Team Preview: Arizona Cardinals
As we continue previewing all 32 teams, we head to Arizona and the 2020 3rd place team in the NFC West, the Cardinals.
Arizona scored the 13th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 17th most passing yards. They were 7th in rushing yards on their way to an 8-8 record. Vegas had their Win Total at 8 games.
Kyler Murray: Year two was an amazing year for Murray, and he very well might have finished as the QB1 had it not been for a nagging shoulder injury. There is no reason to think 2021 won't be even better. The team added A.J. Green via free agency and used a 2nd round pick on a blazing fast WR in Rondale Moore. He's a locked-in Top 5 option in 2021.
Chase Edmonds / James Conner: I liked Edmonds a high-end RB2 before the Conner signing, but now I see both as no better than RB3s. In fact, I think both will finish very close to one another. They lack upside due to Kyler stealing goal line work and not dumping off passes, and both RBs will steal touchdowns from each other. The good news is the offense should be good, giving them some value as RB3s in 2021.
DeAndre Hopkins: Hopkins was amazing in 2020 after being traded, and while I think the additions of Green and Moore could see Hopkins targets take a slight dip, it won't be enough to downgrade him. He should more than makeup for that with positive touchdown regression. He only had 6 TDs on 115 receptions for an incredibly low 12.5% TD dependency.
The Rest of the WRs: I'm not expecting much from the rest of the WRs behind Hopkins. I like Green the most as a WR5 / flex option. He only scored 2 touchdowns on 47 receptions. That number should go up in 2021. As for Kirk, Moore and Isabella, they will all likely have a few big plays here and there, but won't be reliable options.