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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals on Madden, rookie playing time, Brice Butler working hard and more

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Happy Tuesday one and all, hope your week is going well. The Arizona Cardinals are off until training camp, which means until a David Johnson extension, or a signing of some veteran, there will not be much in the way of new information.

However, there is always plenty of Arizona Cardinals news out there to start your day off, so sit back and get your day started with a look around the web at the Arizona Cardinals.

Brice Butler Gets Down To Business
Free agent addition aiming to win No. 2 wide receiver job with Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald and his future
Arizona Cardinals Home: The official source of the latest Cardinals headlines, news, videos, photos, tickets, rosters and game day information

83 days till Week 1: Remembering No. 83 Anthony Edwards | Cards Wire
Edwards was solid on the field and has been with the team in the front office for years.

Cardinals post-minicamp 53-man roster prediction | Cards Wire
A look at how the roster might turn out with what we know so far.

David Johnson is 2nd-highest rated RB on Madden 19 | Cards Wire
He is a 92, only behind Le'Veon Bell's 93.

Madden 19 underrates Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones | Cards Wire
Both should be in the 90s, but are not. Fitz is a top-five receiver, but at least 11 players are rated higher.

There’s a lot to like from Cardinals in Madden 19 gameplay vs 49ers | Cards Wire
The Cardinals get a 14-3 win over the Niners and look good doing it, all while making the Niners look less promising.

4 Cardinals GM Steve Keim wants to be more consistent | Cards Wire
These players have not yet performed at the NFL level despite having all the necessary tools.

Even Madden 19 thinks the Cardinals are bad in 2018 | Cards Wire
They have the second-lowest team rating in the video game, ahead of only the Jets.

Arizona Cardinals Madden '19 ratings not great
Madden '19 saw their ratings on the top NFL players leak on Monday with not much confidence showing for the 2018 Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals offensive players that could surprise
The Arizona Cardinals are very much a work in progress but these names on offense that haven't been getting as much press could end up being surprises

Arizona Cardinals have history of playing rookie passers
The Arizona Cardinals have a long history of being more than willing to throw their first-year signal-callers into the fire




In a complete NFL re-draft, the Arizona Cardinals take... Who?

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With the NFL on hiatus the question always becomes what to talk about.

An interesting piece was run yesterday by Fan Sided that asked the question… If every NFL player went into the draft how would it fall?

The answer for the Arizona Cardinals was actually baffling:

15. Mitchell Trubisky (Age: 23) – Arizona Cardinals

The next two picks would be totally dependent on how much a team is willing to gamble on upside and playmaking versus a prototypical pocket quarterback who wins with accuracy and ball placement. For most teams, I’m betting Mitchell Trubisky would be the selection over Patrick Mahomes.

As a rookie, Trubisky played well despite being inserted into the lineup on a bad team with poor receiver play. With an upgraded pass-catching corps and a new, innovative head coach in Matt Nagy, expect Trubisky to take a big step in Year 2 towards becoming a franchise quarterback.

Now, I’m not nor have I ever been a huge Trubisky guy, so in this scenario I’m taking Patrick Mahomes.

However, with the veteran quarterbacks on the board as well as the immense defensive talent, reaching on a young quarterback seems preposterous.

Is Trubisky really a better young QB than Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota?

In this scenario wouldn’t taking Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Been Roethlisberger make more sense?

What about taking the best defensive players in Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey or Khalil Mack?

In a draft where every NFL player is available and understanding the importance of the quarterback position, I don’t know if I’d take Trubisky in the second round, little alone top 15.

You can check out the whole draft and let us know who you would take.

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Arizona Cardinals: Predicting the offensive line

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The Arizona Cardinals have nowhere to go but up with their offensive line in 2018
Arguably the weakest link on the team in 2017, the Arizona Cardinals have been working hard to improve their offensive line.  They still have some work to do, however it has not been ignored.

Certainly injuries didn’t help last season.  The Cardinals lost a number of players to either a number of games or the season.

A couple of those guys do return to the team in 2018 but for how much longer?  Guys like D.J. Humphries and Mike Iupati will have to have good seasons.

Right now they have 16 players on the roster that are on the offensive line.  Clearly not all will make it.  Also expect some additions as the summer creeps closer to the regular season.

The thing that really will help the Cardinals is having guys like Humprhies, Evan Boehm, and Mason Cole that are versatile and can more around as needed.

Cole, a rookie, is one of a number of newcomers to the line.  The Cardinals also added Justin Pugh, formerly of the New York Giants and Andre Smith, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals.

It is going to certainly be an interesting competition in camp.  The Cardinals, if they have learned anything from the past, should carry as many as 10 players on the line.
A.Q. Shipley will once again be the incumbent center but could be pushed by Daniel Munyer.  Korey Cunningham, a rookie from Cincinnati is also one to watch out for in the preseason.

So how will things shake out?  First of all, this prediction is going to likely include someone that won’t even make it out of camp.  It always happens that way.

Secondly, with all of the current players on the line, more than 10 of them have legitimate shots at making the roster.  It may not get much better that what you see now.

OL roster predictions: Pugh, Humprhies, Iupati, Shipley, Cole, Smith, Cunningham, Boehm, Munyer, Will Holden






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