Nkemdiche to play fullback and other Arians

Posted by Darren Urban on July 29, 2016 – 12:42 pm

Bruce Arians didn’t have a lot of news speaking today since the Cardinals have yet to hold a practice — “No one got hurt in the walkthrough,” Arians deadpanned — but there were still some tidbits. Among them, A.Q. Shipley’s days as a fullback are probably done, since he’s likely going to end up the starting center. So who would be the battering ram in the backfield instead of Shipley for those few times it’s needed? How about rookie defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche?

“He’s done it before and he’s been damn good at it,” Arians said.

This is true.

— Speaking of Shipley, Arians said “in all fairness” Shipley didn’t lose the starting center job last year, saying “I gave it to Lyle” Sendlein.

— Andre Ellington will be among the players looked at on kickoff return. It’s another chance to get Ellington, an explosive player, his hands on the ball. Arians said it wasn’t about getting one of the running backs a spot on special teams, but if Ellington doesn’t return kicks, it’d be hard to have three backs on game day and none playing any special teams. Chris Johnson isn’t going to, and starter David Johnson likely wouldn’t either.

— Carson Palmer was asked about the possibility of retiring if the Cardinals won the Super Bowl. Thursday, Arians said if the Cards won, he’d likely want to try and coach the Cards to another one instead of retiring. Palmer said he’d probably feel the same, and noted that when he was younger, watching John Elway win back-to-back Super Bowls left a deep impression on him.

— Along those lines, Arians was asked when he arrived in Arizona how long he thought his coaching window was, given his age. Arians said he never really thought about it. “That’s up to God,” Arians said. “The way I treat myself, not long.”

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3 Responses to “Nkemdiche to play fullback and other Arians”

  1. By creditcard on Jul 29, 2016 | Reply

    Ode the necessity of taking of oneself.

    Good to work hard,but better to work hard and do something to benefit your own physical and mental health. (I do believe the Cards are one of the few NFL teams that takes care of the coaching staff’s health.)

    Expectations are high for the Cards, which makes me nervous, but i do beleive this team has some serious NFL to tier talent.

  2. By Scott H on Jul 29, 2016 | Reply

    Physically speaking, I think Palmer is nowhere near done. Other than the two knee injuries, he has not been prone to other injuries or had a lot of surgeries. Still has one of THE strongest arms in the league. Mobility was never his game, so losing a step isn’t even a concept that applies to him. He has aged well and looks like he is still going strong. Looks like he could be playing at 40 if he wants to. And I think that had a lot to do with why drafting a QB wasn’t a “must” this year.

  3. By red2616 on Jul 31, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H. Every time Tom Brady takes a step the entire Patriots Fan base stops breathing. AND he is older like 2 other QB’s and same age as 3 other give or take a month whom all have had similar injuries. Palmer is the least injuries of them all. Basically both knees 10 years apart. Shoulder for a few and a pointer finger at the worst time possible. The knee nor the finger Not injured and Cards have 2 SB Trophies. I wish a reporter would write an article that shows who the Seahawks beat over the last 3 years. NOT just who they best but who they played against but who was OUT. Like the Cards early in the year play the Ravens and won by 7. Yet Seattle fans say how much better they are than the Cards because the crushed them 34 7 or something They don’t bother to mention Flacco, S. Smith and Forsett were out. They also DIDN’T play, Romo, Cutler, Bradford, Foles, Flacco, to name a few plus Palmer 3 times. Hawks V Cards are even when both had starting QB’s playing.

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