Cardinals RB David Johnson Says He Can Handle 30 Carries a Game

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians last week broached the idea of getting running back David Johnson the ball 30 times per game in 2017.

The number is lofty and could be hard to hit. Furthermore, there are cautionary tales about running backs that declined after getting a heavy workload early in their careers.

Johnson, though, has no qualms about high usage. Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals team website reports.

“I’m still young,” Johnson said. “I’m still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield.”

Johnson said he didn’t feel worn down near the end of games last season, even as he became the clear focal point of the offense. He led the NFL in touches, averaging more than 23 per game.

“I never really got fatigued,” Johnson said. “Those tough defense games against Seattle and the Rams, those games might feel a little sore, but that’s not until the adrenaline comes down. I never really feel too bad.”

Cardinals to Move Andre Ellington From RB to WR in 2017

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington will be a wide receiver next season and compete for playing time there, instead of at the running back position, ESPN reports.

Ellington, 28, was the Cardinals’ leading rusher in 2014, when he ran for 660 yards and three touchdowns.

But the 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington has seen his role in the backfield reduced dramatically over the past two seasons, largely due to the emergence of David Johnson.

The Best Ever Combined Cardinals Team

With the free agency upon us, and moves happening across the board, there is a ton of speculation, betting news and odds on which players will be the next to switch teams.

The first day of the free agency brought a shake-up to the Cardinals roster. Former 49ers safety Antoine Bethea whilst kicker Phil Dawson agreed terms, effectively ending Chandler Catanzaro’s chance of a return. Centre A.Q. Shipley has signed a new deal and inside line-backer Karlos Dansby will also join the team.

Calais Campbell will also depart the Cardinals as he heads for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6ft 8” defensive tackle will leave somewhat of a legacy in Arizona.

Despite his large frame, Campbell had feet like ballerina and boasted some flawless agility. And along with his admirable athleticism, he had the personality to match. He was truly grateful for the hand that life had dealt him having made his way from homelessness to an $11 million-a-year career.

Campbell will be remembered at the Cardinals for some time but he’s not the only player to leave a legacy.

Wide receiver Roy Green may have been heading towards the end of his career following the Cardinals move to Phoenix but that didn’t stop the two-time All-Pro receiver from becoming the main man for Arizona’s newest sports franchise.

During his three years in Phoenix with the Cardinals, Green tailed 2,597 receiving yards along with 18 touchdowns. Green has since made his way into the Cardinals’ ring of honor and understandably so.

Fast-forward a few decades and Darnell Dockett is selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2004 draft. Having played defensive tackle for his first five seasons, he was switched to defensive end after the team shifted to a 3-4 defensive formation.

Dockett has been named to three Pro Bowls and racked up a total of 36 sacks including four interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Dockett left the Cardinals after ten years at the franchise and signed for the San Francisco 49ers but was released after just six months.

Less than a year later, Dockett announced his retirement signing a one-day contract with Arizona so he could retire at the Cardinals.

Aeneas Williams was a third-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 1991 and proved to be a bright on the defensive side during a ten-year stint of below average teams in the desert.

During his rookie campaign, he drew level for the league lead in interceptions with 46 behind him. Traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2002, Williams has six Pro Bowls under his belt and was named as an All-Pro three times.

During his career, Williams was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the league and is undoubtedly one of the best defensive players the Cardinals have ever had on their books, the fact he is on the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor speaks volumes.

Though Kurt Warner spent just four short years at the Cardinals, that in no way means he can’t make this list. The signal caller arrived at Arizona in 2005 as a free agent.

And he far from got off to a dream start as he became plagued by injury nightmares before losing his starting place to Matt Leinart. Warner made a comeback in 2006 and the 2007 season saw a dramatic improvement in the team.

His side missed the playoffs but still managed to improve their record 8-8 with Warner finishing with 3,417 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. But Warner was just warming up and in 2008, his offensive prowess exploded.

He finished with 4,583 yards passing and 30 touchdowns and to lead the Cardinals to a 9-7 record, a playoff run and most importantly, their first Super Bowl final in franchise history.

His last season with the Cardinals ended with a 10-6 record and a second consecutive vie for the playoffs, though a second-round loss to the New Orleans Saints proved fatal for Warner’s career when he was injured on a cheap hit in the opening stages of the game.

Warner left the Cardinals with 15,899 passing yards and 100 touchdowns to his name, an incredible record.

Could the Cardinals Take a Look in Free Agency at Veteran WR Pierre Garcon

Cardinals Beat writer Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic “would not be surprised” if the team showed interest in veteran free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

The Cardinals will need to get in line because plenty of teams are interested in Garcon. The receiving corps was one of the biggest strengths for the Cardinals as recently as 2015 but injuries and off-field issues have decimated their depth. Larry Fitzgerald is still playing at a high level but is close to retirement, former first-round pick Michael Floyd was released during the season after another drunk-driving incident, and speedster John Brown could never get his hamstrings healthy last year due to sickle-cell issues.

The 30-year-old Garcon is not a No.1-type receiver but has great hands, runs great routes, and has for the most part stayed healthy during his nine-year NFL career. Garcon posted another 1,000-yard season in 2016 and is expected to command close to $9 million per year in free agency.

Michael Floyd Opens Up About Release From the Cardinals

Former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd said in his first in-depth public comments on ESPN Radio’s “Weekend Observations.”that he didn’t expect to get cut after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer in mid-December, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Speaking with former Notre Dame teammate Mike Golic Jr. and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, Floyd said he expected some sort of punishment to be coming from the Cardinals, but never thought the team would release him.

“It hurt actually,” Floyd said. “It sucked, but I knew something was going to happen, but I did not actually think I was going to get released at all.

“When I did, obviously because of the decision that I made, they made that decision. I went home from work and I felt bad about everything. I felt bad from the beginning, knowing I was in trouble, and I knew there was going to be some punishment. I just felt terrible.”

Floyd showed remorse throughout the interview, at one point saying he “100 percent” wished the incident didn’t happen so he could’ve stayed in Arizona for the remainder of the season instead of going to New England and winning the Super Bowl (he was a healthy scratch for the game).

“That feeling is great knowing that you can stay on one team for your whole career, so obviously it was heartbreaking the stuff that happened,” Floyd said. “If I could go back, definitely I would love to be where I was.”

OLB Chandler Jones to Get Franchise Tag If No Long Term Deal with Cardinals Gets Done

Chandler Jones

The Cardinals had a tough season in which they missed the playoffs, one year after coming within a game of playing for the Super Bowl.

They have some offseason decisions to make, but one they won’t have to deal with is the future of Chandler Jones, who will be back with the franchise tag if a long term deal can’t get done.

The outside linebacker had 49 tackles and 11 sacks this past season for Arizona.

Cardinals Ink QB Zac Dysert to a Deal Through 2017

Zac Dysert

It sounds like career journeyman Zac Dysert may have finally found a football home with the Arizona Cardinals, as today the team inked him to a deal to remain in Arizona through the 2017 season.

While the deal is likely for little money, it may finally mean that Dysert will get a shot to play in the NFL for more than just a few weeks at a time.

He’s bounced around since being a 7th round pick back in 2013, Arizona is already the 6th team he’s been on. He’s been with the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins before coming to the Cardinals.

The 26-year-old was close to going back to Miami according to reports, as the story goes is they wanted to ink him off the Cards practice squad after the injury to Ryan Tannehill, but then Arizona promoted him last week to the active roster.

Dysert could have been the number two in Miami behind new QB Matt Moore, who is going to be the starter with Tannehill injured last week against of all teams the Cardinals.

Head coach Bruce Arians told Darren Urban of that Dysert has a “really good chance to be a good player.”

Cardinals vs Dolphins NFL Week 14 Capsule



STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-23 vs. Washington L 38-6 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Dolphins 21 at Cardinals 24 (OT). Arizona WR Andre Roberts has game-tying TD catch with 22 seconds remaining in 4th. Cardinals K Jay Feely converts GW 46-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08: Cardinals 31, Dolphins 10. Arizona QB Kurt Warner passes for 361 yards with 3 TDs for 158.3 rating. Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin has 6 catches for 140 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Holly Sonders (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari), 113 (Mia). XM: 385 (Ari), 231 (Mia).


PASSING Carson Palmer: 282-460-3231-18-11-85.5 Ryan Tannehill: 246-369-2800-16-11-91.3
RUSHING David Johnson: 228-1005 (3L)-4.4-11 (T3L) Jay Ajayi: 173-908-5.2-7
RECEIVING Larry Fitzgerald: 88 (T1L)-880-10.0-5 Jarvis Landry: 75-820-10.9-2
OFFENSE 369.1 327.8
DEFENSE 297.3 (2L) 373.1
SACKS Chandler Jones: 8 Cameron Wake: 8.5
INTs 3 tied: 3 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Drew Butler: 41.3 Matt Darr: 45.1
KICKING Chandler Catanzaro: 74 (29/30 PAT; 15/19 FG) Andrew Franks: 67 (28/28 PAT; 13/17 FG)


CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER is averaging 306.6 pass yards per game & has 23 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 99 rating in past 12 vs. AFC. Passed for 300 yards & 3 TDs for 105.3 rating last week…RB DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL in scrimmage yards (1,709) & TDs (15). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in all 12 games in 2016. Has 725 scrimmage yards (145 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in past 5 on road…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,106 career receptions, 3rd-most all-time. Ties for NFL lead with 88 catches. In 3 career meetings, has 309 rec. yards (103 per game) & 2 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD has 3 TD catches in past 4 on road vs. AFC. Had rec. TD in Week 13…DT CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack & FF in Week 13. LB CHANDLER JONES has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 2 vs. Mia. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 5 sacks in past 6 on road. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT last week. Has 20 INTs since 2011, 3rd-most in NFL…

DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 5 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.4 rating in past 3 at home. Passed for 431 yards in last meeting…RB JAY AJAYI has 791 rush yards (113 per game) & 5 TDs in past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 5.25 yards per carry average…WR JARVIS LANDRY had 11 catches last week. Since entering league in 2014, has 269 catches, most by player in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. WR DE VANTE PARKER has 2 rec. TDs in past 3. WR KENNY STILLS ranks 2nd among NFL WRs with 17.9 yards per catch avg…DE CAMERON WAKE had franchise record 4.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7. Is 2nd among active players with 78.5 sacks since 2009. LB KIKO ALONSO has 30 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 FRs & FF in past 4. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 90+ tackles (97) & 2+ INTs (2). CB BYRON MAXWELL had INT & FF last week. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH is 2nd among NFL DTs with 47 sacks.

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