Arizona Cardinals Wiretap

David Johnson Adopts Plant-Based Diet

Aug 17, 2017 11:20 AM

David Johnson adopted a plant-based diet approximately a month ago after watching two food documentaries on Netflix.

Johnson and his wife watched "What the Health" and "Forks Over Knives." 

Johnson realized quickly as training camp began in late July that sticking with a strict plant-based diet caused him to lose more weight than he intended. He reported to training camp at 223 pounds, lighter than he had been in the past. Johnson is ranked as the No. 1 pick in fantasy football drafts by RealGM.

"It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be," Johnson said. "I thought it would definitely be hard just because, as Americans, we're taught to eat a whole bunch of meat. It's not even just eating meat, it's the portions. What I've learned is that we're taught eating like 24 ounces of steak is a manly thing, when really you're only supposed to eat 8 to 10 as a portion."

Johnson now eats about six small meals a day instead of the three or four he had when he wasn't following a plant-based diet. Between meals he snacks on nuts, mainly cashews.

"That's another way to get my calories," he said. "Some of that stuff also has protein in it."

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have converted to either a completely or partially plant-based diet.

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Larry Fitzgerald Remains Guarded On When He May Retire

Jul 23, 2017 5:04 PM

Larry Fitzgerald has dodged questions on whether he will retire from the NFL after the 2017 season. But Fitzgerald knows when he does retire, he will do so without tears.

"I feel good right now," Fitzgerald said. "When that changes, I'll let you know."

Fitzgerald enters 2017 third all-time in receptions.

"That's not how I am," he said. "I'm just one player out of 1,600 in the National Football League and it's a lot bigger than me. It's never going to be like that."

Fitzgerald said this summer he'll address his future once during training camp.

"The end is never really pretty for elite athletes," Fitzgerald said. "It never looks good for the most time. You watch Michael Jordan in a Washington Wizards uniform or see Tony Dorsett playing for the Denver Broncos or Shaquille O'Neal playing for the Boston Celtics. It's weird because you're used to seeing them play at their most dominant stage, or Willie Mays running around with bad knees 20 years in. It's not pretty but for me, I really want to be able to play and do things at a high level and be able to walk away and still be someone who can play at a high level."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Chris Johnson Re-Signs With Cardinals

Jul 20, 2017 8:13 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to sign Chris Johnson to a one-year deal.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a groin injury in Week 4 that required surgery. He wasn't chosen by coach Bruce Arians to return late in the season, and he finished with 95 rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries.

Johnson will be David Johnson's backup.


Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Overworked Arm Before Last Season

Jul 20, 2017 9:52 AM

Bruce Arians says Carson Palmer dealt with a fatigued throwing arm last season.

Palmer had an up-and-down 2016 campaign.

"He's one of the hardest working dudes I've ever been around, so we have to pull the reins back on him," Arians told The Rich Eisen Show. "Last year, he came in to September, he had already wore his arm out by overthrowing all summer. We found a nice regimen, [and by] November and December he was playing as good as he's ever played."

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Cardinals Could Address Tight End This Summer

Jul 17, 2017 7:58 AM

Bruce Arians is happy with the talent the Arizona Cardinals have at tight end, but durability may be an issue.

The Cardinals could still address the position this summer.

Gary Barnidge and former Cardinal Jim Dray are available on the free agent market.

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David Johnson Comfortable Getting 30 Touches Per Game

Jul 16, 2017 6:17 PM

David Johnson believes he can increase his workload this season with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bruce Arians said earlier in the offseason that he could envision Johnson getting 30 touches per game.

"I feel like there's room for me to definitely carry more," Johnson told SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio at the National Fantasy Football Convention on Sunday. "I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously, 30 touches per game.

"I feel like I definitely have the ability to do that just because I'm a young guy still in my first contract, feeling great -- knee's 100 percent, no problems -- and I'm ready to go."

Johnson ran for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns to go with 80 receptions for 879 yards in 2016.

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Tyrann Mathieu: I'm NFL's Best Defender When Healthy

Jul 14, 2017 8:09 AM

When healthy, Tyrann Mathieu believes he's the best defender in football.

The Arizona Cardinals safety has torn his ACL twice in the last four years.

"I'm feeling great, it will be a great year for us," Mathieu said. "Any time I'm healthy I feel like I'm the best defensive player in the NFL."

Mathieu's latest ACL injury was deemed a "clean" tear, so it's reasonable to believe he can make another run at top defensive honors now that he's feeling "great" again.

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Bruce Arians Hopes To Coach In 2018 If Healthy

Jul 14, 2017 7:59 AM

Bruce Arians wants to coach in 2018 as long as he remains healthy.

Arians is entering his fifth season with the Arizona Cardinals. He said he never wavered on coaching this coming season despite three medical issues in five months last year.

"We'll re-evaluate it at the end of next year, and hopefully we'll be ready for another one," Arians, 64, said.

Arians said he'd like to at least finish out his contract, which runs through 2018. His contract also includes a team option for the 2019 season.

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Bruce Arians Had Kidney Cancer During 2016 Season

Jul 11, 2017 4:13 PM

Bruce Arians has revealed that he was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer, during the 2016 season.

Arians writes in his new book that he received the diagnosis in December and decided to coach the rest of the season.

The Arizona Cardinals coach had surgery to remove the cancer in February and will be healthy enough to coach the team in 2017.

This is the third cancer diagnosis for Arians, who has previously had prostate cancer in 2007 and had cancerous cells scraped off his nose in 2013.

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David Johnson Wants To See Le'Veon Bell Get Paid

Jul 10, 2017 8:55 AM

Le'Veon Bell has one week left to sign a long-term deal before playing the season under the franchise tag with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I hope he gets the deal he deserves," David Johnson told the MMQB. "I hope it's going to be the type of deal that cornerbacks get and quarterbacks get."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

David Johnson Feels Pressure To Get Palmer, Fitzgerald A Ring
David Johnson feels an urgency to win a Super Bowl as soon as possible so Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald can get a ring.

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Bruce Arians: Byron Leftwich Has Future As Head Coach
Byron Leftwich only has a year of coaching under his belt, but Bruce Arians is already confident that he'll one day be a head coach in the NFL.

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Roger Goodell Denies Relationship With Robert Kraft Was Ever Strained
The tension between the Patriots and Roger Goodell was palpable during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy following New England's Super Bowl LI victory.

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Larry Fitzgerald Will Only Address Future During Camp
Larry Fitzgerald won't be answering questions about his future throughout the 2017 season.

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Blaine Gabbert Agrees To One-Year Deal With Cardinals
Blaine Gabbert opened last season as the starting quarterback for the 49ers, but ceded the job to Colin Kaepernick five weeks later.


Cardinals Interested In Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert would figure to occupy the third spot on the depth chart behind starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Cardinals Unafraid Of Overusing David Johnson
"He's still too young to overuse," Bruce Arians said of his running back.

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Cardinals Place Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag On Chandler Jones
The franchise tenders for linebackers will be about $15.3 million for the 2017 season.

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Cardinals To Use Franchise Tag On Chandler Jones
Chandler Jones had one of the best seasons of his career, recording 11 sacks and 66 quarterback pressures from his position as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.

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Carson Palmer Confirms He'll Play In 2017
Carson Palmer had been considering retirement this offseason.

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Cardinals Expect Carson Palmer To Play In 2017
Carson Palmer is 37 and has been non-committal so far about his plans for 2017.


Cardinals Interested In Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor
The Cardinals have an uncertain quarterback situation with Carson Palmer considering retirement.

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Larry Fitzgerald Will Return To Cardinals For 14th Season
Larry Fitzgerald has one year left on his contract.


Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald Continue To Consider Retirement
Larry Fitzgerald is due to make $11 million in 2017, while Carson Palmer is set to make $17.5 million in salary and bonuses.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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David Johnson Suffers Meniscus Damage
David Johnson entered Week 17 with 1,233 yards rushing and 841 yards receiving.

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Bruce Arians Says He'll Return To Cardinals In 2017
Bruce Arians plans to coach the Cardinals in 2017 despite a disappointing season and two health scares since training camp.

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Michael Floyd Had .217 BAC, Could Face Jail Time
When Michael Floyd was arrested in his vehicle on Dec. 12, he had a blood-alcohol level of .217, which could land him in jail.


Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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