The run game in Arizona was a real disappointment last season. The Cardinals still have faith Ellington will turn it around, but that doesn’t mean they won’t make him compete for his job. Todd Gurley could be that difference maker in the run game. Before Gurley was injured, he averaged 7.4 yards a carry in 2014. He could make a significant impact in Arizona's backfield.
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If Arizona decides to go the free-agent route with their running game, Ingram will be a fit. His price tag won’t be too high, and he is a very solid runner. Ingram finished with 9 rushing TDs in 2014, which would have led Arizona RBs by a wide margin. He is also a huge threat as a receiver and could really help the Cardinals take that next step.
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Yes, the Cardinals re-signed Fitzgerald, which was important on many levels. And Michael Floyd came into his own last season. But, they still lack that true No. 1 WR who they can count on consistently for 100 yards a game. Maclin can be that guy. His numbers are always great, he finds ways to get in to the end zone and can be that safety cushion for Carson Palmer come playoff time.
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If the Cardinals want an immediate impact without spending the big bucks on a free agent, the local kid might be their guy. Strong caught 82 passes for 1,165 yards and 10 TDs last season at ASU. With the re-signing of Fitzgerald and Floyd already in place, Strong is likely to see a lot of one-on-one coverage. He would be able to use his athletic ability and produce right away for the Cardinals.
It's very unlikely the Lions will keep both Suh and Fairley. While Suh would be entirely too expensive, Fairley will come at a better price. Dan Williams is a free agent, and the Cardinals need someone on the defensive line to replicate his production: to get those big stops and to get to the QB. Fairley can be that guy. There are not too many guys in the league that will make a big impact on the d-line, but Fairley is one of them.
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Matthews could come into Arizona’s backfield, and it would immediately pay dividends. He had trouble staying healthy in 2014, which would likely decrease his price tag. He averages almost 4.5 yards a carry for his career. He would give the Cardinals a reliable back to pair with Ellington. The two of them could be a two-headed monster moving forward. A signing like this could be what the Cardinals need to reach the Super Bowl.
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If Arizona wants to send a message to the rest of the league, then they will go out and sign Revis. It won’t be cheap, but they could likely settle on a one-year deal. Cromartie looks like he wants to go back to New York. What better way to replace him then with one of the best corners in the league? This might be one of the biggest impact players available, and the Cardinals would be wise to make a run at the All-Pro corner.