News: The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they signed free agent QB Brodie Croyle to an undisclosed contract. To make room for him on the roster, the team waived-injured second-year QB Max Hall (shoulder). The BYU product will be placed on the injured reserve should he clear waivers.
Analysis: Hall had a tough rookie campaign, playing in six games and starting three on the way to a 35.7 QB rating. He completed 39 of 78 passes for 370 yards and one touchdown against six interceptions. Hall then injured his shoulder somewhat severely as he did last season, so the team let him go. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on where he ends up, thoguh the injury may keep him out for all of 2011. Hall is not worth a pick in any format on Draft Day.
News: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Tuesday that QB Max Hall injured his left shoulder the same way he did at the end of the 2010 season and is getting checked out to find out the "ramifications."
Analysis: Hall started a few games as a rookie in 2010, but he didn't perform well and is merely vying for a backup job with Arizona. Whether or not this injury turns out to be minor, there is no need to bother with Hall in Fantasy.
News: The Arizona Republic reports that in six games and three starts in 2010, Cardinals QB Max Hall did nothing to solidify his spot on the roster. He joins returning quarterbacks John Skelton and Rich Bartel, and the team is expected to add another through free agency or trade. The Cardinals won't keep four, so Hall will need a productive preseason to make the 53-man roster or practice squad. "I'm going to be ready to go, mentally, physically," Hall said. "I'm going to put on a little bit more weight, so maybe I can absorb some of those hits a little better." Hall would like to gain about 10 pounds, up to 215 or so. Last year, he suffered a concussion and a dislocated left shoulder. He is confident he will be more comfortable in his second season. "I'll be successful in training camp," he said. "I'm way more comfortable with the system. I'm not just flying around out there, trying to figure out what's going on, trying to find somebody with the same color jersey. I'm going to know how to look at a defense, make reads and get the ball out. That's what I did in college; there's no reason I can't do that here."
Analysis: Depending on who the Cardinals add to the roster, Hall could compete for a backup job. But even if he is No. 2 on the depth chart he would have minimal Fantasy value. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
News: The Cardinals placed QB Max Hall on IR Tuesday with a shoulder injury sustained in Week 13. Hall was still upbeat after the bad news. "They might have to amputate, but I'll get by," he said.
Analysis: Hall did not look sharp in the handful of plays he saw on Sunday, and was quickly knocked out with a shoulder injury. Feel free to drop Hall in the minimal leagues he was owned in while healthy.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall has been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and expects to miss a few weeks. Hall, who entered the game in the third quarter in place of Derek Anderson, was hurt when he fumbled and recovered the ball. He was taken immediately to the locker room and did not return to the contest. He finished 1 for 3 for 10 yards and an interception.
Analysis: Hall did not look sharp in the handful of plays he saw on Sunday, and was quickly knocked out with a shoulder injury. It appears he will miss at least a few weeks and with only four games remaining in the season, he could conceivably be out for the rest of the year. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor his status moving forward to see when or if he will be able to return to action. However, Hall has minimal Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall left Week 13 against the Rams with an apparent shoulder injury. Hall entered the game in the third quarter to replace a struggling Derek Anderson, but suffered a shoulder injury at the end of the third quarter. He finished 1 for 3 for 10 yards with an interception and has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest.
Analysis: Hall did not look sharp in the handful of plays he saw on Sunday, and was quickly knocked out with a shoulder injury. The undrafted rookie out of BYU started three games earlier in the season but struggled mighty in those contests as well. Fantasy owners should continue to check back for more details on Hall's injury as they become available. He has minimal Fantasy appeal, when healthy.
News: Arizona QB Max Hall replaced Derek Anderson in Week 13 against the Rams. Hall came on in the late in the third quarter and was picked off on his second pass attempt of the game.
Analysis: This has been brewing for weeks as Anderson has really struggled over his past few games. The undrafted rookie out of BYU started three games earlier in the season, but struggled mighty. Check back after the game to see how Hall fares in Week 13.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall will back up Derek Anderson in Week 9 at Minnesota, the team announced Wednesday. Hall talked about what coach Ken Whisenhunt told him following his demotion to backup. "He said, 'We haven't lost any confidence in you. Keep at it. Keep working because we may need you again," Hall said. "The coaches just had to evaluate the situation and make a decision. I'm disappointed in myself for not taking advantage of the opportunity, but I'm going to support the decision."
Analysis: The QB situation in Arizona is a royal mess right now, and Hall might well get his starting job back at some point this season, who knows? The undrafted rookie out of BYU hasn't excelled in his first pro season by any means, and Fantasy owners might just want to cut their losses and put him back on the waiver wire at this point.
News: Arizona rookie QB Max Hall started Week 8 and was doing OK for the Cardinals. He went for Fitzgerald deep on the team's second position, but barely overthrew his No. 1 target. He targeted Fitz four times on the drive, catching one pass for 17 yards and then a 3-yard touchdown pass from Hall, his first career NFL touchdown toss. Fitzgerald held onto to the ball to give it to his young quarterback. It was the team's first rushing or passing touchdown with Hall under center -- it took 26 possessions for that to happen. Hall followed up his scoring drive with an interception that was returned 41 yards for a score by Geno Hayes. Hall got popped by DB Sean Jones of Tampa Bay as he threw the ball. Things didn't get any better for Hall as he was pulled in favor of veteran Derek Anderson. Hall wasn't injured, as it was reported it was a coach's decision to bench him. Hall was 8 of 16 for 71 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Analysis: Hall and Arizona face Minnesota in Week 9. Fantasy owners should monitor this ongoing quarterback situation in Arizona as the week progresses. Whisenhunt wouldn't say who is starting quarterback would be on Sunday at Minnesota. "I'm not going to have any decisions on that right now," he said. "The one thing I'll tell you is we're not getting what we need out of the quarterback position." He's struggled as a rookie, but that is normal. He is a risky start for Fantasy owners, when he is under center.
News: Arizona QB Max Hall was active for the Cardinals' Week 8 game against the Buccaneers. Hall has played poorly in his first NFL starts, and will likely be on a short leash by Ken Whisenhunt. The rookie will be on a limited playbook, which means they could rely heavily on the run.
Analysis: Hall has a tough matchup against the Bucs secondary, which doesn't make him an attractive Fantasy option. Toss in his struggles and the fact he's a rookie, and that is not a recipe for success. He is a risky start and should be monitored in all formats, as the Cards could turn to veteran Derek Anderson.
News: Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said simplifying the offense for QB Max Hall this week means limiting the number of plays he has to call. "It's more about him being comfortable so the reads are second nature," Whisenhunt said. Hall practiced in full on Thursday and said he was "good to roll" after Wednesday's practice. The rookie out of BYU has a Tampa Bay defense coming to town in Week 8 -- one of the better pass defenses in the NFL. The Buccaneers are allowing less than 200 passing yards per contest. Hall completed 4 of 16 passes for 36 yards against the Seahawks in Week 7, and Seattle's pass defense is statistically worse than Tampa Bay's. "There's just a lot of things that I need to get better at, but even the great ones get knocked down once in a while. It's how you respond. Hopefully I'll respond good and play well this Sunday," Hall said on Wednesday.
Analysis: Hall and the Cardinals could have their hands full in Week 8 with the Bucs. He does have one of the best receivers in the game in Larry Fitzgerald, but with all the quarterbacks issues in Arizona has hurt his Fantasy value. Being a rookie on a team with a lot of question marks, makes Hall an extremely risky start in any Fantasy league. He is not a recommended start in any format for Week 8.
News: Three days after what he said was the first concussion of his football career, Max Hall practiced on Wednesday and said he was anxious to prove he is a far better quarterback than he showed on a dismal wet afternoon in Seattle. Hall said he's "good to roll" for Week 8 against Tampa Bay, but coach Ken Whisenhunt was more cautious, saying he would have to see how the rookie does through the week before being more definitive. Meanwhile, Whisenhunt said backup Derek Anderson would get some extra reps with the first unit in case Hall can't go against the Buccaneers .Hall, who was not drafted after three years as the starter at BYU, completed 4 of 16 passes for 36 yards against the Seahawks last Sunday. He was intercepted once and fumbled the ball away on the blindside third-quarter sack that knocked him out of the game. "It was everything from having the ball slip out of my hands to making bad reads to not seeing a blitzer or whatever," Hall said. "There's just a lot of things that I need to get better at, but even the great ones get knocked down once in a while. It's how you respond. Hopefully I'll respond good and play well this Sunday."
Analysis: Arizona coaches are paring back the playbook this week in the hopes that they can see more of the Hall that they saw in the preseason, when he was consistently effective, although it was against the opponents' reserves. Hall likes the idea. "I think we're going to kind of simplify things a little bit, eliminate some of the thinking so that I can just go play instead of thinking about it too much," he said. "The game plan that we've installed so far this week is really good. I really like it. I feel comfortable with it." Hall, who has yet to throw for an NFL touchdown, has completed 30 of 59 for 289 yards with three interceptions for a quarterback rating of 43.7. Hall still has a lot of growing pains ahead, so he is not a recommended Fantasy option for Week 8, healthy or not.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall, who sustained a head injury in Week 7 against the Seahawks, passed his concussion tests on Tuesday and has been cleared to practice with the team on Wednesday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has reaffirmed Hall will be the starter when healthy and he might be available Week 8 against the Bucs.
Analysis: Since Derek Anderson has struggled to take over for the retired Kurt Warner, the Cardinals seem to have nothing to lose by keeping Hall under center. They can get a good gauge of whether or not Hall has a future in the NFL. It's just that his first few games under center haven't been impressive, so Fantasy owners should probably look to other alternatives before settling on Hall in Week 8.
News: QB Max Hall will undergo baseline NFL testing procedures after sustaining a concussion Sunday. If he passes the tests and is cleared to play, he will start against Tampa Bay, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Derek Anderson would start in his absence. Hall finished the game against the Seahawks 4 of 16 passing for 35 yards with an interception. "We can't make too much of what happened yesterday," Whisenhunt said. "He's a rookie quarterback. We can't lose sight of that. You know that you're going to have some things that you have to go through the first time. This is his first start on the road in a tough environment and it didn't go very well. But what I've seen of Max he'll bounce back and he'll improve."
Analysis: Hall has struggled in his two starts and has yet to throw a touchdown pass on the season. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor what happens with Hall heading into Week 8 against Tampa Bay. If he's able to start as expected he would be considered a No. 2 Fantasy QB at best. Hall should not be started in the majority of leagues.
News: Cardinals rookie QB Max Hall left Week 7 against Seattle in the third quarter with a head injury after he "getting dinged," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We couldn't take the risk of him playing from that point," Whisenhunt said. Hall appeared to be rattled by Chris Clemons' blindside sack early in the third quarter. Clemons hit Hall in the back and Hall fumbled at the Arizona 11. He was watched closely on the sideline by trainers and was replaced by Derek Anderson on Arizona's next possession. "I'll be all right," Hall said. He was struggling before leaving the game. Making the first road start of his career, Hall was 4 of 16 for 35 yards with an interception and finished with a passer rating of 13.5.
Analysis: Anderson led Arizona on a touchdown drive after entering, but Whisenhunt said he would be moving forward with Hall as the Cardinals quarterback as long as he's healthy. "This is a tough environment to play in. Give him credit, we knew with a rookie quarterback that's part of the progression, that's part of what you have to live with," Whisenhunt said. "I don't have any doubt that Max will bounce back from this and play well. Like I said we will look and what we are doing we'll tailor it a little more maybe cut somethings down and I think we'll be just fine." Hall has not done anything special as a starter this season but retains minimal Fantasy value as long as he is the No. 1 in Arizona. Fantasy owners should monitor his status leading up to Week 8 against the Buccaneers.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall did not have his best performance in Week 7 against the Seahawks and was pulled for Derek Anderson after taking a blow to the head in the third quarter. He was sacked by Chris Clemons and lost a fumble on the first drive of the second half, which was when the injury occurred. Hall, who took the starting job from Anderson a few weeks ago, completed 4 of 16 passes for 36 yards and an interception before being forced from the game.
Analysis: After leading Arizona to a surprising win over the Saints in his first career start, Hall took a step back in Week 7. He was errant on many of his passes and had a hard time dealing with the loud Seattle crowd before leaving the game. He took a big blow to the head in his last start and, although the hit on Sunday did not appear to be too serious, the Cardinals will likely be cautious with their young quarterback going forward. Hall has not done anything special as a starter this season but retains minimal Fantasy value as long as he is the No. 1 in Arizona. Fantasy owners should monitor his status leading up to Week 8 against the Buccaneers.
News: Cardinals rookie QB Max Hall won his first career start two weeks ago and will face off against a Seahawks defense in Week 7 that has not fared particularly well against the pass this season. Seattle ranks last in the league in terms of passing yards, giving up an average of 290.8 yards per game. Along with giving up close to 300 yards per game, the Seahawks are giving up an average of 17.60 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Analysis: Hall has yet to thrown for touchdown this season but has completed over 60 percent of his passes and made strides in his first start. He and WR Larry Fitzgerald hooked up on some big plays in Week 5 and Hall seemed to get into a groove as the game went on. The Seahawks have been playing better of late and rank second in NFL in rush defense so it will be up to the undrafted rookie to get the Cardinals offense going in Week 7. He is heading in the right direction but Hall should be considered a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB for Sunday's game against Seattle.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall made the first start of his career in Week 5 against the Saints. He started the contest with an interception to DB Jabari Greer on his second pass attempt of the game but was able to settle down after that. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 168 yards in the 30-20 win. The undrafted rookie got the wind knocked out of him near the end of the first half and Derek Anderson was called upon to lead Arizona on the last drive before halftime. Hall took several brutal hits in the first half but came back in the second half to help lead his team to victory. He fumbled twice in the game but one was scooped up by tackle Levi Brown for a touchdown and guard Alan Faneca pounced on the other for a 10-yard gain. "We didn't run the ball as we have been today and that's because they tried to stop the run and make us beat them throwing the football," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "I'm not scared to do that with Max. We're going to be able to expand on our offense, do more things, as Max gets more comfortable with it, which is going to make it harder to defend us. So I see us evolving. I think today was just the tip of the iceburg."
Analysis: Hall was visibly nervous in Week 5 but started to get in a groove after completing a couple passes to his big-play WR Larry Fitzgerald. He made a few mistakes that could have been costly but otherwise made good decisions in his first career start. He did not force too many balls in tight spots and threw the ball away when appropriate. He completed many short passes but seemed to have gained the respect of his teammates by the time the final whistle had blown. "I need to fix my mistakes," he said, "but I think those guys trust me and I think when they look at me they know we have a chance to win." Hall will have a bye week coming up to work out the kinks but could be a serviceable Fantasy QB by the end of the year. For Week 7 against the Seahawks though, Hall will be a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall, who did not play in the final series of the first half, returned to his starting role after halftime in Week 5 against the Saints. He took a huge hit while scrambling around in the second quarter, fumbling the ball in the process. Luckily his linemen Levi Brown scooped up the ball and scored a touchdown but Hall did not come back out on the field when Arizona got the ball back with less than two minutes to play in the half. He was replaced by Derek Anderson. Hall completed 8 of 15 passes for 92 yards and an interception in the first half.
Analysis: Hall appeared to just have the wind knocked out of him so he should be good to go for the rest of the game. After some early jitters, the undrafted rookie out of BYU appeared to get in a groove and can hopefully continue it into the second half. He should remain the starter over Anderson as long as he doesn't not make huge mistakes but remains just a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Cardinals QB Max Hall left Week 5 against the Saints in the second quarter with an undisclosed injury. The undrafted rookie appeared to injure his knee on a sack but was able to come back on the field after a Paris Lenon interception. He took over inside the Saints 5-yard line and took a huge hit while scrambling around, fumbling the ball in the process. Luckily his linemen Levi Brown scooped up the ball and scored a touchdown but Hall did not come back out on the field when Arizona got the ball back with less than two minutes to play in the half. He was replaced by Derek Anderson after completing 8 of 15 passes for 92 yards and an interception.
Analysis: Hall took a big hit and lost in helmet on the play in which Brown scored and had to be helped off the field by trainers and teammates. He appeared to be shaken up on the sidelines and did not play on the final series of the half. It is not yet known if he will return to the game so Fantasy owners should check back for his status. Hall appeared to be getting into a rhythm before being forced from the game but remains just a low-end Fantasy option.
News: The Cardinals will start rookie QB Max Hall in Week 5 against the Saints. "We were missing something on offense," said coach Ken Whisenhunt. "We just weren't making enough plays. This is an opportunity to see if we can do that." Hall will face the Saints defense in Week 5, a unit that is stingy against the pass allowing less than 200 yards per game. However, starting CB Tracy Porter will not play because of knee surgery.
Analysis: Hall only went 8 for 14 for 82 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and a fumble in Week 4 after replacing Derek Anderson. Hall, an undrafted rookie out of BYU, showed some good potential this preseason, but will have to show something in the regular season if he's going to gain Fantasy value and hold on to this job. For now, Hall should only be worried about in very deep Fantasy formats as an unproven talent for the most part.
News: Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt could be on the brink of casting his struggling team's fate into the hands of undrafted rookie quarterback Max Hall. Whisenhunt, speaking less than 24 hours after the Cardinals' 41-10 loss at San Diego, would not name Hall the starter for next Sunday's game against Super Bowl champion New Orleans. But the coach's decision to put Hall in the game in the second quarter against the Chargers could signal he has seen enough of the erratic Derek Anderson. Whisenhunt still was able to joke a bit on Monday. Asked if he had made a decision about quarterback, the coach said, "I think we're going to go without one this week."
Analysis: Hall only went 8 for 14 for 82 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and a fumble in the Week 4 game after replacing Anderson. It isn't like he was awesome against the Chargers. Even if he starts Week 5, Hall is going to be just a low-end Fantasy option against the Saints.
News: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday he hasnt decided whether Derek Anderson or Max Hall will start at QB vs. the Saints in Week 5, but it appears likely hell decide in the next couple of days. I really dont think New Orleans is scared with who we play there, Whisenhunt said. "Im not trying to (decide) from a strategic standpoint. I'm trying to do it out of fairness to everybody involved and what's best for our team. Whisenhunt was able to find humor in his QB controversy. "I think we're going to go without one this week," he joked. "I think we're going to go with all Wildcat." Anderson started the game in Week 4 against San Diego but was benched for Hall. Anderson finished the day completing 7 of 14 passes for 64 yards and the two picks in just under a half. Hall, meanwhile, completed 8 of 14 passes for 82 yards and zero touchdowns. He was sacked six times and lost a fumble in relief.
Analysis: We still expect Anderson to start for the Cardinals, but continue to monitor what develops. Hall has value for the future, but we'd be shocked if he produces much Fantasy value in 2010. He's not worth adding in the majority of leagues unless he's named the starter for the rest of the year. If he does start in Week 5 against the Saints he would only be a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option.
News: Cardinals Undrafted rookie QB Max Hall replaced starting QB Derek Anderson in the second quarter of the Week 4 loss to the Chargers. Hall completed eight of 14 passes for 82 yards and zero touchdowns. He was sacked six times, and lost a fumble in relief. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has not yet made he decision on his starting QB for Week 5 against New Orleans. "I don't want to make a judgment based on what I think happened today because there's not a lot of things that I think were very good," Whisenhunt said.
Analysis: Hall did not have much help after being thrown into the game after Derek Anderson threw two interceptions. He was constantly rushed and never looked comfortable in the pocket during the 41-10 loss. In Week 5, the Cardinals host the Saints, who held fellow rookie QB Jimmy Clausen to 146 yards passing and one touchdown in Week 4. Continue to ignore Hall in Fantasy until a decision is made on the starting QB job in Arizona.
News: Undrafted rookie QB Max Hall has replaced QB Derek Anderson in the first half of the Week 4 game at San Diego. Anderson threw two first-half interceptions, one of which was returned for a 31-yard touchdown by LB Shaun Phillips. Hall made his NFL debut in the Week 2 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Hall threw an interception in his first game as a part of a blowout loss to Atlanta. He enters the game against the Chargers down 28-7 in the second quarter.
News: Seeing some reps late in the fourth quarter in a blowout loss at Atlanta in Week 2, Max Hall completed 1 of 2 passes for 3 yards with the other pass an interception. He came on in place of Derek Anderson in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Not a good outing for Hall, though getting some NFL experience can't be considered a bad thing. He should remain stashed only in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues.
News: Coach Ken Whisenhunt said undrafted rookie free agent Max Hall will be the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Derek Anderson, and rookie John Skelton will be No. 3. The Cards don't anticipate signing a veteran backup following their release of Matt Leinart. "Max has played consistently well throughout the preseason and practice," Whisenhunt said. "I understand the dynamic with regular-season defenses and regular-season games is completely different, but I'm as comfortable as I can be with a rookie as our backup quarterback."
Analysis: If anything happens to Derek Anderson this season, Hall would be the guy to take his place. Just something to keep in mind as you move toward the start of the regular season.
News: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says he has told rookie quarterbacks Max Hall and John Skelton they have made Arizona's 53-man roster. The fate of Matt Leinart remained uncertain, however. Whisenhunt says he met with the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner on Friday and told him the team was not yet prepared to take any action regarding him.
Analysis: Hall completed 16 of 27 passes for 285 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the preseason. He could move up the depth chart if Arizona cuts or trades Leinart, but Hall is still expected to be a backup to Derek Anderson. Hall is only worth drafting in long-term Fantasy keeper formats.
News: Arizona QB Max Hall is going to have to battle just to become the team's No. 3 quarterback. On Monday night against Tennessee, he looked like the Cardinals' best option. Hall, the third QB in the game behind Derek Anderson and starter Matt Leinart, went 7 of 15 for 101 yards. He threw an interception but also completed the Cardinals' only touchdown pass. The Cardinals only scored one touchdown in the game and it came on a 22-yard pass from Hall to Max Komar in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: The Cardinals were going to try to hide Hall by not playing him in the preseason, in hopes he could play on the practice squad. After his outing on Monday night, another team might claim him if he doesn't win the No. 3 job in Arizona. Currently, Hall sits behind rookie John Skelton, who did not play on Monday, on the depth chart. Hall obviously has no Fantasy value at this time.