Kent Somers and Bob McManaman of azcentral sports give their take after Arizona Cardinals practice at University of Phoenix Stadium, Friday, July 28, 2017. || Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somer and Bob McManaman break down the Arizona Cardinals final practice before the team’s 2017 Red-White practice.
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Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians talks about the overall quality of practice, the rookies on defense and the play of defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.
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azcentral sports reporters Rick Morin and Bob McManaman wrap up the activity at Arizona Cardinals training camp on July 27, 2017.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss early concerns for the Arizona Cardinals 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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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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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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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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The Arizona Cardinals hold the team’s annual Red-White practice on Saturday in Glendale and azcentral’s sports team will have live updates and analysis here throughout the day.
A Coach in Both Ears
One of the reasons – better make that two of the reasons – why Cardinals rookie inside linebacker Haason Reddick seems to be picking things up so well in training camp has to do with the two people constantly in his ears.
One of them is Karlos Dansby, the veteran linebacker Reddick’s been playing alongside. The other is former NFL middle linebacker Larry Foote, the Cardinals’ inside linebackers coach.
“I’m always learning,” Dansby said. “In the classroom with Foote, I’m learning. When I come off on the sideline I’m next to Foote, learning. There’s all these pointers that he’s teaching me. Same thing when I’m on the field with ’Los, I’m learning. I’m constantly learning and listening to both of them at the same time. I’ve got one in this ear and one in the other ear.
“But having them two around has been the best thing that could happen to me as a rookie because 14 years, 13 years (of their playing experience), you put that together that’s how much? That’s a lot of years and a lot of knowledge for me to be taking in.”
It’s a lot of personality, too. Dansby and Foote aren’t exactly what you’d call “wallflowers.” They both are constantly talking and chattering and can be heard above almost everyone else.
That’s a lot of decibels for Reddick to tolerate, but he says he loves it.
Here’s the thing, though. A couple times this week, coach Bruce Arians has said Reddick is almost too studious and too by-the-book good when it comes to manning the team’s “money” ’backer role in camp. He said what Reddick needs to focus on now is just letting his natural athletic ability finish the job – play with a little more recklessness and desire.
If he does, that’s sure to get Dansby and Foote barking in his ears with appreciation.
Red-White practice details:
When: The practice is scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Parking: Fans can park on the east side (Green and Grey) and west side (Orange) of the stadium beginning at 12:30 p.m. Fans can enter University of Phoenix Stadium at Hyundai Gate 1 (west side) and through Bud Light Gate 3 (east side) at 1:30 p.m.
What to expect: The Cardinals are careful not to call Saturday’s Red & White practice a scrimmage, but there likely will be more full-team competition than on a normal day.
There will be short-yardage and goal-line sessions, as well as what Arians called a “move-the-ball scrimmage. Not sure who is tackling who yet but there will be a live scrimmage that we have not had in the past.”
The move-the-ball scrimmage usually features Arians calling the offensive plays and James Bettcher calling the defense.
The sessions are not scripted, which creates more of a game-type atmosphere.
An autograph session featuring the whole team will follow the practice.
Keep an eye on Nkemdiche
On the first day the Cardinals reported to training camp, coach Bruce Arians said he couldn’t wait to see defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in full pads.
As Nkemdiche strutted his stuff around University of Phoenix Stadium in a helmet and shorts, his body ripped with perfectly primed muscularity and his massive thighs looking like tree stumps, one reporter quipped to another, “It looks like he already is wearing pads.”
There might be no other player in camp drawing more curiosity and wonderment than Nkemdiche, the club’s second-year pro and former No. 1 draft pick.
Fans who attend Saturday’s annual Red and White practice will understandably focus most of their attention on star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and rising star running back David Johnson. But they’d be wise to also keep their eyes on No. 90, the guy who looks an awful lot like the man who used to wear that number here – Darnell Dockett.
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