Andy Isabella

Andy Isabella

Wide Receiver #5
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 188 lb.
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (62)
Draft Team:ARZ

Andy Isabella: Does little as rookie

Isabella hauled in nine of 13 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown in 15 games during the 2019 season.

Analysis: A 2019 second-rounder, Isabella show off his game-breaking ability twice as a rookie, posting an 88-yard TD in Week 9 and a 55-yard grab Week 10. Those plays aside, he managed just 11 touches for 61 yards from scrimmage while returning five kickoffs for 105 yards. With a full offseason to develop chemistry with Kyler Murray, Isabella should have a chance to flash more often next season, especially with just two incumbent outside receivers (Trent Sherfield and Keesean Johnson) to contend with.

January 6, 2020 12:25 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Minimal usage yet again

Isabella logged 10 offensive snaps and one special teams play during Sunday's 27-13 win at Seattle.

Analysis: Isabella cannot make any headway in the Cardinals offense, going without a target for the first time since Week 8 and seventh time in 14 appearances as a rookie. Garnering a reasonable snap share has been difficult to come by, as he's surpassed 30 percent on offense just twice in 2019. With one game remaining on the slate, Isabella will aim to wrap the campaign on a high note.

December 24, 2019 7:02 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Gets two touches Week 15

Isabella lost one yard on his only carry and recorded a four-yard catch during Sunday's 38-24 victory versus the Browns.

Analysis: Limited by a shoulder injury in practice last week, Isabella still managed to receive his usual share of offensive snaps (25 percent). However, he's been unable to strike as he did in Weeks 9 and 10, when he had an 88-yard TD and 55-yard reception, respectively. Otherwise, Isabella has managed 71 yards from scrimmage on his 11 other touches. He'll look to end his rookie season on a high note, starting with a Week 16 matchup versus a Seahawks defense that has surrendered the seventh-most catches (184) to wide receivers through 14 games.

December 16, 2019 5:35 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Available Week 15

Isabella (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game versus the Browns, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Isabella boasts nice peripheral numbers (23.1 YPC and 15.4 YPT) on 12 targets to date in his career. Having said that, outside receivers in the Cardinals offense under coach Kliff Kingsbury have taken a back seat to Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. As a result, Isabella is a speculative dart, at best, against Cleveland's eighth-ranked pass defense (217.8 yards per game).

December 15, 2019 11:47 AM EST

Andy Isabella: Questionable for Cleveland matchup

Isabella (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Cleveland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The rookie wide receiver was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday. A Week 15 absence wouldn't have a huge impact on Arizona's gameplan, considering Isabella has maxed out at four targets (Week 11) and 26 offensive snaps (Week 10). In any case, he should be able to play.

December 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Limited again Thursday

Isabella (shoulder) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick continues to have a cap on his practice reps this week. Due to his lack of consistency on the season, he'll be difficult to roll with in the fantasy playoffs, assuming he's able to suit up Sunday versus the Browns.

December 12, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Limited by shoulder injury

Isabella (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The majority of Isabella's 8-185-1 line on 12 targets occurred on two plays: an 88-yard TD in Week 9 and a 55-yard catch in Week 10. With his health compromised, he's even more difficult to trust for production, especially with the Browns' eighth-ranked pass defense (217.8 yards per game) on tap Sunday.

December 11, 2019 3:10 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Tallies another reception

Isabella played 13 of 60 offensive snaps during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Steelers, parlaying them into one catch (on one target) for five yards.

Analysis: Isabella's share of the plays on offense has ranged from 22 to 37 percent over the last five games. However, after reeling in the first six targets of his career for 174 yards and one TD, his next six targets have gone for just 2-11-0. On a positive note, if he can shake free over the last three games of the season, the rookie's blazing speed could help him add to his pair of 40-plus yard grabs to date.

December 10, 2019 4:20 PM EST

Andy Isabella: No stats Sunday

Isabella was targeted once but didn't catch it during Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: After hauling in the first six targets of his career, Isabella has been quelled at every turn, recording one six-yard catch on his ensuing five targets. He still boasts a ridiculous 25.7 YPC and 16.4 YPT, fueled primarily by an 88-yard TD in Week 9 and a 55-yard connection with Kyler Murray one game later. Isabella's potential to blow up in any given contest is evident, but those deep shots haven't been hitting for the Cardinals over the past two games.

December 2, 2019 6:03 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Held to one catch Sunday

Isabella gathered in one of four targets for six yards during Sunday's 36-26 defeat at San Francisco.

Analysis: Prior to Sunday's performance, Isabella boasted a perfect catch rate on his six career targets, so it was only a matter of time before there was a blemish on his stat line. Still, he was unable to break free for a gain of 40-plus yards, as he had done in the Cardinals' previous two contests. With a bye week on tap, Isabella's next chance to do so arrives Sunday, Dec. 1 against the Rams.

November 18, 2019 5:52 PM EST

Andy Isabella: No offensive impact to speak of

Isabella tallied a special-teams tackle during Sunday's 34-33 win versus the Falcons.

Analysis: Getting 12 snaps on offense and 11 as a special teamer, Isabella again made little impact in the box score. After tallying three carries for 16 yards in the previous two contests, he didn't receive a touch Sunday, and his first target as a pro awaits. The Cardinals' receiving corps is getting healthier as well -- Damiere Byrd (hamstring) returned from a two-game absence, and Christian Kirk (ankle) may be back Week 7 against the Giants -- so healthy scratches potentially are in Isabella's future.

October 15, 2019 4:14 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Gets two carries Sunday

Isabella rushed twice for 11 yards during Sunday's 26-23 victory at Cincinnati.

Analysis: With Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) sidelined, Isabella got 13 percent of the offensive snaps for a second consecutive game. And for the second contest in a row, Isabella's only touches were carries. As a 2019 second-rounder, Isabella still is waiting for his first career target, which will be even more difficult to attain if one or both of Kirk and Byrd return Sunday against the Falcons.

October 7, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Andy Isabella: To get work on the outside

Isabella is expected to serve as an outside receiver with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) trending toward inactive status Sunday at Cincinnati, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Since he was drafted in the second round of the draft back in April, Isabella has spent most of his time in the slot, but injuries are forcing the Cardinals' coaching staff to alter the roles of the remaining wide receivers. Along with Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson, Isabella will get work on the outside. Meanwhile, Larry Fitzgerald and recent signee Pharoh Cooper will handle routes out of the slot. Isabella displayed explosiveness at the combine, namely a 4.31 mark in the 40-yard dash, so even if targets are hard to come by Sunday, just one could be enough for the rookie to make an impact.

October 2, 2019 4:23 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Records first career touch

Isabella had one carry for five yards but wasn't targeted during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: In the midst of getting his first career touch, Isabella played seven additional snaps on offense and made a tackle on punt coverage. His increased role was made possible by the Cardinals deactivating Damiere Byrd (hamstring), but despite the team's propensity to use three and four wide receivers on most plays, Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson got most of the work. That said, Kirk picked up an ankle injury that could result in an absence, so Isabella may soon have the opportunity he needs to make an impact on game day.

October 1, 2019 11:52 AM EST

Andy Isabella: Moving up depth chart

Isabella will be the No. 5 wide receiver Sunday against the Seahawks with Damiere Byrd (hamstring) out of commission, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Byrd has served as one of the Cardinals' three starting wide receivers this season, so his absence opens the door for KeeSean Johnson, Trent Sherfield and Isabella to earn more work. Johnson has had a consistent role in four-wide sets this season, while Sherfield mostly has been contained to special teams but also happens to be Byrd's direct backup on the depth chart. Finally, Isabella received the first offensive snap of his career this past Sunday. Considering the breakdown of roles so far, Johnson and Sherfield seem the best bets to profit in Byrd's absence, with Isabella in reserve in the event of another injury.

September 27, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Makes pro debut Week 3

Isabella returned one kickoff for 19 yards during Sunday's 38-20 defeat to the Panthers.

Analysis: In his pro debut, Isabella served primarily as the Cardinals' kick returner but took out just one of seven booted to him by Carolina's Joey Slye. Isabella also played his initial snap on offense. With the release of Michael Crabtree on Monday, Isabella has moved up to sixth on the wide receiver depth chart. Having said that, Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Damiere Byrd get most of the offensive snaps, KeeSean Johnson is a distant fourth, and Trent Sherfield is a gunner, so Isabella doesn't have a clear path to the first targets of his career.

September 23, 2019 6:34 PM EST

Andy Isabella: Returns to active status

Isabella is listed as active Sunday versus the Panthers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Isabella played exclusively special teams Week 1 before sitting out entirely last Sunday at Baltimore. Because the Cardinals are keeping seven wide receivers active this weekend, he's likely in line to serve as the team's kick returner, barring injuries to those above him on the depth chart.

September 22, 2019 11:43 AM EST

Andy Isabella: Healthy scratch Week 2

Isabella (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday in Baltimore, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Isabella made waves during the offseason program, but a knee injury suffered early in training camp appears to have put him behind the eight ball, resulting in just special teams work in the season opener and a healthy scratch Week 2. With Michael Crabtree set to make his Cardinals debut Sunday, Isabella may need an injury and/or a downturn in play from another wide receiver in this corps to see the field on game day.

September 15, 2019 8:48 AM EST

Andy Isabella: Limited to special teams work

Isabella played seven snaps -- all on special teams -- Sunday in Arizona's 27-27 tie with Detroit.

Analysis: Heading into Week 1, the second-round rookie out of Massachusetts looked like he might be on track for a minimal role after being listed at the bottom of the depth chart at receiver, so his lack of usage on offense doesn't come as a major surprise. Isabella instead provided his main impact in the return game, bringing back four kickoffs for 86 yards. According to Scott Bordow of The Athletic, coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game that he expects veteran Michael Crabtree to dress in the Week 2 matchup with Baltimore after being a healthy scratch for the opener, which makes it even less likely that Isabella cracks the receiver rotation in the near future.

September 10, 2019 10:53 AM EST

Andy Isabella: Set for specialized role

Isabella will not begin the season as the No. 3 wide receiver in Arizona, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Isabella appears primed to begin his NFL career as part of a rotation behind starting receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. The rookie second-round pick will share work with Michael Crabtree, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson. The Cardinals appear to view Isabella as more of a developmental project than a player being counted upon to make an immediate impact.

September 4, 2019 10:21 AM EST

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