Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians addresses the media following the first day of OTAs.
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azcentral sports insiders Kent Somers and Bob McManaman react to the big news from the first day of Cardinals OTAs. Video: Rob Schumacher
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The NFLPA has released its 2017 Rising 50 list of players poised to break out and rank among next season’s top-sellers in officially licensed merchandise and the Cardinals running back is No. 1.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers discuss the latest on Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer and the NBA playoffs.
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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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Ready or not, there was first-round draft pick Haason Reddick running with the Cardinals’ first-team defense on Tuesday.
The 13th overall pick found himself starting at inside linebacker alongside veteran Karlos Dansby because the regular starter, Deone Bucannon, won’t be participating in organized team activities after recently undergoing ankle surgery.
Bucannon missed the final three games of last season with the ankle problem and both he and the Cardinals thought it would heal without surgery. That wasn’t the case and now there is a concern that Bucannon might not be in the lineup when the team opens the season on Sept. 10 at the Detroit Lions.
“It was lingering so we went ahead and had it operated on,” coach Bruce Arians said following voluntary practice at the team’s Tempe training facility. “We think if everything goes perfect, he’ll be ready (for the first game).”
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Reddick played defensive end and outside linebacker at Temple and is just learning how to play the inside position. The rookie seemed to hold his own, however, during Tuesday’s workouts. The game slowed down for him immensely, he said, compared to what he experienced last week during a three-day rookie minicamp.
“Today it actually slowed down a bit,” Reddick said. “Rookie minicamp was fast. I mean, bullets was flying. Everything was ‘full speed, full speed, full speed’ and at that time I didn’t really have a great grasp of the playbook yet so it was like, ‘Aw, everything’s moving so fast.’ I’m still making minor mistakes and still have a lot to learn, but as I continue to get in my playbook and understand my job and my assignments and what it is I have to do, the game is slowing down slowly but surely.”
Reddick said veteran players have been great in helping him absorb information. He singled out Dansby for helping make sure he lines up in the right spots. But if he’s going to hold down a starting role, Reddick knows it’s going to be up to him to prove he can handle it.
“It’s not intimidating,” he said. “I’ve got to step up now. I’ve got to step up, go out there and make plays and be somebody that the team can count on.”
So far, Arians likes what he sees from Reddick, whom the Cardinals had ranked as one of the top five prospects in the entire draft. He knows there will be bumps along the way, though.
“As much as we’ve thrown at him, it’s been pretty good,” Arians said. “We’re going to start something new this year. We’re going to put the accountability sheet up tomorrow. We never do it in OTAs. We’re doing it this year and I’m sure he’ll be on it a few times.”
More of Mauro
One of the more dependable depth players the Cardinals have had the past few seasons is defensive tackle Josh Mauro. He might no longer be just be part of the team’s rotational reserves off the bench, however.
“Josh could be our starter,” Arians said. “Josh only plays great every time he gets on the field. He doesn’t play good, he plays great. He’ll improve his pass rush but he’s a great run defender and a tenacious player.”
Mauro appreciates the kind words. He’s just intent on improving and taking what he’s learned from playing alongside so many good veterans up front.
“I feel like not only in football, but in life, you always need to be progressing in some aspect, in some way,” he said. “For me, ever since I got in the league, I’ve just been trying to improve every year and it’s been a blessing being able to learn from such great veterans as Calais (Campbell) and Frostee (Rucker) and Tommy Kelly and Corey Peters. Just seeing what those guys have been able to do during the duration of their careers, I’ve just tried to mimic their work habits and some of the things they’ve done to progress them in their careers.”
Allen to help coach
The team on Tuesday announced it has added former Pro Bowl running back Terry Allen to the coaching staff as a participant of the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship. Allen follows Levon Kirkland as the second participant in the program, which provides recently retired NFL players an opportunity to gain coaching experience at the highest level.
For the next two seasons, Allen will work exclusively with the Cardinals running backs. Allen, 40, played for 10 seasons in the NFL with the Vikings, Redskins, Patriots, Saints and Ravens following his collegiate career at Clemson. With Washington in 1996, he ran for an NFL-leading 21 touchdowns 1,353 yards.
“We had a very extensive search. He really stood out,” Arians said. “… He was a great player, but he’s also got the fire to get back into football, so we’re really happy to have him on our staff. “
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