Cardinals Hire Jen Welter a Training Camp Assistant Coach

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The Cardinals have opened new doors today for females when it comes to coaching in the NFL, as today the team announced they have hired Jen Welter as a training camp/preseason intern coaching inside linebackers.

Here’s the story from their site:

During the owners meetings in March at the Arizona Biltmore, someone asked Bruce Arians about the possibility of female coaches in the NFL.

“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said, noting that’s all any player ever really wants.

It was soon after that Arians heard from the coach of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League, who told Arians the Revolution already had a female on its staff that would be worth a look. Monday, Arians brought in Jen Welter – the one-time collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football, mostly in the Women’s Football Alliance – as a training camp/preseason intern coaching inside linebackers. Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Arians said Monday. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”

DB Tyrann Mathieu Sits in a Hot Car to Support PETA

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Cardinals defensive back Tyrann ‘Honey Badger’ Mathieu wants pet owners to understand the ramifications of leaving their dog in the car on a hot summer day, Isaac Chipps of USA Today reports.

In a video released by PETA, Mathieu sat in a hot car to prove how dangerous it can be to leave dogs inside of motor vehicles.

“This is ultimately what it feels like to be a dog trapped inside of a car on a hot day,” he said. “If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family. Don’t treat him like you wouldn’t treat someone you cared about or someone you loved.”

Mathieu lasted just eight minutes before he needed to get out of the car – where the temperature inside the car reached 120 degrees.

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Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Joins Facebook with Memorable Photo

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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer turns 36 in December, but it’s never too late to join the world of social media, Andrew Joseph of the Arizona Republic reports.

Palmer will use Facebook and Instagram to share updates with fans this season. He’s off to a pretty good start.

His first post was a Photoshopped version of the poster for Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth.” The photo has Palmer’s face with a beard that would make Andrew Luck jealous along with the title, “The Last Man on Social.”

Palmer’s post read:

“Better late than never! Excited to share the journey with you guys this year. ?#?BirdGang? ?#?LastManOnSocial?”

Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu talks offseason with ESPN

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QB Palmer Returns to Take 11-on-11 Drills for the First Time

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Carson Palmer is cleared and ready for his first live 11-on-11 action of the offseason, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

The Cardinals’ veteran quarterback said he’ll take his first 11-on-11 snaps against a live defense during Tuesday’s minicamp.

“I’m ready. I’m excited. I’m 100 percent. I’m cleared,” Palmer told ESPN. “I can do everything. I’ve tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every month, just ready to get going.”

Palmer said he “actually was cleared weeks ago” but was held out of 11-on-11 drills by forces beyond his control.

“It has nothing to do with me,” he said.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was cautious with Palmer during three weeks of organized team activities, sitting the 35-year-old during 11-on-11 drills that featured a blitzing Cardinals defense.

Arians justified his decision by saying he didn’t trust the rookies to be careful around Palmer’s reconstructed left knee. Palmer tore his left ACL in Week 10 last season.

Toward the end of OTAs, Palmer began practicing in 11-on-11 situations against a defense that didn’t rush him.

But Palmer said he’s not worried about a rookie being overly aggressive and accidentally taking him out because “it’s a tough team to make and guys are doing what they can.”

He said he understands they’re most likely not thinking about his knee.

“That’s life,” Palmer said. “That’s the job. I don’t think much about it.

“I feel great,” he said. “I probably never worked this hard in my life and I’ve always worked hard. I feel as fast as I’ve ever been, as quick as I’ve ever been, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been just because I’ve been going since late November. So, I feel great. Just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Cardinals Claim Former Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard Off Waivers

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The Cardinals received cornerback Alfonzo Dennard from the Patriots on Wednesday on a waiver claim, the Associated Press reports.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dennard made 20 starts and played in 29 games in three seasons with New England, finishing with 92 tackles, five interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Last season, he had 15 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in six games — four starts — before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 because of a hamstring problem.

Dennard was drafted 224th overall in 2012 out of Nebraska.

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2015 NFL Draft order: Arizona Cardinals eight draft picks set

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The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a successful season, but still have plenty of work to do as they get ready for the 2015 NFL Draft. The club made the postseason, but clearly will need more to get back to the Super Bowl, a place they reached in the 2008 season. Discover what NFL betting fans should expect this 2015 season at Mybookie.ag.

The Cards have eight picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, which will take place April 30th to May 2nd, and this year will take place in Chicago. The picks the Cardinals have are as follows – Round 1 (24), Round 2 (55), Round 3 (86), Round 4 (123), Round 5 (159), Round 6 (198), Round 7 (241), Round 7 (256).

There’s needs for this franchise, including positions like inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive tackle, running back and cornerback.

The team did have some success in free agency, as they picked up offensive lineman Mike Iupati, a good player that will help shore up the line in the run game, as well as protect who is under center in 2015.

The Cardinals do need to look for more of a run game, and while they can do that in one or two of their eight draft picks, they also may wait to see what players may find their way on the waiver wire come training camp when teams shed money and players.

Look for Arizona to go out and try to find every-down edge rushers to win more one-on-one matchups. Inside linebacker, cornerback and a young defensive lineman are all needs the Cardinals could look to fill in this draft as well, and also as stated before they will wait to see what players may get released in training camp.

Two players that seem to be on many of the mock draft boards for the Cardinals includes Marcus Peters (CB-Washington), as well as Eddie Goldman (DT-Florida State). These two players could add a boost to the Cards as they get set for 2015, and help out a defense that at times played well, but will need to be even better to get back to the playoffs in 2015.

The Cards are going to have to play better next year if they want to unseat the two-time NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is a young team that has plenty of weapons, but the Cardinals are a young hungry team as well, and these two could again have an epic showdown with the division on the line in 2015.

Look for Arizona to add in the draft, using their eight picks wisely to add to a young roster that is ready to compete in 2015.

Cardinals at Panthers Friday Injury Report

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(Arizona conducted a walk-through on Friday. The Friday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
OUT QB Drew Stanton (knee)
QUESTIONABLE G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
PROBABLE DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Drew Stanton (knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
Thursday QB Drew Stanton (knee)
Friday QB Drew Stanton (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle)
Thursday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), DT Dan Williams (foot)
Friday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Thursday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
Friday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Status Report
DOUBTFUL S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
PROBABLE QB Derek Anderson (illness), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related)
Thursday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
Friday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), DE Charles Johnson (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
Friday LB A.J. Klein (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Thursday QB Derek Anderson (illness), LB A.J. Klein (ankle), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
Friday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)
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