Chat with Josh Weinfuss
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN NFL Nation Arizona Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss drops by to chat and answer all of your Cardinals questions.
Weinfuss arrived at ESPN.com in 2013 after covering the Cardinals for azcardinals.com. He received both his Master's of Sports Journalism and Bachelor's degrees from Indiana University.
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Josh (2:59 PM)
Welcome to the ESPN.com SportsNation chat about the Arizona Cardinals.
Josh (3:00 PM)
Let's get to the questions...
Marcus Lonogni (Tucson)
Do you have any estimation on when the NFL will determine their suspension for Daryl? Do you think he will be suspended?
Josh (3:02 PM)
It's up in the air. The NFL was likely waiting for the judicial process to run its course, which it did on Wednesday. Now the league will sit down and determine what kind of punishment it should hand out which could take a few weeks or a month or two. But I'd expect something by the middle to end of June.
Mitch (Wrentham, MA)
Hi Josh: Even though Steve Keim has stated that he wants to draft an OLB with length, isn't speed a premium on the edges in the NFC West versus Wilson and Kaepernick? I ask this because, I really like Ryan Shazier for the Cardinals as an edge guy who can chase those QBs down. Plus, I think Shazier, is versatile enough to play Dansby's old spot at 34WILB, if need be. Your thoughts on Shazier as a fit for AZ? I like Dee Ford too, but worry about his injury issues. Is Ford a better fit than Shazier?
Josh (3:07 PM)
Mitch: I think length is almost as necessary as speed but with how the Cardinals played teams last season an OLB's length will come into play more. I say that because often, the defensive line would push through the interior offensive linemen, forcing the QB to scramble left or right. With length, an OLB can reach out and grab guys with ease. As for Shazier, I thikn he'd be a goof fit but my question becomes: Is he worth a first-round pick?
Mitch (Wrentham, MA)
Hi Josh: With Justin Bethel's good size (6-0, 200), athleticism, tackling ability and press skills and the Cardinals' need at safety, why don't they try him there, especially now that Cromartie is on board?
Josh (3:09 PM)
He might get a chance to try his hand at safety during OTAs but his press skills aren't going to help him roaming the back end. He struggled his first two years with covering receivers and Arizona can't afford to have him beat deep. And, for the record, 6-feet might be pushing it.
Robert H (Arizona)
Do you think playing the Charger's in preseason week 4 will have any effect on the opener against the same team?
Josh (3:10 PM)
I've actually been talking about this a lot with people and I don't think it will. Here's why: Teams tend to rest their starters in the fourth presesaon game so unless the Cardinals and Chargers' first two units get hurt in Week 1, you won't be seeing many if any of the players on the field in Week 4 of the preseason. Coaches like to use that game to evaluate guys who are either on the fence for making the 53-man roster or could be good for the practice squad.
Ed (Queens Village)
Last game of 03 season if Cardinals do not rally to stun Vikings. They get number 1 pick instead of 3 pick. Do they draft Eli Manning at 1?
Josh (3:12 PM)
Ed: Good question and I'd have to say yes...but here's the main question: Would Eli have come to Arizona? Remember, the Chargers picked him first and he refused to play there.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What Arizona Cardinals NFL Football Games are you Looking Forward Seeing in 2014?
Josh (3:13 PM)
Chris: I'm most anxious to see how Arizona plays against San Francisco in Week 3, at Denver in Week 5 and at Seattle in Week 12. I think the Cards' game at Dallas will help them know if they're capable of playing on huge stage come the postseason.
Cards schedule looks brutal. What would be a realistic record this season? Heart says 10-6, head says 8-8..
Josh (3:14 PM)
Kardfan: Hmm, good question. I predicted 12-4 but realistically, I could see them going 11-5 or 10-6 again.
dorian ( Phoenix) [via mobile]
Do you think the cardinals talent has passed either sf or Seattle? And do you agree for the cards the niners are the cards biggest obstacle seeing as how they always at.least split with Seattle but have lost 9 of the last 10 games to the niners?
Josh (3:17 PM)
I think -- and I'll get ridiculed for this -- the Cards have inched closer to the Niners on offense and are pretty close to the Seahawks on defense. Losing Karlos Dansby hurt Arizona in the arms race with Seattle. I do agree with you in thinking the Niners are Arizona's biggest obstacle because the Cardinals have proved they could beat the Seahawks, having done it the last two seasons, but, as you said, they can't get by the Niners.
Kyle (Winnipeg, Canada)
Hey Josh, what do you think the chances are the Cardinals trade down? Also do you see any way they make a move up, and if so for whom?
Josh (3:20 PM)
Kyle: I think the chances are always good that the Cards can trade down but I don't see it happening because there are too many needs to address with the 20th pick. What I can see happening is the Cards either trading up in the first round to get a safety or trading up into the late second around to get a quarterback.
Dan (Gilbert) [via mobile]
Any notable players not present for workouts yet? Seems like we have heard about almost everyone minus Ginn/Abraham. Anyone else?
Josh (3:22 PM)
Dan: I saw Ginn there yesterday but I've heard Abraham hasn't been around but can't confirm that.
Kyle (Winnipeg, Canada)
It's obvious the Cardinals need Safety help, so when the draft comes around do you see them coming away with one of the top prospects at the position?
Josh (3:26 PM)
Kyle: It all depends on who's there at 20th. The Cards won't pick a safety just for the sake of picking a safety. They'll choose carefully and if the right safety isn't available the Cards will go with another position.
We all know Bruce Arians loves his TE's so with that in mind could we see the Cardinals draft a TE with one of their top picks, and if so who would be a good fit?
Josh (3:29 PM)
KMAN: I don't see the Cardinals taking a tight end early in the draft unless it's one of the top two or three on the board. Other than that, the Cardinals will be able to find a good, blocking tight end later in the draft.
Jimmy John (The Deep South of Arizona)
Howdy Josh! Do ya think those Cardinals surprise us all come draft day by picking a player who hasn't been connected to the team at all during the pre draft process?
Josh (3:31 PM)
Jimmy John: First, your name makes me think about lunch. Not good. But to answer your question, absolutely they could. But it won't be someone they haven't done their due diligence on. Talking to someone is great, of course, and they could learn a lot about the player but just because someone is connected to the team in the media doesn't mean the team is actually looking at that player. That info could come from a agent who's trying to bolster the player's stock.
Rodrigo phoenix [via mobile]
If manziel is there at #20 do u see the cards drafting him? I know he doesn't fit Bruce Arians type of QB but I think he could be a franchise qb. Thanks
Josh (3:32 PM)
Rodgrigo: The only way I can forsee the Cards picking Manziel is if there's no one left on the board that could help Arizona win. Like you said, he doesn't fit Bruce Arians' mold, which to me means he's not a franchise quarterback. He's good but not for this system.
Josh (Cicero NY)
Should the cards use it's first round draft pick on a QB?
Josh (3:34 PM)
Josh: Short answer: No. Long answer: No. Unless Carson Palmer gets hurt with a season-ending injury in the next two weeks, he'll be the starter next year and the only time you take a quarterback in the first round is if you plan on starting him. Now, with that being said, Palmer was picked No. 1 overall but didn't play his rookie year. The days of that happening are gone. Look for the Cards to take a quarterback in the second or third round.
You have already outlined 5 games on the Cards schedule but what games (of the entire season) are ones that AZ either "has to win" or cant have those "let down" moments
Josh (3:36 PM)
Andrew: Good question. I think Arizona has to win in the conference. So games at New York and against Washington -- or any of the NFC East -- are games they need to win. And this year the Cardinals need to win games they're expeced to, like at Atlanta, at Oakland and home against Detroit.One game that is a must win is Week 15 at St. Louis. They can't lose that on a short week by looking forward to a 10-day break and then playing Seattle.
Kevin inzunza (Phoenix arizona)
Who might the cardinals target in the second round and what's there biggest need as in today?
Josh (3:39 PM)
Kevin: Don't be surprised if the Cardinals go after a quarterback in the second round depending on who's available but the their second-round pick will be contingent on who they pick in the first. If Arizona goes safety in the first round, they could target an outside linebacker or vice versa.
Bridgewater, Carr, Ealy, or Pryor?
Josh (3:39 PM)
Pryor. The need is greater.
I know this isn't a Cardinals question, but is there any chance the draft gets moved back to April next year? This waiting stuff is killing me!
Josh (3:41 PM)
Edgar: I don't see it happening. I read today that the NFL Commisioner is looking to make the draft even longer.
Hi Josh. If Daryl Washington is suspended, who do you see the cardinals rolling with at the ILB spots? Will it be Minter and a rookie? Or will Lorenzo Alexander have a chance at it?
Josh (3:45 PM)
Adam: Keim has said Kevin Minter will get the first crack at Dansby's old spot but if Washington is suspended, I think they try Lorenzo Alexander there or see who they can get in free agency or the draft. It's likely Washington will only be suspended for a game so they can get by with someone like Alexander or even Alex Okafor.
Johnny V (Chicago)
Bobbie Massey looks physically imposing in recent workout photos. Do you think he's the front runner for the RT job after having a year to learn the playbook?
Josh (3:47 PM)
Johnny: Massey definitely got bigger since last season but the questions with him weren't about his physicality. They were about his ability to pick up the playbook. I think Arians will give Massey first crack at the job but he won't wait around for Massey to learn the play book.
Which QB in the draft would you like to see come to Arizona?
Josh (3:50 PM)
Shawn: I personally think Zach Mettenberger is the best fit for the Cardinals because of his size and arm strength, and he also has a background in NFL offenses having run one in college under former NFL coach Cam Cameron.
Kevin (Reno, NV)
Do you think Carson Palmer can avoid the critical mistakes that have plagued him throughout his career enough to get the Cards in the playoffs/
Josh (3:53 PM)
Kevin: That's the $10 million question. I think Palmer will be better in 2014 because he has had a year to learn Arians' system. But more so, is that he's had time to get to know his receivers which will help when it comes to timing and routes because a lot of his interceptions were underthrown.
What is your feeling for the future of Ryan Williams...is he really that hurt, or does Coach want him gone...not his type of player that sort of thing.
Josh (3:54 PM)
Eric: I don't think he's hurt anymore and if Arians wanted him gone, it would've happened. I think the Cardinals have seen the promise in Williams and want to give him a shot but it'll be under their terms not his. And he has to contribute to more than just the offense.
In your opinion, how have the players looked so far this week? I know it's only weight training and conditioning but do you have any thoughts on their conditioning? Anybody stand out?
Josh (3:55 PM)
Michael: Everyone seemed to look bigger and Darnell Dockett looked trimmer, which could mean good things for him.
You initially predicted 12-4? Isn't that kind of a stretch playing in the NFC West? If you had them at 12-4, where did you have the 'hawks and Niners?
Josh (3:55 PM)
Scott: Not my job to predict the records for SF and SEA. I just went by how I saw AZ doing based on what it has coming back and who they added.
Could we see the Cards take a RB in the draft or do they feel they are set with what they have?
Josh (3:57 PM)
Pat: I wouldn't be surprised if Arizona takes a RB. As much as the Cards like Andre Ellington if the right back is on the board, they'd take him.
Joey Higgins-Luckow (Madison, WI)
I know the Dolphins have said they aren't trading Dion Jordan, but multiple reports said there were discussions within the building about doing so. Would you offer the 20th pick for him? He's custom made for a 3-4 defense, he's going to be wasted in a 4-3.
Josh (3:58 PM)
Joey: I think it'd be worth looking into. He could be the successor to Dockett up front.
Jasper (Scottsdale, AZ)
When do you think Tyrann will realistically return to active duty?
Josh (4:00 PM)
Jasper: I don't see it happening until early in the regular season. The ACL part of the knee injury will be fine but it's the LCL that has doctors concerned, regardless of his progress. This isn't the type of injury you want to rush back from.
Dustin (Tempe, AZ)
Do you think Ginn will take over the punt return game so Peterson can focus solely on being a shut down corner?
Josh (4:01 PM)
Dustin: I think the Cardinals will definitely give Ginn a chance to return some punts and if he's successful, I wouldn't be surprised if that job becomes his full-time and let Peterson focus on defense and maybe a little offense.
Josh (4:01 PM)
Alright everyone, that's all the time I hvae. Thanks for the great questions. Sorry I wasn't able to get eveyr one of them but I think we hit on all the topics.
Josh (4:02 PM)
If you have any questions, submit them every week for my #CardsMailbag through my twitter handle @joshweinfuss. Or just drop me a question on Twitter.Thanks again for your time.
Josh (4:03 PM)
I'll be posting a transcript of this chat later today on my blog: http://espn.go.com/blog/arizona-cardinals. Check back there often for Cardinals news.