Arizona Cardinals from A to Z: Robert Hughes


Player profile of RB Robert Hughes as Arizona Cardinals training camp starts July 31st

As we prepare for Arizona Cardinals training camp reporting date of July 31st, it is time for our annual look at the roster player by player.  I look at what they’ve done, where they are now and how I project each player’s status at the end of camp.

We go from A to Z and continue with RB Robert Hughes.  Hughes enters his second season in Arizona.

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2014 season: Hughes, known more for his blocking, carried the ball seven times for 11 yards last season.  He was more valuable as a receiver.  He caught eight passes for 140 yards which included a long of 49-yards. He was another guy coach Bruce Arians was familiar with in Indianapolis.

2015 season projection: Hughes will be in a fight for a spot with a number of guys in the offensive backfield.  The one advantage he has though is he is more of a fullback even though he is listed as a running back.  He is a guy that will block for you so he almost acts as another tight end.  Arians loves his blockers.  I think it will be hard to rid of Hughes.

Yes, Hughes is from Notre Dame as is Michael Floyd and Troy Niklas.  We know the good talent that the Irish can produce and Hughes is no exception.  Hughes may act as fullback (but not called one because Arians doesn’t technically use fullbacks in his system) but he is more than a blocker.  When he does get the ball he can bowl people over with his frame.  If the rumors of his expanded role are true, then I don’t think Hughes will be easy to let go of come cut time at the end of the preseason.