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Bruce Arians Pleased with Chris Johnson’s Arizona Cardinals Debut

September 5th, 2015 at 5:09 AM
By Steve Smith

He's certainly not the All-Pro running back he once was for the Tennessee Titans, but halfback Chris Johnson showed some flashes of his old self the Arizona Cardinals' 22-20 triumph over the Denver Broncos Thursday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.

The Red Birds finished preseason play at 2-2 as they gear up for their season opener Sept. 13 against the New Orleans Saints.

The 29-year-old Johnson rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries, including one 16-yard gain. He also caught a pass for 10 yards and was effective as a pass blocker. The Orlando, FL native is currently third on the running back depth chart behind Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson.

Head coach Bruce Arians was impressed with Johnson's performance.

"I thought Chris looked extremely sharp,” Arians said via azcentral.com.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon played in his initial Cardinals contest as well, his first action since the 2013 season with Atlanta.

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2015 Arizona Cardinals Rookie Profile: RB David Johnson

September 4th, 2015 at 6:36 AM
By Steve Smith

With the start of the 2015 NFL season set for Sept. 13 for the Arizona Cardinals, it's time to take a look at a player profile for players that the Red Birds selected in this year's NFL Draft. Today we are profiling third-round selection David Johnson, the 86th overall selection in the draft.

The Northern Iowa product rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries in Arizona's 22-19 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers on Aug. 22. He added two receptions for 15 yards.

The Red Birds love his potential. Let's take a look at his updated profile.

According to football scouts, Johnson's strengths are: Was impressive in preseason game against San Diego. Looks good on the hoof. Possesses a big body and falls forward for additional yards. Smooth pass-catcher out of the backfield and is a mismatch for linebackers. Has been a consistent weapon out of the backfield while in college. Uses an effective jump cut on inside runs to change direction and can string a couple of them together on the same run. Has good long speed when he gets into space. Has enough pop behind his pads to become a better finisher.

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Chris Johnson to Make Debut for Arizona Cardinals Tonight

September 3rd, 2015 at 4:54 AM
By Steve Smith

Newly acquired running back Chris Johnson will make his debut tonight in the Arizona Cardinals' final preseason game against the Denver Broncos.

The former Titan and Jet halfback was brought in to give the Red Birds some needed depth in the backfield. Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson are ahead of him on the depth chart.

"Chris, he wanted to play the other night, just couldn’t cut," head coach Bruce Arians stated via espn.com. "He feels very confident he’ll be able to play and he wants to play in the game.”

Cardinals starters will not play tonight in Denver. Undrafted free agent Phillip Sims will start at quarterback and third-stringer Logan Thomas will replace him, likely to start the second half.

After impressing Arians on Sunday night in Oakland, Earl Watford will play right tackle tonight while Bradley Sowell moves over to left tackle.

“Earl played extremely well in the second half,” Arians said. “That competition is heating up real nice.”

The Cards enter tonight's contest at 1-2 in preseason play.

Arians stated that his centers — starter A.Q. Shipley, Lyle Sendlein and Anthony Steen — will continue with their rotation. Sendlein drew praise from Arians for playing well Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders.

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Arizona Cardinals Rookie Player Profile: Linebacker Markus Golden

September 2nd, 2015 at 5:49 AM
By Steve Smith

With the start of the 2015 NFL campaign less than two weeks away now for the Arizona Cardinals, it's time to take a look at the player profile for players that the Red Birds selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Yesterday, we profiled first-round pick D.J. Humphries. Today we are profiling second-round selection Markus Golden.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound linebacker was the 58th overall selection in the draft and hails from the University of Missouri. Golden registered 10 sacks for the Tigers last year and the Red Birds hope he can pressure the opposing quarterback from the edge this year.

Let's see what football scouts say about the 24-year-old former Tiger in an updated profile.

Those scouts state that Golden's strengths are: Plays with toughness and is a fighter. Turns effort switch on and it stays on. Can set and hold the edge against the run. Stays alive in pursuit and has extended motor down the field. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Shows good awareness and locates the ball quickly. Has strength in his hands. Heavy tackler.

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Arizona Cardinals Rookie D.J. Humphries Making Progress

September 1st, 2015 at 1:03 PM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals commence their 2015 season on Sept. 13 against the New Orleans Saints so it's time to see how their rookies are doing so far.

Rookie offensive tackle D.J. Humphries, their first round pick this year, has been making slow but steady progress overall.

"I’m trying to be the best," he stated via the team's website. "That’s how I roll. … That’s the way my dad raised me. If you’re going to do something you’re going to do it to the best of your ability. If it doesn’t work out for me then, I’m confident I’ll have given it my best shot.”

The University of Florida product stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 307 pounds. He left after his junior campaign with the Gators.

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