Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians comments on the first day of practice in pads at training camp.
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Three takeaways from Cardinals training camp
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azcentral sports’ Bob McManaman wraps-up the action from Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale. By Rob Schumacher
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians comments at training camp on Monday.
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azcentral sports Scott Bordow and Bob McManaman wrap-up Day 2 at Arizona Cardinals training camp. By Rob Schumacher
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Bob McManaman on the first day of Arizona Cardinals training camp. || By Rob Schumacher
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman reporting day at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach weigh in on pressing issues with the Cardinals and Diamondbacks.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Jay Dieffenbach discuss Cardinals camp, Tyrann Mathieu’s status and more in our Shot Clock video.
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Kent Somers of azcentral sports sits down to talk with new Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker at the team’s Tempe training facility. Baker played college ball at the University of Washington. | Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports; Kent Somers discusses what we learned from the Cardinals minicamp.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers breaks down the Cardinals second day of minicamp on June 7, 2017.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers wraps up the Arizona Cardinals’ first day on minicamp on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers discuss Blaine Gabbert’s role with the Cardinals and LeBron James’ performance in the NBA finals.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman discusses another week of the Cardinals’ OTAs. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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Bob McManaman of azcentral sports wraps up the Arizona Cardinals practice at their Tempe facility, Tuesday, May 30, 2017..
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Azcentral’s Kent Somers and Bob McManaman catch up during second week of OTAs at the Cardinals Training Facility.
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Coaches and players talk about the importance of head coach Bruce Arians’ family fundraiser at Top Golf in Gilbert. (Michael Chow/azcentral sports)
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How has free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert adjusted so far to the Arizona Cardinals? (Michael Chow/azcentral sports)
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arians talks Cardinals passing-game struggles
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians comments at training camp on Monday.
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Keim, Arians striking gold in draft’s third round
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The Cardinals plan to run the linebackers against running backs on Tuesday, a drill that usually features a ton of hitting. Coach Bruce Arians said it used to be one of his favorite drills back in the day, saying, “Especially when I coached running backs, it was my favorite drill of camp. In the last few years, we’ve had to teach these guys to block before we put them in the drill – too many stiff necks. They miss time and you don’t want to miss time in here.” … Arians singled out the play of CB Justin Bethel in Monday’s first full-padded practice, saying the player has “had good days every day, Arians said. “The best thing with him when he gives up a play right now, he just comes back and goes to the next one. It used to bother him. Now it doesn’t. He’s learning how to get amnesia.”… On the play of LB Kareem Martin, the Cardinals coach said, “Kareem has gotten better every year he’s been here. He’s solid. He’s probably are best special teams player. He’s learned how to use his length. He’s gotten stronger and making some good pass-rush stuff. He’s making the best of his opportunities right now.” … DT Ed Stinson, who missed practice Tuesday with a hamstring issue, has been hitting expectations – but only when healthy, Arians said. “Yeah, when he’s healthy (he lives up to expectations). He’s just never healthy. That’s been his main problem.”
Receivers get ripped
Arians usually begins his morning news conferences with a quick rehash of what he liked and didn’t like from the previous day’s practice. And on Tuesday, he scolded the entire wide receiver group for its effort on Monday.
“I thought it was the worst day of wide receiver play we’ve had in five years,” the coach said. “We must have dropped five touchdowns and eight other plays. Very, very poor.”
He was asked if Monday’s performance is a potential concern or just a minor blip.
“If it’s a pattern of behavior it’s a hell of a concern,” Arians said. “We’ll see. But it has not been up to this point.”
Johnson: I can do it
Running back David Johnson has reiterated over and over again that his goal this season is to become the first NFL player to gain 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. He’s not backing off of that promise, either, saying he should have accomplished the feat a year ago if it weren’t for so many mental errors.
“I think it’s a very reachable goal,” he said. “You’ve got to have high goals and you to be ready to reach them. I am.”
Johnson ran for 1,239 yards last season and finished 121 yards shy of 1,000 receiving yards on 80 catches. He led the league in total yards from scrimmage (2,118) and touchdowns scored (20). His breakout season of 2016 has thrust him into the limelight and made him the No.1-ranked player in most fantasy football rankings.
Johnson doesn’t mind the extra attention at all.
“It means a lot, actually, because I didn’t have that much of it coming out high school or coming out of college,” he said. “Now that I’m kind of getting out there, it means a lot to me.”
Arians Reacts to C.T.E. Findings
According to a report Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, a recent survey from the study of the brains of deceased NFL players showed that 110 of the 111 analyzed were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he was aware of the findings and said much more needs to be done on the subject of C.T.E – and not only regarding football players.
“Yeah, I think it’s something that needs to be ongoing – in all sports, not just football,” he said. “I don’t think it should just be (football) specific. When you think of hockey and those collisions? All sports. I mean, everybody should be doing all the research they can in that area to make the game safe.”
Cardinals to host annual ‘Red and White’ practice
The Cardinals will host the team’s annual Red and White practice on Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium. Both parking and admission will be free.
Prior to the practice, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., head coach Bruce Arians and team president Michael Bidwell will both address the crowd. After the practice, the entire team will sign autographs along each sideline, according to the team.
Other features include an interactive zone for kids, merchandise and concessions, as well as a virtual reality experience where fans can watch Cardinals highlights in 360-degree video.
Tickets will be available upon entry at Gate 3 of the stadium.
Brandon Flowers in the house
Veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers arrived at Cardinals’ training camp today and was in the process of undergoing a meticulous physical examination before working out privately for the team on Wednesday at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Flowers, 31, has been dogged by concussion-related symptoms, which forced him to miss 10 games last season with the Chargers.
“Hopefully, he’s healthy,” coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday. “He did have a concussion last year so he’ll get checked out very good in that department and hopefully he’s ready to go.”
Asked how much of a concern Flowers’ ongoing concussion problems were to the Cardinals, Arians said, “That’s why we’re having him checked out.”
Arians also said bringing in Flowers for a workout and the thought of possibly signing him to a free-agent contract isn’t necessarily a reflection on the play of Justin Bethel and Brandon Williams, the top two players competing for the No.2 cornerback job opposite Patrick Peterson.
“You’re gonna see some guys coming in here real fast to build this roster just in case,” Arians said, adding, “Either young guys haven’t performed well enough and there so many good veterans on the street that you want to have guys ready to go.”
Arians said Flowers would be in camp regardless of the injuries to fellow cornerbacks Elie Bouka (knee) and Jumal Rolle (hamstring).
Flowers has appeared in 119 NFL games for the Chiefs and Chargers and has registered 487 tackles and 21 interceptions with 110 pass deflections in his career. A second-round pick out of Virginia Tech by the Chiefs in 2008, he was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013.
‘Camp cupcake’ underway for Cardinals
Practice Tuesday: from 2-4:30 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium. Gates open at 1:30.
Camp confidential: The Cardinals practiced in full pads Monday for the first time in camp and although there was contact, there wasn’t any real tackling. That was by design, as coach Bruce Arians said the hitting will come soon enough. He was plenty anxious for the afternoon practice sessions to begin, however, saying, “Because it’s finally football. The game is won in the trenches and I want to find out what we have. And not just the veteran guys. I want to see some of these young guys that don’t look good in shorts but they’re damn good football players and this is when you get to evaluate them.” … Arians has previously referred to some of his camps with the Cardinals as “Camp Cupcake” because of the lack of time he has to work with his players. This year’s camp probably won’t be much different, he said. “You practice once a day, you stay in a five-star hotel. That ain’t camp. A (expletive) dorm room and practices twice a day? Now that’s camp.” … Scheduled days off on Monday went to backup quarterback Drew Stanton and wide receiver Jaron Brown. … Arians was asked to give the depth chart of his wide receivers: “I know who No.1 is,” he said, obviously referring to Larry Fitzgerald. “Two, three, four, five and six are working at it every day. It’s really a good competition, as are the last five guys.”
Injury report: Not practicing Monday were CBs Elie Bouka (ankle) and Jumal Rolle (hamstring). ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. OLB Jarvis Jones (vessel injury in his quad) is on the active/non-football injury list and is considered day-to-day.
Quote: “Throw ’em off the field. And if it’s the wrong guys, I’ll cut ’em. Rank has privilege.” –Arians when asked what he would do if two of his players were to get into a fight during Monday’s practice.
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Mentors aplenty at Cardinals camp
When Larry Fitzgerald runs a pass route from the “Z” spot, rookie wide receiver Chad Williams is watching like a hawk in the wings, ready to mimic every footstep and stride.
When Antoine Bethea breaks on a play before the quarterback has thrown the football, rookie safety Budda Baker is taking mental notes to remember the tip-off and how to get the same jump.
When Karlos Dansby moves in for the kill and lowers his body to gain maximum leverage to finish off a ball carrier, rookie inside linebacker Haason Reddick is watching it over and over again on tape hoping to duplicate the angle and force.
It’s happening all around Cardinals training camp this year, rookies and other younger players learning and studying in the shadows of veterans — despite the fact the newbies are here to someday take their jobs.
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Veteran help on the way?
During his daily news conference on Monday, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians touched on the annual tradition of General Manager Steve Keim bringing in a veteran free agent right at the start of camp to help seal a position or two that may be in need of some help.
“We’re always looking,” he said. “Do we need a third this? A fifth that? And finding a veteran player who can come in and knows how to play football that you’re not teaching how to play football at this level. Were always looking for that – the (Dwight) Freeneys, the (John) Abrahams, those types of guys.
“But I like where this team is at and I really like the work ethic they’ve had since February, even before the coaches got involved. They’ve been doing that on their own.”
Though Arians may like the roster at the moment, Keim plans to bring in veteran free-agent cornerback Brandon Flowers for a workout on Wednesday, which is a day off for the Cardinals. Flowers, 31, has played for the Chargers and the Chiefs and missed most of last season with concussion-related issues. He also plans to visit the Patriots.
READ THE STORY: Monday’s practice report from Cardinals camp