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TEMPE, Ariz. — Running back Authentic Kenyan Drake Jersey signed his one-year tender with the Arizona Cardinals, his agency announced Saturday.

Drake was tendered Monday, which meant he could negotiate a long-term deal with other teams but Arizona would have the right of first refusal. The tender is worth $8,483,000 for the 2020 season.

Drake, 26, was traded to the Custom Arizona Cardinals Jerseys from the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28 and played in his first game just three days later, rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown, and catching four passes for 52 yards. From there, he established himself as Arizona’s starting running back.


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He finished with 643 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in eight games in Arizona. Combined with 174 yards in six games in Miami, Drake set a career-high with 817 yards.

Now that he’s signed on for next season, he’ll be part of an offense that will include a nucleus of quarterback Authentic Kyler Murray Jersey and receivers Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey, Authentic Christian Kirk Jersey and recently acquired Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey.

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The Cardinals have signed a quarterback, and what he’s done in the Canadian Football League may give an indication of what Kliff Kingsbury could use him for in the NFL.

Authentic Chris Streveler Jersey, who just won a Grey Cup championship with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, inked a futures deal the team Tuesday. With the Bombers, he became an integral part of that run in a role similar to what swiss-army-knife quarterback Taysom Hill did with the New Orleans Saints, and his performances even generated Hill comparisons in the Canadian media.

In the Grey Cup game, Streveler completed all three of his passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, ran nine times for 30 yards and made a 13-yard reception. In a semifinal upset at Calgary, Streveler was his team’s leading rusher with 82 yards on 13 carries and had a 24-yard touchdown run.

Behind starter Kyler Murray at quarterback, the Cardinals still must decide whether to bring back free-agent backup Brett Hundley. Drew Anderson is also on the roster.

Streveler, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, just turned 25.

After playing in college first for three years at the University of Minnesota before two years at the University of South Dakota, Streveler went undrafted in the NFL. He signed with Winnipeg and started at quarterback as a rookie in 2018.

He was the backup to enter 2019, but injuries eventually put him back in the starting lineup to mixed results. Eventually, his role morphed into one like Hill, sharing time with quarterback Zach Collaros, and the Blue Bombers went on a run that ended with the championship.

Over his two CFL seasons, he completed 242-of-374 passes for 2,698 yards, 19 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Streveler gained 1,167 yards on 204 carries and 22 touchdowns running the ball.

After the season, he worked out for the Cardinals and reports had him doing the same for the Buccaneers and Dolphins.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — In Authentic DeAndre Hopkins Jersey, the Arizona Cardinals traded for one of the best receivers in football, a perennial All-Pro and the missing piece to their dynamic offense.

They also received the heir apparent to future Hall of Fame wide receiver Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey.

And according to the numbers, Hopkins and Fitzgerald have been eerily similar through their first seven seasons, though Hopkins has a slight edge.

Both players were 27 when they entered their seventh season. Hopkins, who will turn 28 on June 6, has played in 110 games and has caught 632 passes for 8,602 yards and 54 touchdowns. When Fitzgerald reached his seventh season he had played in 108 games and had 613 catches for 8,204 and 65 touchdowns.

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Here’s where it gets a little weird, though.

Both had 17 drops in their first seven seasons and a reception percentage of 60.9%. Hopkins had 1,038 targets and Fitzgerald had 1,007 despite Hopkins running 1,643 more routes. Hopkins averaged 13.61 yards per catch. Fitzgerald averaged 13.38. Fitzgerald’s longest catch was 78 yards. Hopkins’ was 76.

There are some categories, however, where Hopkins has distanced himself from Fitzgerald through their first seven seasons.

Hopkins had 2,058 yards after the catch. Fitzgerald had 1,341. Hopkins had 556 yards after first contact. Fitzgerald had 164. Hopkins caught 452 first downs. Fitzgerald caught 417.

Most Receptions Since 2013 Season
Antonio Brown 690
Julio Jones 664
DeAndre Hopkins 632 *
Larry Fitzgerald 614
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But the biggest distinction in their first seven seasons is how they were used. Hopkins lined up in the slot in all 110 games to start his career, running 902 of his 4,091 routes out of the slot. Fitzgerald, who was primarily an outside receiver until 2013, lined up in the slot in only 63 games during his first seven seasons, running 449 routes out of that position. Hopkins caught 143 passes from the slot for 1,753 yards and eight touchdowns; Fitzgerald had 56 catches for 737 yards and seven touchdowns during his first seven seasons out of the slot.

During their first seven seasons, each receiver had five 1,000-yard years. Since 2001, Hopkins and Fitzgerald are ranked second and third, respectively, in total receiving yards through age 27. Calvin Johnson is first. They’re also in the top three — along with Johnson — in receptions and targets.

Both Hopkins and Fitzgerald were extremely durable in their first seven seasons. Hopkins missed two games and Fitzgerald missed four. But Fitzgerald’s usage — running 1,643 fewer routes — may have contributed to his longevity.

Most Snaps Since 2013 Season
DeAndre Hopkins 7,007*
Larry Fitzgerald 6,360
Demaryius Thomas 5,738
Antonio Brown 5,633
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By re-signing for 2020, Fitzgerald is committed to playing in his 17th NFL season. If Hopkins can play that long and sustain his current production, he would be within striking distance of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, whose 22,895 receiving yards are the most of all time.

Hopkins is averaging 1,228.8 yards per season. If he played 16 season, he’d be entering his 17th with 19,661, about 2.5 seasons away from passing Rice. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, will enter his 17th season with 17,083 yards, an average of 1,067.7 per season, leaving Fitzgerald about 5.5 seasons away from passing Rice.

When it comes to the all-time receptions record, if Hopkins were to play 17 seasons, averaging just more than 90 catches a season, as he has done through seven years, he’d need 105 catches in Year 17 to pass Rice. Fitzgerald still needs 171.

One receiver with Hall of Fame type numbers is a prize for any team. But two? That’s what the Cardinals have on their hands heading into the 2020 season.

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The Arizona Cardinals may have been the worst team in the NFL last season, but the team doesn’t have the worst fans.

Emory professor Michael Lewis, a professor of marketing and faculty director of the Emory Marketing Analytics Center at the Goizueta Business School, recently released his annual ranking of NFL fan bases and the Cardinals’ fans come in at No. 25.

They also came in at No. 25 in 2018.

In 2015, Cardinals fans were ranked No. 19. In 2016, they slipped to No. 25. In 2017, they were No. 27.

Hey, at least it’s not No. 32.

That spot belongs to Arizona’s NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs are the other teams whose fan bases are ranked behind the Cardinals.

How did he come up with the rankings?

Lewis wrote that he used “data on attendance, revenues, social media following and road attendance to develop statistical models of fan interest.”

Lewis added that he used those models to determine which fan bases “are more willing to spend or follow their teams after controlling for factors like market size and short-term changes in winning and losing.”
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Lewis said that he used three measures of fan engagement to craft his list: fan equity (which he described as home box office revenues), social equity (which he described as engagement level in social media communities) and road equity (which he described as measured fan support on the road). Then, using those three components, Lewis generated what he called a “Brand Equity Factor” to rank all 32 teams.

Of the bottom five teams in the rankings, Lewis wrote: “These teams all suffer from the same issues,” Lewis wrote, “relatively weak pricing power and limited social followings.”

The top fan bases in the NFL, according to Lewis’ study are the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The decision to pass on edge rusher Nick Bosa for a quarterback they didn’t need could haunt the Arizona Cardinals for years
Back in January, it appeared that the Arizona Cardinals knew exactly who they’d be selecting with the NFL Draft’s top pick. The consensus was that Nick Bosa, a dominant defensive end out of Ohio State, would be coming to the desert. The Cards’ front office had a change of heart, but may one day realize that they should’ve stuck with their original plan.

There are a couple of reasons why Arizona should’ve shied away from drafting Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. For one, Arizona general manager Steve Keim took a gamble on a prospect who was a one-year wonder in college. Skeptics also believe that the diminutive Murray will struggle to see over his offensive linemen and find passing lanes.

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There’s also another issue that comes into play because of the Cardinals’ selection of Murray. Deciding to roll with the quarterback meant passing on Bosa, a player who many believe was the best player in the draft. The move also allowed the former Buckeye to be taken by a club that Arizona must face two times every season.

The San Francisco 49ers were thrilled that their division foe ended up going with Murray. As a result, the team from the Bay Area was awarded a stud defender who they longed for all along. You can be sure that Bosa will have a Grand Canyon-sized chip on his shoulder every time he gets to play against Murray.

No one can say that the Cards weren’t warned. Bosa told ESPN’s Josina Anderson in an interview that he’ll be “sacking Kyler Murray” if Keim elects to snub him. The image of the Redbird’s tiny new signal-caller being driven into the turf by the much bigger Bosa is a scary one, to say the least.

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No one could blame Murray for being frightened by the thought of an angry Bosa gunning for him. Keim and Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury have essentially put a target on the back of their new quarterback. A bulls-eye that Bosa will be enthusiastically aiming for every time the two rivals meet.

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A breakdown of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2019 free-agent signings.

Terrell Suggs, linebacker

The Cardinals will sign Suggs to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Here’s a closer look at the linebacker who spent the previous 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens:

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What it means: The Cardinals found a veteran in the 36-year-old Suggs who can immediately establish himself as a stabilizing presence in the locker room after Arizona released veteran safety Antoine Bethea over the weekend. In Suggs, Arizona will also get a durable pass-rusher who, while he may end up on limited snap counts, has shown he’s still effective at getting to the quarterback. He had 26 sacks the last three seasons, including seven in 2018 and 11 in 2017.

What’s the risk: Suggs will turn 37 on Oct. 11, and even though he’s played all 16 games in 12 of his 16 seasons — and 15 in one and 13 in another — age will still be a concern with him this season. But the reward with Suggs is greater than the risk because of his recent production rushing the passer. However, if the Cardinals count on Suggs too much on defense, instead of relying on him to be part of the rotation, and his age finally catches up to him, then the Cardinals could see the risk sooner than the reward.

J.R. Sweezy, guard

The Cardinals will sign guard J.R. Sweezy to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the guard who spent five of the previous seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks:

What it means: The Cardinals found their replacement for Mike Iupati at left guard. Sweezy started 13 of his 15 games in 2018 at left guard and will give Arizona the final piece of its 2019 offensive line. Sweezy moved from right guard, where he played the majority of his career, to left guard before last season. He’s another veteran offensive line signing for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, continuing a run that’s lasted most of Keim’s tenure as GM. In 2018, Sweezy allowed a career-low 19 hurries and 26 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

What’s the risk: Sweezy missed all of 2016 with a herniated disc, so his health would be a concern. When he’s healthy, Sweezy is durable. Another risk is that he turns 30 in April, so Sweezy may not be a long-term answer at left guard, leaving the Cardinals in the same situation either next year or in 2021.

Brett Hundley, quarterback

The Cardinals will sign quarterback Brett Hundley to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the quarterback who spent last season with the Seahawks:

What it means: It’s too early to tell. It’ll all depend on who else the Cardinals have at quarterback next season. If it’s Josh Rosen, then Hundley and could help be part of Rosen’s support group along with Charles Kanoff. Rosen followed Hundley as UCLA’s starter, so the two have a history. If it’s, by chance, Kyler Murray, then Hundley may fit the type of athletic quarterback that new coach Kliff Kingsbury is looking for.

What’s the risk: There’s really not much risk at all, unless Hundley needs to play at length. But that’s more because he won’t be the everyday quarterback. He’s 3-6 as a starter, he’s thrown for nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his career and has 1,853 yards while tallying a 59.5 percent completion rate. While he’s been in the NFL since the Packers drafted him in the fifth round in 2015, Hundley doesn’t have much game experience, which could be a factor if the starter gets hurt.

Jordan Hicks, inside linebacker
The Cardinals will sign Hicks. Here’s a closer look at the linebacker who spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles:

What it means: Inside linebacker quickly became a position of need for Arizona’s defense after it released Josh Bynes and reports have linked the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Deone Bucannon. So, Hicks fills a fairly large void in the Cardinals’ latest version of a 3-4. He’ll quickly be inserted into the starting lineup, likely alongside Haason Reddick, giving the Cardinals an athletic, dynamic and versatile pair of inside linebackers. Hicks also reunited Billy Davis, the Cardinals linebackers coach who was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator when Philadelphia drafted Hicks.

What’s the risk: The primary concern with Hicks is his durability. He missed nine games in 2017 with an Achilles injury and four games last season win a calf injury. As long as Hicks can stay healthy, he can the inside linebacker the Cardinals need him to be.

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What many anticipated happening could soon become a reality. Quarterback Josh Rosen might be on his way out of Arizona.

According to the NFL Network’s Charley Casserly, he says he spoke to a team on Tuesday that confirmed the Arizona Cardinals are indeed shopping Rosen.

What’s interesting is that Casserly is the former general manager of the Washington Redskins, a team who needs a quarterback and has been linked to Rosen recently.
This is something that many had supposed would happen over the next couple of weeks. The Cardinals used their first-round pick last season to draft Rosen, but with a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, it looks entirely possible that he could start over. Especially considering that he has the No. 1 overall pick.

Rosen had a pretty tough rookie season. He passed for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 games, while completing just 55.2 percent of his passes. The fact that the Cardinals went 3-13 was not completely his fault, but it looks like Arizona may now may be flirting with the idea of shaking things up.

Kingsbury has reportedly been interested in former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and an old video recently resurfaced of him giving Murray very high praise.

“Kyler is a freak…..I would take him with the first pick of the draft if I could,” Kingsbury said.
Well, now that he has the No. 1 overall pick, he has that chance.

It’s hard not to be infatuated with the 2018 Heisman Trophy recipient, who accounted for a school-record 5,362 yards of total offense and 54 touchdowns. That school record is better than Baker Mayfield’s last year with one fewer game. Until he did so this year, no player in FBS history had ever averaged at least 300 passing yards and 60 rushing yards per game for an entire season. Murray finished with 311.5 and 71.5, respectively.

Murray was the talk of the NFL Combine last week even though he didn’t participate in a single drill. Many were scared Murray would measure in at around 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9 and under 200 pounds at the combine, but he shocked everyone by coming in at 5-foot-10 and 1/8th and 207 pounds. For most NFL teams, this put to bed the concerns people previously had about Murray. However, during Casserly’s Tuesday interview on the NFL Network, he also had some surprising news about Murray’s reviews at the combine. He says that the comments he heard about Murray were the worst he’s ever heard at the combine on a highly-rated quarterback. Teams had concerns about his leadership, his study habits and especially his board work.

While these comments are surprising, don’t expect Murray to fall down draft boards. Everyone has seen his tape and they know just how special of a player he is.

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks is aware of the low external expectations set for his team in 2018.

After an impressive five-year run under coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer, their retirements have left many wondering if a rebuild is on the horizon in the desert. Wilks is entering his first season as a head coach at the NFL level, so a transition year with difficulties would be normal.

Wilks isn’t subscribing to the theory. He has been hyper-focused since arriving in January, and his plan doesn’t include peaking years down the line.

“This is not a rebuild,” Wilks said on the first day of training camp. “This is a re-tool. I know a lot of people outside the organization – and I may be looking at some (in the local media) – that aren’t giving us an opportunity or a chance, and that’s fine. But we’ve got a lot of talent, a lot of great coaches, and we’re going to make some noise this year.”

Wilks comes over from the Panthers, where he was the defensive coordinator. He brought a host of coaches and a new 4-3 defensive scheme. His top two quarterbacks are new. The Cardinals signed veteran Sam Bradford in free agency and added Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall selection in the draft. All-Pro running back David Johnson is healthy again, while wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive end Chandler Jones give him other elite pieces with which to work.

Wilks understands well the precious seat in which he sits – “I feel very privileged, very humbled, to be one of 32 in the whole world,” Wilks said – and does not want to waste any time proving his worth. It’s only been a couple of years since the Cardinals were talked about as Super Bowl contenders. Wilks believes he can return the team quickly to that rarified air.

“I’m not satisfied about being here,” Wilks said. “I said from Day One, I want to make a difference. It’s all about trying to bring a world championship here to the Arizona Cardinals.”

Players To Watch

RB David Johnson – The Cardinals’ 2017 season took a huge hit in the opener when Johnson was lost for the season with a dislocated wrist. The star running back is healthy again and will be a huge part of the game plan. Johnson talks often about reaching 1,000 yards in both rushing and receiving, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

QB Sam Bradford – The former No. 1 overall pick has shown his pure arm talent throughout the preseason. Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the 2017 regular season opener with Minnesota before missing all but two quarters the rest of the way with knee injuries. His availability could play a big role in the team’s fortunes.

WR Larry Fitzgerald – The future Hall of Famer continues to defy Father Time, accumulating at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons. The 35-year-old is the Cardinals’ go-to wideout and is expected to be Bradford’s favorite target. The prime of Fitzgerald’s career was excellent, and his ability to sustain success into his mid-30s is just as impressive.

LT D.J. Humphries – The athletic blindside protector has shown his potential in flashes over the past two seasons but injuries have limited his impact. Humphries has rare athleticism and seems to be grasping the finer technical points of the position. Humphries can solidify himself as a quality NFL left tackle if he remains healthy and continues to progress.
QB Josh Rosen – If the No. 10 overall pick sits on the bench all season, there won’t be much to see. But Bradford has an extensive injury history, and if he suffers any ailments during the season, the Cardinals would likely turn to Rosen. He showed impressive traits in the preseason and will be a big part of this team’s trajectory over the next few seasons.

Notable Losses: QB Carson Palmer, WR John Brown, T Jared Veldheer, WR Jaron Brown, RB Kerwynn Williams.

Notable Additions: QB Sam Bradford, G Justin Pugh, QB Josh Rosen, WR Christian Kirk, C Mason Cole.
Three Keys To The Offense

1. Pound The Ball – Wilks has been adamant that the Cardinals are going to establish the run. The starting offensive line was impressive in the preseason, especially former Pro Bowler Mike Iupati. If the Cardinals can consistently churn out rushing yards, Bradford will be under less duress and the passing game should find success. If it doesn’t, the Cardinals will be taken out of their comfort zone, where mistakes could happen.

2. A Third Option – Johnson and Fitzgerald are known commodities and will be leaned on heavily throughout the year. However, defenses can focus on stopping them, which would force others to step up. There are a host of possibilities behind them, including tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, wide receiver Christian Kirk and wide receiver Chad Williams, but no clear-cut pecking order. The Cardinals likely need at least one more dynamic contributor for the offense to hit its maximum capacity.
3. Stay Healthy – Bradford, Johnson and Iupati all missed a huge chunk of 2017. Humphries, left guard Justin Pugh and right tackle Andre Smith each missed significant action as well. The Cardinals have more talented pieces on offense than they are given credit for, but the injury history is concerning. They need the majority of their impact starters to be available in 2018.

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2017 Team Totals
Points Per Game 18.4 (25th in NFL)
Total Offense 314.1 yards per game (22nd in NFL)
Passing 227.5 yards per game (15th in NFL)
Net Yards Per Pass Attempt 5.6 (23rd in NFL)
Yards Per Carry 3.4 (31st in NFL)
Turnovers 25 (23rd in NFL)
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2017 Individual Leaders
QB Carson Palmer 1,978 passing yards 9 TD, 7 INT 84.4 passer rating
WR Larry Fitzgerald 109 catches 1,156 yards 6 TD
RB Adrian Peterson 129 carries 448 yards 2 TD
WR J.J. Nelson 29 catches 508 yards 2 TD
WR Jaron Brown 31 catches 477 yards 4 TD
TE Jermaine Gresham 33 catches 322 yards 2 TD
RB Kerwynn Williams 120 carries 426 yards TD

Players To Watch

DE Chandler Jones – The superstar edge rusher led the NFL with 17 sacks a season ago and should again be a thorn in the side of quarterbacks. Jones has moved from outside linebacker to defensive end but should have a similar job description. Pressuring a quarterback is the biggest key in the modern-day NFL and Jones will aim for another standout season.
S Budda Baker – The 2017 second-round pick showed star potential as a rookie and has earned a prime role defensively as the nickelback in sub-packages. Baker is a versatile piece and will be expected to excel in pass coverage, run support and on blitzes. With Tyrann Mathieu’s departure, Baker is the new jack-of-all-trades playmaker at defensive back.

CB Patrick Peterson – The All-Pro cover man has not gotten much action the past few years, but a more zone-heavy scheme may help Peterson become more involved. He had an interception return for a touchdown in the third preseason game and has hopes of doing more of that in the regular season. Peterson would love to make more splash plays in 2018, but even if he doesn’t, taking away elite receivers is a huge boon to the overall success of the defense.

LB Deone Bucannon – It was a frustrating 2017 for Bucannon, who had offseason ankle surgery and never felt quite right during the season. He suffered a slight setback with a knee injury in training camp but looked good upon his return and is now fully healthy. Bucannon is an impact talent and will be a critical piece in the middle of the defense.

DT Robert Nkemdiche – Wilks has shown confidence in the former first-round pick, penciling him in as a starter on the defensive line. Nkemdiche had some nice moments during training camp but has been limited by a foot injury. He should be ready for the regular season. This is a huge year for him after failing to live up to expectations in his first two.

Notable Losses: S Tyrann Mathieu, CB Tramon Williams, S Tyvon Branch, LB Kareem Martin, LB Karlos Dansby

Notable Additions: S Tre Boston, CB Jamar Taylor, CB Bené Benwikere, DE Benson Mayowa


Three Keys To The Defense

1. Force Turnovers – The Cardinals did a masterful job registering takeaways in the preseason, accumulating 17 in four games. If they can carry that ability to the regular season, this team should exceed expectations. The pieces are in place, as is the mentality, but the opportunities can often be fleeting and the defense must take advantage.

2. Star Play From Stars – There is some serious high-end ability on the defense. Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons. Bakers looked like a burgeoning star as a rookie. Jones was a sack maniac. If all three stay healthy and perform up to their capabilities, it’s a fantastic starting point for the defense.

3. Stop The Run – The Cardinals have a lot of talent in the secondary, and teams forced to throw a lot will run the risk of getting intercepted. In order to make opposing offenses one-dimensional, the defense needs to stop the run. It has been a point of emphasis by Wilks, and the group has been good in this phase the past few years. It only allowed 3.5 yards per carry last season, third in the NFL. Defensive tackle Corey Peters plays a big role in bottling up the interior.

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2017 Team Totals
Points Per Game Allowed 22.6 (19th in NFL)
Total Defense 310.9 yards per game (6th in NFL)
Passing Yards Allowed 221.3 per game (14th in NFL)
Yards Per Pass Allowed 6.3 (10th in NFL)
Rushing Yards Allowed 89.6 per game (6th in NFL)
Yards Per Carry Allowed 3.5 (3rd in NFL)
Turnovers 21 (16th in NFL)
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2017 Individual Leaders
LB Chandler Jones 68 tackles 17 sacks 28 TFL
LB Karlos Dansby 106 tackles 10 TFL INT
S Antoine Bethea 58 tackles 5 INT FF
LB Deone Bucannon 90 tackles 2 FF INT
S Tyrann Mathieu 76 tackles 2 INT FF
CB Patrick Peterson 33 tackles INT FR
S Budda Baker 61 tackles 2 FF Sack
S Tyvon Branch 65 tackles FF
Players To Watch

PR Christian Kirk – The Cardinals have not had a dangerous punt returner since Peterson scored four return touchdowns as a rookie. Kirk, this year’s second-round pick, looks natural catching the ball and makes decisive moves. Any big returns would be welcomed with open arms after the Cardinals’ struggles in the area in past years.

P Andy Lee – The Cardinals had been plagued by punting issues for a couple seasons before Lee came in last year and solidified the spot. He signed a multi-year contract extension in the offseason and kicked well in the preseason. While this isn’t the most glorious position, Lee has done a nice job turning it from a weakness into a strength.

K Phil Dawson – The veteran kicker starter 2017 slowly but found a groove down the stretch. He has familiarity with long snapper Aaron Brewer and holder Lee, so the setup should not be an issue. Undrafted free agent kicker Matt McCrane pushed Dawson in the preseason, but the experience the veteran brings can be invaluable in pressure situations.

Notable Losses: PR/KR Kerwynn Williams

Notable Additions: PR Christian Kirk; KR T.J. Logan
Three Keys To Special Teams

Attention To Detail – Wilks has put a large emphasis on special teams during practices. It’s a group that is often rotating personnel so much of the success comes down to coaching, and Jeff Rodgers has done a nice job if the preseason is any indication. The Cardinals struggled on special teams in the past few seasons but renewed emphasis on this phase figures to result in more success in 2018.

Know The Rules – There have been some rules changes that will affect kickoffs and where players can line up on field goal attempts. Live-action penalties tend to happen on special teams because there are so many players running around, but it’s integral not to make mistakes before the snap. Rodgers will undoubtedly be going over the rules ad nauseum and the players must pay attention to the changes.

Block And Tackle – The field-position game could be a big one if the Cardinals’ offense takes some time to heat up this year, which puts the onus on the return and coverage units. The team rarely won this battle in recent years but Rodgers has brought some schemes that have looked effective during the exhibition slate. Kirk and Logan will aim to set up the offense while the gunners need to do their job in coverage.

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2017 Team Totals
Field Goal Percentage 80.0 (21st in NFL)
Extra Point Percentage 88.5 (29th in NFL)
Yards Per Punt 47.3 (6th in NFL)
Net Yards Per Punt 41.5 (17th in NFL)
Kickoff Return Average 20.4 yards (22nd in NFL)
Punt Return Average 7.0 (22nd in NFL)
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2017 Individual Leaders
K Phil Dawson 32-of-40 FG 23-of-26 PAT
P Andy Lee 88 punts 47.3/yd average; 41.5/yd net
KR/PR Kerwynn Williams 20.4 yds/kick return 6.5 yds/punt return

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TEMPE, Ariz. — The divide between what quarterback Sam Bradford wants to accomplish and what his Arizona Cardinals teammates want to see from him during Sunday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys is about as wide as the state of Texas.

Bradford, who played in just two regular-season games last season with the Minnesota Vikings because of a knee injury, hopes to keep getting reacclimated to football.

His teammates just want to see Bradford healthy. So, if that means he plays only five or six plays Sunday and then stands on the sideline with some sunflower seeds, that’s OK with them.

“That would be great,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said.

The reality is Bradford may not see the field for long. Coach Steve Wilks has been coy about how long Bradford — or any other starter, for that matter — will play Sunday night in what will be his final action of the preseason. But for however long Bradford plays, Sunday is the final phase of his comeback before stepping onto the field in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins.

“I think anytime you can get out there and just feel the speed of the game,” Bradford said. “It’s just hard to really simulate that game speed in practice. After having the injury last year and not playing a ton of football, just feeling bodies in the pocket, feeling people around my legs and being able to move around, that’s really what I’m looking to get out of it and just get comfortable with that feeling.”
“I already knew he was going to be ready to go before we even played the preseason,” said David Johnson of Sam Bradford. Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports
Ideally, Bradford won’t have to deal with any Cowboys defenders around his knees, Wilks and guard Justin Pugh both said. But they both understand, regardless of the protection, it’ll eventually happen.

And when it does, Bradford has to be ready for it, Wilks said.

Wilks said he doesn’t need to see much more from Bradford this preseason. Bradford has gone a combined 7-for-7 for 67 yards while averaging 9.6 yards per attempt in two preseason starts. On Sunday, Wilks wants to see more of a fine-tuning.

“Just the mechanics of really running the offense, the timing,” Wilks said. “It’s going to be good being on the road. Noise. Loud in there so you got to be on point with our communication. That’s really what I’m looking for — just him to take command of the offense.”

It’s already started.

On running back David Johnson’s touchdown run in the second quarter Friday against New Orleans, Bradford checked out of the play offensive coordinator Mike McCoy called.

“He didn’t hesitate,” McCoy said of Bradford. “He moved David over and checked to the right play and the rest is history.”

Those who practice with and against Bradford daily don’t think he needs any more preseason reps.

Pugh just wants to see him jog out to the huddle for the first play against Washington, and left tackle D.J. Humphries took it one step further.

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“I actually don’t want Sam to put a helmet on anymore,” he said. “Personally, I don’t want to see Sam until Washington. I don’t know what everybody else needs to see.

“But I’m also not a coach. I get paid to block people and not make orders. I don’t need to see nothing from that dude. At all.”

Johnson thinks Bradford is already ready.

“He knows what he has to do,” Johnson said. “He’s been really lighting it up.
“I already knew he was going to be ready to go before we even played the preseason. It’s really good to see him come out and play really well.”

Bradford has been “as good as advertised,” Fitzgerald said. His passes have “zip” on them, said Pugh, who added Bradford has been “commanding” the huddle.

“He’s ready to go,” Pugh said. “He looks great out there.

“He’s a completion machine. Leads his team. We go as he goes, so I’m excited about it.”

From facing Bradford in practice, veteran safety Antoine Bethea sees a quarterback who’s already making the right throws in the right reads while diagnosing the right coverages.

“Really, just for him personally, how does he feel?” Bethea said. “From the sidelines, from going against him in practice, he looks good to me.”

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Former Arizona Cardinal Kurt Warner has been studying quarterbacks across the league in his new role with the NFL Network, and he thinks the Cardinals have a nice fit with veteran signal caller Sam Bradford.

As a Hall of Fame quarterback in the NFL, Warner has the credentials to evaluate the league’s quarterback talent.

“Any time Sam has had protection around him and a system that fits his skill set which is see things and get the ball out of your hands, he’s thrived,” Warner said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station Bickley & Marotta.

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The Cardinals new system is devised by first-year offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. The Cardinals will implement a more traditional offense in 2018, including the re-introduction of a fullback.

“My impression watching him over the last couple years and talking to people around Cardinals camp, he’s the guy,” said Warner.

Early signs show that Bradford’s has shown confidence in running the Cardinals’ offense.

But, with any conversation regarding Bradford injuries are always the primary issue. He’s performed phenomenally well the previous two seasons when he’s been on the field, including setting an NFL passing accuracy record.

“Over the last couple of years when he’s played he was good as anyone in the NFL,” said Warner. “There’s always the caveat, can he stay healthy? Will he be on the field? How much can he be on the field?” said Warner.

The Cardinals will take things slowly with Bradford as he continues to rehab from last season’s ACL injury. Arizona does feature a good amount of depth at the quarterback position with veteran Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen.

But for the time being, the Cardinals and Warner are optimistic about what a healthy Bradford can do for the team.