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2015 Will Be a Very Important Season for Arizona Cardinals’ Jonathan Cooper

February 28th, 2015 at 6:27 AM
By Steve Smith

There is no doubt that the 2015 NFL season will be a very important one for Jonathan Cooper.

The Arizona Cardinals guard has been plagued by injuries since he was drafted by the Red Birds with the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. The University of North Carolina product missed the entire 2013 campaign with a broken leg suffered in preseason play and participated in just 10 games last season due to toe and wrist injuries.

Cooper started just two games in 2014 – he needs to stay healthy and productive moving forward. He should be ready for OTA's and minicamps.

"Coop’s just been bad luck," head coach Bruce Arians said via rotoworld.com. "He was starting to play pretty solid. He should be able to get back into this offseason the healthiest he’s been."

Let's take a look at what scouts are saying about the 6-foot-2, 311-pound guard.

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Arizona Cardinals Draft Preview: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

February 27th, 2015 at 4:58 AM
By Steve Smith

The NFL Scouting Combine has concluded and the NFL Draft is not that far down the road.This is the 10th part of a series previewing whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL. on Apr. 30. The draft concludes on May 2.

Let's take a close look at a college prospect that may be available to the Red Birds when they're on the clock late in the first round. This scenario could certainly change as well if the Cardinals either trade up or trade down accordingly:

Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

The Macon, GA native is 6-foot-4 and weighs 269 pounds. If drafted, he'd provide the Cards with a talented pass rusher. As we all know, the Red Birds can certainly use some help getting to the quarterback.

According to scouts, Dupree's strengths are: Freakish athlete with chiseled frame. Outstanding power with ability to rag-doll tight ends at will. Should be an above average edge-setter. Good transition from playing run to rushing quarterback in play-action. Explosive closing burst. Willing thumper when he has a shot on running back. Can drop into space and play zone. Raw, but learning with huge growth potential as a player. Has strength at the point to be a physical edge-setter. Scouts give him plus grade for character.

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Arizona Cardinals Save Salary Cap Money by Cutting Ted Ginn

February 26th, 2015 at 4:52 AM
By Steve Smith

The Ted Ginn era lasted just one season in the desert.

By cutting the wide receiver/punt and kickoff returner, the Arizona Cardinals will save $2.5 million in salary cap space that would have been spent if Ginn was on their roster in 2015. The Red Birds will absorb $1.5 million in dead salary cap money though.

Ginn had one shining moment for the Cards when he returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants in week two. Besides that, he was pretty inconsistent and not as explosive as Arizona had hoped.

This scenario comes on the heels of the nearly $13 million in cap savings the Red Birds got when re-doing the contract of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cardinals brought Ginn in to both provide much needed speed at wide receiver and to aid a struggling return game that had struggled both in kickoffs and in punts. However, before the Cardinals ever took the field, the drafting of dazzling rookie John Brown changed the need for Ginn as wide receiver. Ginn finished with only 14 receptions for 190 yards and no touchdowns. His long reception was 27 yards.

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Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFL Draft Preview: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

February 25th, 2015 at 4:56 AM
By Steve Smith

The NFL Scouting Combine is now over.This is the ninth part of a series previewing whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL. on Apr. 30. The draft concludes on May 2.

Let's take a close look at a prospect that may be available to the Red Birds when they're on the clock late in the first round. This scenario could certainly change as well if the Cards either trade up or trade down accordingly:

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

The Brenham, TX native would certainly boost an Arizona defensive line under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Brown is 6-fee-2 and weighs a robust 319 pounds.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Bruce Arians, Steve Keim Ink Four-year Pacts

February 24th, 2015 at 5:10 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals are in good hands for a long time now.

The Red Birds have inked head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim to new four-year contracts. The respective deals will keep both men with the organization through the 2018 NFL season.

Terms of their new pacts were not announced.

Arians' initial contract with the Cards was for four years with a team option for a fifth and made him the lowest-paid coach in the NFC West at just more than $3 million per season.

Arians and Keim will discuss their new contracts at a news conference later today.

"Two years ago, we hired Steve and Bruce a few days apart and believed we had something really special," Cardinals president Michael Bidwill stated via espn.com. "Every day since then, they have done nothing but validate that belief. The team's performance over the last two seasons certainly reflects how talented they are in their respective roles, and it was important that we reward them for their accomplishments. I speak not only for myself but all Cardinals fans when I say how thrilled we all are that Steve and Bruce are now under contract through 2018."

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