Cardinals fired up about Andy Isabella’s speed

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New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury seems excitable in general.

But adding a player with the speed of second-round wideout Andy Isabella seems to be particularly energizing for him.

The Cardinals’ behind-the-scenes draft footage showed a visibly pumped Kingsbury after they drafted the UMass receiver 62nd overall. The 5-foot-9 Isabella led the nation in receiving yards (1,698) last year, and caught everyone’s eyes when he ran a 4.31-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. But he’s used to being doubted, so he was grateful that Kingsbury was so delighted to add him.

“I never watched it, but a lot of people were telling me about it and it’s cool that they believe in me,” Isabella said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “It’s kind of a different scenario now. Usually, no one believes in me and I’m trying to fight my way into a spot, so it looks like they believe in me a lot and hopefully I can prove them right.”

Asked if it was as happy as he was about any draft pick, Kingsbury admitted that using the first spot on quarterback Kyler Murray was moving as well.

“Well, I was pretty excited about the first one, too,” he said. “I get excited about all of them. It was my first time doing it, so I got antsy and I was walking around and standing up. But, just when you know you’re getting high character, his quality, hardworking people in your organization, that goes a long way. We were excited about all of our picks.”

Kingsbury has mentioned the possibility of using five-wide sets, and putting a player with Isabella’s speed inside when you have players like Larry Fitzgerald outside could create some interesting matchups.

12 responses to “Cardinals fired up about Andy Isabella’s speed

  1. Kingsbury has mentioned the possibility of using five-wide sets, and putting a player with Isabella’s speed inside when you have players like Larry Fitzgerald outside could create some interesting matchups.
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    The Patriots are as spread and you can get. Especially in TB12’s early days when he would spread 5 wide often. One thing that has always griped me is the inside out side why people talk about formations. You can have more than one guy inside. The Pats often stack 3 guys on the inside in bunch trips formation. A stacked Edelman ran so many routes in Gronks wake. It was about impossible to cover them both. Or even better was when Hernandez, And Gronk would run in Wes Welker wake. The only thing they had to worry about was side stepping the broken ankles left by the defenders.

  2. There will be haters on this kid, but i love him as a slot prospect. He is strong, runs good routes, and the speed is LEGIT.

    He can fly… hes lefit Track fast ( He ran a 10.5 100m in High School) and it clealry translates to football.

    He absolutly Torched upper end competition when he played them in college.

  3. I dont know why Andy Reid didn’t target this guy over Hardman. Isabella had almost 4x the production in ’18 and is just as fast.

    Cardinals offense should be interesting with Isabella and Christian Kirk.

  4. The Cards have had speedsters before, but what’s going to be more important is if he can run and catch without dropping balls, which has been an issue with this player, and has been an ongoing issue for the Cardinals. I really like this guy and just hope that this coaching staff can help him with his technique, bc, unless they can do away with the drops, speed isn’t going to matter.
    The kid has raw talent but the Cardinals are one of the worst teams in the league for player development.

  5. He looks like the team accountant but he balls and you can’t measure heart

  6. Rarely do you find speedsters with elite 4.31 speed as well rounded as Isabella. He’s got great hands and is a polished route runner, you pair his route running with his natural speed and his play speed on the field is unbelievable. Once him and Kyler Murray get on the same page and get their timing down, Isabella could put up monsterous numbers over the next few seasons.

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