Robert Hughes RB ARI 5 months ago

Hughes racked up five yards on one carry and 10 additional yards on one reception during Sunday's defeat in San Francisco.

Hughes received a career-best three targets, while a fourth look (and subsequent second catch) was negated by a pass interference call on tight end John Carlson. On the season, Hughes made a contribution, albeit small on each occasion, in 10 of 16 games on his way to seven carries for 11 yards and eight receptions (on 12 targets) for 140 yards. Clearly, his pass-catching prowess was on display -- he ended the regular season second on the team with 17.5 YPC -- but he failed to emerge from a reserve role, even after Andre Ellington (hernia) was lost for the season in Week 13.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 5 months ago

Hughes did not have any carries or targets in Thursday's 12-6 win over the Rams.

According to Nathan Jahnke of Pro Football Focus, Hughes played just six snaps, and Marion Grice logged just two. Kerwynn Williams had 17 touches (two receptions) on 34 snaps, with Stepfan Taylor recording 14 touches (all carries) on 28 snaps. While it's still worth keeping an eye on, the Arizona backfield will likely be led by Williams and Taylor in a tough Week 16 matchup with the Seahawks.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 5 months ago

Hughes played 10 of the Cardinals' 69 offensive snaps during Sunday's contest against the Chiefs, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

In what was expected to be a committee approach behind Stepfan Taylor out of the backfield in Andre Ellington's (hernia) absence, coach Bruce Arians eventually admitted that the hot hand ruled the day in Week 14, allowing Kerwynn Williams to post 100 yards on 19 rushes. Hughes himself was contained to one carry for minus-yard yard and one catch for 36 yards, which was firmly behind Williams, Taylor (six runs for 19 yards), and Marion Grice (three rushes for six yards). On Monday, though, Arians announced that Taylor remains the starting running back, according to Darren Urban of the team's official site, meaning game-day matchups could ultimately determine who breaks out of Arizona's corps of running backs Thursday in St. Louis.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 6 months ago

Hughes could be more involved out of the backfield, if Andre Ellington (hip) is limited or sidelined next Sunday versus the Chiefs, according to coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Ellington left Sunday's defeat in Atlanta due to a hip pointer, but Marion Grice (32 snaps) and Stepfan Taylor (nine) were the sole running backs used thereafter, according to FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. Nonetheless, a limited or absent Ellington could result in some work for Hughes, who has mostly been utilized as a receiver during his brief appearances this season, reeling in 6-of-8 targets for 94 yards.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 6 months ago

Hughes (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday in Seattle, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Hughes hasn't received more than 17 snaps in a single game this season, but his presence in the passing game has been felt of late. Over the last six games, he's totaled five receptions (on six targets) for 87 yards.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 6 months ago

Hughes (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game against Seattle.

Hughes practiced all week, including a full practice Friday, so he'll be available Sunday. His exact role behind Andre Ellington isn't yet clear, but his 49-yard reception against Detroit last week implies that he has more explosiveness than Stepfan Taylor.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 6 months ago

Hughes (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Even though Stepfan Taylor (calf) returned from a two-game absence this past Sunday, Hughes' workload really wasn't hindered, as he took on catch for 49 yards and one rush for two yards. Such a line isn't really of interest in anything but the deepest of league, especially behind the dual threat that is Andre Ellington (hip/foot).

Robert Hughes RB ARI 7 months ago

Hughes took the field for 17 of the Cardinals' 67 offensive snaps during Sunday's win in Dallas, the FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Hughes garnered nearly double the snaps of fellow running back Marion Grice -- 17 versus nine -- but Grice managed to fend off Hughes in terms of touches, with five carries against one reception (on two targets), respectively. The breakdown of looks behind clear-cut No. 1 Andre Ellington isn't unexpected due to Hughes' stellar hands out of the backfield, as the latter has reeled in five of seven passes this season. During Stepfan Taylor's stay on the sideline due to a calf strain, which is expected to last 1-to-3 additional weeks, the preceding pecking order shouldn't deviate too much. However, Hughes' sparse usage doesn't inspire confidence in his potential to produce on a consistent basis.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 7 months ago

Hughes played 10 of the Cardinals' 70 offensive snaps in Sunday's win versus the Eagles, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Hughes had little to show for his efforts -- two receptions (on two targets) for 13 yards -- but Stepfan Taylor's (five snaps, no touches) upcoming 2-to-4 week absence due to a strained calf could be a boon to Hughes' prospects. Note, though, that no Cardinal outside of Andre Ellington was handed a carry Sunday, which will likely contain Hughes to usage in the passing game in his limited snaps going forward.

Robert Hughes RB ARI 8 months ago

Hughes took the field for 12-of-68 offensive snaps in Sunday's win versus the Giants in New York, FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Hughes is fending off Stepfan Taylor (two snaps in Week 2) for looks out of the Cardinals' backfield. However, through two games, Hughes has recorded a measly one carry for two yards and one catch (on two targets) for seven yards, which isn't exactly fantasy-relevant. For now, Andre Ellington (foot) and Jonathan Dwyer will take on most of the RB workload, leaving Hughes and Taylor in the dust.