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Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson Can Now Just Focus on Playing Cornerback

July 29th, 2014 at 6:12 AM
By Steve Smith

Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has spent some of his young career returning punts and playing wide receiver.

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Now he can concentrate on just being a Pro Bowl cornerback, one of the best in the NFL.

With the additions of Ted Ginn, Jr. and John Brown, the Red Birds are all set with punt return men. Brown, Ginn,Jr.and Walt Powell give the Cards additional depth at wide receiver so Peterson, who was basically Arizona's fourth WR last season, does not have to worry about that dynamic in 2014.

Regarding relinquishing those duties, Peterson stated the following via

"My duties are now done. But I am completely OK with it.”

The three-time Pro Bowler is also in the process of working on a contract extension.

He said that those contract talks aren't a distraction.

"Not at all,” Peterson said. “I am here to play football, I have two years left on my deal and I want to do the best I can to help this team win. I haven’t been to the playoffs since I have been here and that’s my first goal. That’s what I am focusing in on right now."

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Larry Fitzgerald Likes What He Sees in 2014 Arizona Cardinals

July 28th, 2014 at 6:25 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals Training Camp is just two days old so far in Glendale but Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald likes what he sees from his teammates in the early stages of training camp.

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The University of Pittsburgh product seems very optimistic about the 2014 version of the Red Birds.

"Our Super Bowl team (2009), we got hot at the right time," Fitzgerald told "I don't think we were as talented as we are right now. Obviously, we had a Hall of Fame quarterback in Kurt Warner and a Hall of Fame receiver in Anquan Boldin back then, but look across this room.

"We have John Abraham, Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Darnell Dockett, guys who are Pro Bowl regulars. We have rising stars in Andre Ellington and Michael Floyd, along with myself. The offensive line is the strongest I've ever seen since I've been here. We've got five tight ends that could make the team, and that kind of everyday competition makes us so much better. We have a really strong group of men."

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Rookie QB Logan Thomas Looks to Make Strong Impression During Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

July 27th, 2014 at 6:35 AM
By Steve Smith

Now that Arizona Cardinals Training Camp 2014 is underway, a battle has begun in earnest to see who will earn the right to be the third quarterback on head coach Bruce Arians' depth chart.

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As presently constituted, veterans Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton are first and second on the QB depth chart, respectively. That leaves Ryan Lindley and rookie Logan Thomas to battle it out for the third spot.

Thomas was drafted in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft (120th overall). The Virginia Tech product is known for having a strong but somewhat inaccurate arm.

Thomas took about 25 percent of the snaps in team OTA's and all the snaps in rookie minicamp. Now comes the next big step – how will he fare in training camp and preseason action?

Let's take a look at Thomas' updated scouting profile via

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Arizona Cardinals Open Their 2014 NFL Training Camp Today

July 26th, 2014 at 6:42 AM
By Steve Smith

The day has finally arrived.

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The Arizona Cardinals open their 2014 version of Training Camp today at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. With the start of any training camp come a number of questions that need to be answered as the Red Birds look to build on a very promising 10-6 campaign in 2013.

The Red Birds commence their second training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium at 2 p.m. this afternoon, one of 18 open practices between July 26 and Aug. 22.

Admission and parking are both free for all open practices.

Bruce Arians is entering his second season at the helm of the Cards and there is an air of stability around the club now. Players know what to expect, his offensive system is firmly in place and the Red Birds are a much more confident group presently then they were last year coming off a dismal 5-11 season.

While Arizona tries to capture its first playoff berth since 2009, many questions remain to be answered.

For example, can quarterback Carson Palmer perform like he did in the second half of last season throughout 2014?

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Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu, Alameda Ta’amu Head to PUP List

July 25th, 2014 at 6:17 AM
By Steve Smith

Training Camp 2014 commences tomorrow for the Arizona Cardinals and to no one's surprise, the Red Birds placed safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list as they gear up to begin training camp.

Both players are coming off ACL injuries suffered late last season.

By making this move, the Cards have the option to keep them there when the regular season begins, which if it happened would mean the Cardinals would not have to count one or both against the 53-man roster until they were ready to play.

However, a player on the PUP list to start the season must also wait at least six weeks before playing, and at this point both Mathieu and Ta’amu are expected to be ready to at least practice before then.

Once a player practices, he must be removed from the PUP list and cannot return. Both Mathieu and Ta’amu have been rehabbing well this offseason at the team’s Tempe, Arizona complex.

Both players returned this week and were working out as some of the Cardinals took part in the team’s “QB school” session.

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