azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Kent Somers provide their takeaways from the weekend in Canton, Ohio.
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Greg Moore of azcentral sports talks with Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians about the upcoming 2017 season.
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Greg Moore of azcentral sports talks with Arizona Cardinals Head Coach about charities in the Valley. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Scott Bordow and Bob McManaman break down good news for the Cardinals the injury front, each quarterback’s playing time in the second preseason game and Larry Fitzgerald after Sunday’s practice. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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Cardinals insiders Scott Bordow and Bob McManaman talk about the Cardinals performance in their first game as well as the mounting injuries to the squad. || David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians critiques the Cardinals performance in their first game. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert on his performance in Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach discuss the latest with the Cardinals and the Hall of Fame Game.
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Blaine Gabbert talks about his upcoming role as the starter in Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talks about the development of his rookies and the challenges they face.
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Arizona Cardinals Insiders Kent Somers and Bob McManaman talk about the Cardinals second day of practice outside and their trip to face the Cowboys. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians being tough on the team and the Diamondbacks’ playoff chase.
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Arizona Cardinals Insiders Kent Somers and Bob McManaman talk about the Cardinals practice outside on Monday morning and a new addition to the team.
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tramon Williams meets with the media on July 31, 2017 after the veteran NFL player signed with the team.
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With the devastating loss of Ron Zamort to an ACL, the Cardinals continue their search for the CB to start opposite Patrick Peterson.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Bob McManaman break down the Arizona Cardinals’ Red-White practice Saturday afternoon in Glendale.
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Greg Moore and Kent Somers break down the Cardinals Red-White practice preview.
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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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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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Shot Clock: Good, bad of Cardinals’ 1st game
Greg Moore speaks with Cards head coach Bruce Arians
Greg Moore and Bruce Arians talk charities
Bordow, McManaman recap Sunday Cardinals practice, good injury news
Bordow, McManaman break down the Cardinals’ first preseason game, injuries
Bruce Arians on the Cardinals’ first preseason game
Blaine Gabbert reacts to his Cardinals debut
Gabbert’s big chance, special team auditions
Cardinals QB Gabbert looks forward to starting Hall of Fame Game
Cardinals’ Bruce Arians recaps Tuesday’s practice
Cardinals report: Crisper practice Tuesday
Shot Clock: Arians changes tone with Cardinals
Breaking down an intense Cards practice
Cornerback drama continues for Cardinals
Greg Moore and Bob McManaman break down the Red-White practice
Cardinals Red-White practice preview
Somers, McManaman on Gruden possibility, CB battle
Kent Somers and Bob McManaman break down Cardinals practice
Arians at Cards Camp Friday
Wrapping up the day at Cardinals Camp- July 27 edition
Shot Clock: Early hiccups for Cardinals
Take away from Cardinals Camp July 24
azcentral sports’ Bob McManaman wraps up the action at Cards camp
azcentral sports Scott Bordow and Bob McManaman wrap-up Day 2 at Arizona Cardinals training cam
Moore, McManaman wrap up opening day at Cardinals training camp
azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman reporting day at Arizona Cardinals training camp
David Johnson’s work load; D-Backs’ head games
Shot Clock: Cards kick off fan-friendly camp
Somers sits down with Cardinals rookie Budda Baker
Kent Somers: Impressions from Cardinals minicamp
Kent Somers recaps Cardinals minicamp Wednesday
Kent Somers recaps Cardinals practice
Shot Clock: Blaine Gabbert a keeper for Cardinals?
Kent Somers, Bob McManaman talk another week of Arizona Cardinals OTAs
Bob McManaman after Cardinals practice Tuesday, May 30
Kent and Bob talk new NFL rules and wide out depth
Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser at Top Golf
Report card on Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert
Watch out for Dodgers; Cards CBs apply for job
What Deone Bucannon’s injury means for Cardinals
David Johnson No. 1 on NFL Players Association list
No throws for Cards QB, cheap shot in NBA?
Kaepernick blackballed? Greinke now trade bait?
Kent Somers talks Cardinals rookies
Kent Somers talks Daryl Washington departure
Cardinals release linebacker Daryl Washington: Somers and Bickley discuss
Shot Clock: Gabbert a terrible fit for Cards
Somers sits down with Arians on Cardinals’ offseason
Bruce Arians talks about his annual fundraisers
Jim Hart to be inducted into Cardinals Ring of Honor
Shot Clock: Cards picks make instant impact?
Shot Clock: Tap brakes on Haason Reddick pick?
Sights and sounds from Cardinals draft party
Kent Somers and Bob McManaman talk Cardinals draft of Haason Reddick
Keim, Arians striking gold in draft’s third round
Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones talk about Celebrity Softball Game
Kent Somers talks with Cardinals DT Frostee Rucker
Cardinals DT Frostee Rucker on expectations, adding Karlos Dansby
Top 3 games in Cardinals schedule
Cards playing dangerous game with RB Johnson?
Larry Fitzgerald holding 7th annual charity softball tournament
Larry Fitzgerald 1-on-1 with Kent Somers
NFL meetings in Phoenix: On Bruce Arians, new rules, the draft
NFC coaches take questions at NFL owners meeting
Josh Mauro was playing in a pick-up basketball game with his brothers one day and, like any game the Mauro boys played in, this one got a little chippy.
That was nothing out of the ordinary — what with six boys in the family, five of whom would go on to play college football.
Mauro didn’t like that his older brother kept setting screens on him so he decided to something about it.
“I ran through his chest,” Mauro recalled.
That didn’t go over well with his brother and the next thing Mauro knew he was being thrown into the side of the family car.
“I’ll never forget that day,” Mauro said with a smile. “There was no time for being soft in our family.”
Mauro is all grown up now — 6 foot 6 inches and 280 pounds — and there’s still no time for being soft. In his fourth season, the defensive lineman has become invaluable to the Arizona Cardinals because of his intensity, smarts and passionate approach to the game.
“Every time he steps on the field he just does his job relentlessly,” coach Bruce Arians said. “If you have 11 of them out there like that you would never worry.”
After Mauro started 13 games for Arizona last year he was rewarded with a two-year contract, the first real financial security he’s had since he went undrafted out of Stanford in 2014. But don’t think for a second the money will soften Mauro. If anything, he’s more driven than ever to justify the Cardinals’ faith in him.
“I give everything I have every day and it’s great to have that, but it’s just more motivation to keep going,” Mauro said.
Mauro never has lacked for motivation. He remembers the feeling of sitting with his family during the 2014 draft and not hearing his name called, in part because he ran a 5.21 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. One scouting report said he had “mechanical, robotic movement.”
“I didn’t use it to derail me,” Mauro said. “I just looked at it as me against the world almost. Nobody wanted to draft me so I had a point to prove and I had to prove myself to every single person and coach in this league.”
Mauro signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers but was released during the final cuts of preseason. The Steelers then re-signed him to the practice squad but in November of 2014 the Cardinals signed him to their active roster.
“We liked him coming out (of college),” Arians said. “He had a really good reputation over there (in Pittsburgh) and we just got real lucky and got him.”
Still, the Cardinals couldn’t have envisioned Mauro becoming such an integral part of their defense. But he never took a play off, even in practice, and in games he’d show up with impact plays.
As a part-time player in 2015, for example, he had one sack, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last year he started 13 of 15 games and recorded a career-high 32 tackles while impressing the Cardinals with his toughness and ability to stop the run.
“He’s not flying under my radar,” Arians said. “He might be under the national radar or all the people who say they don’t have a defensive line. But Josh has been as good a player as we’ve had for three years on the defensive line, as consistent. When he’s in the game, I don’t look his way because his job is getting done.”
Whether it’s throwing off 300-pound linemen or running through his brother on the basketball court.
“I approach every day ready to play,” Mauro said. “That’s just how it is in a big family. You have older brothers you just want to compete and sometimes you get whipped. But you keep going.”