| CJ?K out 1-2 weeks with pulled hamstring -- Sun Aug 23 10:22 am --|
Cards veteran RB may not see live action until regular season
|Chris Johnson wasn’t able to stay healthy for long in Arizona. Coach Bruce Arians explained that Johnson pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s practice and will be out for a week or two.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: It's been a difficult year for Johnson, who got shot in the shoulder during a "drive-by" in March, and couldn't even catch on with the Cowboys, where there were reports of interest and an uncertain backfield. He didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers even though the Cardinals had initially planned to get him at least a few carries. His already dubious fantasy value is falling faster with rookie David Johnson running well and Andre Ellington still atop the depth chart
|David Johnson virtually uncoverable in practice -- Thu Aug 20 7:25 pm --|
Back at practice after dealing with a hamstring injury
|David Johnson has looked pretty good as a receiver out of the backfield the last couple of days. Yes, Johnson is a running back. He still has to show he can carry the ball, and he talked Wednesday about learning a very big playbook. But while he cautioned that hamstrings can be “tricky,” Johnson has run well the past couple of practices. And catching the ball, he has looked every bit the player Bruce Arians said he’d be in that role. In drills coming out of the backfield, no one has really been able to cover him, making one think about the matchup issues Johnson can provide. Now, we wait to see what it looks like in a game. (azcardinals.com)|
FF Today's Take: One thing is for sure: Arizona is more prepared for an injury to Andre Ellington than it was last year. Chris Johnson was added earlier this week while Ellington and David Johnson were both on the mend, but both are back practicing. The Cardinals' running back situation is becoming a mess for fantasy purposes, however, since all three players are supposedly vying for a starting gig. Ellington's grasp on the job is tenuous at best.
|Cardinals sign Chris Johnson to one-year deal -- Mon Aug 17 9:25 pm --|
Expected to push Andre Ellington for playing time
|The Arizona Cardinals and free-agent RB Chris Johnson agreed on a one-year deal Monday. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the deal could be worth up to $2 million. The Cardinals were thin at running back the first two weeks of training camp. Both starter Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson were out with hamstring injuries. Chris Johnson was arrested this offseason in Orlando, Florida, for openly carrying a weapon, but officials decided not to pursue charges. In a separate incident, he was shot in the right shoulder during a drive-by shooting that left a friend with bullet wounds and the driver of their car dead. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Chris Johnson, who failed to rush for at least 1,000 yards for the first time in his seven-season career with the Jets last season, fits the mold of Arizona's other backs as players with electric speed that have little interest in running between the tackles. The addition of the soon-to-be 30-year-old back could very well mean Ellington will be splitting carries at some point and David Johnson will have a hard time getting much playing time in 2015.
|Cards name Robert Hughes short-yardage back -- Thu Aug 13 3:45 pm --|
Ellington, Robert Johnson remain atop depth chart
|Barring an injury, Robert Hughes will be the short yardage back for Arizona. (Mike Jurecki on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Hughes had more receptions (eight) than rushes (seven) last year as a part-time halfback and fullback. The news isn't that important from a real-football standpoint since last season's short-yardage back (Stepfan Taylor) managed only one score, but is a bigger deal for Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson since it takes both players off the field in prime scoring position. Ellington is an injury-prone RB2 with limited upside for fantasy purposes in 2015.
| Backfield issues making it difficult for Arizona -- Wed Aug 12 4:36 pm --|
Team falling behind at practice?
|Arians called his running back situation a “pain in the ass” because Andre Ellington and David Johnson aren’t practice. “You’ve got packages for them and you can’t install them,” he said, “because it’s not fair to the other guys because that’s not their skill set. So you modify your practice and all your scripts.
“The other runners run different runs better and they damn sure aren’t the receivers those two guys are. So you are not practicing a lot of the things you really want to use during the season.”
FF Today's Take: This is a messy situation for fantasy owners right now. Arians' frustration also reveals a strong desire to use running backs with pass-catching abilities. Though a RBBC still looms in the desert, Ellington appears to be the best bet to have the most fantasy value entering the year.
|Chris Johnson to sign with Cards? -- Tue Aug 11 8:55 am --|
Arizona reportedly offers CJ2K one-year deal
|Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN tweeted that free agent RB Chris Johnson has been offered a one-year contract to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. (ESPN/Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: The Cards have a mishmash of notoriously fragile players (Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson are both nursing hamstring injuries) and other less-than-exciting options in Marion Grice and Kerwynn Williams, so it's interesting to see a former rushing champ in the mix. Even if Johnson signs, he'll likely be caught in a timeshare or committee unless Ellington or Johnson go down for good.