Potential plans at RB for Cardinals this offseason

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The Arizona Cardinals still have a few glaring holes on the roster, though Steve Keim has said they will not panic in terms of filling out the roster. One of those holes is at running back.

There are many ways they can “not panic” to fill their need at running back, even with them saying that they think that Chase Edmonds can handle the load.

Here are a few ways that they can do that:


Sign a "bell-cow" veteran to a one-year contract

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Probably the one area where the Cardinals struggled last season was in short-yardage situations. There are a few veterans on the market that could just come in and help with those specific type of situations. There are a few still left on the open market that Arizona could sign to a veteran-minimum, one-year prove-it deal: Todd Gurley - He has the highest ceiling possibly of the backs left but doesn't seem to fit what Arizona would need, which is a complement to Chase Edmonds and someone who could excel on short-yardage situations. However, Gurley in Cardinal red would be fun to watch no? Le'Veon Bell - Arizona seems to be bringing in high character veterans, which one would question whether Bell is that. However, he could, like Gurley, easily find a role. Brian Hill - He is a bigger fifth-year back who had his best season with Atlanta last year (100 carries, 465 yards) and would seem to be a good complement to Edmonds. D'Onta Foreman - Why not grab another ex-Texan while they're at it?

Select a RB in the first or second round of the draft

Drafting a running back on Day 1 or 2 is a risky proposition, and would likely only happen if they trade back in Round 1. If they do so, then it's possible they could look at Najee Harris or Travis Etienne, the latter of which has said he thinks Arizona would be a great fit. In Round 2, there's been one name to watch, and that is North Carolina's Javonte Williams, whose running style seems to counter Edmonds to a tee: https://twitter.com/PFF_College/status/1375947920537702407

Grab a flier on Day 3 or as an undrafted free agent

This is without a doubt the easiest and least risky plan and maybe the smartest. This is a fairly deep class and therefore there could be a number of bargains available in Rounds 5-7 (should Arizona not pick up extra picks): Khalil Herbert, VT - It's a bit of an unfair statement to say he's a version of Javonte Williams but he does break a lot of tackles too, which would help the Cards at a cheaper price than Williams. Jaret Patterson, Buffalo - He had some great production last season, rushing for 1,072 yards and 19 touchdowns in only six games. He could be a similar pick to Evan Weaver on Day 3 last year. Jemar Jefferson, Oregon State - He is a big back that could find a role should he be able to find work on special teams. Demetric Felton, UCLA - Arizona (i.e. Steve Keim) loves versatility, and Felton, who lined up at wide receiver in the Senior Bowl, offers that in spades. Trey Sermon, Oklahoma - He had a great run at the end of the year but the injury history is a big concern. Chubba Hubbard, Oklahoma St. - He has a lot of wear and tear from being the bell cow as a Cowboy, but his speed/size combination would make for an intriguing fit. Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma - He is a bigger back (246 pounds) that again could carve out a role should he be able to add on special teams. Javian Hawkins, Louisville - They already met with Hawkins and he would seem to be an insurance policy should Chase Edmonds get injured. Listen to the latest from Cards Wire's Jess Root on his podcast, Rise Up, See Red. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Spotify. Latest show:

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