Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talks rookie minicamp on Friday, May 12 at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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With camp starting tomorrow, players reported today and reporter Kent Somers lays out the future and what the team hopes for it.
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers gives some insight into the releasing of Daryl Washington and why it was probably best for both team and player.
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Cardinals draft picks had some time to sit down and answer some questions about their experiences and expectations of the future on Thursday.
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azcentral’s Kent Somers and Dan Bickley talk about the Cardinals decision to release linebacker Daryl Washington.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Bob McManaman weigh in on the Cardinals’ signing of Blaine Gabbert.
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers talks with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians about mini-camp, his excitement about undrafted rookies, LB Daryl Washington and QB Blaine Gabbert at Steak 44 on Wednesday. Michael Chow/azcentral sports
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers talks with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians about Arians’ annual fundraiser at Steak 44 on Wednesday. Michael Chow/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Daryl Washington possibly returning to the Cardinals and how James Harden can’t beat the Spurs by himself.
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The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that former St. Louis Cardinals QB Jim Hart would be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor this season.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers discuss what to expect from the Cardinals’ 2017 NFL draft class.
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley assess the Arizona Cardinals’ selection of Haason Reddick in Round 1 of the NFL draft and discuss the needs the team still has to address.
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Check out how Cardinals fans were feeling during the team’s 2017 NFL draft party.
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers reacts to the introductory press conference for Haason Reddick and what the Cardinals might do next.
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With plenty of defense options on the table and all the quarterbacks gone, the Cardinals elected to go linebacker and Kent and Bob break down the reasons why.
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The Cardinals have made 18 picks in the first round of the NFL draft since 2000. Take a look at the standouts.
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With the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, can the Cardinals afford to repeat their strategy with their last two first-round picks?
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers have the latest on the Cardinals draft and the reinstatement of Daryl Washington.
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The Cardinals are hosting draft parties Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Great Lawn outside of University of Phoenix Stadium.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Jay Dieffenbach discuss possible Cardinals strategy in the NFL draft, views on picking a quarterback and more.
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Bob McManaman ranks the top special teams players in the upcoming draft.
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Arizona Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians have found some of their best players in the third round.
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Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald and Chandler Jones discuss the importance of giving back and some bets amongst Cardinals players before the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday at Salt River Fields. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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Cardinals GM Steve Keim has a tough task when it comes to finding quality talent and character to add to the team through the draft.
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azcentral sports Cardinals insider Kent Somers talks with Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Fostee Rucker. || Video by Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Cardinals defensive tackle Frostee Rucker discusses learning from last year’s expectations and adding Karlos Dansby and other veterans. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Breaking down the top three games of the Cardinals’ 2017 season.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman discuss the Cardinals’ potential use (or overuse?) of running back David Johnson.
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is ready for the 2017 NFL schedule to be announced.
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Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim talk about the upcoming NFL draft. || David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Carmelo, a dancer, and the Cards’ quiet, classy young superstar.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald discuss Fitzgerald’s charity softball tournament on Saturday.
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The Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald joined azcentral sports’ Kent Somers to discuss the team and the upcoming season.
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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero recaps the NFL owners meeting and the proposed league rule changes.
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Bob McManaman and Kent Somers at the NFL owners meetings on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Bruce Arianas likes full-time officials, centralized replay and says there’s 1 QB in upcoming draft who’s plug-and-play. Video: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Coaches of the National Football Conference take questions from the media in Phoenix on March 29, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers and other reporters talk with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians at the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Video by Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Bob McManaman of azcentral sports talks to AFC coaches at the annual NFL owners meeting at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Bob McManaman and Kent Somers at the NFL owner’s meetings: Coaches of AFC teams meet the media at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Video: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians discusses free agency, quarterbacks and cornerbacks in the draft on Wednesday night. Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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Kaepernick blackballed? Greinke now trade bait?
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Kent Somers talks Daryl Washington departure
Cardinals rookies take to the microphone
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Shot Clock: Gabbert a terrible fit for Cards
Somers sits down with Arians on Cardinals’ offseason
Bruce Arians talks about his annual fundraisers
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Sights and sounds from Cardinals draft party
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Kent Somers and Bob McManaman talk Cardinals draft of Haason Reddick
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Cards face choices with draft, Daryl Washington
What to know about the Cardinals’ draft party
Shot Clock: Cardinals trade up for QB?
Top 5 special teams players of 2017 NFL draft
Keim, Arians striking gold in draft’s third round
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Keim on Cardinals’ NFL draft prep
Shot Clock: New face of Cardinals franchise?
Larry Fitzgerald holding 7th annual charity softball tournament
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Goodell says he’ll be in New England for opener
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Kent Somers talks with Bruce Arians at NFC coaches breakfast
Bob McManaman talks to AFC coaches
At the NFL owner’s meetings: AFC head coaches meet the media
Cardinals’ Arians talks free agency and draft
Bruce Arians loves quarterbacks, although it’s often hard to detect given the colorful way he points out their mistakes. Arians and the Cardinals have a decent-sized collection of signal callers on display right now.
The addition of Blaine Gabbert this week gives them five on the roster, and a sixth, undrafted rookie Antonio Pipkin from Tiffin (Ohio) University, is participating in this weekend’s rookie camp on a tryout basis.
It sounds as if the Cardinals plan to keep at least five quarterbacks through most of the summer. Full offseason practices begin next week, and the team has an extra week of training camp this year because it’s playing in the Hall of Fame Game.
Carson Palmer, the starter, probably won’t throw much until next month in the final week of organized team activities, Arians said.
“He tosses some soft ones around in the blitz drills, but he doesn’t need to be out there right now,” Arians said.
So Drew Stanton, Zac Dysert and rookie free agent Trevor Knight will run the offense for most of the summer. Pipkin is hoping to convince the Cardinals he’s worth keeping beyond this weekend’s rookie camp.
“I was really impressed with Trevor and Antonio today,” Arians said on Friday after the first practice by rookies. “They had good velocity on the ball and accuracy.”
In Pipkin’s case, there was a little too much velocity. He showed off his arm strength by throwing deep several times, and by drilling the ball to receivers at medium depth.
“He’s got to slow that thing down a little bit,” Arians said. “Again, another good athlete. His velocity hurts his accuracy some. He’s got to take a little bit off of it. He can’t rely on the fastball all of the time.”
Pipkin holds almost every passing record at Tiffin, and is 13th all time in career total offense in Division II history.
After going undrafted, Pipkin had offers to sign with other teams, but opted to come to Arizona on a tryout basis.
Asked for his thoughts about Gabbert’s signing, Pipkin replied, “I can’t worry about that.”
Knight, who played at Oklahoma and Texas A&M, took the same approach.
“If you’re always looking over your shoulder and worrying about a QB battle, you’re not going to play as well as you want to,” Knight said. “You’ve got to worry about yourself. As far as yourself and your own future, you have to put your head down and get to work.”
Pipkin is one of 29 players participating in this weekend’s camp on a tryout basis.
He and the others need to make strong impressions to stay in Arizona past Sunday, the last day of rookie camp.
By the end of camp on Sunday, the majority of the Cardinals’ offensive and defensive schemes will have been introduced to the rookies. Part of the reason for the avalanche of information is to determine who is studying at night and how much information players can retain.
“When you’re being asked to play a sport, it’s to be expected. This is your job,” said linebacker Haason Reddick, the team’s first-round draft pick. “You get to weed out who is just out and who is trying seriously to make a living. You definitely want to see who can learn and definitely to see who is taking it seriously and who is not.”
A unique situation
Linebacker Ryan Watson is listed as a tryout player for the Cardinals but he has no chance of making the roster this fall. That’s because Watson played at Air Force and, last month, the Department of Defense announced that athletes from service academies must serve their required two years of active duty before playing professional sports.
Before that change, athletes could request to be placed on reserve.
Asked for his opinion of the policy change, Arians replied: “I think it’s dumb.”
Watson appears to be taking it in stride.
“It’s not the easy road,” he said. “I went to the Air Force Academy so I’m not used to easy in the first place.”
After this summer, Watson will report to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and work in acquisitions.
“I’ll get settled in and do my job for two years,” he said.
At the beginning of his post-practice news conference, Arians said he would not answer questions about anyone not on the roster. So he was not asked about linebacker Daryl Washington being released on Thursday.