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Jermiah Braswell was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on Saturday night. Braswell drove an orange Chevrolet Camaro over an embankment partially into Lake Erie. No one else was in the car and no bystanders were injured. He then subsequent failed a breath test which resulted in his arrest. The State of Ohio refers to the more commonly known 'DUI' as Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI). (Source: WTOL)

Fantasy Impact: Undrafted Cardinals rookie wideout Braswell, who played one season with Eastern Washington and three at Youngstown St, will face an even more difficulty path to the National Football League this year following this indiscretion. Best case scenario would be for him to latch onto a practice roster for the 2020 season.

New Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins was on the Jalen & Jacoby show on Thursday and said, “I definitely think I’m the best [WR in the NFL].” (Source: Josh Weinfuss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hopkins went on to state that other top WRs Michael Thomas and Julio Jones both benefit from playing with Pro Bowl quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matt Ryan throughout their entire careers. But Hopkins, who’s caught passes from 10 different QBs since being drafted by the Texans in 2013, doesn’t let that cloud his mind. He said, “I don’t complain. I don’t make excuses. I go out there and work.” Hopkins reiterated his excitement in getting to play with Kyler Murray and hopes that he can build chemistry and play with him for more than three seasons. In Kliff Kingsbury’s run-and-gun, pass-happy offense, Hopkins sees his numbers going up from a season ago. He said, "Oh yeah, absolutely. Obviously I've played with a lot of quarterbacks and put up great numbers, being in offenses that necessarily weren't a pass-first offense. So, myself, being a receiver, of course I see my stats going up.” Over his last three seasons in Houston, Hopkins caught over 100 balls in two of them, and went for over 1,000 yards each year. He caught a total of 31 TDs. It’s scary to think what he’ll be able to do in a high-octane offense being led by an up-and-coming quarterback. He’s ranked as the #5 WR in FantasyPros expert consensus rankings, but could easily finish in the top-3 at his position this season should he build chemistry early with Murray.

Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson said on a Zoom call Thursday that he and the Cardinals have not had any contract talks to this point. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peterson enters into the final year of his five-year, $70M deal he signed back in 2015. He told the media he thinks 2020 could be a special year for him and the Cardinals. “I feel I have a lot to prove,” said Peterson. He also said he would love to stay with one team his entire career. He’s played nine seasons in the NFL, all with the Cardinals, racking up 438 tackles and 25 INTs in 138 games played. Peterson will look to prove to the naysayers that at 29 years old he is still one of the best defensive backs in the game.

Cardinals' Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury expresses confidence in second-year receivers Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson as his reasoning for passing on 2020's deep wideout class. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: "We liked a lot of the receivers in the draft," Kingsbury said, "but we also like the guys we took last year." The Cardinals passed on receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft as the team is confident with Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, and KeeSean Johnson. "Hopefully things go as planned," Isabella said. "We get a shot on the field, we start making plays and things start to take off." Isabella hopes to find a bigger role in 2020, but will likely be fourth on the depth chart behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals' 2019 receiver class will try to carve out a role in an offense that employs four-receiver sets.

Category: Rumors

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury reiterated that Isaiah Simmons will primarily play linebacker to begin his pro career. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Part of what made Simmons such an exciting defensive prospect is all the positions he is capable of playing, including safety, edge rusher, and even slot corner. "Our thought process, is if he is really able to focus on one position, having the flexibility to still move around, but really focus on one, what does that look like?" Kingsbury said. "And the sky can really be the limit." It sounds as if Arizona wants to at least get him comfortable playing linebacker before exposing him to other roles in their rebuilding defense.

Cardinals TE Dan Arnold has a chance to make a “real impact” this season in Arizona as the top pass-catching tight end option for QB Kyler Murray. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Multiple analysts pegged the Arizona Cardinals as a team that would surely target a tight end in the Draft, but they didn’t end up selecting one. They seem content to go into the season with Arnold, Maxx Williams, and Darrell Daniels. Out of the three, it’s Arnold who is believed to be the best bet to make some noise in the passing game. The Cardinals picked up the 6’6” TE from New Orleans late last season. He played three games for them, catching six balls for 102 yards and two touchdowns. The team believes he has the ability to dominate in the redzone as a big target for Murray and hopes he can produce for them from the tight end position this season.

Per source, the Arizona Cardinals are not picking up the fifth-year option on LB Haason Reddick. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A former 2017 13th overall pick out of Temple, Reddick hasn’t missed a single game while playing for the Cardinals in three seasons. In 48 games, he’s totaled 192 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He’ll have added motivation in a contract year on a defense that should be much improved with the addition of their newest draft pick, LB/S Isaiah Simmons out of Clemson.

Category: Transactions

Darren Urban on Twitter is reporting that restricted free agent kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed is one-year tender with the Cardinals. (Source: Darren Urban on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez scored the fourth most points for kickers last season with a 127 points. Gonzalez will have plenty of opportunities to score this season, as the Cardinals should have a high-octane offense. He should be a top five kicker next year and be drafted in all standard leagues.

Category: Transactions

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports the Arizona Cardinals have expressed interested in trading down from the eighth overall pick on Thursday night. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There are reportedly a handful of teams within the top 10 who are looking to trade down. Arizona doesn't have a second-round pick this year following the DeAndre Hopkins trade, so it makes sense why they would want to add more selections in the middle rounds of the draft. Offensive line and the defense in general are two needs for the Cardinals entering year two of the Kyler Murray era.

Category: Rumors

A source told Cowboys Sports Illustrated that Dallas is “eyeing a trade for a slot WR like Christian Kirk or Marquise Goodwin.” (Source: Mike Fisher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The general consensus inside Cowboys Brass when asked about solving the slot-receiver vacancy left by Randall Cobb is that “yes” they should. Specifically, rumblings of a receiver such as Kirk or Goodwin have swirled and become legitimate. Both players are in situations where they’re either expendable due to an incoming WR (Kirk with DeAndre Hopkins coming in) or the team has somewhat moved on from them (Goodwin in San Francisco). Kirk in particular is still very young and has a lot of unmet potential. Last season, he had 68 catches for 709 yards and three TDs. Trade rumors always pop up around Draft time, but this one may just have some legs to stand on.

Category: Rumors

Cardinals GM Steve Keim spoke Wednesday and told reporters that he’d like to sign RB Kenyan Drake to a long-term deal. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Drake is on the transition tag in 2020 that will pay him roughly $8.4M this season. In a league where the shelf-life of running backs is minimal, it would behoove Drake to take Keim up on his offer of a long-term contract, given the numbers work for both sides. Because he is on a one-year transition tag, the Cardinals have until July 15 to complete a deal for Drake. Contact terms and money aside, Drake is in for a nice uptick in value this season with the offense getting a huge boost from the addition of all-pro WR DeAndre Hopkins. Consider him a fringe RB1 heading into the season.

The Carolina Panthers announced on Twitter that they have agreed to one-year deal with wide receiver/return specialist Pharaoh Cooper. (Source: Carolina Panthers on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: By adding Pharaoh Cooper, the Panthers continue to add depth to the wide receiving core, while improving their special team’s return game. Cooper had a career year last season playing 13 games (one game for the Bengals and the final 12 games with the Cardinals). Cooper produced 25 receptions for 243 yards and one touch down. Where Cooper made his mark was in the return game. He returned 25 kickoffs for 543 yards and 17 punts for 129 yards. If you’re in a deep league that has return yards stats, Cooper might be worth a speculative add or place him on the watch list for now.

Category: Transactions

The Patriots signed wide receiver Damiere Byrd. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Byrd spent 2019 with the Cardinals, catching 32 passes in 11 games. The 27-year-old isn't expected to make a fantasy impact in New England. It's unclear who his quarterback will even be right now.

Category: Transactions

The Arizona Cardinals have traded running back David Johnson and a second round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth round pick, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was rumored to be a target of the Texans earlier in the day, and trade rumors picked up after the Cardinals placed the transition tag on fellow running back Kenyan Drake. Johnson had a down year under a new regime in Arizona, rushing for 345 yards and two touchdowns on 94 carries and catching 36 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns. He will get a change of scenery and a chance to start in Houston.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Cardinals for his 17th NFL season in 2020, according to multiple reports. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite his advancing age, Fitzgerald is still a productive NFL wide receiver, especially in the Kliff Kingsbury's pass-heavy offense in Arizona. In 2019, he caught 75 of his 109 targets for 804 yards and four touchdowns.

Category: Transactions

Budda Baker ended Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Rams with 13 tackles (eight solo), and 0.5 sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Baker finishes 2019 second on the team in tackles with 147. He should be viewed as an S1 in all leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Maxx Williams caught his only target for 23 yards in the Cardinals' 31-24 Week 17 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Williams finishes the season with 15 receptions and one touchdown. He wasn't a fantasy factor at all this year.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyler Murray completed 26-of-42 passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Cardinals' 31-24 Week 17 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: He rushed twice for no gain. Murray's 325 passing yards today were the third most of his rookie season. He finishes the 2019 campaign with 20 passing scores and 12 interceptions. Ultimately it was an up-and-down season for the former Heisman winner, but he should be considered a QB1 heading into 2020 fantasy drafts.

Category: Game Recaps

Chandler Jones finished Sunday’s 27-13 win over the Seahawks with six tackles (four solo), four sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Fantasy Impact: Jones has been a mad man this season totaling 19 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and 51 tackles through Week 16. He is an LB1 in most IDP leagues moving into the 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Brett Hundley completed 4-of-9 passes for 49 yards in the Cardinals' Week 16 win over the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: He also rushed six times for 35 yards. Hundley replaced Kyler Murray (hamstring) in this one and it's unclear if the number-one pick from April's draft will be able to play in Week 17. That would give Hundley the start against the Los Angeles Rams.

Category: Game Recaps