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Grading the Arizona Cardinals in NFL Free Agency So Far
March 22nd, 2015 at 6:05 AM
Free agency in the National Football League is almost two weeks old now and the dust is starting to settle. Let's take a look at how general manager Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals have done so far. ***PHOTO1*** Overall Grade: B- Aside from the signing of three-time Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati...

Arizona Cardinals Could Be Eyeing UCLA’s Eric Kendricks in the NFL Draft
March 21st, 2015 at 7:51 AM
Despite some of their recent free agent signings, the Arizona Cardinals could still use a boost at the linebacker position. ***PHOTO1*** Among their most pressing needs are at outside linebacker (to aid their pass rush), inside linebacker and help along the defensive line. Let's take a look at a college prospect that may...

Arizona Cardinals’ Sean Weatherspoon Battling Back from Achilles Injury
March 19th, 2015 at 4:57 AM
So why were the Arizona Cardinals able to sign a talented free agent linebacker like Sean Weatherspoon relatively cheaply? ***PHOTO1*** Injuries. Plain and simple. The 27-year-old Weatherspoon missed the entire 2014 NFL campaign with a ruptured Achilles tendon while a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Not only that, but the Greenville, SC native also...

Arizona Cardinals Sign Free Agents Mike Iupati, Corey Peters, LaMarr Woodley
March 11th, 2015 at 4:55 AM
Free agency has started in the National Football League and the Arizona Cardinals were very active on day number one. The Red Birds have signed former San Francisco guard Mike Iupati, ex-Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Corey Peters and former Oakland Raiders linebacker LaMarr Woodley. ***PHOTO1*** Financial terms of the contracts were not...

What Will Arizona Cardinals Do in NFL Free Agency?
March 9th, 2015 at 4:58 AM
Christmas comes early for NFL fans when NFL free agency begins tomorrow. There should be a whirlwind of activity throughout the league so fasten your seat belts and get ready for quite a ride. ***PHOTO1*** So what should we expect from the Arizona Cardinals? Heading into free agency, the Red Birds have...

Arizona Cardinals Draft Preview: Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson
March 8th, 2015 at 6:21 AM
Free agency in the National Football League commences on Tuesday and the NFL Draft is not that far down the road either. This is a continuing part of a series previewing whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at...

Arizona Cardinals Draft Preview: Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington
March 4th, 2015 at 4:49 AM
Free agency in the National Football League begins next week and the NFL Draft is not that far down the road either. This is a continuing part of a series previewing whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at...

Arizona Cardinals Draft Preview: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
February 27th, 2015 at 4:58 AM
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....

Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFL Draft Preview: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
February 22nd, 2015 at 6:56 AM
The NFL Scouting Combine is starting to wind down in Indianapolis. This is the seventh 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...

Arizona Cardinals Need to Improve Speed at Linebacker in 2015
February 21st, 2015 at 6:56 AM
The Arizona Cardinals had a top 10 defense last season but there is a specific need that certainly stands out moving forward. ***PHOTO1*** "We need speed at all our linebacker positions," head coach Bruce Arians said via azcentral.com at the NFL scouting combine. Don't be surprised if the Red Birds try to address...

Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFL Draft Preview: Bernardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State
February 17th, 2015 at 6:15 AM
This is the fifth 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. ***PHOTO1*** Let's take a close look at a prospect...

Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFL Draft Preview: Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
February 16th, 2015 at 5:39 AM
This is the fourth 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. ***PHOTO1*** Let's take a close look at a prospect...

Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Preview: Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
February 14th, 2015 at 6:05 AM
This is the third 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. ***PHOTO1*** Let's take a look at a prospect that may be available to the Red...

Arizona Cardinals Have Numerous Needs Heading into the NFL Draft
February 9th, 2015 at 6:10 AM
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner (Feb. 17-23) in Indianapolis and the Arizona Cardinals own the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago. ***PHOTO1*** Despite their 11-5 record and first playoff berth in five seasons, the Red Birds have numerous needs. Most NFL teams certainly...

Arizona Cardinals Name James Bettcher New Defensive Coordinator
February 5th, 2015 at 5:05 AM
The Arizona Cardinals have found their new defensive coordinator and did not have to go far to find him. ***PHOTO1*** The Red Birds have named 36-year-old James Bettcher as their new defensive coordinator, replacing Todd Bowles. Bettcher was Arizona's outside linebackers coach the last two seasons when the Cards were one of...

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians Enjoying Super Bowl Week
January 31st, 2015 at 5:25 AM
Bruce Arians would have loved to have coached a home game in Super Bowl 49. He would have loved to have guided his Cardinals contingent to the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale tomorrow. ***PHOTO1*** Alas, that will not happen. However, the 62-year-old Arians led the Cards to their...

Stopping the Run Suddenly an Issue for Arizona Cardinals
December 31st, 2014 at 6:23 AM
Over the first 10 games of the 2014 regular season, the Arizona Cardinals had a top three rushing defense. Times have quickly changed though. That's a big concern as the Red Birds prepare for their first playoff game in five years Saturday against the Carolina Panthers. ***PHOTO1*** Case in point - over...

Kevin Minter Has Opportunity to Shine for Arizona Cardinals
December 28th, 2014 at 7:26 AM
He was a second round pick in 2013. Now Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Kevin Minter gets an opportunity to shine brightly against the San Francisco 49ers. ***PHOTO1*** The LSU product will start this afternoon for the Red Birds (11-4) in their regular season finale in Santa Clara against the 7-8 Niners. That's...

Arizona Cardinals Turn to Ryan Lindley as Their Starting Quarterback
December 16th, 2014 at 6:36 AM
In the season of "next man up", the Arizona Cardinals now turn to Ryan Lindley as their starting quarterback with the biggest game of the season looming. ***PHOTO1*** With Drew Stanton (knee) expected to be out for up to four weeks, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has named Lindley as his...

Time on the Playing Field Increasing for Arizona Cardinals’ Deone Bucannon
October 17th, 2014 at 6:35 AM
The Arizona Cardinals drafted Deone Bucannon as a safety in the first round of this year's NFL Draft. ***PHOTO1*** Although he's listed as a strong safety, the Washington State product has been playing more as an inside linebacker or "dollar" linebacker where he can blitz and also help with run support. Bucannon...