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100 Watt Bulb Shines on Cardinals

NFL: SEP 23 Giants at Texans

How J.J. Watt Improves the Cardinals Defense:

  • Equally strong at stopping the run as he is in rushing the passer. All-around elite defender.
  • Can play inside at 34 DE and then outside or inside on the nickel pass rush.
  • Commands double teams at 34 DE which keeps ILBs clean and BANDIT OLB (Chandler Jones) in more single blocker situations.
  • Fiery, intense leader who demands that he and his teammates be held accountable.
  • Makes the Cardinals’ pass rush with Chandler Jones, Haason Reddick, Jordan Phillips, Zach Allen and Dennis Gardeck potentially elite.

Fellow UFA Texans (Present and Former) Who Might Want to Sign with Cardinals:

  • C Nick Martin (28) —- has always been a very good pass blocker, and more of a zone scheme run blocker.
  • CB Gareon Conley (26) —- missed the 2020 season rehabbing from ankle surgery. PFF thinks he’ll get a $2.5M prove it deal in 2021, possibly re-signing with the Texans at that figure. But maybe the former 1st round pick of the Raiders from Ohio St. would like to join J.J. Watt in Arizona. Here’s what PFF says:

A former first-round pick, Conley has had his ups and downs, grading out at 64.5 and 64.0 in his two full seasons. He missed all of the 2020 season. Conley is better in man coverage, as he’s graded in the 69th percentile in single coverage compared to just the 37th percentile in zone since entering the league. He’s also forced incompletions on 22.2% of his targets, the second-best rate in the NFL since 2017. Conley is worth a look in a man-heavy system.

  • WR Will Fuller (27)—- was having one of his best years in 2020 (86.2), but got busted for a PED violation and was suspended 6 games (last 5 games of the year), with the last one carrying over to Week 1 this season. Because of the PED violation and Fuller’s injury history, there’s a chance that he would take a one year prove-it deal in order to re=establish his market value for free agency on 2022. When healthy, Fuller is a blazer who backs off CBs and FSs.
  • CB Phillip Gaines (30) —- has always flashed good speed and talent, but has never quite put it all together. 59.9 PFF grade this past season. Could be signed for the minimum, plus incentives.
  • CB Jonathan Joseph (36) —- Cardinals liked the leadership and skill he brought to them late last season. Now J-Joe has all the more reason to stay in Arizona. 65.4 PFF grade in 2020.
  • CB A.J. Bouye (29) —-thought of as more of a zone CB, Bouye has struggled maintaining his Pro Bowl status of a few years back. 55.6 PFF grade in 7 games for Broncos in 2020 giving up 63% completions for 251 yards (38 yds. a game) and 2 TDs with 6 pass breakups and 0 interceptions. Has always been a good, physical tackler.