News: Ginn appears to have fallen out of the third receiver job in the Cardinals' offense, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Both John and Jaron Brown have outplayed Ginn, who was held without a catch on one occasion and didn't play in the opener. Thus, Ginn's touches will likely be contained to deep balls and return duties, the latter of which he hasn't found much success to date (one kick return for 25 yards and four punt returns for 18 yards). He doesn't hold much value right now, even after inking a three-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason.
Troy Niklas - #87 - Tight End - 6'6" - 270lbs
News: Niklas (hand) received his first NFL action Sunday against the Bengals, gathering in one of two targets for minus-three yards.
Impact: According to the Cardinals' official site, Niklas was finally free of any cast on his right hand, which suffered a fracture during OTAs. His ability to catch and block was hindered in the meantime, but after his selection in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, there's little doubt that he'll find himself on the 53-man roster to begin the season. However, due to his delay in grasping the offense, the rookie may not usurp John Carlson or Rob Housler for snaps at tight end any time soon.
Jaron Brown - #13 - Wide Receiver - 6'2" - 205lbs
News: Brown may have settled between John Brown and Ted Ginn as the Cardinals' No. 4 wideout, the team's official site reports.
Impact: John Brown, the rookie, has impressed enough to earn the third wide receiver job, but Ginn has gathered in just one catch in the preseason, opening the door for Jaron Brown to move up the depth chart. Meanwhile, through three games, Jaron has racked up five receptions (on seven targets) for 110 yards and one touchdown. His two receptions in the second contest -- 51 yards after a screen pass and 35 yards on a deep throw -- showed off his big-play ability and likely endeared him to offensive mastermind Bruce Arians.
News: Taylor received nine snaps to Jonathan Dwyer's 21 during Sunday's preseason loss to the Bengals, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Neither player particularly impressed, with Taylor running twice for 10 yards, versus Dwyer's seven yards on five rushes. Although Taylor rings in at 5-9, 214, Dwyer's 5-11, 229 frame is more conducive to handling goal-line reps, which was evident in the Cardinals' second preseason outing on Dwyer's short touchdown run. However, the latest snap count for the duo points to Dwyer garnering most of the reserve running back reps behind Andre Ellington, at least to start the season.
News: Dwyer received 21 snaps to Stepfan Taylor's nine during Sunday's preseason defeat to the Bengals, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Neither player particularly impressed, with Dwyer dashing five times for seven yards, versus Taylor's 10 yards on two carries. Although Taylor rings in at 5-9, 214, Dwyer's 5-11, 229 frame is more conducive to handling goal-line reps, which was evident in the Cardinals' second preseason outing on Dwyer's short touchdown run. However, the latest snap count for the duo points to Dwyer garnering most of the reserve running back reps behind Andre Ellington, at least to start the season.
News: Minter (pectoral) expects to play in Thursday's preseason finale in San Diego, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: On Monday, Minter was cleared to practice for the first time since sustaining a pectoral injury during the Cardinals' first exhibition game of the year. Even if the organization opts to exercise caution and hold him out, there seems to be little doubt that he'll be handling the defensive play calls once the regular season kicks off. If not, though, some combination of Lorenzo Alexander (knee), Kenny Demens, and Desmond Bishop (knee) will likely be present to cover for Minter.
News: Mathieu (knee) must take the field in Thursday's preseason finale at San Diego in order to be active in Week 1, again against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Since training camp opened, Mathieu has made stunning progress from last December's ACL and LCL tears in his left knee. He returned to practice in a limited fashion last Wednesday, and just one day later, he was able to participate in 11-on-11 drills, during which he placed a nice hit on receiver Ted Ginn. Coach Bruce Arians will likely only clear Mathieu if he achieves full health, but the possibility still exists for the defensive back to be available in some capacity during the regular-season opener.
Logan Thomas - #6 - Quarterback - 6'6" - 250lbs
News: Thomas will be under center for the entirety of Thursday's preseason finale in San Diego, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: The selection of Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft sounded the death knell for Ryan Lindley as a reserve quarterback in Arizona, and lo and behold, the latter was cut Monday. Meanwhile, Thomas received reps in the Cardinals' first and third preseason tilts, combining to complete 13-of-19 passes for 134 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The rookie remains far from holding a firm grasp of the offense, but the extensive action afforded him Thursday should aid in his development.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Feely and quarterback Ryan Lindley were among the 13 players who have been cut by the Arizona Cardinals. The 38-year-old Feely is a 13-year NFL veteran and the Cardinals' kicker for the past four seasons.
Impact: Feely missed a 48-yard try in Sunday night's loss to Cincinnati. He lost the job to Chandler Cantanzaro, an undrafted rookie out of Clemson.
Ryan Lindley - #14 - Quarterback - 6'3" - 232lbs
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Kicker Jay Feely and Lindley were among the 13 players who have been cut by the Arizona Cardinals.
Impact: Lindley was the third-string quarterback for Arizona the last two seasons but lost the job to rookie Logan Thomas, a fourth-round pick from Virginia Tech. Lindley started four games as a rookie two years ago.
Ryan Lindley - #14 - Quarterback - 6'3" - 232lbs
News: The Cardinals have released Lindley, the team's official site reports.
Impact: The move wasn't unexpected, with draftee Logan Thomas now in line to serve as the team's No. 3 QB behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.
Max Starks - #73 - Tackle - 6'8" - 345lbs
News: The Cardinals have released Starks, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Starks, who has been dealing with an ankle injury, became the odd man out after losing ground to fellow tackle Bradley Sowell over the past couple of weeks.
Chandler Catanzaro - #7 - Kicker - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: Catanzaro won the Cardinals' kicking job following the release of Jay Feely on Monday, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Catanzaro made every kick handed to him when it counted, succeeding on four field goals and four extra points through two preseason appearances. However, he seemed to clinch the gig due to his ability to place kickoffs in the end zone consistently, which the 38-year-old Feely was unable to match. Because Catanzaro's field goals ranged from 23 to 32 yards, he didn't exactly display an ability to hit from long range. On the other hand, his 77.4 percent success rate (24-of-31) from 40-plus at Clemson forecasts decent fantasy potential.
News: Feely was released by the Cardinals on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Because Feely's competition, undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro, has consistently placed kickoffs in the end zone throughout the preseason, the development isn't a surprise. Moreover, the duo split kicking reps in Sunday's exhibition loss to the Bengals, with Feely nailing a 24-yarder but missing from 48 (versus Catanzaro's sole success from 23). At 38 years old, Feely may find it difficult to land another gig, but with an 82.7 percent success rate on field goals in his career, he may receive a look or two this season.
Jonathan Cooper - #61 - Guard - 6'2" - 311lbs
News: Cooper (toe) is expected to practice Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Cooper's nagging turf toe injury kept him sidelined for Sunday's third preseason game, which allowed Ted Larsen to start at left guard. While Cooper is slated to return to practice Monday, the former first-rounder is no certainty to start this season and will have to prove himself leading up to Week 1.
News: Minter (pectoral) is expected to practice Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Minter has been out since the Cardinals' opening preseason game due to a pectoral injury, allowing Lorenzo Alexander, Kenny Demens, and Desmond Bishop (knee) additional playing time at inside linebacker. However, with the issue apparently subsiding, Minter figures to suit up for Monday's practice session. Should that happen, it's unclear if he'll immediately resume working with Arizona's first-team. However, after making all the defensive play calls during OTAs, Minter is clearly slated for a significant role in coordinator Todd Bowles' scheme whenever he's fully healthy.
John Brown - #12 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 179lbs
News: Brown had four catches on eight targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason loss to Cincinnati.
Impact: Brown scored the lone offensive touchdown of the game on a pretty 30-yard score late in the third quarter. Even though the score came from backup quarterback Drew Stanton, Brown was involved in things earlier in the game when starter Carson Palmer was playing. Blessed with game-breaking speed, the rookie wide receiver has a chance to make an impact out of the gate for Arizona, despite the presence of superstar Larry Fitzgerald and blossoming third-year receiver Michael Floyd.
News: Ellington had nine carries for 46 yards and caught one pass on two targets for one yard in Sunday's preseason game against Cincinnati.
Impact: Arizona didn't give Ellington much work in the first couple of preseason games, so this was easily the most work he's seen, and he looked good in the first half. His best play of the game came on a 24-yard scamper in the second quarter, where he showed exceptional vision and cut-back ability. The Cardinals are likely to keep Ellington's workload in check, once the regular season starts, but there is little doubt that he's the team's top back, and one of the most explosive runners in the NFC.
Larry Fitzgerald - #11 - Wide Receiver - 6'3" - 218lbs
News: Fitzgerald made three catches on five targets for 71 yards in Sunday's preseason game versus Cincinnati.
Impact: Fitgerald and Carson Palmer weren't on the same page in the first quarter when the quarterback expected his star wide receiver to be in a different spot, and the result of the play was an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Otherwise, Fitzgerald showed a good rapport with Palmer, as the pair hooked up on a couple of long plays, including a 43-yard pass, in which Fitzgerald showed vintage run-after-the-catch skills. Third-year wide receiver Michael Floyd is expected to have a great season, and make a number of big plays, but Fitzgerald is still likely to be heavily targeted, and has always been a fantastic red zone threat.
News: Floyd (groin) had just one catch on three targets for four yards in Sunday's preseason game against Cincinnati.
Impact: On Arizona's first possession, Carson Palmer went deep to Floyd on back-to-back plays, both of which should have resulted in a touchdown, but the duo could not connect. Floyd showed off his great speed on the first long throw, easily beating cornerback Terrance Newman. Even though Floyd was unable to come down with either long pass, he did not appear to be effected by his groin injury. Once the regular season begins, a key question is whether or not Floyd will get enough volume to take the next step to an elite fantasy option. With Larry Fitzgerald still in the fold, it could be tough for Floyd to rack up a ton of catches, but Arizona's passing game has the potential to be strong this year, meaning there might be enough to go around for both the veteran superstar and the improving third-year wide receiver.
Carson Palmer - #3 - Quarterback - 6'5" - 235lbs
News: Palmer was not sharp in Sunday's preseason game against Cincinnati, completing just 7-of-19 pass attempts for 92 yards. He did not have a touchdown pass, but threw an interception.
Impact: Palmer was generally erratic, especially in the first quarter, missing Michael Floyd for a long touchdown pass on back-to-back plays during Arizona's opening possession. The veteran quarterback also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, as he and Larry Fitzgerald seemed to miscommunicate with one another on Fitzgerald's route. He had several other throws that should have been picked off, but Bengals defenders could not cleanly catch the ball. Despite the mediocre performance, there are many weapons for Palmer to work with, namely Fitzgerald, Floyd, and Andre Ellington, so there is a good chance he can improve on last season's 4,274-yard and 24-touchdown campaign. The offensive line should also be a little better, as last year's first-round pick Jonathan Cooper will return, after missing the entire 2013 season with a broken leg.
Jonathan Cooper - #61 - Guard - 6'2" - 311lbs
News: Cooper continues to be sidelined by a nagging bout with turf toe, the Cardinals' official site reports. "It's getting better each day, but it hasn't gotten to the point where I feel I can be effective and really evaluated fairly," he said.
Impact: Because Cooper occasionally breaks technique and plays on his toes, the injury is particularly bothersome. As a result, he'll yield left guard to Ted Larsen on Sunday against the Bengals. Consider Cooper day-to-day, but if his absence continues unabated, Larsen could hold onto the gig for good.
News: Mathieu (knee) took part in 11-on-11 sessions at Thursday's practice, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Although he didn't initially make any hits, Mathieu eventually took down Ted Ginn following a catch-and-run, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Mathieu made his first appearance at practice Wednesday since suffering torn knee ligaments in December, after which coach Bruce Arians said that the organization would explore 11-on-11 work in a few days. Thus, Thursday's development is a surprising step for Mathieu and feeds the belief that he may suit up Week 1 versus the Chargers.
News: Floyd (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: With their next preseason game Sunday versus the Bengals, the Cardinals are more or less on a schedule representative of the regular season. Although Floyd's participation is a positive sign for his availability this weekend, his recovering groin likely has to improve each day in order to achieve active status. Even if he fails to take the field, there's little worry regarding his ability to play in Week 1.
Dan Williams - #92 - Defensive Tackle - 6'3" - 314lbs
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams may play defensive end at times following the loss of Darnell Dockett (knee) for the season, the Cardinals' official site reports. "I played it a little bit last year toward the end of the season, trying to spell Calais and Dockett for a few reps," Williams said. "I'm definitely going to do anything the coaches ask me."
Impact: Williams has been injured at times during his four-year career yet still averaged 31.3 tackles in 13.5 games per season. If he's rushing the quarterback away from his customary spot at nose tackle, there's a high likelihood that he adds to his meager sack total of one to date. However, even with additional responsibilities, his IDP prospects won't approach that of line mates Calais Campbell and Dockett's replacement Frostee Rucker.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mathieu (knee) was eased into practice Wednesday, participating in individual drills, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: The event marked Mathieu's first taste of practice since tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee last December. If he navigates individual drills well, he'll experience an upgrade to 11-on-11 work by week's end. Nonetheless, he has less than three weeks before the opener (Monday, Sept. 8 against the Chargers) arrives, so his play in the meantime will ultimately show if he's ready to take on free safety full time.
News: Mathieu (knee) has officially been removed from the PUP list, azcardinals.com reports.
Impact: Mathieu's return accomplishes his goal of being activated before the regular season, which is evidence of the determined effort he made to overcome tearing both his ACL and LCL last December. That being said, Mathieu will likely be limited in his practice activity early on and probably won't feature in either of the Cardinals' remaining two preseason games. Nonetheless, the versatile defensive back stands a decent chance at being ready for Week 1 or shortly thereafter. Until then, Rashad Johnson is expected to start at free safety for Arizona.
News: Abraham participated in Monday's padded practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Abraham's fitness level isn't known, but he's nonetheless fitting in individual drills at the very least. While it's unknown if he'll be available to play in the Cardinals' third preseason contest Sunday versus the Bengals, he should be ready once the regular season commences on Sept. 8 against the Chargers, barring a potential suspension stemming from his DUI arrest in June.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Mathieu came off the physically unable to perform list Tuesday. Mathieu is coming back from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL.
Impact: The player widely as the "Honey Badger" was having a standout rookie season when he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against St. Louis on Dec. 8. In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.
News: Floyd (groin) is slated to return to practice Wednesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Coach Bruce Arians is more than displeased with some of his mainstays like Floyd taking residence in the training room, but groin concerns can linger, so it was likely the prudent approach to ensure the wideout avoided a setback. If he makes the requisite progress in drills this week, there's a possibility that Floyd will play in the Cardinals' third preseason outing, which normally affords starters about a half of play. In any case, he appears poised to be healthy once the regular season kicks off on Sept. 8 versus the Chargers.
News: Feely nailed all four extra-point attempts but wasn't handed a field goal chance Saturday in Minnesota.
Impact: Scoring aside, Feely's roster spot is up for grabs due to his kickoffs, which have waned as the veteran has aged. He's implementing a longer run-up in order to get more power behind him, resulting in an average kickoff distance of 68.6 yards in his sole exhibition appearance, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Thus, he's tallied no touchbacks versus Chandler Catanzaro's two, thereby hurting Feely's chances of landing the gig at the end of camp. Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Feely and Catanzaro could share kicking duties in Sunday's preseason contest versus the Bengals, adding another layer of pressure to the competition.
Frostee Rucker - #98 - Defensive End - 6'3" - 280lbs
News: Rucker is the likely candidate to take over the starting spot vacated by stalwart defensive lineman Darnell Dockett (knee), the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Dockett suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Monday's practice, opening the door for Rucker and rookie Kareem Martin to handle the bulk of the remaining reps. Rucker garnered decent run in both 2011 and 2012, averaging 46 tackles and four sacks per season. However, in his first year with the Cardinals, he contributed just 11 tackles (nine solo) and one sack. Expect the former rather than the latter to mimic his output heading into Week 1, though Martin could receive more snaps on clear passing downs as his rookie campaign wears on.
Brittan Golden - #10 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 186lbs
News: Golden nabbed a team-high four receptions (on seven targets) for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason loss at Minnesota.
Impact: General manager Steve Keim intimated Monday that the Cardinals will likely emerge from training camp with six wideouts, the team's official site reports. Although Walter Powell was drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Golden is giving Powell a run for his money, totaling 11 catches for 79 yards through two exhibitions (versus Powell's five receptions for 92 yards). Two games remain until Keim and coach Bruce Arians must make the final call.
Walter Powell - #83 - Wide Receiver - 6'0" - 189lbs
News: Powell gathered in both of his targets for 18 yards during Saturday's preseason loss at Minnesota.
Impact: General manager Steve Keim intimated Monday that the Cardinals will likely emerge from training camp with six wideouts, the team's official site reports, which bodes well for Powell's prospects of landing on the final 53-man roster. On the other hand, Brittan Golden is pushing Powell for the final WR spot, accumulating 11 catches for 79 yards through two exhibitions (versus Powell's five receptions for 92 yards). Two games remain until Keim and coach Bruce Arians must make the final call.
News: Dockett will miss the entire 2014 season due to a torn ACL.
Impact: Dockett sustained the injury during Monday's practice, and an MRI confirmed the Cardinals' worst fears. He'll require season-ending surgery, leaving a starting job up for grabs for players such as Frostee Rucker or Kareem Martin. The Cards' run defense now risks becoming less effective, which is something fantasy players may want to take note of when looking at early-season matchups.
News: Dockett is believed to have torn his ACL and MCL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: If the report is true, Dockett will likely undergo surgery and miss the entire 2014 season. It would be a major blow for a stout Cardinal defense, who would look to replace him with the likes of Frostee Rucker or Kareem Martin.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Dockett was taken off the field on a cart after injuring his right leg at training camp on Monday.
Impact: Dockett hurt his leg or ankle during an 11-on-11 drill. He limped off, then was placed on a cart and taken away. Frostee Rucker moved into Dockett's spot. Dockett is in his 11th NFL season, all with the Cardinals. He and Larry Fitzgerald have the longest tenure of any Arizona players.
News: Minter (pectoral) could be held out for the rest of the preseason, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Minter has been sidelined since the Cardinals' first preseason contest due to a pectoral concern, and the belief is that three additional weeks of rest could help him achieve active status for Week 1. During his absence, Lorenzo Alexander, Kenny Demens, and Desmond Bishop (knee) will be handed plenty of reps in preparation for the 2014 season. If the worst comes to pass and surgery is eventually required, one among the trio is the likely candidate to profit most from the loss.
News: Taylor appears to have fallen behind Jonathan Dwyer in the race for the primary backup role to starting running back Andre Ellington, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: After the initial preseason contest, roles reversed this past Saturday, with Dwyer replacing Ellington in the backfield on the very first drive. Neither Taylor nor Dwyer has impressed through two preseason outings: 17 carries for 26 yards and one catch for 11 yards for Taylor, versus Dwyer's nine runs for 17 yards. However, Dwyer was able to punch in his sole goal-line chance, while Taylor failed on three opportunities in the second quarter Saturday. Taylor's deep-league utility takes a hit if he's unable to surpass Dwyer, an offseason pickup.
News: Mathieu (knee) is expected to be activated from the PUP list Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With an earlier-than-expected return to practice, the dogged Mathieu continues to defy odds during his recovery from last December's torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. Active status in Week 1 against the Chargers is a distinct possibility, but the range for his first game action of the season lies somewhere in the Cardinals' first three outings. If he fails to play once the upcoming campaign kicks off, Rashad Johnson will handle the bulk of the free safety reps until Mathieu's health allows him to man the defensive backfield without restriction.
News: Dockett sustained a right knee injury during Monday's practice, spurring an MRI, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Dockett required the use of a cart to leave the field, but the severity of the ailment likely won't be known until the aforementioned MRI is performed. If he misses any time, rookie Kareem Martin and holdover Frostee Rucker will further factor into the mix at defensive end.
News: Dwyer seems to have emerged as the primary reserve running back to starter Andre Ellington, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: On Saturday, Dwyer's five carries were spread about the Cardinals' first four drives, with Stepfan Taylor following him upon his removal. Neither option has impressed through two preseason tilts -- nine runs for 17 yards for Dwyer, versus Taylor's 17 carries for 26 yards and one catch for 11 yards -- but Dwyer punched in one of his goal-line chances for a touchdown this past weekend. Although the situation is subject to change, the job may be Dwyer's to lose at this point.
News: Ellington has received only five touches (four rushes and one reception) through the Cardinals' first two preseason contests.
Impact: The Cardinals are slow-playing their dynamic second-year running back so far, which isn't a surprise considering his rich injury history at Clemson. While Ellington is expected to garner much of the RB workload during the regular season, the team seems to be focused on conjuring a steady backup, with Jonathan Dwyer currently holding a comfortable lead over Stepfan Taylor and Robert Hughes.
Jaron Brown - #13 - Wide Receiver - 6'2" - 205lbs
News: Brown earned all 26 snaps during the first half of Saturday's preseason defeat in Minnesota, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Targeted four times, Brown compiled two significant plays, including a 51-yard scamper on a screen pass and a 35-yard reception via a deep throw. Although the absence of Michael Floyd (groin) opened up reps for the Cardinals' periphery receivers, the performance all but assured the undrafted second-year player a roster spot to begin the season. With two preseason tilts remaining, Brown will continue to fend off young wideouts Walter Powell and Brittan Golden.
News: Working as the No. 3 running back, Taylor gained 17 yards on eight carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Impact: After working as Andre Ellington's top backup in the first preseason game, Taylor was stuck behind Jonathan Dwyer, who also had a one-yard touchdown run. This battle may be a close one, as Ellington isn't expected to handle much of the goal-line work.
News: Dwyer rushed for 10 yards and a touchdown on five carries in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Impact: Despite coming away with a meager two yards per carry, Dwyer had an interesting night. He worked ahead of Stepfan Taylor as the No. 2 running back, and also poached a one-yard touchdown early in the game. Taylor, who is listed second on the depth chart, worked as such during the first preseason game. This battle seems to be closer than it first appeared, and the winner could enjoy the spoils of goal-line carries. It's also possible that the Cards could use both Dwyer and Taylor behind Andre Ellington, so the third man on the depth chart may even factor into the goal-line carries.
News: Floyd (groin) didn't play in Saturday's preseason game versus Minnesota.
Impact: Floyd has been sidelined for Arizona's first two preseason games due to a groin issue. While he hasn't featured in game action just yet, he's been able to practice most days thus far, indicating his injury is a minor one that simply requires maintenance here and there. Following a breakout second season, Floyd will look to play sometime before the regular season and pick up where he left off last year.
News: Ginn (knee) made one catch on two targets for seven yards in Saturday's preseason game versus the Vikings.
Impact: Ginn also fielded one punt but was stopped after a two-yard gain. Despite missing a couple practices to begin last week, the wideout was able to make his preseason debut Saturday, albeit with limited impact. Nonetheless, Ginn returning healthy boosts his chances of locking down the Cardinals' No. 3 receiver position. He'll have two more exhibition outings to build on Saturday's performance.
Desmond Bishop - #52 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 244lbs
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Arizona Cardinals have signed inside linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.
Impact: Bishop, entering his eighth NFL season, played in four games for the Minnesota Vikings last year, one as a starter, before his season was ended by a knee injury. He spent his first six NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: After missing the first two weeks for undisclosed personal reasons, John Abraham has arrived at Arizona Cardinals training camp.
Impact: Coach Bruce Arians says Abraham underwent a physical Thursday morning and would work with the team's training staff in the afternoon. The 36-year-old outside linebacker was arrested in suburban Atlanta in late June on a drunken driving charge. Last week, in a statement released by the team, he apologized to his family, friends, the Cardinals and his fans. He said that he was taking steps to deal with his "personal business."
News: Abraham reported to training camp Thursday, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Abraham won't don pads until next week, thereby ruling him out for Saturday's preseason contest at Minnesota. His first order of business was a meeting with the Cardinals' strength and conditioning coach, and ultimately, he'll play once he's deemed to be in football shape. Although he's the starting weakside linebacker when healthy, an arrest for DUI in June could spur the commissioner's office to hand down a suspension.
News: The Cardinals have installed a handful of alignments in order to take advantage of Ellington's superb ability in space, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Aside from two of last year's mainstay plays -- solo out of the backfield as well as lined up as a wideout -- coach Bruce Arians has installed two-back sets heading into this season, with Ellington and Robert Hughes lining up behind center. Arians desires handing Ellington about 20 touches per game in 2014, but the strategic tweak is intended to keep their dynamic second-year RB healthy for the entirety of the campaign.
News: Ginn (knee) may be a game-time call for Saturday's preseason outing in Minnesota, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Sitting out back-to-back practices Monday and Tuesday, Ginn continues to endure a knee injury. If his stay on the sidelines is extended, rookie John Brown could cement the No. 3 receiver role heading into the regular season. However, Ginn will still have two opportunities to display his understanding of Bruce Arians' offense, if he logs another DNP this weekend.
Desmond Bishop - #52 - Linebacker - 6'2" - 244lbs
News: Bishop (knee) will sign with the Cardinals, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old has endured two straight injury-filled campaigns, but assuming he can re-prove his health, he'll bolster the Cards' depth at inside linebacker in the wake of the team's recent release of Ernie Sims.
News: Floyd (groin) -- who didn't practice Tuesday -- could be a game-time decision for Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com reports.
Impact: The same applies to fellow receiver Ted Ginn, though the fact that they're listed as potential game-day calls by the report suggests that they are both dealing with minor injury issues.
News: Minter (pectoral) is expected to miss Saturday's preseason game in Minnesota, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Impact: Minter has sat out both practices since Saturday's preseason victory versus the Texans, opening the door for Lorenzo Alexander (foot) and Alex Okafor to gain reps at inside linebacker. While the severity of Minter's injury is unknown, his absence could merely be precautionary in order to avoid a further setback.
News: Abraham (personal) is slated to report to training camp Wednesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Abraham, who missed the first two-and-a-half weeks of camp in order to tend to a personal manner, will surely assume his place at weakside linebacker in time. However, coach Bruce Arians has stated that players who participate in most of practice in a given week are those utilized in games, meaning Abraham may be sidelined Saturday at Minnesota. In any case, Abraham's track record (double-digit sacks in eight of 14 campaigns) forecasts his IDP potential, which could be hindered by a June arrest for DUI.
News: Mathieu (knee) is "pretty close" to coming off the Cardinals' PUP list within a week, the team's official website reports.
Impact: Mathieu is anxiously awaiting his return to practice following last season's ACL and LCL tears. While the dynamic defensive back could be cleared from the Cardinals' PUP list in the near future, it's likely the team will initially limit Mathieu's workload to ease him back from injury. With that in mind, it's unclear if he will feature during the preseason or even the first couple weeks of the regular season. Whenever he returns to game action, Mathieu will attempt to claim either the nickel cornerback position currently occupied by Jerraud Powers or the free safety role presently held down by Rashad Johnson. Nonetheless, Mathieu's versatility and playmaking ability will leave the Cardinals hard-pressed to keep him off the field, so the second-year pro should resume seeing extensive snaps at various positions once fully healthy.
News: Feely will be seeking coach Bruce Arians' version of "perfection" in Saturday's preseason outing at Minnesota, the Cardinals' official site reports. "[Jay] has always kicked off adequately, but when someone is kicking off better and all the kicks are the same, you're going to take the guy who is kicking off better," Arians reiterated.
Impact: Feely won't have the luxury of kicking indoors, which his competition, Chandler Catanzaro, enjoyed in the opener this past Saturday. After Catanzaro nailed all of his kicks, including three field goals and three extended extra points, the ball is now in Feely's court. Even if the veteran falters in the pleasant clime of Minneapolis, Feely will return to University of Phoenix Stadium to play catch-up on Aug. 24 versus the Bengals.
Chandler Catanzaro - #7 - Kicker - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: Catanzaro was perfect on three field goals and three extra points during Saturday's preseason beatdown versus the Texans.
Impact: Taking on all kicking duties, Catanzaro either drove kickoffs through the end zone or was able to hold returners inside the 20, thoroughly impressing coach Bruce Arians. Although the field goals weren't from long distances -- 25, 28, and 32 yards -- Catanzaro has laid many of his chips on the table in his competition with veteran Jay Feely. According to the Cardinals' official site, Arians is requiring "perfection" of Feely in Saturday's game in Minnesota, which may be difficult to accomplish as the team moves outdoors for the first time since training camp opened.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says Mathieu is "pretty close" to coming off the physically unable to perform list and could be practicing with the team within a week.
Impact: Mathieu, known widely as the "Honey Badger," was having a standout rookie season when he tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against St. Louis on Dec. 8. In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, a sack, two interceptions, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle.
News: Abraham (personal) is expected to report to training camp soon and perhaps even later this week, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Abraham has been excused from camp to attend to a personal matter for three weeks now. Given the time off, he's piling up scheme work to catch up on once he reports to practice. Additionally, to begin this season, Abraham could face a suspension stemming from a drunk-driving arrest over the summer. Whenever he reenters the fold, he'll provide a much-needed boost to the Cardinals' linebacking corps, a unit that lost Karlos Dansby in free agency and Daryl Washington to suspension. To quantify Abraham's impact, the 36-year-old has registered double-digit sacks in eight of his 14 NFL seasons, including a team-high 11.5 sacks during his debut season in the desert last year.
Ernie Sims - #52 - Linebacker - 6'0" - 233lbs
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cardinals have released Sims, whom they signed as a free agent on Dec. 24.
Impact: Sims was a first-round draft pick - ninth overall - by the Detroit Lions in 2006. He played for the Lions for four seasons, then had stops in Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Dallas. Coach Bruce Arians says Sims didn't fit into the Cardinals' defense and that the team owed him the respect as a veteran to give him a chance to catch on with another team.