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NFC West Notes: Kendricks, Williams, 49ers

Mychal Kendricks‘ sentencing date keeps getting postponed, and the Seahawks keep reaping the rewards. Per Brady Henderson of ESPN.com, Kendricks is now due to be sentenced for insider trading — which he pleaded guilty to in September 2018 — in February 2020 (Twitter link). The date has been pushed back five times now, and instead of losing Kendricks on November 21 (the most recent date), Seattle will have their starting weakside ‘backer for its playoff run.

Now for more from the NFC West:

  • The Cardinals signed tight end Maxx Williams to a modest one-year, $805K pact this offseason, but they have been impressed enough with his performance — especially as a pass blocker — to sign him to an extension several days ago. And he will get a sizable raise, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says the two-year pact, which keeps Williams in the desert through 2021, is worth $7MM (Twitter link).
  • 49ers CB Jason Verrett and DL Kentavius Street are both getting healthier and are candidates to come off of IR at some point this season, as Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area (citing head coach Kyle Shanahan) tweets. Both players have had difficult injury luck in their careers, so this is encouraging news, and San Francisco would surely love to have Verrett and Street as depth for the stretch run.
  • The news is not as good for 49ers rookie WR Jalen Hurd, as Shanahan says it’s unlikely Hurd will be ready to come off of IR this year (Twitter link via Maiocco).
  • The 49ers are also planning on being without DE Dee Ford for a couple of weeks, per Maiocco (via Twitter). Injuries have limited Ford during his first year in San Francisco, though he has managed to post 6.5 sacks. Ford is currently dealing with a hamstring injury.

Cardinals Sign Maxx Williams To Extension

Kliff Kingsbury‘s offense does not feature too much from the tight end position, statistically speaking, but the Cardinals have been pleased with Maxx Williams‘ contributions. The parties agreed on a new contract Saturday.

The team announced Williams signed a two-year extension that will tie him to the Cardinals through the 2021 season. Williams signed a one-year, $805K deal this offseason.

Williams has made 11 receptions for 139 yards. While the 12.6 yards per catch represents a career-high figure, the fifth-year player has not been targeted more than three times in a game this season. The former Ravens second-round pick has caught more than one pass in a game just once all year. He leads Cards tight ends with 277 snaps, edging fellow first-year Cardinal Charles Clay‘s 248.

Pro Football Focus has given Williams a middle-of-the-road run-blocking assessment but views him as one of the best pass-blocking tight ends this season. While Arizona has used its tight ends sparingly in an offense that features plenty of four-wideout, one-running back looks, the team will keep one of its role players around for at least another year.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 11/13/19

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Los Angeles Rams

  • Promoted from practice squad: T Chandler Brewer, DB Donte Deayon

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/13/19

Today’s practice squad moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts

Los Angeles Rams

  • Signed: C Nate Trewyn

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

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Cardinals Place LB Brooks Reed On IR

The Cardinals signed Brooks Reed this offseason and used him in a reserve capacity. But the pass rusher’s time with the team could be over.

Arizona placed Reed on IR Friday, doing so because of a hamstring injury the 32-year-old linebacker sustained. Reed played in all nine Cardinals games this season after signing a one-year, $1.63MM contract.

Reed played four years with both the Texans and Falcons but saw his Atlanta run end this year when the team made him a cap casualty. After a one-sack 2018, Reed added one sack and five tackles this season. Reed’s sack totals have declined since his 2011 rookie season, when he recorded six. He has 22.5 for his career.

To replace Reed on the 53-man roster, the Cardinals promoted linebacker Pete Robertson. They also elevated cornerback Chris Jones from their taxi squad.

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David Johnson To Play In Week 10

  • Cardinals running back David Johnson has missed the past two games with back and ankle injuries, but he says he’ll “definitely” be playing when Arizona faces off with Tampa Bay this week, per Kyle Odegard of AZCardinals.com (Twitter link). With both Johnson and backup Chase Edmonds facing health questions, the Cardinals shipped a conditional sixth-round pick to the Dolphins for Kenyan Drake, who proceeded to rush for 110 yards against the 49ers in Week 9.

Cardinals Activate Max Garcia, Cut Zach Brown

The Cardinals have announced a series of roster moves including the activation of guard Max Garcia from the physically unable to perform list. Arizona has also placed defensive tackle Clinton McDonald on injured reserve and released linebacker Zach Brown.

Garcia, a fourth-round pick of the Broncos in 2015, signed with the Cardinals this offseason while still recovering from an ACL tear. A regular starter during his time with Denver, Garcia is expected to become a reserve for Arizona. Per the club, Garcia will likely act as the Cardinals’ top backup interior lineman on Sunday.

McDonald, 32, is now in the midst of his ninth NFL campaign. The Memphis product spent time with the Bengals, Seahawks, Buccaneers, Broncos, and Raiders before landing with the Cardinals this offseason. McDonald had appeared in every game for Arizona this year, typically playing 20% of the club’s defensive snaps. He’s going on IR with a neck injury.

Arizona had just signed Brown last week to add depth to its linebacker unit, but he’s already out of a job. Brown inked a one-year, $3MM deal with the Eagles in May after being released by the Redskins in March, but was cut after six games in Philadelphia.

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West Notes: Mahomes, Cooks, Harris, DJ

With Patrick Mahomes missing today’s matchup against the Vikings, there is speculation that the star quarterback could indeed make his return next week when the Chiefs travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans.

While some thought Mahomes would be active today, doctors told the team that he had a 40% chance of re-dislocating his kneecap inside of 21 days, but that percentage goes down to 10-15% after 21 days, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Today would make 17 days that Mahomes has missed since going down with the knee injury Week 7 against Denver. The Chiefs are undoubtedly going to be extremely cautious with Mahomes, and it is not surprising that Chiefs held him out today with the percentages that Glazer reported. Matt Moore, who has performed admirably in Mahomes’ absence, got the start today against the Vikings.

Lets check out some more developments from out west:

  • During the Rams‘ bye week, Brandin Cooks saw a concussion specialist, with sources saying that the visit was “positive”, with the hope that this latest concussion won’t necessitate a long-term recovery, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Cooks suffered his second concussion of the season last week against the Bengals, and his fourth since the Super Bowl. Rapoport goes on to say that the Rams will be cautious with Cooks, which is unsurprising with his concussion history. The Rams take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh next week.
  • While many people within the Broncos organization want to re-sign All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris Jr., Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post reports that they did not deal Harris at the deadline due salary cap concerns, a high asking price, a desire to field a competitive team down the stretch, and Denver’s injury issues at the cornerback position. During his contract dispute with the Broncos this offseason, Harris said his goal was an average salary of $15 million. O’Halloran speculates that the Rams would be a good fit if Harris were to leave in free agency.
  • With the Cardinals releasing running back Alfred Morris on Friday, Kliff Kingsbury said that David Johnson is expected to return next week when the team takes on the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay, relays Cardinals Reporter Darren Urban. Johnson, who signed a big extension with the Cardinals in 2018, has been out the last two weeks due to an ankle injury. On Thursday against the 49ers, new arrival Kenyan Drake got the start, rushing for 110 yards on 15 carries.

 

Cardinals Sign LB Zach Brown

Zach Brown has a new home. On Friday, the Cardinals signed the veteran linebacker, per a club announcement. 

The deal gives the Cardinals some much needed help and adds to the Cardinals’ collection of ex-Eagles ILBs. With Brown, Joe Walker, and Jordan Hicks on the roster, they’ve got three former Iggles on board.

Brown, a second-round pick of the Titans in 2012, was cut by the Eagles in October after he wrote checks that his tuchus couldn’t cash. Before all of that, he turned in a solid 2018 season with the Redskins and earned a spot as a Pro Bowl replacement in 2016 with the Bills.

For his career, Brown has 80 starts, 17.5 sacks, and seven interceptions to his credit. He’ll look to build on that in Arizona and add to his 2019 total of 29 tackles.

Brown will take the roster spot of running back Alfred Morris, who was cut loose earlier in the day. Morris, who had a super short stay with the Cardinals, will be subject to the waiver wire as a post-deadline cut.

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Cardinals Cut Alfred Morris

The Cardinals have informed running back Alfred Morris of his release (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). It was a super short stay in Arizona for the veteran, who was only just signed to the roster. 

Morris was squeezed out by the arrival of Kenyan Drake, who came over via trade with the Dolphins. In Drake’s Thursday night debut, he rattled off 110 yards on 15 carries, good for a 7.33 ypc average. Suddenly, the Cardinals no longer feel the need to have the safety net of Morris.

Morris’ 2019 Cardinals run ends after three snaps and one carry for four yards. He’ll look to new work and playing time elsewhere, but not before hitting the NFL’s waiver wire. Morris has the service time of a veteran, but all players released after the trade deadline are subject to the wire. If Morris clears, he’ll be free to sign with any club of his choosing.

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