Houston) or Austin Jackson (USC)—-or—-if they think they can still draft one of those tackles in Round 2, if they pick up a 2nd rounder in the trade—-they could decided to take one of these following players:
WR John Jefferson (LSU)—-Jerry Sullivan’s favorite WR in the draft

RB K.J Dobbins (Ohio St.)—-the top bell cow RB in this class

DT Ross Blacklock (TCU), Neville Gallimore (Oklahoma)—-crackerjack defensive lineman the Cardinals have expressed interest in.

S Xavier McKinney (Alabama)—-stud, multi-talented defender

ILB Kenneth Murray (Oklahoma) or Patrick Queen (LSU)—-other star defenders the Cardinals have interviewed.

CB Trevon Diggs (Alabama), C.J. Henderson (Florida) or Kristian Fulton (LSU)—-all fit Vance Jospeh’s press CB mold..

The thing about all of these players mentioned above—-all of them should be off the board by the time the Cardinals pick at #72.

Thus, if the Cardinals have one or two of these players rated in their top 10, they can trade down to take him and add a Day 2 pick, plus maybe a Day 3 pick as well.

So, for the sake of discussion, let’s say the Cardinals trade the #8 pick to the Dolphins for their #18 (1st Round), #39 (2nd Round) and #153 (5th Round) picks, here is a mock of what they could accomplish:

  1. Ezra Cleveland, T, Boise St. Has similar size, athleticism and feet to Eagles’ standout RT Lane Johnson. Can play both LT and RT.
  2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU. With Kyler Murray, he forms nearly impossible tandem and 1-2 punch for LBers, at times, to see and pick up. Joe Burrow said Clyde was the toughest and most favorite teammate on the Tigers.
  3. Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois. The length, quickness and speed to blanket TEs, as he did at the Senior Bowl.
  4. James Lynch, 34DE, Baylor. 24/7 motor who manifests tremendous determination to tackle RBs and get to the QB.
  5. Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana Tech. #1 grade (92.1) at G in 2019, per PFF.
  6. Evan Weaver, ILB, California. Tackling magnet whom the Cardinals have shown extensive interest in..
  7. Derrek Tuszka, OLB/DE, North Dakota St. Tenacious edge rusher. The defensive MVP of the Missouri Valley Conference (1st Team All-American), Tuszka’s 48 tackles and 13 1⁄2 sacks helped lead the Bison to another national championship.
  8. J.J. Taylor, RB, Arizona. Super quick and elusive, albeit under-sized.

What do you think of this draft as it would compare to taking T Jedrick Wills or T Tristan Wirfs at #8 and taking Cleveland, Edwards-Helaire and Weaver out of the equation?

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The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the deal is worth up to $8.5 million.

The signing comes a day after the Cardinals added former Detroit Lions linebacker Devon Kennard on a three-year contract, Schefter reported.

Campbell, who turns 27 in July, led the Falcons in tackles last season with 129 to go with 2 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. He developed a chemistry with fellow linebacker Deion Jones and emerged as a vocal leader in the locker room.

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The Falcons selected Campbell in the fourth round of the 2016 draft out of Minnesota, and he developed his game in Atlanta under the tutelage of linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich. Campbell’s size (6-foot-4, 232 pounds) and speed made him a versatile performer in coach Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme as a player who could also be used as an extra pass-rusher.

Campbell eventually established a reputation for defending top tight ends. He even boldly stated that there was no tight end in the league he couldn’t guard successfully.

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In four seasons with the Falcons, Campbell had 363 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions while starting 54 games.

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New Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Jordan Phillips was introduced to the Arizona media via video conference on Monday. There were a few things we learned in that call.

Some are football-related. Some are not.

He’s out to prove he’s the ‘real deal’

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Already detailed in a story, Phillips is out to prove in Arizona that his big numbers in 2019 are something he can continue. He had 9.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits at 13 tackles for loss last season. Some believe it was a fluke or it was him playing for a contract.

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Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard is one of the 12 players the Arizona Cardinals tagged or re-signed this offseason. We now have the details of his one-year contract.

The Cardinals structured the deal to use the veteran salary benefit, which makes his contract count less against the salary cap than it is worth.

According to Over the Cap and the NFLPA site, he will make $910,000 in salary. He gets a signing bonus of $137,500, for a total value of nearly $1.05 million.

Because of the veteran salary benefit, his contract will count only $887,500 against the cap, saving the team $160,000 in cap space.

It is the same salary and bonus as backup quarterback Brett Hundley, with one exception. Hundley has $750,000 of his salary guaranteed.

Bullard was acquired last season after the preseason on a waiver claim. He appeared in nine games last season, starting six. He had a career-high 1.5 sacks to go with 22 total tackles, four tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits.

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After two weeks the Arizona Cardinals have made some moves on offense, but most importantly they have added to what was a good offense in 2019.

They have nearly every starter returning right now, outside of the center position and have upgraded at wide receiver like few expected to be possible.

Let’s see where the depth chart lies after the first two weeks of free agency.

QB – Kyler Murray, Brett Hundley, Drew Anderson, Chris Streveler

RB – Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds, D.J. Foster

WR – Larry Fitzgerald, Andy Isabella, A.J. Richardson

WR – DeAndre Hopkins, Trent Sherfield, Hakeem Butler

WR – Christian Kirk, KeeSean Johnson, Johnnie Dixon

TE – Maxx Willaims, Dan Arnold, Darrell Daniels

LT – D.J. Humphries, Joshua Miles

LG – Justin Pugh, Sam Jones

C – Mason Cole, Lamont Gaillard

RG – J.R. Sweezy, Max Garcia

RT – Justin Murray, Marcus Gilbert, Brett Toth

At this point, you have to be comfortable going into the season knowing you can improve at a couple of positions, but there is nothing that screams “HELP!”.

Tight end and right tackle seem like the easiest place to slide in a new player and give even better depth to the team overall.

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Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury believes the trade that sent running back David Johnson to the Houston Texans in exchange for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be completed before the NFL draft begins on April 23.

“There’s not concern,” Kingsbury said on a video conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “But those aren’t official, as far as I know, at this point, but we’ll get it done. Obviously the medical field and personnel have much bigger fish to fry at this point. And so, it’s been slower than it would be, but I have no doubt it’s going to be done before the draft.”

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The Cardinals and Texans agreed to the trade on March 16, two days before free agency began. Filling out the deal was the swapping of picks. Arizona also received a fourth-round pick this year, and Houston received a second-round pick this year and a fourth-round pick in 2021.

Kingsbury declined to talk too much about the trade or Hopkins because it isn’t finalized, but he said the wide receiver is a “tremendous player” who “has been healthy, played at a high level for a long time, so we’re excited about it.”

The deal came together quickly, Kingsbury said.

“Steve [Keim, the team’s general manager] called me down to his office and said we had something in the works,” Kingsbury added, “and they worked through it and got it done.”

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is listed tied with Carson Wentz and Aaron Rodgers for eighth among the top betting options. The field consists of quarterbacks in the first 10 betting options before New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley appears at No. 11 at odds of 30/1.

Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl LVI MVP Patrick Mahomes tops the list at +350 followed by Baltimore’s reigning regular season MVP Lamar Jackson at odds of 6/1. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (8/1), Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (14/1) and new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (16/1) round out the top five overall betting choices.

Can Murray take a sizable leap in Year 2 in the desert?

Murray, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, completed 64.4% of his passes, throwing for 3,722 yards and 20 touchdown passes in his rookie season with the Cardinals. He also added 544 yards on the ground with four touchdowns, joining Cam Newton as the only rookie signal-callers in NFL history in the 3,500/500 club on his way to earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2018, he was picked No. 9 overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, and for football fans it’s a good thing he passed on a life on the baseball diamond.

Last year’s fantasy football overall QB8 was already set for a climb up my model’s projections with one year of experience in Kliff Kingsbury’s dynamic spread offense. And now he adds arguably the best wideout in the NFL, not named Michael Thomas, in Hopkins. Over the past five seasons, Hopkins has averaged 101 receptions, 1,318 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Statistically alone, that is a career year for an NFL wide receiver, but for Hopkins it’s his five-year average. Hopkins will immediately help the Cardinals stretch the field, threatening the back end of opposing defenses while easily increasing the overall passing of Murray beyond the 4,000 passing yard mark with the aging but extremely reliable Larry Fitzgerald in the slot. Christian Kirk has shown flashes of potential and with a mix of young wideouts in Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler, the potential is limitless.

Murray’s fantasy outlook in 2020

Obviously my model has a top tier that consists of two names when it comes to NFL quarterbacks in fantasy football in 2020: Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Prior to the draft, as well as any further transactions or trades, my projections have Murray as the overall QB4 behind both the aforementioned NFL MVPs of the past two seasons and Dallas’ Dak Prescott. I have the potentially dangerous Murray rated higher than Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan who round out my current top-seven signal callers.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s pass-heavy spread offense leans heavily on three- and four-receiver sets. With two or three other receivers on the field that will consist of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Fitzgerald, Hopkins will face the least amount of double-teams he has encountered in his career. Hopkins’ 632 receptions since 2013 ranks third in the NFL, just 18 more than Fitzgerald’s 614. Over the past three seasons, Hopkins leads the league in touchdown receptions (31) and has the second-most catches (632) in his first seven seasons in NFL history.

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The Arizona Cardinals announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with two players, one of whom is returning after being on the team last season.

Defensive lineman Trevon Coley and running back D.J. Foster each agreed to one-year deals for undisclosed amounts.

Coley, 25, played seven games for the Colts in 2019 and played 31 games in two seasons with the Cleveland Brows prior to that. He had six tackles with Indianapolis last season and 80 tackles in two seasons with the Browns to go with two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and 2.5 sacks.

Coley came into the NFL out of Florida Atlantic as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore and was on the Redskins and Browns practice squads after that.

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Foster, 26, returns to a running backs room that has no problems making headlines lately. The Cardinals recently traded running back David Johnson to Houston in a deal that brought receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the desert, and Arizona also re-upped with Kenyan Drake for one season after using the transition tag on him.

The depth chart at that position also includes Chase Edmonds.

Foster played six games last year and missed some time with an injury, but all of his snaps came on special teams. In 2017, Foster had a career-best 152 yards from scrimmage, 133 of those being receiving yards.

Foster had nearly 5,000 yards from scrimmage in his four-year career at Arizona State, split fairly evenly between rushing and receiving.

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Two Cardinals defenders were selected to represent the team in the Pro Bowl. Linebacker Chandler Jones and safety Budda Baker earned the honor of competing in the NFL’s all-star game Sunday, Jan. 26 in Orlando, Florida.

It is the third Pro Bowl selction for Jones and the second for Baker. Both made the roster as Cardinals in 2017 and Jones was a Pro Bowler in 2015 with the Patriots.

More Cardinals could be added this month to replace Pro Bowlers on the rosters from the NFC champion team who must skip the game to play in the Super Bowl the next week, players who cannot play due to injury or players who choose to sit out.
Full rosters:

NFC

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Drew Brees, New Orleans; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay; Russell Wilson, Seattle.

Tight Ends: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia; George Kittle, San Francisco.

Wide Receivers: Mike evans, Tampa Bay; Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay; Julio Jones, Atlanta; Michael Thomas, New Orleans.

Tackles: Terron Armstead, New Orleans; Tyron Smith, Dallas; David Bakhtiari, Green Bay.

Guards: Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia; Zack Martin, Dallas; Brandon Scherff, Washington.

Centers: Travis Frederick, Dallas; Jason Kelce, Philadelphia.

Running Backs: Dalvin Cook, Minnesota; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas; Christian McCaffrey, Carolina.

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

DEFENSE

Defensive Ends: Cameron Jordan, New Orleans; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota; Nick Bosa, San Francisco.

Interior Lineman: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia; Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams; Grady Jarrett, Atlanta.

Outside Linebackers: Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay; Khalil Mack, Chicago; Chandler Jones, Arizona.

Inside/Middle Linebackers: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; Bobby Wagner, Seattle.

Cornerbacks: Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans; Jalen Ramsey, L.A. Rams; Richard Sherman, San Francisco.

Free Safeties: Budda Baker, Arizona; Eddie Jackson, Chicago.

Strong Safety: Harrison Smith, Minnesota.

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Tress Way, Washington.

Placekicker: Wil Lutz, New Orleans.

Long snapper: Rick Lovato, Philadelphia.

Return Specialist: Deonte Harris, New Orleans.

Special Teamer: Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago.

AFC

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore; Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City; Deshaun Watson, Houston.

Tight ends: Mark Andrews, Baltimore; Travis Kelce, Kansas City.

Wide Receivers: Keenan Allen, L.A. Chargers; Tyreek Hill, Kansas City; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston; Jarvis Landry, Cleveland.

Tackles: Trent Brown, Oakland; Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore; Laremy Tunsil, Houston.

Guards: David DeCastro, Pittsburgh; Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis.

Centers: Rodney Hudson, Oakland; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

Running Backs: Nick Chubb, Cleveland; Derrick Henry, Tennessee; Mark Ingram, Baltimore.

Fullback: Patrick Ricard, Baltimore.

DEFENSE

Defensive Ends: Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers; Calais Campbell, Jacksonville; Frank Clark, Kansas City.

Interior Lineman: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh; Chris Jones, Kansas City.

Outside Linebackers: Matthew Judon, Baltimore; Von Miller, Denver; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh.

Inside/Middle Linebackers: Dont’a Hightower, New England; Darius Leonard, Indianapolis.

Cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, New England; Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore; Marcus Peters, Baltimore; Tre’Davious White, Buffalo.

Free Safeties: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh; Earl Thomas, Baltimore.

Strong Safety: Jamal Adams, N.Y. Jets

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Brett Kern, Tennessee

Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore.

Long snapper: Morgan Cox, Baltimore.

Return Specialist: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City.

Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England.

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There was plenty of speculation about Vance Joseph’s job status with the Cardinals, especially following a shellacking by the Rams in Week 13.

But the defense played better down the stretch, and Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed on Monday that his defensive coordinator will be back in 2020.

“I never wavered in that,” Kingsbury said. “His approach, knowing what I know of him and watching him work, things I saw from the first day I was with him, I knew I wanted him to be here.”

The Cardinals finished last in total defense in 2019, allowing 402 yards per game, and were 28th in points allowed at 27.6. However, they only gave up 22.8 points per game in the final four compared to 29.3 in the first 12.

There was a noticeable youth movement as the season went along, as veteran safety D.J. Swearinger, cornerback Tramaine Brock and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs were released. The growth of the young replacements, combined with a return to form of Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, were among the reasons why Kingsbury is confident the late-season progress is sustainable.

“I was really impressed with the effort and improvement we showed in that last quarter,” Kingsbury said.

This is the first time since 2017 that the same defensive coordinator will be in place for a second straight year. Linebacker Jordan Hicks said that stability will be a sizable benefit.

“To go into the offseason with a foundation to build on, it makes all the difference,” Hicks said. “I don’t think that’s been the case around here for a few years. It’s huge for young guys. It’s huge for all of us. We’ve got something to build on moving forward.”

Despite the on-field hiccups, Joseph never seemed to lose control of the group, and to a man on Monday, Cardinals defenders said they were happy to hear the news of his return.

“I think we’re trending in the right direction,” defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “I’m happy with that decision.”

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After some injury-marred campaigns in the past, Hicks, left tackle D.J. Humphries and left guard Justin Pugh each logged full seasons in 2019. Hicks was on the field for every one of the Cardinals’ 1,133 defensive snaps, which was more than any other defender in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.

“Huge achievement for me, especially with my history and all the chatter about my health,” Hicks said. “I think that was able to shut some of that noise up.”

Pugh heard the critics, too, after playing in 15 games total the past two seasons.

“This is why I stay off social media for the most part,” Pugh said. “Every time: ‘You can’t stay healthy. You can’t do this. You cant do that.’ Well, I played 16 games, and I played pretty well for 16 games. I’m excited about my future here and being able to help this team win a lot of ballgames moving forward.”

JONES COULD NEED THUMB SURGERY, KIRK TO REST ANKLE

Outside linebacker Chandler Jones may need a minor procedure on a thumb injury he played through in Sunday’s season finale against the Rams. Kingsbury said there are some ligaments that may need to be fixed.

Jones finished the season second in the NFL with 19 sacks and tied for first with eight forced fumbles.

Wide receiver Christian Kirk won’t need surgery on the ankle he injured early in the season against the Seahawks, but said the ailment hindered him following is return.

“It’s not a fun deal, but I didn’t want to miss any more games,” Kirk said. “If I can get out there and contribute and help the team, I’m going to do it. But to get to the offseason and get healthy and get it 100 percent, I can’t wait to get it right.”

Kirk, who finished the season with 68 receptions for 709 yards and three touchdowns, said the ankle was rolled up on several times in the final few games. He finally started feeling better in the season finale against Los Angeles.

“The previous couple of weeks, it just didn’t feel like I had anything after the catch,” Kirk said.