|Offense||24th||81.8 (31st)||238.0 (14th)|
|Defense||24th||108.7 (13th)||259.5 (29th)|
Via 98.7 FM in Arizona, Arians said the former UAB receiver reminds him of Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, based on their size, speed and style of play. Nelson is 5-10, though he's just 156 pounds. Arians coached Sanders when both were in Pittsburgh.
However, his speed is something Arians has been familiar with for a long time.
"It's funny because I was at a track meet five years ago, four years ago, in Alabama — the state championships and my granddaughter was running," Arians said. "This kid from Midfield won the 100, 200, 4x100 — little skinny dude. My son and I go, ‘Who in the hell is that?'
"It just happened to be J.J. Nelson."
Nelson will team up with speedy second-year wideout John Brown on offense. Arians said he reached out to quarterback Carson Palmer, who apparently approved of the pick.
"He said, ‘I love it,'" Arians said.
"I think Andre will continue his same role," Arians said. "We’ll keep him healthy and let him continue to develop as a player, but the nice thing David can do is he can do everything Andre does, so you don’t have to change if there was an injury."
Ellington served as a three-down back for the Cardinals last season, but averaged just 3.3 yards per carry while racking up 660 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also gained 395 yards on 46 receptions while scoring two touchdowns through the air. After racking up eight carries of at least 20 yards in just 118 attempts in his rookie season, Ellington managed just four carries of 20-plus yards while receiving nearly twice the workload in 2014.
The Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on Floyd's rookie contract earlier in the week, but the team will still listen to offers. Thus far, according to reports, no teams have expressed interest.
Four teams have contacted the
The Rams picked up the fifth-year option on Brockers' rookie contract earlier in the week, but it appears that they're fielding offers for him.
AZCentral's Kent Somers cited a source refuting the report that the Cardinals had inquired about Brockers.
"We determined that exercising the fifth year was the option that clearly made the most sense," general manager Steve Keim said. "Michael has shown a lot of good things in his time with us and we fully expect him to make a step forward this season. We have high expectations for him on and off the field and look forward to him delivering for us."
Floyd is now under contract through 2016 after catching 47 passes for 841 yards and six touchdowns in 2014.
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