Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson talks about being critiqued by his wife and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries talks about the team’s trip to London, his first out of the USA. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Scott Bordow sizes up the first day of strength and conditioning for the Arizona Cardinals at their training facility in Tempe. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers go over Arizona Cardinals First round pick.
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The Cardinals keep bringing in QBs. What does it mean? Mark Faller and Bob McManaman discuss the team and the NFL draft.
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the University of Phoenix getting out of its sponsorship deal with the Cardinals’ stadium and the tanking Suns.
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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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azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley discusses the NFL’s commercial breaks, kickers and touchdowns celebrations, as well as Tom Brady and the Cardinals drafting a QB.
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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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azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley talks about the NFL moving the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas.
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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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Cardinals GM Steve Keim discusses this year’s rookie quarterback class ahead of the NFL draft on Wednesday night. Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero examines the big issues expected to be on the docket next week at NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Bob McManaman tackle the Cardinals and the draft and the latest with Roger Goodell and the NFL.
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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins says he did not demand a trade away from the team, but instead asked about the franchise’s plans after having the franchise tag placed on him.
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The MMQB’s Andy Benoit takes a look at the on-field problem facing free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.
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Free agent kicker Phil Dawson signed a 2-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on March 10, 2017 at the Cardinals training facility in Tempe.
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The Cardinals held their first optional offseason workout Monday and, while what happens in April often has little do with what happens in September, there were two pieces of positive news.
First, cornerback Patrick Peterson said a lot of the players were in the weight room by 6 a.m., a sign, he said, of their eagerness to move on from last year’s 7-8-1 record.
“It feels great to be back,” Peterson said. “Couldn’t come fast enough. We definitely want to get that bad taste out our mouths from last year. I thought today was a good start. That’s always a good sign when you see the early risers trying to knock out their workout and get in that grind mood.
“For the most part it just seems like guys are going to be more hungry because expectations were so high last year and it was a disappointing season. Now we want to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
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The second bit of good news: Running back David Johnson, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee the final game of the regular season, said he is 100 percent and was cleared to resume full football activities two weeks ago.
“I’m doing everything,” Johnson said.
Like Peterson, Johnson was eager to turn the page on the disappointing 2016 season.
“It motivates me even more,” he said. “We were supposed to have such a promising season last year … I can’t wait for it (the 2017 season) to start.”
Protect the quarterback
Johnson is coming off a spectacular season – he led the NFL with 2,118 all-purpose yards – but there’s one area of his game he admitted needs work.
“Mainly I want to get better at pass protection,” he said. “I definitely missed a lot of blocks and missed a lot of linebackers. That’s probably my main focus, working on that.”
Older but better
Peterson liked the additions of veterans such as 35-year-old linebacker Karlos Dansby and 32-year-old safety Antoine Bethea, even though their best years might be behind them.
“It can be a good thing and a bad thing. Hopefully it will be a good thing for us,” Peterson said. “You always want to stay young but when you can gain experience at the same time you pretty much let the car drive itself … When you bring guys in that have played in big games it’s almost like we have someone we can rely on … Not that we couldn’t rely on the guys that were here. But when you have that veteran presence it’s just different.”
Peterson said he’s surprised that the Seattle Seahawks are shopping 2012-14 first-team All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
“I have no idea what’s going on over there in that organization but at the end of the day it’s a business,” Peterson said. “(There was) speculation he was going off on teammates. Who knows what it is? Richard is a great player and like he did say, ‘The grass is not always greener on the other side.'”
Quote of the day
This is what strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris had to say about the overall physical condition of the players: “Guys got some work to do. We got some guys who really need to go back to their personal terrorists (trainers) … and get their money back because we got some guys who need some work. But for the majority and the most part, great job. We need to continue that from now until the end of the season.”
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