Will the Arizona Cardinals go after any receivers in the near future?
The Arizona Cardinals injury report is not getting smaller, with Andy Isabella joining the list for Week 2 and Rondale Moore slated to miss another contest.
Rondale Moore has an extensive injury history dating back to his days at Purdue. Once again, he will be a no-go for the Arizona Cardinals Week 2 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. They also won’t have DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) until Week 6, or Antoine Wesley, who is also on injured reserve.
This leaves a trio of A.J. Green, Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch, and Andre Baccellia as the only receivers ready to go for Sunday’s matchup. The Cardinals did sign Jeff Cotton and Javon Wims to the practice squad, but let’s be honest, should they resort to a duo with extremely limited NFL experience if it came to that?
At this point, general manager Steve Keim would be better off looking toward the free agent market and making a move to bring in someone with experience. Especially if Moore and Isabella miss extended time.
It’s time for the Arizona Cardinals to add experience at receiver.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, there is talent in the free agent market at receiver. T.Y. Hilton (32) is one name that comes to mind. While he is no longer a deep threat, Hilton remains a productive target when healthy, snagging 79 receptions for 1,093 yards and eight touchdowns over his last 25 games. Since the Colts placed a banner bearing his name on Lucas Oil Stadium, odds are he is not returning to Indy.
Cole Beasley is another name that caught my attention. Last season, he recorded a career-high 82 receptions and 693 yards. While he is strictly a possession receiver, he would be a viable asset to the Cardinals if quarterback Kyler Murray continues to deal with relentless pressure. As of this moment, teams are competing for his services, so maybe Keim will join the bidding party.
Will Fuller is perhaps the deepest sleeper that caught my attention. While he did nothing in Miami last season, many fans forget how productive he was for the Houston Texans in 2020, tallying career-highs with 53 receptions, 879 yards, eight touchdowns, and an outstanding 16.6 yards per reception.
While none of the above will replace Hopkins, the Cardinals have to ask themselves whether, if they wish to compete for a playoff berth this season or at least contend for the greater part of the year, their receiving unit would be better off with older, but proven talent listed above. Especially if Moore, Isabella, and Wesley cannot get healthy.
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