Isabella is listed as active Sunday versus the Panthers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Isabella played exclusively special teams Week 1 before sitting out entirely last Sunday at Baltimore. Because the Cardinals are keeping seven wide receivers active this weekend, he's likely in line to serve as the team's kick returner, barring injuries to those above him on the depth chart.
Isabella (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday in Baltimore, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Isabella made waves during the offseason program, but a knee injury suffered early in training camp appears to have put him behind the eight ball, resulting in just special teams work in the season opener and a healthy scratch Week 2. With Michael Crabtree set to make his Cardinals debut Sunday, Isabella may need an injury and/or a downturn in play from another wide receiver in this corps to see the field on game day.
Isabella played seven snaps -- all on special teams -- Sunday in Arizona's 27-27 tie with Detroit.
Heading into Week 1, the second-round rookie out of Massachusetts looked like he might be on track for a minimal role after being listed at the bottom of the depth chart at receiver, so his lack of usage on offense doesn't come as a major surprise. Isabella instead provided his main impact in the return game in the season opener, bringing back four kickoffs for 86 yards. According to Scott Bordow of The Athletic, coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game that he expects veteran Michael Crabtree to dress in the Week 2 matchup with Baltimore after being a healthy scratch for the opener, which makes it even less likely that Isabella cracks the receiver rotation in the near future.
Isabella isn't included among the Cardinals' three starting receivers heading into Sunday's game against the Lions, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk appear locked in as Arizona's top two receivers, while veteran Michael Crabtree is included in the starting group on the team's first depth chart of the regular season. Even if Crabtree doesn't ultimately start, Isabella isn't believed to be the top candidate to fill the opening, as Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson and Damiere Byrd are listed as the second-string options on the depth chart. At this stage, the Cardinals appear to view Isabella as more of a developmental project than a player being counted upon to make an immediate impact as a rookie.
Isabella brought in one of three targets for six yards in the Cardinals' 20-7 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
The rookie was limited to one grab for the second straight preseason game, and he finished the exhibition slate with just three catches on nine targets. Isabella is in no danger of losing out on a roster spot as a 2019 second-round pick, but he appears destined to bring up the rear on the receiver depth chart to open the regular season.
Isabella tallied one catch (on two targets) for eight yards during Saturday's preseason defeat at Minnesota.
Isabella spent the later portion of training camp rehabbing a minor right knee issue, forcing him to miss the Cardinals' first exhibition. Since he was cleared to play, he recorded a 59-yard touchdown in preseason Week 2 but otherwise hauled in just one of five targets. In the aftermath of Saturday's game, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site called Isabella a "work in progress," which makes sense considering his missed practice time and lacking efficiency metrics (the TD aside). The recent signing of Michael Crabtree pushes Isabella down the depth chart further, meaning the rookie second-rounder likely will have to make his mark on a limited snap count to start the campaign.
Isabella was targeted four times, coming up with a 59-yard touchdown pass during Thursday's 33-26 loss to Oakland.
Isabella wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter, and even then he was unable to connect with quarterback Charles Kanoff on his first three targets. The fourth time was the charm as Kanoff launched a pass down field and Isabella separated from his defender to race in for a 59-yard touchdown. Isabella's speed is what got him drafted in the second round. While it might take him a bit of time to adjust from UMass' typical schedule to that of the NFL, Thursday showed that Isabella really only needs one play to make a difference in the game and stat sheet.
Isabella practiced Saturday with a sleeve over his right knee, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Isabella picked up a "minor" knee injury at the Cardinals' Aug. 1 practice, and while he returned to drills Tuesday, he ultimately was held out of Thursday's preseason victory against the Chargers. The precautionary measure ensured that the rookie second-rounder didn't take on any unnecessary stress on his road to recovery. Assuming he's able to suit up this Thursday versus the Raiders, it'll be interesting to see when and with whom he takes the field.
Isabella (knee) didn't suit up for Thursday's preseason win against the Chargers, but coach Kliff Kingsbury expects the rookie wide receiver to play in the Cardinals' second exhibition on Aug. 15 versus the Raiders, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
In the week preceding Thursday's game, Isabella was held out of all but Tuesday's practice with what Kingsbury described as a "minor" knee injury. The Cardinals' next session is Saturday, at which point Isabella can continue to get himself back to 100 percent. A 2019 second-round pick, Isabella may have been the favorite on paper to start alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk to start the campaign, but instead he's listed as a second-stringer on the team's first unofficial depth chart of training camp.
Isabella (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Now that he's back on the field, Isabella can resume his quest to cement a role in an Arizona passing attack that returns Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, a duo that combined for 112 catches last season.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Isabella (knee) likely will take part in practice this week, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports. However, Kingsbury was less confident about Isabella suiting up for Thursday's preseason game against the Chargers.
The Cardinals are taking it easy with Isabella, who sustained a "minor" right knee injury Thursday. He hasn't practiced in the interim, but that seems to be more of a precaution than anything. Once he returns to the field, he'll look to set aside the issue he's had with drops in the early stages of training camp, per Bordow.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Isabella is tending to a "minor" knee injury, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Isabella was removed from practice Thursday due to an undisclosed injury to his right leg, which has since been clarified. The rookie is vying for a role in an offense that will routinely trot out 3-4 wide receivers per play, so missing any action and potentially a preseason game won't help his cause for immediate reps. On the other hand, the Cardinals committed a second-round pick to Isabella, meaning he should be given plenty of opportunity to work in tandem with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk.
Isabella left Thursday's practice with a right leg injury, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Isabella also wasn't spotted at practice Friday, so his status is worth monitoring. Once he's back on the field, Isabella will look to secure a role behind Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. If the 2019 second-rounder winds up being the team's No. 3 wide receiver -- a plausible outcome -- there's some fantasy utility to be had, given the context of working within coach Kliff Kingsbury's offense.
Isabella has a chance to earn an immediate role on offense, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are locked in for key roles, leaving Isabella to compete with a couple other rookies (Hakeem Butler, KeeSean Johnson) and a slew of veterans (Trent Sherfield, Kevin White, Damiere Byrd, Chad Williams) for the third and fourth spots at wide receiver. The No. 4 receiver doesn't get many snaps in a typical NFL offense, but it'll be a different story in Arizona if coach Kliff Kingsbury's pro version of the Air Raid is similar to what he used at Texas Tech -- a scheme heavy on four-wide sets. Given that Charles Clay, Ricky Seals-Jones and Maxx Williams are the top options at tight end, there won't be any pressure to keep one of them on the field at all times. Of course, it's no sure thing the fourth WR will be a better choice, as the position group is full of question marks behind Fitzgerald and Kirk. Isabella's combination of speed (4.31 40), college production (3,526 receiving yards) and second-round draft status makes him an early favorite for the No. 3 job.
The Cardinals selected Isabella in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 62nd overall.
Isabella will forever be linked to Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals traded to the Dolphins for the 62nd pick in this year's class. The Massachusetts product may be undersized at just under 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, but his resume speaks for itself. He had two 1,000-yard seasons during his time at Massachusetts, highlighted by a senior season that saw him rack up 102 catches for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. Isabella has remarkable quickness, as evidenced by his 4.31-second 40-yard dash that was among the fastest at this year's combine. He adds a downfield threat for Kyler Murray in the new-look Cardinal offense.
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