Arizona Cardinals Offseason Review: Jonathan Dwyer

Jonathan DwyerHeight: 5’11 Weight: 229 D.O.B.: July 26, 1989 (25)School: Georgia Tech Experience: 5 Position: RBGoing Into Season:With Rashard Mendenhall retiring, the Cardinals needed a bigger back to take touches to keep Andre Ellingon fresh. The Cardinals brought in Pittsburgh connection Jonathan Dwyer to assume that role.Season:Dwyer wasn’t spectacular in his only two games...
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The Pittsburgh Steelers keep losing their running backs right before the playoffs

When the Steelers advanced to and won the Super Bowl as a wild card team in 2005, that sure was a magical ride. Unfortunately for the Steelers, they haven’t been able to duplicate that magic. And Saturday night’s 30-17 home loss to the Ravens marked the third-straight one-and-done postseason appearance for Pittsburgh when starting its journey on Wildcard Weekend. . Of course...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

How Active Will the Arizona Cardinals Be at the Trade Deadline?

The NFL’s trade deadline is 1 p.m. today and the Arizona Cardinals are definitely buyers in the market. The question is what do they need and what would they be willing to part with to get it? Let’s take a look at some possible trade scenarios for the Cardinals. The thought of prying Vincent Jackson from Tampa Bay has me thinking back to 2008 when the Cardinals had three receivers...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Ellington could miss extended period of time

The Arizona Cardinals have been excited about the emergence of running back Andre Ellington heading into this season, but they have received some bad news and might have to hold off on that excitement for the time being. According to a report from Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports, the Cardinals could be without their starting running back for an “extended period of time” due to a foot...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Training Camp Preview: Arizona Cardinals

One on the left looks like a fake… Welcome to the Total Sports Blog’s NFL Training Camp Previews. Up until the start of the NFL season, we will continue to preview each team, and predict their records. The chances that we predict any of these records to be right drastically decreases when Joe is writing the preview. Today’s team is the Arizona Cardinals (NFC West) 2013...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Deadspin Tells Us Why the Arizona Cardinals Suck

To be fair, Deadspin is doing this to the other 31 teams too so it’s not just Arizona bashing at it’s peak, or valley. Let’s take a look at what the fine folks over at Deadspin said about why the Cardinals suck. Fair warning, there could be some language in this column; it might come from me. Running back Andre Ellington had one good game last year, forcing me to check the...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things We Learned from the Arizona 19-13 loss to Cincinnati

The Arizona Cardinals are 1-2 after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 last night at University of Phoenix Stadium. Let’s take a look the five biggest things we learned from the game. 1. The Arizona ground game needs to step up. Andre Ellington led the way against the Bengals with 46 yards on nine carries but one of them was a 24-yard scamper. Jonathan Dwyer did his best Rashard...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Buy or Sell: Andre Ellington

Cardinals fans clamored all season last year for Andre Ellington to replace the nondescript Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington had many fantastic moments in 2013, but coach Bruce Arians stubbornly kept feeding his veteran the majority of the carries. Ellington will get his chance this year. With Mendenhall mercifully retired, Ellington will take the top job and get a chance to show coaches...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: NFC West breakdowns, Part Two

With the fantasy football draft season right around the corner, I’ve decided to do a breakdown on the fantasy-relevant players on every team, division by division. You can check out the previous columns here: NFC East                          AFC East NFC South                      AFC South NFC North                     AFC North NFC West –...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Things We Hate: Sudden Unexplainable Retirement

Seattle wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to call it a career after seven seasons in the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport and Dan Hanzus. Rice reportedly cited concussion concerns as his reason for exiting the league. The long-term effects of multiple concussions are still unclear. One such side effect is believed to be chronic traumatic encephalopothy (CTE) which may have led...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Pittsburgh Steelers greats who did not finish their career in the Steel City

Throughout the decades the Pittsburgh Steelers have had many phenomenal playmakers grace their roster, but just as many of those players have left the Steel City to finish out their time in the NFL elsewhere. Here, we will take a look at five of the most influential players that have made an impact for the team, but did not retire as Steelers. 5. Rashard Mendenhall The Steelers’...
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July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Preview:Running Backs

Last year was a difficult season for the running backs to say the least. Rashard Mendenhall bumbled and stumbled his way through 217 carries and barely picked up more than three yards per carry. Andre Ellington had nearly the same amount of yardage despite 100 fewer carries. Fans wanted Ellington but Bruce Arians stuck with Mendenhall in a lead back role. Oh, what a difference a...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Ellington is poised to break out in 2014

In his first season as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Bruce Arians has had nothing but rave reviews from just about everybody who follows the team. The team improved from a five win team the previous season to a ten win team in Arians first season as their coach. There wasn’t a whole lot to criticize, except one little thing. One complaint I had, and one that was shared by...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Ellington will breakout in 2014

(Courtesy of azcentral.com) Cardinals second year tailback Andre Ellington had a solid rookie season in which he played somewhat of a backup role to Rashard Mendenhall. This year though, Ellington is going to start and will prove his worth as a versatile, speedy, and overall dangerous dual threat back. He has helped build an identity for this offense which has desperately needed...
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May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Five running backs who will have breakout second seasons

The 2013 NFL draft produced several running backs who were able to contribute right away for their teams. Of the 23 running backs selected in 2013, 5 were immediate standouts. Here are those five running backs that will have huge breakout seasons, barring any unforeseen setbacks, like injury or off-the-field issues. (Credit: Yahoo) 5. Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals Andre Ellington...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Could the Cardinals Really Be Interested in Willis McGahee?

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Their is a rumor spreading that the Arizona Cardinals may be interested in bringing in Running Back, Willis McGahee.  The Cardinals lost their starting Running Back, Rashard Mendenhall to retirement this off-season, and with the Cardinals not drafting a running back in this year’s class, there may be some credence to this rumor. The Browns gave...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Ten NFL stars who should hit the ‘Mendenhall Wall’

This week, cover32′s Carl Pfeiffer wrote about the top 10 NFL stars who should hit what he calls the “Mendenhall Wall.” They should do as former Cardinals and Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall did last week at the ripe age of 26 — take their money and run “before they get carried off on a stretcher. It’s an interesting read. Are there any 49ers who you think should...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

10 NFL stars who might be better off retiring

Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall just retired from the NFL at the age of 26. In making this surprising announcement Mendenhall stated that he wanted to walk away from the game to pursue his outside interests while still in top health. Mendenhall made over $13 million during his football career, played six years in the NFL, had a 1,000 yard season and had hit the wall. He...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Running Arizona

packershistory.net   The Arizona Cardinals have never really been known to have a dominant rushing attack in the NFL; in fact, it is among the worst in the game. To have a good running game requires a running back to break several runs for more than at least two yards per carry in a single game. The Cardinals most effective days at the running back position came mainly in the 1970’s...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers 2014 Compensatory Draft Picks Expected To Be Awarded On Monday

The NFL owners' meetings get underway Monday in Orlando, FL and if the league keeps the same schedule as last year, we should know what compensatory picks the Pittsburgh Steelers will be awarded by the end of that first day. Last offseason, the Steelers lost five unrestricted free agents that signed with other teams and made the 53 man roster during the primary signing period. Those...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ranking Their No. 1 Draft Picks Since 2000

I may be a bit biased, but the Steelers' recent first round draft picks have been pretty solid. Its not on the level where over a span of six years Pittsburgh drafted: Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris and Lynn Swann.But the drafts since 2000 have provided consistent pro-bowlers and in my opinion three Hall-of-Fame caliber players, so lets have a look at who the Steelers...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

What We Can All Learn From Rashard Mendenhall

The retirement announcement of Rashard Mendenhall came and went with one media cycle. The product of Niles West High School in Lincolnwood who went on to stardom at University of Illinois announced via The Huffington Post that he was hanging up his shoulder-pads for good after 6 seasons with the Pittsburg Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Despite appearing to be healthy and in shape...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Weekly Rewind: Veldheer signs, Mendenhall retires, Dansby departs, Fitz flies

The last week was the opening of the frenzy known as free agency. Arizona was smartly active this week and made a big signing, literally. Here’s a look back at the week that was. Jared Veldheer signs with Arizona (READ) Rashard Mendenhall retires (READ) Karlos Dansby bolts for Cleveland (READ) Larry Fitzgerald goes up in an F-16 (READ) Daryn Colledge gets cut (READ) Top 5 ugliest...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Big week lies ahead for Arizona Cardinals

We have reached the eve of the expected NFL free agency bonanza that can officially kick off Tuesday at 1pm Arizona time. Here is a look at some of the breaking topics that relate to the Arizona Cardinals. The hunt for a left tackle in free agency has been one of the biggest stories of the Cardinals offseason. Everyone knows it is their biggest need and since the end of the season...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rashard Mendenhall retires at age 26

Arizona running back Rashard Mendenhall has chosen to hang up his cleats at the age of 26. He explained why he made his decision in a post yesterday on his blog over at Huffington Post. Let’s break down what he said and figure out why he did this. From the blog: I decided not to hold a press conference because I didn’t want to have to say things that were cliché. I’ve done...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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