Now that quarterback Kyler Murray has signed his contract extension and center Rodney Hudson is set to return from his absence, the Arizona Cardinals can aim for the 2022 NFL season without distraction.
After a disappointing Wild Card Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams last year, the Cardinals come into the season with a balanced offensive and defensive offense with a number of positional room talents on both sides of the ball. .
That being said, some post groups are better than others.
In the case of the Cardinals, Football Outsiders writer Vincent Verhei thinks the Arizona pass catchers are the top positional group.
Without a doubt, Murray will have an abundance of options to kick off the pigskin this season.
The Cardinals have solid receiving room and a tight end group to go with running backs James Conner and Darrel Williams catching passes out of the backfield.
Having a collection of receivers who all have different skills sets pass-wrestlers from other Cardinals’ position groups for Verhei.
Arizona’s trio of keepers — deep threat Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, possession receiver AJ Green and YAC threat Rondale Moore — complement each other nicely.
You’ll notice a big name missing in DeAndre Hopkins, who is suspended until Week 7 for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
However, Arizona has no shortage of options to distribute the ball with Hopkins unable to play.
The Cardinals and head coach Kliff Kingsbury could opt to feed tight ends this season, with promising rookie Trey McBride joining a room led by three-time Pro Bowler Zach Ertz.
Rookie Trey McBride joins veteran Zach Ertz to punch the Cards tight end. And don’t forget James Conner, third among running backs in receiving value (DYAR) and first in target efficiency (DVOA) at Football Outsiders last season.