The Arizona Cardinals receiving corps may have questions, but Dorial Green-Beckham isn’t the answer
Even the most ardent fans of the Arizona Cardinals know that the 2017 receiving unit isn’t a known quantity. Larry Fitzgerald continues to play well, but is older, and slowing down. Behind him are talented guys like John and Jaron Brown, but they are coming off injury-riddled years. Chad Williams has potential, but is a rookie drafted in the middle rounds. JJ Nelson is a fun player, but only a part-time contributor.
There are plenty of fans and analysts who believe the Cardinals could use more talent at wide-out. If nobody steps up, it will severely limit the effectiveness of the offense. So, when Dorial Green-Beckham became available, questions about where he might land began.
Green-Beckham was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. After a rookie season in which he recorded 32 receptions, 549 yards, and 4 touchdowns, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. He had 36 catches, 392 yards, and 2 touchdowns in Philly.
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There has never been a question about Green-Beckham’s raw talent. He seemed to be on the verge of greatness as a college player, but couldn’t stay out of his own way. He had several run-ins with the law and after more than one arrest, was dismissed from the University of Missouri.
As a professional, Green-Beckham has mostly disappointed. He has struggled to make any real impact, due to an inability to learn the offenses, and to get open when he was on the field. The potential is there, but it’s becoming obvious that he just isn’t putting in the work.
The Cardinals offense would certainly benefit from another top flight wide receiver. Carson Palmer could use another big outside target and difference maker. However, Green-Beckham just doesn’t seem able to fill that type of roll. He’s a major question mark, and the Cardinals already have enough of those.