Who will play receiver against the Bengals?

Posted by Darren Urban on November 19, 2015 – 12:21 pm

The Cardinals have had excellent production from their top three receivers this season. It’ll be interesting to see just which ones will be able to help Sunday night against the Bengals. Michael Floyd looked to be sitting out practice for a second straight day Thursday, and judging by the way he came up lame on the play in which he got hurt against Seattle (if you have GamePass, it’s the fourth-quarter 10-yard reception he made at the 11:29 mark), it did not look good. We’ll see what he can do Friday, but it doesn’t seem like Floyd is trending the right way, which is too bad given how well he has played of late.

John Brown looked like he was going to at least be limited Thursday. What he can provide is also a mystery. He played 59 snaps in Seattle so it wasn’t like Smoke was limited; he was on the field for every play of the final two drives. But he didn’t have a catch. If Floyd can’t go, Brown’s ability to produce something will obviously increase in importance.

But the Cardinals and their No. 1-ranked offense do have some things that will help. One is Larry Fitzgerald, in the middle of one of his best seasons and totally healthy. Two is the way Jaron Brown stepped in and up with Floyd’s injury last week; the “other” J.B. made plays and that will help on a confidence level. Brittan Golden has made catches before, and J.J. Nelson, while inactive against the Seahawks, looked pretty good as the Smoke replacement at Cleveland a few weeks back.

Oh, the Cardinals also have a pretty good quarterback, who has some pretty good motivation this week. That alone tends to mitigate some short-term scrambling with the pass catchers.


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19 Responses to “Who will play receiver against the Bengals?”

  1. By Scott H on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Seems like a good week to get Gresham more involved – especially since he is playing his former team as well. I would image Palmer will try to find him for a score at some point on Sunday night! Nothing like a double dose of “up yours!”

  2. By LadyBird04 on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Let’s not forget we have 3 healthy tight ends who also provide big targets for CP and have been productive for the last couple of weeks. .Chris C. on Sunday Night Football sad CP told him to watch for Gresham to start showing up – low and behold TD, Troy Niklas had two td’s the week before and Fells is back on the field as well.

  3. By Marlin on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Also, Ellington and D Johnson can both line up at wide receiver and slot at times during the game…they are legitimate receivers…and not just out of the backfield.

  4. By 'ZonaFan89 on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Man, of all positions on our roster, WR should be the easiest to replace for injuries. We have a very deep WR chart. I seriously think that Jaron Brown could be a #2 on some teams in this league, and he barely sees the field for us! Take out Floyd and John Brown, we still have Fitz, JJ Nelson, Jaron Brown, and Britten Golden. Floyd and John Brown are play-makers, yes, but considering our depth, I’m not concerned…

  5. By David Yuhnke on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Ok, I get it. This game means a lot to Palmer, but I would like someone in the local or national media to ask Jermaine Gresham what it means to him

  6. By shane on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    i have confidence in jaron brown & jj.. i would sit Floyd & maybe even john brown so there 100 percent for these games down the stretch its better to not be full strength for 1 game rather than be 60% for 4 or 5 games..

  7. By mitchaz on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Would like to see BA employ Andre Ellington and David Johnson more as receivers—both of them have the ability to excel from any of the skill spots.

  8. By Mike G on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is good! Great win last week in Seattle. Everyone contributed on both sides of the ball to spearhead the victory. Anytime you win at Seattle it is a great accomplishment- not easy to do. Team is very resilient. Card’s have won there 2 of last 3 years. Floyd had a great game but came up with that hamstring at the end of the game. If he has to sit a game or so —no big deal as long as it is not a long term thing. Cards have nice depth at the WR position — they should be fine there. Catching the Bengals off a Monday Night should be a good thing for the Card’s with that short week. Only 2 concerns I have for this football team are injuries and turnovers. Injuries you cant control but turnovers you can to some degree.The Card’s have had 7 turnovers in their last 2 games and won both games which is odd. The trend of turnovers has got to be limited in these final seven games. Hey Darren– Do you notice the Cards coaching staff stressing ball security during their practices????—–Go Cards!!!!!

  9. By Darren Urban on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Ball security

    Don’t get to watch practice, but it’s always an emphasis.

  10. By D on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Watford at RG
    Jaron Brown WR
    Cards have good depth to deal with injuries.

    Off the wall question:

    Does each team get billed for police escorts of team buses or does the NFL pay it out of a general fund for “security purposes” ?

  11. By Darren Urban on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Escorts

    I could be wrong but I believe it is provided by the home teams as courtesy.

  12. By Scott H on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    We know JARON Brown is more than capable of carrying the load for this team. He is not the deep threat beast that Floyd is, but….OK. He doesn’t have to be. If Smoky is close to full go, then he is that guy Sunday night. Palmer will still have a plethora of weapons at his disposal. NOTHING wrong with the intermediate routes that were helping us gobble up chunks against Seattle. That works just fine. I expect the run game to be more effective, so that helps. And all of our RB’s can catch passes and do something with them. DJ has kinda disappeared in recent weeks after being a big play guy early on in the season…..maybe we re-discover him this week.

    Look at all the big offensive performances we had WITHOUT Floyd before he came back!

    And, really, we don’t need to have a 40-point night to win the game. It’s just nice to know we can drop that on anyone if we need to! 🙂

  13. By NJAzCardsFan on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Darren- After 9 games… Do you think Bettcher has done a better job? same?, or less of a performance? than Todd Bowles last year, so far…..???

  14. By Darren Urban on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Bettcher

    Cards are third in the NFL in defense and they are 7-2. Guess you have to say he’s done a pretty decent job, no?

  15. By Corgon on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    …and the TEs and Andre, or the JandJ

  16. By Richard L on Nov 19, 2015 | Reply

    Darren, escorts! I thought this was a Louisville recruiting question Whew!

  17. By Eazy E on Nov 20, 2015 | Reply

    Although we have an assortment of weapons from WR to TE to RB, Floyd and Smoke are big to our offense and especially passing game!

  18. By CARDS62 on Nov 20, 2015 | Reply

    Darren few weeks ago Watford was not even active as team went with Larsen as the backup, and now Watford is first off the bench. I think he played well last Sunday, better than the right side of our line.
    Just curious was he battling some nagging injuries the weeks we made him inactive?

    Go Cards beat the Bengals!

  19. By Darren Urban on Nov 20, 2015 | Reply

    Cards62 —

    RE: Watford v Larsen

    When you are dressing for a game, you only want to dress 7 or 8 linemen. If you dress Watford, he can play guard or tackle. Larsen pretty much is only a guard, especially with Shipley active.

    If Cooper or Iupati can’t go, I’m guessing Larsen gets the start ahead of Watford.

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