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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The Arizona Cardinals kick off the 2017 NFL preseason with the Hall of Fame Game against the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio.
Follow along with us here for updates, news and analysis.
I completely dig former University of Arizona middle linebacker Scooby Wright, but the madman is going to get screamed at for not finishing an open-field tackle as the Cardinals opened the second half in Canton against the Cowboys.
The defensive backs looked even worse at the outset of the second half when EZ Nwachukwu was allowed to get wide open on a 14-yard scoring pass from Cooper Rush. It appeared that the Cardinals called out the pick block, but alas, no one responded and well, that’s what you’re going to get this early between second- and third-stringers.
Loved the anxiousness from rookie running back T.J Logan when he wanted to return a kick out of the end zone, but thankfully, a teammate alertly demanded he take a knee and let the Cardinals operate from the 20-yard line. Nervous energy can be a bad – and dumb – thing.
Loved the big play by Cardinals rookie Chad Williams on the nice slant rout. Trevor Knight with a great throw and Williams, the third-round pick, finished it very well with a run out of bounds on a big gain. He will be one of the six wide receivers Bruce Arians decided to keep once the roster gets cut to 53 men.
Punter Matt Wile came in as a kicker and booted a 38-yard field goal with 4:34 left in the third quarter to give the Cardinals an 18-17 lead. Why is a punter kicking field goals for the Cardinals, you ask? Its’ that position flexibility the team always talks about and, of yeah, remember that Bruce Arians wasn’t going to play any of his starters tonight – even on special teams, apparently.
For the record, regular kicker Phil Dawson doesn’t kick more than two days in a row during the preseason. That includes camp practices, yes.
“That’s how I’ve always done it,” Dawson told me the other day.
Watch and learn
Wide receiver Chad Williams is in the midst of his first training camp and preseason after getting drafted in the third round this year out of Grambling State, and the rookie seems to be embracing his surroundings.
He’s earned praise from his teammates for how he’s worked to acclimate, and coach Bruce Arians has said the team could count on Williams if he continues to improve.
Having a role model in Larry Fitzgerald to learn from probably helps, and it looked like Williams is applying what he’s noticing from Fitzgerald to Thursday’s game.
In the third quarter, Williams followed up a catch with a block on an ensuing sequence – juggling roles like Fitzgerald is known to do, as the NBC broadcast team pointed out.
It remains to be seen how much responsibility Williams could receive this year, but being versatile could easily help his pursuit.
Some first-half observations
I liked Blaine Gabbert, who is gunning to try and overtake Drew Stanton for the No.2 quarterback job behind Carson Palmer. I’m not sure he’ll ever get it, but he hasn’t hurt his chances in this exhibition game against the Cowboys, finishing the first half by looking very sharp and going 11 of 14 for 185 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
“I didn’t know Gabbert had this kind of arm,” NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth gushed during the final seconds of the first half.
Gabbert showed some decent touch on his intermediate throws, which we haven’t seen enough of during the early portions of training camp. We’ll need to see a lot more moving forward, of course, but this was a good start for a guy a lot of us were surprised received a one-year deal from the Cardinals.
On the flip side, it wasn’t such a good first half for cornerback Brandon Williams, who got burned on two straight pass plays in the second quarter. First, he got burned on a long pass completion by biting on a stutter-step move and then he was hit with a pass-interference call. Not good if he wants to outplay Justin Bethel, who isn’t playing, and win the starting right corner job opposite Patrick Peterson.
I’m wondering how much more newly-signed veteran Tramon Williams, who also isn’t playing tonight, will get a chance to win that job at right corner.
I thought second-year defensive tackle Robert Nkemidche flashed for a while, showing us his ability to shoot into the backfield and be disruptive, but I want to see a lot more before I’m sold he can move ahead of anybody starting ahead of him on the defensive front – Frostee Rucker or Josh Mauro, specifically.
As we head to halftime, it’s Cardinals 15, Cowboys 10 in Canton, Ohio, and when the second half begins, we’ll get a long hard look at undrafted rookie free-agent quarterback Trevor Knight along with one of my favorite players in camp, David Johnson-look alike running back Elijhaa Penny, whom I believe will crack the final active roster.
Gabbert getting it done
Blaine Gabbert, who is getting the entire first half to see if he can move into the No.2 spot behind starting quarterback Carson Palmer, has looked decent against the Cowboys’ non-starters tonight.
His 29-yard completion down the middle to wide receiver Jeremy Ross was especially notable considering Gabbert has been fast-balling a lot of his intermediate throws in camp and they haven’t been caught or always near his target.
He also hasn’t taken off on a ton of runs – something he has done repeatedly in camp when his first or second option isn’t there. Gabbert completed each of his first seven passes for 136 yards. Impressive.
Cowboys get a TD
Rico Gathers with a fantastic catch in the end zone over the coverage of safety Ironhead Gallon. Pass plays covers 26 yards and the Cowboys cut the score to 15-7 following the extra point.
Gathers had the inside position on Gallon, but plenty of inches, too.
Defensive backs need to step up in this game to impress coach Arians and staff.
We have touchdowns
Andre Ellington bullied his way through the tackles for a touchdown plunge with the No.2 offense and the Cardinals complete a 75-yard drive behind QB Blaine Gabbert.
Lots of work from RB Kerwynn Williams on the drive.
Extra-point attempt is good, but defensive penalty on Cowboys makes Cardinals go for two points on the 1-yard line.
And … Gabbert’s pass to J.J. Nelson is broken up in the end zone so we line up again at the half-yard line. Gabbert bulls his way in for the two-pointer and it’s 15-0.
Warner recognized pregame
Former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was recognized pregame, walking out onto the field along with the other Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees – while receiver Larry Fitzgerald (who isn’t playing in the game against the Cowboys) smiled and clapped.
“Amazed that I’m actually standing here right now,” Warner told NBC’s Michele Tafoya.
Warner was clearly able to make it to the game in time, but some of his family members needed some help getting to Canton, Ohio. A couple hours before kickoff, Warner tweeted that his kids were stuck in Chicago and asked United Airlines if they could help them get on a flight to Cleveland.
But instead, the Cardinals stepped in with Mark Dalton, the team’s vice president of media relations, tweeting that President Michael Bidwill was sending his private plane to pick up Warner’s crew – a party of 13 that included family and friends.
The group did arrive in Canton while the game was still going on, making it in time to attend Warner’s induction party later in the evening.
Now that’s teamwork.
Tafoya caught up with Warner later in the game, and he elaborated on what it meant to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after a unique career path.
“It makes it really surreal,” he said.
Warner played in the Arena League and NFL Europe and work at a grocery store before finally making it to the NFL.
“No one will ever have my story,” he said. “No one ever will take the path that I took and to me, that’s one of the things I’m most proud of is that I get a chance on Saturday night to be able to share my story and hopefully encourage and inspire other people because this is more real. The crooked path is much more real than the straight-line path to the Hall of Fame.”
Watch the running game
Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin is calling all the plays tonight instead of head coach Bruce Arians and I suspect he’s going to call a ton of running plays.
With that in mind, I don’t think Arizona is keeping more than four running backs.
This is the chance for four backs to jockey for position to win the final two spots behind David Johnson and Chris Johnson.
It’s a huge game for all of the reserves, but especially for the two I think will win the final two spots on the roster — rookie T.J. Logan and Elijhaa Penny. Expect both to get tons of reps tonight in Canton.
Kent Somers breaks down what we’ve seen in camp so far, offers his favorite Kurt Warner memories and previews what to expect in the Hall of Fame Game.