With July here and training camp scheduled to start soon, azcardinals.com will take a look at the Cardinals' individual position groups during this quiet time in the NFL and give our opinions about where the groups stand prior to camp. Today, wide receiver.
Hopkins, Green and Kirk are the projected starters. Moore, the team's second-round pick, is also expected to get a good chunk of immediate playing time. It will be interesting to see how much four-wide personnel Kliff Kingsbury decides to use in 2021. He pulled back from it after the first few games of his coaching debut in 2019 but has a more talented quartet at the position than at any time in the past two years.
As a former second-round pick, Isabella has the inside track as the fifth receiver, although his first two years in the NFL have been underwhelming. The Cardinals have usually kept six receivers on the roster under Kingsbury, so Isabella and Johnson would be the natural pair to fill those slots. However, neither is a special teams ace like former wideout Trent Sherfield, which could affect the decision-making calculus. Ward and Richardson could be options with good training camps after spending last season on the practice squad. Gafford, Baccellia, Whitney and Wesley are aiming to get in the conversation.
UPGRADE ODDS: Low
Well, if Larry Fitzgerald decides to return, that would indeed represent an upgrade, but retirement seems to be the favorite at this point. Outside of that, it's doubtful there is a notable signing. The Cardinals added Green and Moore in the offseason to shore up the position, while Hopkins and Kirk are proven commodities. The passing game needs to improve in 2021 for the offense to take a step forward, and this is the group that will either make that happen or see it fall short. Only a significant injury would open the door for another main cog.
Images of the Cardinals wideouts heading into training camp.