As offseasons go, there are few in recent memory that contain as much movement from a team as the Arizona Cardinals 2019 offseason.
A completely new coaching staff... again.
A completely new quarterback room... again.
A first round quarterback... again.
Okay, maybe there was not a ton of movement that differed from last year, except for some reason this offseason feels different.
Why? Well, it seems like this time, there is plan.
The plan may not work, it may in fact fail spectacularly, but there is a plan and a vision in place and the team is moving forward as such.
That’s why, when you look at all the moves the Arizona Cardinals made in the offseason, some get a bit lost in the shuffle.
Drafted WRs Hakeem Butler (fourth round) and KeeSean Johnson (sixth)
With Larry Fitzgerald entering his 16th NFL season, first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury absolutely needed playmakers to take pressure off rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and one-time Pro Bowl tailback David Johnson. Rookies Butler and Johnson — selected after second-round playmaker Andy Isabella — fit the bill. Butler is a 6’5 physical specimen who can torch defenders downfield, while KeeSean Johnson was an uber-productive target for a 12-win Fresno State team in 2018.
More importantly, both fit perfectly into Kingsbury’s Air Raid scheme.
The Cardinals remade their wide receiver room, giving their new head coach and quarterback a bevy of different types of targets.
This is something that has been discussed quite a bit, but may not garner as much attention as Kingsbury, Kyler and now the Patrick Peterson suspension.
Drafting Butler gives Murray a big outside target.
Drafting Johnson could give Murray a security blanket target type. Both are players the Cardinals needed and they got them at respectable prices.