Slow Down, Hollywood Brown – And Other Notes

August 4, 2022

He Was Going How Fast?

Marquise Brown, as has been blasted all over social media, was arrested and charged with criminal speeding. He was reportedly clocked at 126 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. It’s unclear at this point whether the NFL or the Arizona Cardinals organization plan to enforce any additional penalties on him but considering that there’s no other criminal history on his background it’s possible he gets off with just the penalties from law enforcement.

This comes as Brown continues to deal with a nagging ankle tweak that has so far kept him on the PUP list in training camp. He was brought in to be a legitimate number one receiving threat for the Cardinals in the wake of DeAndre Hopkins’s six-game suspension for PED use, as well as to replace the departed Christian Kirk. Assuming there are no further penalties to be assessed to Brown, he still remains in a position to do that.

Maxx Williams Is Back

In other less silly news, Maxx Williams has been officially activated off the PUP list. He has been recovering from an ACL injury since first sustaining it in Week Five of last season. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals go about bringing him back into the fold at training camp. With Zach Ertz signing an extension in the offseason, it seems likely that there will be a good number of two tight end sets run by the offense this season.

Not to mention the drafting of Trey McBride. If there are a number of question marks remaining for the Cardinals at this point in training camp, hopefully the return of Williams will ensure that the TE position isn’t among them. And there should be enough depth between McBride and Ertz to allow Williams the time he needs to step back into the role he’s fully capable of being in. His reassertion will be worth watching in the days and weeks ahead.

Signing Marcell Ateman

The Cardinals signed former Raiders wide receiver Marcell Ateman this afternoon after the injury to Antoine Wesley in practice. Ateman has played in just 19 games in his three-year career, but the Cardinals hope he can hold down a WR spot further down their depth chart. Wesley underwent an MRI this afternoon in order to determine the full extent of his injury. But it stands to reason adding another WR just in case, particularly with the Marquis Brown situation.

Ateman is 6’4” just like Wesley, so it’s apparent the Cardinals want to keep that kind of frame available on the offense.

Extending D.J. Humphreys

You know we love having Smiling D.J. Humphreys back on a three-year contract extension. Last season’s Pro Bowl selection is always a welcome presence on an offensive line that has to be steadier in 2022, after being ranked in the middle of the pack in 2021. The return of Humphreys long term sets the stage for reliable veteran leadership as well as a charismatic figure in the locker room and the sidelines.

A Sleeper Breakout Candidate

There’s been some recent reporting on the potential breakout candidacy of Cardinals defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence. In two years with the team, he’s played in 20 games and started in eight of those. But the hype comes as a bit of a welcome surprise to a fanbase still wondering if it’s going to be possible to replace Chandler Jones. If Lawrence can prove able to breakout and have a big year at DT for the team, that could take a lot of the pressure off the outside edge rushers.

A Lawrence breakout would be incredible news for teammate Zach Allen, who’s looking for an opportunity to breakout himself. In tandem, these two young players could prove to be two defensive anchors for the team.

I know it’s the wish of Cardinals fans at the moment for training camp to just be over and done with, lest we risk further doom and gloom. We’ll get there, folks. Hang in there.