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Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 NFL Schedule Released

April 24th, 2014 at 6:59 AM
By Steve Smith

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The NFL released their individual teams schedules and the Arizona Cardinals have an interesting slate for 2014. Every year brings a different dynamic.

Let's take a look below:

Cardinals Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)

Week 1: Monday, Sept. 8, San Diego, 10:20 p.m.

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, at NY Giants, 1 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at Denver, 4:05 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, Washington, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, at Dallas, 1 p.m.

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, St. Louis, 4:25 p.m.

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, Detroit, 4:25 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, at Seattle, 4:05 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, at Atlanta, 4:05 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, Kansas City, 4:05 p.m.

Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 11, at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

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Red Birds Draft Preview: Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle

April 24th, 2014 at 4:57 AM
By Steve Smith

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The annual NFL Draft is always exciting and one of the best days on the NFL calendar.

The Arizona Cardinals will be selecting 20th overall in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft next month.

Let's take an early look at a player that might be available to them when they are officially on the clock: defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan of Florida State.

Jernigan is a junior and is listed at 6-feet-2. He weighs 299 pounds.

Here is an updated look at his profile via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Fine prospect. Jernigan stays light on his feet with good movement skills for a 300-pounder, showing smooth hips and fluid lateral range to work up and down the line of scrimmage. Jernigan does a nice job using his hands and footwork to sidestep blockers and collapse gaps, and has active hands and the upper-body strength to bully blockers. Jernigan also shows improved ball awareness and can anchor against multiple blocks.

WEAKNESSES: This defensive tackle needs to improve his snap anticipation and is too often the last lineman to move off the ball. He's still developing his technique and figuring out how to properly use his limbs. Improvement needed there.

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Red Birds Draft Preview: Eric Ebron, Tight End

April 23rd, 2014 at 5:28 AM
By Steve Smith

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The NFL Draft will commence on May 8 in New York City.

The Arizona Cardinals draft 20th overall in this year's NFL Draft. Let's take a look at a player that may be available when the Red Birds are officially on the clock in the first round. To grab him, the Red Birds will most likely have to trade up.

The player is tight end Eric Ebron of the University of North Carolina. Here is his updated scouting profile via our friends at cbspsorts.com:

STRENGTHS: Smooth, gliding athlete with easy acceleration to speed past defenders in coverage and finish. Agile feet and dangerous after the catch to create with quick cuts to make defenders miss. Quick release off the LOS with route fluidity and natural flexibility. Smooth adjustments to pluck the ball with his hands away from his body – large catching radius. Physical when he wants as a blocker with strong initial power at the point of attack. Very good toughness and plays unintimidated and confident. Good football awareness and plays alert. Versatile experience lining up in-line, but mostly in the slot – also plays on special teams coverage. Still far from his ceiling.

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University of Phoenix Stadium Getting Ungraded

April 22nd, 2014 at 4:54 AM
By Steve Smith

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The next Super Bowl is coming to town so the University of Arizona Stadium is getting a little bit of a face lift.

The UOA stadium in Glendale is having their video boards upgraded at a cost of $10.8 million, with the Arizona Cardinals fronting that cost.

According to azcentral.com, over the next seven years, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA), the stadium's owner and operator, will repay 75 percent of that, or about $8.1 million. The Cardinals are covering the entire $8 million cost of upgrading the wireless system. The stadium turns 8 years old this summer, which is a long time in stadium years.

"There are a lot of aspects of the stadium that will need some attention," said Tom Sadler, the president and CEO of the AZSTA via azcentral.com. "We need to continue to be on the leading edge of creating a world-class experience for our fans. You look around the country, there is an expectation of having a certain level of technology in your stadium that creates that experience."

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Red Birds Draft Preview: Calvin Pryor, Safety

April 21st, 2014 at 4:51 AM
By Steve Smith

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It's almost time.

With Tyrann Mathieu currently recovering from ACL and LCL surgery, the Arizona Cardinals could use more help at the safety position.

The Red Birds will be drafting 20th overall in this year's NFL Draft. Let's take a look at a player that may be available to them when they are officially on the clock.

That player is free safety Calvin Pryor of the University of Louisville. Here is his updated scouting report via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: A prototype body type with good anticipation and explosive closing speed. Reliable open-field tackler and intimidating presence. Lowers his shoulder on impact to create collisions in run support and when protecting the middle of the field in coverage. Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier. Very good ball skills. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame and shows excellent awareness to get his feet inbounds.

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