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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with four oftheir seven2012 draft choices, the team announced Tuesday.Well, the team announced three of the four, as fourth-round pickBobby Massie broke the news on via hispersonalTwitter account.At any rate, the signings of Massie, fifth-round pickSenioKelemete, and sixth-round selections Justin Bethel andRyan Lindleymean the only players yet to sign are first-round pickMichaelFloyd, third-round choice Jamell Fleming and seventh-roundselection Nate Potter. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Read below for more on the newly-signed players:• Bobby Massie• Senio Kelemete• Justin Bethel• Ryan Lindleylast_img read more

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first_imgSeattle Seahawks cornerback Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) squares up against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Not as big a game as it could have been, but to the Cardinals, there is still something to play for.With a win, the Cardinals would put a dent in the Seahawks’ hopes of earning a first-round bye. With a win, they would produce a signature victory in a season that has lacked much to get excited over. But if ever there was a game where playing for pride could be enough motivation, this is it.“Oh this is definitely — the next two games,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “For sure. You have an opportunity to go up against divisional opponents; you always want to come out on top, no matter what the circumstances may be.”Just, few expect them to do so.The Cardinals enter the game roughly a touchdown underdog, which is as large a spread as they have seen in recent seasons. Injuries and inconsistency have led to their disappointing season, and though they have gone to Seattle and won in the past, little has happened this year to inspire confidence that it will now.Kickoff is slated for 2:25 p.m. Saturday.“Playing against Seattle, there’s only two options: you going to either be the hammer or you’re going to be the nail, and you’ve got to decide early what it’s going to be,” Fitzgerald said, noting he will be facing off with the hard-hitting Kam Chancellor throughout the afternoon. “From the time you step on that field you’ve got to understand what it’s going to be, it’s going to be a physical altercation for 60 minutes. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – With 62 yards from scrimmage, David Johnson would be the first player in franchise history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season. With 100 total yards, he would extend his NFL-record streak of games to open a season with 100 yards from scrimmage to 15, and tie Barry Sanders for the most consecutive such games in a single season.– Johnson needs one touchdown to have 18 total this season, which would be a franchise record. With a rushing score, he would tie John David Crow (1962) for the most rushing touchdowns in team history.– If Carson Palmer passes for at least 300 yards, he would establish a franchise record with 23 total 300-yard performances.– Both Chandler Jones and Markus Golden enter the game with eight sacks; if they can each record two more over the final two games, they would become the 10th and 11th players in franchise history to post a double-digit sack season.– Receiver J.J. Nelson has scored a touchdown in three straight games. That, and they wouldn’t mind ruining things for the Seahawks.“We’ve got nothing to lose; why not go out there and just lay it on the line and make it miserable for them on Christmas,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I mean, honestly, we’ve got nothing to lose.”That mindset, according to head coach Bruce Arians, means the team should not head to CenturyLink Field tight.“Just go out and play as hard as you can, and add the score up at the end,” he added.Arians, who guided the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons with the team, but fell short this season, said any time a team is out of the running the goal is to play spoiler, but no matter when in the season this game came there would have been excitement for it.“This is a game that we always look forward to, is playing them,” he said.It takes both sides to really make a rivalry, but for the Cardinals, at least, Seattle is one of theirs. Since the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 58-0 late in the 2012 season, under Arians, the Cardinals have won two of their seven matchups (with one tie). While that may not seem like a great mark, it’s worth noting both of those wins came in Seattle, where visitors rarely come out on top. And with Carson Palmer under center, the Cardinals are 2-2-1 against the Seahawks. “And if you don’t have that kind of mentality it’s going to be a long day.”Stories for pre-game readingSafety Tony Jefferson feels like he got snubbed by the Pro Bowl votersSports Illustrated thinks the Cardinals surrounded Palmer with a pretty good situationDavid Johnson’s idol, Emmitt Smith, reached out to the Cardinals’ young Pro Bowl backLarry Fitzgerald really does not know what he plans on doing as it pertains to the 2017 seasonFor the Cardinals, the Wildcat formation has ‘been a blessing in disguise’Michael Floyd spoke out about his DUI, the Cardinals and his new team710 Sports’ Brady Henderson helped give some insight into the Seahawks as they prepare for the CardinalsRookie Harlan Miller is set to make his NFL debut for the Cardinals in SeattleMiscellany– With a win, the Cardinals would improve to 3-1 at CenturyLink Field under Arians, and would have as many wins in Seattle as the rest of the NFL combined since 2013.– A victory would give Arians his 40th win as the Cardinals’ coach, putting him alone at third on the franchise’s all-time list.– Fitzgerald needs one catch to have a reception in 194 consecutive games. With 31 receiving yards, he would pass Reggie Wayne for 9th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. With two catches, he would become one of seven players in league history with at least 100 receptions in four different seasons, and with 51 yards he would reach 1,000 for the season, giving him eight such campaigns in his career. How about to coach?“It’s fun,” Arians said. “It’s really fun when you win. The many times I’ve been there it wasn’t a lot of fun, but the last couple of years have been pretty good. But it’s a great crowd, it’s non-stop, and it’s a heck of a venue.”For players like Fitzgerald and Palmer, the pressure that comes with facing the Seahawks on the road is something they have dealt with and pushed through. For others, like left tackle John Wetzel, Saturday will be their first time playing in such conditions.“All you hear is it’s a big, crazy environment, it gets really loud,” Wetzel said. “The fans are pretty crazy up there and it’s hard to hear, so the silent count, getting it off in there, will be pivotal.”Arians, noting the challenge, said despite the intensity in the stadium his younger players will have to stay focused — especially on offense. Wetzel believes the atmosphere can work in their favor, too.“Even with that loud noise, it kind of gets you going too, makes you feel like you’re in a special environment,” he said. “So it gets you going. It’s a big game.”center_img Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — When the NFL schedule was first released, it was hard not to look at Week 16 and think of how the Cardinals’ trip to Seattle could carry great significance.It doesn’t, at least, not the kind many thought it would.At 9-4-1, the Seahawks have clinched the NFC West and have an eye on the conference’s second seed; at 5-8-1, the Cardinals are out of the playoff race but would like to finish their season on a positive note. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Yeah, it’s a special place to play,” Palmer said of CenturyLink Field. “It’s so much fun to compete in that environment and you only get to do it once a year.“We’ve been thinking about this game for a long time, since we played them last. It’s on Christmas (Eve), it’s a special day. It’s a big game for them. They need to win it. It’s a big game for us. I’m really looking forward to it.”Fun to compete in Seattle? Really?This season, so far, the Seahawks are a perfect 7-0 at home. Last season they were a pedestrian 5-3, but in 2014 and 2013 they were 7-1, and in 2012 they went 8-0.It’s going to be cold and wet Saturday, with a high of 38 degrees in Seattle and a roughly 90 percent chance of rain. It’s also going to be loud. Very, very loud.“Seattle’s hands down my favorite place to play, any place I’ve ever played in the National Football League, this is my favorite,” Fitzgerald said. “The energy in that building, how good they are defensively; it’s just a great place to go play and if you play well, you can play well anywhere.“You can’t hear yourself, you can’t hear Carson in the huddle on third downs. Their personnel is unbelievable. It’s just a great atmosphere, and as a competitive player, there’s no better place to play.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   The eighth annual Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game brought local and national stars together to raise money for his charity organization.David Johnson looked healthy as ever as he hit a home run and celebrated.Touch ’em all.@DavidJohnson31 with a HR to deep center at #FitzSoftball. pic.twitter.com/ifsmzSfVrf— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 22, 2018The Suns’ Devin Booker made an appearance as well. Top Stories (Photo from @AZCardinals Twitter) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Book joining the Home Run Derby! #FitzSoftball pic.twitter.com/934xuvIGOG— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 22, 2018Other participants included former and current NFL players such as Calais Campbell, Terrell Owens and Jalen Ramsey. Diana Taurasi also got in on the action.An extended thank you to @LarryFitzgerald for the fun day yesterday! #FitzSoftball pic.twitter.com/LtQ6q8EZ7g— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) April 22, 2018The First Down fund was founded in 2004 to help fund activities for kids and families in crisis and support health-related organizations, according to its website. It donates to several charities each year.It also partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help underprivileged kids internationally receive hearing aids, Paradise Valley Lifestyle reported. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The latest episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan” gave fans a look at the start of the 2019 season, providing exclusive footage of the start of OTAs.Team president Michael Bidwill, head coach Kliff Kingsbury, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and general manager Steve Keim addressed Cardinals staff to start the year.Joseph pitched his “attack-minded defense,” Kingsbury ran through the offense and Keim discussed No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray and what he called a “tremendous haul” in the 2019 NFL Draft. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Footage from OTAs was shown, and that included Murray throwing the ball and quotes from a handful of teammates saying to believe the hype.Related LinksCardinals ILB Haason Reddick hopes 2 years of learning sparks leapLarry Fitzgerald visited the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse, revealing his process into becoming one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.“Just because I might not clock the same time as some of the other guys doesn’t mean I can’t be effective and play the same way,” he said. “I think it’s always important to remember the things that you do well.”Up next was a tour of the rookie hotel in Tempe, including roommate receivers Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson running through the long days of getting up to speed in the NFL.Fitzgerald made an appearance at a Garth Brooks concert and spending a night with a young fan playing games at an arcade.The next episode of “Cardinals Flight Plan” will further document OTAs and is set to be released on June 13. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – / 15 3 Comments   Share   last_img read more