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Slow Progress for Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer

October 1st, 2014 at 5:14 AM
By Steve Smith

It's no slam dunk that Carson Palmer will start at quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in Denver.

The veteran signal-caller has been dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder since Week Two of the NFL season. Whether he can start (or even play) against the Broncos at this point remains up in the air.

The 3-0 Red Birds had their bye week last week and Palmer seemed to be encouraged after throwing some passes last Wednesday. However, the USC product has not made as much progress as he would have liked since then.

“I was hoping to be throwing more than I am,” Palmer told the team's website. “It’s slowly improving. Nothing ever improves as fast as you want it to. I’ll just continue to stay on what I have been doing and hopefully it continues to progress.”

Palmer is still hopeful he can give it a go in one of the most anticipated games on the NFL slate this weekend. The Broncos are 7.5 point favorites in that contest.

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2014 Arizona Cardinals Defensive Rookie Profile: Ed Stinson

September 30th, 2014 at 5:30 AM
By Steve Smith

Rookie Ed Stinson may have just one tackle so far this season for the Arizona Cardinals but he's still an important part of their future plans.

The Red Birds drafted Stinson from the University of Alabama in the fifth round (160th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in May.

Stinson is 6-foot-3 and weighs 287 pounds. He should add some quality depth along the Red Birds' defensive line and is less than a week away from participating in his first NFL training camp.

Let's take a look at his updated scouting profile via the good folks at www.cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Rookie Ed Stinson possesses an ideal frame for the defensive line with broad shoulders, long (32 3/4") arms, a trim middle and a thick lower half, including wide hips and a big bubble. Powerful. Tough to move at the point of attack. Locks out would-be blockers with good arm extension and impressive strength. Very effective bull-rusher, capable of simply pushing opponents into the backfield. Reads run quickly and slides well laterally, slipping blocks to make plays at the line of scrimmage. Breaks down well against quick athletes and possesses the long arms and strength to rip them to the ground. Played special teams for the Tide, including as a blocker on field goals. Versatile.

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Arizona Cardinals Like Potential of Tight End Troy Niklas

September 29th, 2014 at 5:29 AM
By Steve Smith

Although he just has one reception for 16 yards for the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals, rookie tight end Troy Niklas seems to have a bright future with the Red Birds.

The University of Notre Dame product was drafted in the second round of this year's NFL Draft.

Let's take a look at Niklas' updated scouting profile via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Work in progress presently. Niklas has a prototypical build for today's matchup nightmare at tight end. Excellent height, long arms and a well-built frame. Experience on the defensive side of the ball is shown with his physical nature on the field. Seems to enjoy blocking, rocking opponents with an impressive initial punch and latching on to control throughout the play. Keeps his legs driving through contact. Uses his height and strength to get open against tight coverage, consistently winning the physical battle with opponents to create space. Good leaping ability, flashing the ability to extend and pluck. Used in a variety of roles for the Irish, including as an inline blocker from both sides, split out wide and even used as an occasional H-back or as a third tackle in pass protection. Secures the football quickly and turns aggressively upfield, dragging would-be tacklers along the way. Good bloodlines. Nephew of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. Solid potential.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Deone Bucannon Has a Bright Future in the NFL

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

Safety Deone Bucannon has already had an impact in his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Washington State product has been a strong presence in the secondary for the 3-0 Red Birds this season. Bucannon also ranks fifth on the team with 13 tackles. He helps form one of the best secondaries in the NFL.

Let's take a look at his profile via nfl.com:

Overview

His name is pronounced "DAY-own byew-CAN-nin)." Defensive back-receiver who also golfed as a California prep. Fractured his left collarbone in his final high school game. Played in 12 games (eight starts at strong safety) as a true freshman in 2010 and had 84 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions with four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Started 11-of-12 games in '11 and registered 80-4-3 with two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal. Appeared in 12 games (11 starts) in '12 and had 106-4-4 with three tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Led the team in tackles. Was suspended for the first half of the UNLV contest as punishment for a hit to the head on a defenseless receiver. In '13, started all 13 games and totaled 114-1-6 with 4.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Led the Pac-12 in tackles and tied for the lead in interceptions. Also played on the kickoff and punt coverage teams and tied for the team lead with seven special-teams tackles. Three-time captain concluded his college career ranking among the WSU all-time leaders in tackles (384) and interceptions (15).

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Arizona Cardinals Rookie Wide Receiver John Brown Making an Impact

September 26th, 2014 at 6:47 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals seem to have made quite a find in rookie wide receiver John Brown.

The Red Birds drafted the speedy wideout in the third round of this year's NFL Draft and they are reaping the rewards right now.

The Pittsburg State (Kansas) product leads Arizona with three touchdowns and ranks second in receiving yards (109) behind Michael Floyd.

Brown had two crucial touchdown catches against the 49ers last Sunday. He's one of the reasons the Red Birds are 3-0.

Let's take a look at his updated profile via our friends at nfl.com:

Strengths Fast, athletic and flexible. Accelerates off the line. Field fast. Stretches the field and tracks deep throws. Gets in and out of breaks quickly. Good hands. Playmaking ability as a receiver and return man. Has worked as a gunner. Well respected, coachable team captain. Led all receivers at the combine with a 2.46-second time in the 20-yard split.

Weaknesses Lacks ideal size. Has very short arms and small hands. Limited functional strength. Can be jammed and rerouted. Can be outmuscled for contested catches. Cannot bust through tackles. Poor blocker. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

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