Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals close to training camp, David Johnson contract and more

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals close to training camp, David Johnson contract and more

Happy Monday one and all! Hope the weekend was a good one for you.

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so hopefully we get some news on the Arizona Cardinals and the David Johnson contract situation.

There is plenty of news to get your week started though, so let’s get to it.

Sports Illustrated: Grading the Cardinals’ offseason
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit graded the offseason moves of every team in the NFC West. Benoit wasn’t very high on the moves the Cardinals made heading into the 2018 season.

70 days till Week 1: Remembering No. 70 Derek Kennard | Cards Wire
We look back at one of the starting offensive linemen when the Cardinals first moved to Arizona.

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor appears to announce retirement | Cards Wire
His last game was against the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals players react to apparent retirement of Kam Chancellor | Cards Wire
David Johnson and Antoine Bethea to the news.

Cardinals players react to LeBron James heading to Lakers in NBA | Cards Wire
They react to the biggest news in the NBA.

4 stories Cardinals fans need to know about division rival Rams | Cards Wire
Their stadium is making progress, Mark Barron is getting healthier and more.

3 stories Cardinals fans need to know about rival 49ers | Cards Wire
There are a couple of stories about QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

4 stories Cardinals fans need to know about rival Seahawks | Cards Wire
Check out what is up with the Cardinals’ rivals in the last week.

The player that the Arizona Cardinals should’ve retained
Last offseason’s free agent defection of the popular Calais Campbell could haunt the Arizona Cardinals for quite some time

Arizona Cardinals: Happy July, the countdown is on
We’ve entered July, meaning no more months without a single day of football with the Arizona Cardinals reporting on the 27th of the month

Enter July, still waiting on Cardinals David Johnson
The Arizona Cardinals are still waiting for running back David Johnson to end his holdout as we enter the month of July and the start of training camp

Bird Droppings: Getting to know Chase Edmonds, the offense of the Arizona Cardinals, projecting the defense and more

Bird Droppings: Getting to know Chase Edmonds, the offense of the Arizona Cardinals, projecting the defense and more

Happy Saturday one and all, hope your week has been a good one.

We are on a flight to Chicago for a long weekend, while there is not much going on for the Arizona Cardinals.

However, there is plenty of news from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals to get your day started.

Arizona Cardinals: Predicting the linebackers
The Arizona Cardinals linebackers this season will have some different personnel given the change from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense

For what it’s worth in June, offensive edition
Arizona Cardinals Home: The official source of the latest Cardinals headlines, news, videos, photos, tickets, rosters and game day information

Projected roles for Cardinals’ 6 2018 draft picks | Cards Wire
Most won’t see the field in 2018.

Former Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley now coaching at San Diego State | Cards Wire
He joins the Aztecs coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Cardinals’ contract offer to Tre Boston was ‘very, very disrespectful’ | Cards Wire
Boston reports he was treated very well by the Cardinals until it came to the contract offer.

‘Genius’ Mike McCoy’s offense gives many players chances to make plays | Cards Wire
Second-year receiver Chad Williams says defenses won’t know where the attack will come from.

Cardinals WR Chad Williams ‘locked in’ with focus in Year 2 | Cards Wire
“I guess I’m seeing the bigger picture now and everything is getting clearer.”

79 days till Week 1: Remembering No. 79 Keith Rucker | Cards Wire
He played for the Cardinals in 1992-1993.

Sam Bradford: “I feel really good right now”

Sam Bradford: “I feel really good right now”

The Cardinals want to see more of Sam Bradford during the regular season.

That’s why they want to see more of him now.

Via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, Bradford’s workload has gradually increased over the offseason, leading into this week’s three-day minicamp.

“It was obviously good to be out there today to get some of that work,” Bradford said. “To this point, I’ve really just kind of been building into it. But I feel really good right now and obviously to be able to be out there and move around with the guys, it was a lot of fun today.”

The status of Bradford’s left knee will make his availability a question the rest of his career. But his current health is a good sign heading into training camp, where the Cardinals intend him to get comfortable as the starter.

“We devised a plan,” Bradford said. “We stuck to that plan and the plan was to get stronger and to feel good coming out of this part of the offseason so that during the five weeks leading up to training camp, I can really build on what we had done here and come into training camp ready to go.

“I think the plan’s worked. My body feels really good right now.”

As long as he holds up, the Cardinals can groom rookie Josh Rosen for the future. But Bradford’s background being what it is (he’s played 16 games twice in his career), it’s also important to have Rosen as ready as possible.

Cardinals drop quarterbacks Brandon Doughty, Alek Torgersen

Cardinals drop quarterbacks Brandon Doughty, Alek Torgersen

The Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen in the first round of the NFL Draft and they agreed to terms with Chad Kanoff as an undrafted free agent last week, which left them with an overstuffed depth chart at quarterback.

They took steps to alleviate that on Monday. The Cardinals have released quarterbacks Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen from their 90-man roster.

Both players joined the team on April 5 as waiver claims. Doughty was waived by the Dolphins, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, and Torgersen was dropped after joining the Lions practice squad last December.

The moves leaves the Cardinals with Rosen, Kanoff, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon at quarterback. The Cardinals need to release two more players before making their undrafted additions official before this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Cardinals not the underdog in season opener, but they're not favored either

Cardinals not the underdog in season opener, but they're not favored either

As the Arizona Cardinals approach the 2018 season, they are not expected to do much. In fact, Vegas gave the Cardinals the lowest win/loss betting line in the league, matching the Cleveland Browns.

However, the Cardinals are not underdogs in their season opener.

They will open the 2018 season at home against the Washington Redskins. According to Bovada, the game is currently a pick’em.

Both teams will have new starting quarterbacks. The Redskins traded for Alex Smith, letting Kirk Cousins walk in free agency, while the Cardinals signed Sam Bradford. They also drafted Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick, but as of now, Bradford is still expected to be the starter in 2018.

Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons and both were ravaged by injuries in 2017.

With the changes, it is unknown exactly how good either team will be. As such, that makes the season opener have an understandable even line. That line will certainly move before the season begins.

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Cardinals wanted Josh Allen over Josh Rosen, tried to trade up to get Allen

Cardinals wanted Josh Allen over Josh Rosen, tried to trade up to get Allen

The Arizona Cardinals were thrilled when they were able to trade up to the 10th overall pick and select quarterback Josh Rosen. However, according to Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms, the Cardinals did not have Rosen at the top of their QB list.

They had Josh Allen higher and actually had a deal in place to move up and select him.

According to Simms, they would have moved to the fifth overall pick, making a deal with the Denver Broncos.

“They tried to trade for Josh Allen,” Simms said on his radio show. “Everything I know is that the No. 5 pick with the Broncos, the trade was in place, and it was with Arizona. And then (Bradley) Chubb was on the board and (team president John) Elway wasn’t willing to do that.

“The Arizona Cardinals were heartbroken they didn’t get Josh Allen.”

Rosen confidently declared that there were nine mistakes taken before him. He clarified that to be three quarterback mistakes.

Apparently, had the Cardinals had their way, they would have been one of those teams making the same mistake in Rosen’s eyes.

But this sort of thing has worked out favorably for the Cardinals before. They wanted to draft running back Ameer Abdullah. The Detroit Lions selected him just ahead of the Cardinals. Their consolation prize was David Johnson the next round. That worked out nicely.

Perhaps that will be the case again.

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