NFC West Notes: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

After taking QB Kyler Murray first overall, the Cardinals heavily invested in weapons for their rookie passer, spending a second, fourth and sixth-round pick on WRs Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson respectively. A fractured hand and trip to injured reserve is why Butler hasn’t contributed this year, but neither Isabella nor Johnson have been able to consistently crack the lineup. Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said there’s no plan to ramp up their reps for the final two games and both know what they need to work on heading into next season. 

“Any time you have a rookie quarterback, a new offense and a new staff, you’re going to have some growing pains and go through some stuff,” Kingsbury said via Darren Urban of the team website. “I believe it’ll make (the rookie receivers) better going into the offseason. They know what they have to work on, and we’ll keep at it.”

Rams

Rams HC Sean McVay said the team is still trying to figure out TE Gerald Everett‘s involvement as he recovers from a knee injury.  

“We’re just kind of feeling it out… Part of that too, is as we complete the game plan and kind of figure out exactly what that looks like and what his involvement would be, if he is feeling good enough,” said McVay, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN

  • McVay said they anticipate K Greg Zuerlein playing Saturday but he will kick for the first time tomorrow and let them know if he can go. The Rams will have a contingency plan in place if he has to sit out. (Lindsay Thiry)
  • Lindsey Thiry of ESPN points out that Rams QB Jared Goff did not appear to be hindered by the right-thumb bruise that he sustained in Week 15 and was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. 
  • The Rams ruled out CB Troy Hill for Week 16. 

Seahawks

  • According to Pro Football Talk’s Curtis Crabtree, Seahawks DE Ezekiel Ansah was able to put in a full practice Wednesday, while DE Jadeveon Clowney did not participate. 
  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said yesterday the plan was for both to get in some work. 
  • Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he’s stayed in touch with WR Josh Gordon: “You hope that he can come back to us and play for us.” (Bob Condotta)
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