Cardinals receiving corps could be the surprise of the NFL in 2021

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Christian Kirk
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Christian Kirk /

The Arizona Cardinals are heading into the 2021 NFL campaign with a group of wide receivers that appear to be extremely underrated.

Back in 2015, the Arizona Cardinals offense was loaded with a very talented group of wide receivers.

Included among that group were pass-catchers like Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, and Michael Floyd. Fitzgerald (1,215) and Brown (1,003) both posted 1,000-yard seasons, while Floyd contributed a very respectable 849 yards as the number-three wideout on the Cards depth chart.

Now, six years later, Arizona’s current receiving corps could be primed to rack up similar numbers.

DeAndre Hopkins, a superstar who the Cardinals acquired in a trade last year, is one of the finest at his position in the entire NFL. Arizona general manager Steve Keim’s acquisition of the five-time Pro Bowler will go down as one of the biggest robberies in league history.

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One Cards player who many observers are sleeping on is A.J. Green, the seven-time Pro Bowler from the Cincinnati Bengals. The 32-year could be on the verge of a bounce-back campaign, thanks to the double-teams that Hopkins promises to draw on a consistent basis.

Another receiver who could really benefit in 2021 is Christian Kirk, a 24-year-old who has the talent and speed to reach superstardom as a professional wide receiver. The sky could be the limit for the 2018 second-round pick if he can turn into a more consistent contributor for the Redbirds.

Speaking of second-round selections, Cardinals rookie Rondale Moore could prove to be the steal of this past April’s draft. The 5-foot-7, 180-pound wideout is three years removed from an outstanding performance for Purdue University. Back in 2018, Moore tallied 114 receptions, 1,258 receiving yards, and 14 total touchdowns (two rushing) as a freshman with the Boilermakers.

Arizona’s front office has also not given up on a pair of young pass-catchers who joined the team back in 2019. Andy Isabella has the type of breakaway speed (40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds) that can take the top off of the opposition’s defenses. KeeSean Johnson has caught 36 passes for 360 yards and one score in 18 career appearances (five starts) for “Big Red”.

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Keim has assembled a solid crew of wideouts over the past few offseasons for quarterback Kyler Murray. The results of the GM’s efforts could bear fruit when a potentially potent Cards’ aerial attack takes flight this coming fall.