Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald says their won’t be tears when he retires.
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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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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer on the first day of training camp. || By Rob Schumacher
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Bruce Arians started his Day 1 camp press conference sending a message to fringe roster candidates who aren’t in camp. Sam Caravana/azcentral sports
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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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Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach, discuss Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians possible departure next season. James Harden plays like old man but you won’t see decline.
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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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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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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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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 way most Cardinals insiders saw it, Justin Bethel had the inside step on the starting cornerback job opposite Patrick Peterson, although he’d clearly have to win the position battle outright from second-year pro Brandon Williams.
Coach Bruce Arians, however, threw a giant plot twist into that theory on Sunday during his daily news conference with reporters.
“It’s wide open,” Arians said. “It’s wide open.”
Williams won the job out of training camp a year ago as a rookie, primarily because Bethel fell behind due to a lingering foot injury that never really allowed him to compete on a level playing field. Williams then lost his spot when the team decided to bring in a veteran, Marcus Cooper, who since has signed with the Bears.
Arians said both Bethel and Williams will alternate starts once preseason games begin and that the winner of the competition – whomever it is – likely won’t be announced until the Cardinals make their final roster cut down to 53 players.
Although Bethel said he expects to win the job, he knows the decision isn’t his to make.
“I think we’ve both been working really hard in the offseason, and it’s just one of those things where we both know our skill-set and we just want to go out there and play the best that we can,” he said. “At the end of the day, let the coaches do what they want to do and just know that either way, both of us need to be prepared to start at any time.”
There remains a possibility that General Manager Steve Keim could still bring in a veteran to compete against Bethel and Williams – as he did last season with Cooper. That may only happen if there is an injury, or the two presently engaged in a hunt for the spot both show signs of faltering.
“This year, being healthy, I’m coming in with the mindset that I want to be the starter,” Bethel said. “And I’m sure he has the same mindset, too.”
Williams, a former running back while at Texas A&M, said he’s never been more confident in his abilities. He said he’s drastically improved his technique, especially in press situations where he is at his best, and that all the time off the field he has put in with Peterson, the perennial Pro Bowl corner, can only help him get better.
“I’ve been doing it all summer. I didn’t go home this summer. I stayed out here this whole summer doing repetitive work and just working on my craft,” he said. “… I don’t look at this like a competition. I look at it as he’s going to do his job, I’ll do my job and we’ll both go out there and dominate.”
Ditching the brace
Wide receiver Jaron Brown, who underwent ACL surgery in November, has come along so far in his rehab and recovery from major knee surgery that he plans to ditch his knee brace at some point this week or next.
“I’ve been kind of transitioning without it for the last month or so and it’s felt great without it,” he said. “Personally for me, I feel like I obviously move a lot more fluid without the brace. It’s really more of a mental thing than anything.”
When Brown sustained the injury, there was immediate comfort in knowing that torn ACLs aren’t the 12- to 16-month recovery process they used to be. It’s also helped that he has several teammates around who have gone through the same ordeal, including fellow receiver Chad Williams, quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Tyrann Mathieu.
“I feel good. I feel real good,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited to practice.”
- Rookie running back T.J. Logan showed his incredible speed in each of the first two days of camp, which drew praise from Arians. Logan, who has run a sub-4.3 second 40 yards dash, will be looked at as a kick and punt returner as well as a receiving threat in addition to a backup role as a running back. “He popped out of their (Saturday) twice,” Arians said. “Just continue doing that and you’ll find a role. We never knew what David’s (Johnson) role was going to be that first year, but he took a kickoff back 100 (yards). You’ll find places for ’em.”
- Arians on first-year safety Budda Baker, the team’s second-round pick out of Washington: “He looks like a damn rookie.”
Reach McManaman at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @azbobbymac and listen to him live every Wednesday night between 7-9 on Fox Sports 910-AM on The Freaks with Kenny and Crash.