2/22 Arizona Cardinals news: Bruce Arians talks running backs, and NFL Combine updates

Joe Robbins

Your Saturday morning roundup of Cardinals and NFL news.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Friday that running back Ryan Williams "has a chance this year" to make an impact on the team. He also said the offense needs to revolve more around Andre Ellington. A running back rivalry?

Yes, please.


Cardinals coach Arians: Ryan Williams 'has a chance this year' ArizonaSports.com
"Ryan has a chance this year," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Friday. "He went into training camp, missed the entire preseason. It's very hard to become a player during the season when you've got three guys in front of you. "And he did impressive things on our scout team."

More Offensive Focus On Andre Ellington
"I’ve never been around a running back who stepped on the field and tried to do things he’s never done before and played wide receiver as good as he does," Arians said. "He plays it as well as most of our starting wide receivers. "He has a unique talent we want to look at and continue to build our offense around this year."

Arizona Cardinals coach thinks Carson Palmer has a few more good years left in him ArizonaSports.com
"He's in great condition, he's always in great condition," Arians said. "So I would think he could be playing up to 36, 37 easily."

2014 Combine Chat with Bruce Arians
"We want to get better at some positions, but we don't NEED a guy. [...] We won't draft positionally. Steve [Keim] will get the best player."

Cardinals Blogs | Arians: TEs block first, catch second
The best tight end in the NFL? Bruce Arians doesn’t name Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski. He picks Heath Miller. "Not because he catches 90 passes," the Cardinals’ coach said at the Scouting combine Friday. "But because he blocks big defensive ends."

Cardinals Blogs | Massie a right tackle and O-line improvement
"[Bobby Massie] is a right tackle," Arians said. "He’s not a left tackle. We experimented with that and he struggled with it. He’s a right tackle and he’s talented. The biggest thing right now is to be more consistent every day in his work habits."

Building a free agent board - AZCentral.com
"We spend the majority of our year looking at every contract in the NFL," Keim said.


NFL Combine 2014: Weigh-in results for wide receivers - SBNation.com
The wide receivers were among those getting measured up at the scouting combine on Friday, and we've got the details.

Odell Beckham Jr. challenging his mom to 40-yard dash - SBNation.com
Most players want to compete against other draft prospects. Odell Beckham Jr. is looking to run a faster time than his mother.

Johnny Manziel looking to 'show up' doubters at the NFL Combine - SBNation.com
"I'm just looking forward to showing up all the people who say I'm just an improvisor," Manziel said. "I've worked really well to hone my game."

2014 NFL Combine: Ka'Deem Carey a cross between Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy - SBNation.com
"I would say a mix between Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy," [Ka'deem] Carey said. "Definitely a mix between the two. Adrian Peterson runs hard and Lesean McCoy, he has the shakes in the open field to break the safety down."

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