INDIANAPOLIS – He needs some blocking tight ends and he will make running back
The Cardinals’ head coach also thinks 34-year-old quarterback
Arians’ description of Ellington’s situation was the most intriguing Friday as Arians met the media
Arians said Ellington has been in the weight room and has already added 10 pounds to his 199-pound frame, something Ellington already said was an offseason priority.
“I’ve never been around a running back who stepped on the field and tried to do things he’s never done before and played wide receiver as good as he does,” Arians said. “He plays it as well as most of our starting wide receivers.
“He has a unique talent we want to look at and continue to build our offense around this year.”
FITZGERALD’S MOVEMENT AGE RELATED
Arians changed the role of wide receiver
A major factor in making the shift for Fitzgerald, Arians said, was the receiver’s age. Fitzgerald turned 30 in August.
“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians said. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”
THE IMPROVEMENT OF MICHAEL FLOYD
“I think Michael is starting to reach his potential,” Arians said. “He still needs to be more consistent each week. He played through injuries for the first time which is a huge step for a young player to play through injuries. A lot of times they just sit themselves down. He wanted to win, he wanted to help us win. I thought he made great strides. This year, can he do it again?”
RYAN WILLIAMS “HAS A CHANCE”
General Manager Steve Keim said Thursday he still had hopes that running back
“Ryan has a chance this year,” Arians said. “He went into training camp (last year) and missed the entire preseason. It’s very hard to become a player during the season when you miss the entire preseason. He did impressive things on the scout team. The big thing, he came to work every day. The consistency of showing up to work every day, that will be the big thing for him in training camp this year.”
Arians, however, stopped short of guaranteeing Williams will be on the team come September.
“There’s always a door number two,” Arians said. “If door number two is better when we look behind it, he could be gone. But he can play.”