Arizona Cardinals RB Roles
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Last Update:   8/4/2022
RB Overview
Role Security: Very Low
James Conner should see the majority of early-down work, and he should reprise his role as the goal-line back. He’ll also be a factor on third downs after catching 37 passes last year. Darrell Williams was signed in late May, but he’s rushed for fewer than four yards per carry in his career. And aside from last year when he caught 47 passes, he had just 36 catches over his prior three years. Williams is likely to serve in a change-of-pace capacity. Eno Benjamin should compete for work as well, but after being selected in the seventh round of last year’s draft, he was disappointing in averaging 3.5 yards per carry on 34 carries. And this year's sixth-round pick, Keaontay Ingram has the size to take on an expanded role if he can overtake Benjamin.
WR Overview
With Christian Kirk and his 18.1% target share gone and top WR DeAndre Hopkins (19.3% target share) suspended for the first six games, there will be plenty of available targets to start the season. First in line is Marquise Brown, who saw 26% of the targets in Baltimore last year, and he should have similar involvement with the Cardinals. Last year, A.J. Green was third on the team with a 16.9% target share, and he should be heavily involved until Hopkins returns. Second year WR Rondale Moore was targeted 14.4% of the time, and he should see his role grow with the depth-chart changes.
TE Overview
Zach Ertz (21.3% target share) was used as a primary receiver for the Cardinals after his Week 7 acquisition. His targets were especially elevated when DeAndre Hopkins missed time down the stretch. This year, the team will be without former slot WR, Christian Kirk while Hopkins (suspension) will miss the first six games. Ertz should maintain a high target share. The team also selected Trey McBride in the second round of the draft. It’s likely the rookie does more blocking than receiving unless Ertz misses time.