NFC Notes: Cardinals, Lions, Seahawks



Like many rookie receivers, Cardinals WR Andy Isabella has had a slow start to his NFL career as he transitions from the college game to the professional game. That changed Thursday night, as Isabella flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick by the Cardinals in this past year’s draft by catching his lone target and racing 88 yards for a touchdown in Thursday night’s loss to the 49ers. However, that doesn’t guarantee Isabella significantly more playing time. 

“Not really,” Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said via Darren Urban of the official team website. “We know he has explosive capability. We want him to continue to learn, continue to get better. We have a plan for him, and he’s on pace for where we want him to be.”


  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the Lions inquired about a potential trade for Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny
  • According to Birkett, it sounds like Detroit was willing to part with a third-round pick for Penny, but Seattle wanted more. 


The Seahawks were elated when WR D.K. Metcalf fell to the end of the second round and they were able to pull off a trade to bring him to Seattle. Metcalf took another step toward dispelling the doubts about his NFL future and validating the Seahawks’ confidence in him when the rookie broke out for six catches, 123 yards and a touchdown in Seattle’s 40-34 overtime win Sunday against the Buccaneers. 

“He just continues to do things really well. People who doubted that he would be a good football player might wonder is that just lucky or whatever. He’s got the presence of mind.  He’s a real competitor. He’s the real deal,” Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said via the official team website. “We’ve been around enough young guys, we know what they’re like when they come through the process. He’s not typical. He’s atypical. He’s well ahead of the curve, in his smarts and awareness and savvy. You saw it. I’m glad you pointed it out. That’s the guy that we have on our team. He’s going to have a big year.”

  • According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seahawks WR Josh Gordon passed his physical and will start practicing this week with the goal of playing next Monday night against the 49ers. 
  • Carroll cautioned that Gordon still has to learn the offense and might not step into a major role right away: “We’re not going to hand him anything. He’s got to earn what he’s going to get.” (Brady Henderson)
  • Carroll said he’s “not concerned about that at all” regarding K Jason Myers‘ struggles this season, which continued Sunday with a missed extra point and two missed field goals, one of which was a potential game-winner at the end of regulation. (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll mentioned that Seahawks TE Luke Willson said “screw it, I’m playing,” in reaction to his rib injury and he could continue to play going forward. (John Boyle)
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