|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 188 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 2 (62)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Isabella brought in one of three targets for six yards in the Cardinals' 20-7 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
Analysis: The rookie was limited to one grab for the second straight preseason game, and he finished the exhibition slate with just three catches on nine targets. Isabella is in no danger of losing out on a roster spot as a 2019 second-round pick, but he appears destined to bring up the rear on the receiver depth chart to open the regular season.
Isabella tallied one catch (on two targets) for eight yards during Saturday's preseason defeat at Minnesota.
Analysis: Isabella spent the later portion of training camp rehabbing a minor right knee issue, forcing him to miss the Cardinals' first exhibition. Since he was cleared to play, he recorded a 59-yard touchdown in preseason Week 2 but otherwise hauled in just one of five targets. In the aftermath of Saturday's game, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site called Isabella a "work in progress," which makes sense considering his missed practice time and lacking efficiency metrics (the TD aside). The recent signing of Michael Crabtree pushes Isabella down the depth chart further, meaning the rookie second-rounder likely will have to make his mark on a limited snap count to start the campaign.
Isabella was targeted four times, coming up with a 59-yard touchdown pass during Thursday's 33-26 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Isabella wasn't targeted until the fourth quarter, and even then he was unable to connect with quarterback Charles Kanoff on his first three targets. The fourth time was the charm as Kanoff launched a pass down field and Isabella separated from his defender to race in for a 59-yard touchdown. Isabella's speed is what got him drafted in the second round. While it might take him a bit of time to adjust from UMass' typical schedule to the NFL, Thursday showed that Isabella really only needs one play to make a difference in the game and stat sheet.
Isabella practiced Saturday with a sleeve over his right knee, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Isabella picked up a "minor" knee injury at the Cardinals' Aug. 1 practice, and while he returned to drills Tuesday, he ultimately was held out of Thursday's preseason victory against the Chargers. The precautionary measure ensured that the rookie second-rounder didn't take on any unnecessary stress on his road to recovery. Assuming he's able to suit up this Thursday versus the Raiders, it'll be interesting to see when and with whom he takes the field.
Isabella (knee) didn't suit up for Thursday's preseason win against the Chargers, but coach Kliff Kingsbury expects the rookie wide receiver to play in the Cardinals' second exhibition on Aug. 15 versus the Raiders, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: In the week preceding Thursday's game, Isabella was held out of all but Tuesday's practice with what Kingsbury described as a "minor" knee injury. The Cardinals' next session is Saturday, at which point Isabella can continue to get himself back to 100 percent. A 2019 second-round pick, Isabella may have been the favorite on paper to start alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk to start the campaign, but instead he's listed as a second-stringer on the team's first unofficial depth chart of training camp.
Isabella (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Now that he's back on the field, Isabella can resume his quest to cement a role in an Arizona passing attack that returns Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, a duo that combined for 112 catches last season.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Isabella (knee) likely will take part in practice this week, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports. However, Kingsbury was less confident about Isabella suiting up for Thursday's preseason game against the Chargers.
Analysis: The Cardinals are taking it easy with Isabella, who sustained a "minor" knee injury Thursday. He hasn't practiced in the interim, but that seems to be more of a precaution than anything. Once he returns to the field, he'll look to set aside the issue he's had with drops in the early stages of training camp, per Scott Bordow of The Athletic.
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