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Training Camp Cliff Notes: Week 3

Joe Bryant takes our comprehensive Footballguys Training Camp Updates and distills them down to the "Need To Know" level.

One of the best and most comprehensive features we do every year are our Footballguys Training Camp Updates. Every week in August, our Update Team covers every player that matters from every NFL team. It's incredible and frankly, probably worth the price of the Footballguys Insider PRO subscription just by itself. Each edition is almost 40 pages long.

While I encourage you to read every word of every week, I also understand Life Happens. And one of the more valuable services Footballguys can add is saving you time. For this article, I had the idea of taking the comprehensive Training Camp Update and distilling it down into 80 proof shots of the "Need To Know" material. Some teams will have more news than others. Because that's how it works in real life. Much of it will be from the Camp Updates, some of it will be my takes but all of it will hopefully be useful to you. And make sure to jump on our Insider PRO subscription to continue seeing this type of stuff all year long. And if this feature is helpful to you, shoot me an email at and let me know.

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Arizona Cardinals Depth Chart Footballguys Team Report

QB Carson Palmer was ineffective in limited snaps versus the Chargers. The veteran passer completed just 4-of-8 passes for 37 yards and an interception – good enough for a 23.4 passer rating. Backup Drew Stanton was worse. Nothing to see here.

It's been another week of superlative filled comments for RB David Johnson. Teammate Tyrann Mathieu compared him to Marshall Faulk, and GM Keim said that Johnson is “probably the best receiving back I've seen.” Johnson impresses in practice, but struggled (along with the entire first team offense) against the Chargers with four touches for eight yards. In spite of Johnson’s obvious talents, there continues to be debate among beat writers about Johnson’s role – will he be a workhorse? ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss expects Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington to be mixed into the backfield. Chris Johnson has consistently drawn plaudits, showing off as a blocker and receiver while remaining a quality runner. Bottom line is looks like David Johnson will get the lions share, but Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington aren't going away.

The "other" J. Brown, Jaron Brown, is the Cardinals' “best receiver right now” according to Bruce Arians. John Brown did return from his concussion though.

Tyrann Mathieu is off the PUP list.