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.

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

ARIZONA CARDINALS
(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)

Cardinals vs Panthers Wednesday Wild Card Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Drew Stanton (knee), DT Dan Williams (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday G Jonathan Cooper (wrist, knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (hip), LB Larry Foote (knee), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb, hip), C Lyle Sendlein (back)
CAROLINA PANTHERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Derek Anderson (illness), G Fernando Velasco (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB A.J. Klein (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (hand)

Cardinals Lose Stanton; Use Defense To Stop Rams 12-6

Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Cardinals overcame the loss of quarterback Drew Stanton with stifling defense, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the Rams on Thursday night.

The Rams (6-8) were held to Greg Zuerlein’s two short field goals and had five three-and-out series in the third quarter. Catanzaro’s 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter ended nine quarters of shutout defense by St. Louis, which beat Washington and Oakland by a combined 76-0 the previous two weeks.

Ryan Lindley was ineffective in his first appearance since 2012 in relief of Stanton, who injured his right knee on a sack in the third quarter, but it didn’t matter. The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer to a season-ending knee injury during their 31-14 victory over St. Louis at home last month.

The Cardinals (11-3) entered tied for the top overall record in the NFC and will clinch a playoff spot if Sunday’s Dallas-Philadelphia game doesn’t end in a tie, or a Detroit loss combined with a Green Bay victory.

Cardinals at Rams NFL Week 15 Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-3) AT ST. LOUIS RAMS (6-7)

SERIES

CARDINALS RAMS
THURS. RECORD 7-20-2 6-7
SERIES LEADER 35-34-2
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Arians: 2-1 Fisher: 5-4
LAST WEEK W 17-14 vs. Chiefs W 24-0 at Redskins
LAST GAME 11/9/14: Rams 14 at Cardinals 31. Arizona CB Patrick Peterson has 2 interceptions, including 30-yard INT-TD. Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie adds 14-yard FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Rams 27, Cardinals 24. St. Louis TE Jared Cook catches 7 passes for 141 yards & 2 TDs. Rams DE Robert Quinn records 3 sacks and 2 FFs.
BROADCAST NFL Network (7:25 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Ari.), 92 (StL.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Ari.), 226 (StL.).

STATS

PASSING Stanton: 120-220-1602-7-5-79.0 Hill: 75-121-895-6-3-90.8
RUSHING Taylor: 31-102-3.3-1 Mason (R): 142-628-4.4-3
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 50-692-13.8-2 Cook (TE): 41-534-13.0-3
OFFENSE 325.3 317.2
TAKE/GIVE +10 (T3L) +4
DEFENSE 355.4 344.9
SACKS Campbell, Okafor: 7 Quinn: 10.5
INTs Johnson: 4 (T2C) Johnson: 3
PUNTING
  1. Butler: 42.7
Hekker: 45.5
KICKING Catanzaro (R): 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/26 FG) Zuerlein: 85 (31/32 PAT; 18/24 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB DREW STANTON has won 6 of past 9 starts…RB KERWYNN WILLIAMS rushed for 100 yards last week in 1st career game with att…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 131 rec. & 16 TDs vs. StL, his most vs. opp. Has catch in 160 games in row, longest active streak in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2004, leads NFL with 98 rec. TDs (incl. playoffs). Rookie WR JOHN BROWN has 4 come-from-behind GW TDs, incl. 3 in 4th Q. WR JARON BROWN had GW TD last week…CB PATRICK PETERSON has 5 INTs & 3 return TDs (1 INT, 2 PR) vs. StL. In Week 10, had 2 INTs, incl. TD. Since 2011, is only player in NFL with 10+ INTs (14) & 5+ return TDs (5). In last meeting, rookie DE KAREEM MARTIN had sack & FF which CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE returned 14 yards for TD. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 7 sacks in past 9 vs. StL. In past 5, LB ALEX OKAFOR has 5 sacks & INT. DT FROSTEE RUCKER had career-high 2 sacks last week… RAMS: Have back-to-back shutout wins for 1st time since 1945…QB SHAUN HILL has 4 TDs, 0 INTs & 124.8 rating in past 2…Rookie RB TRE MASON has 363 scrimmage yards (121 per game), 315 rush yards (105 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 at home. Leads NFC rookies with 628 rush yards…WR-PR TAVON AUSTIN had 78-yard PR-TD last week & has TD in 3 games in row (2 rush, 1 PR). Has 9 career TDs (4 rec., 3 rush, 2 PR)…TE JARED COOK had 2 TDs last week. In last home meeting, had 7 catches for 141 yards & 2 TDs…DE ROBERT QUINN has 7 sacks in 3 home games vs. Az. Has 10.5 sacks & 5 FFs in past 8. DT AARON DONALD leads NFL rookies with 7 sacks. Has sack in 6 of past 8. Since entering NFL in 2009, LB JAMES LAURINAITIS is only player in NFL with 15+ sacks (15.5) & 9+ INTs (9).

Cardinals vs Rams Wednesday Injury Report

ARIZONA CARDINALS
Status Report
OUT G Paul Fanaika (ankle), S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
QUESTIONABLE CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
PROBABLE LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Monday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Tuesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
Wednesday S Tyrann Mathieu (thumb)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
Tuesday G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
Wednesday G Paul Fanaika (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Tuesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), DT Ed Stinson (toe), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
Wednesday CB Antonio Cromartie (ankle), DT Ed Stinson (toe)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Lorenzo Alexander (knee), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Larry Foote (foot), LB Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder), QB Drew Stanton (ankle, knee), T Jared Veldheer (ankle)
  1. LOUIS RAMS
(St. Louis conducted a walk-through on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
QUESTIONABLE DE Chris Long (ankle)
PROBABLE WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Chris Long (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Tuesday DE Chris Long (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday TE Cory Harkey (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Tuesday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
Wednesday WR Kenny Britt (not injury related), DT Alex Carrington (thigh), TE Cory Harkey (knee), LB Will Herring (foot), LB James Laurinaitis (ankle), DE Chris Long (ankle), G Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)

Cardinals Get Big Effort From RB Williams, Top Chiefs 17-14

Kerwynn Williams took over as hero Sunday as the Cardinals won a game they had to have, topping the Chiefs at home 17-14.

With starting tailback Andre Ellington out for the season, the Cardinals turned to a guy who had been called up two days earlier from the practice squad. Williams delivered, rushing for 100 yards, and helping the Cardinals win a huge game.

“That’s who we are,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. “A team is what it takes. That’s what we’ve built this thing on.”

The NFC West-leading Cardinals took the lead when Drew Stanton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown on third-and-18 in the third quarter.

The Cardinals’ seven wins are the most at home for the franchise since when the Chicago Cardinals won 11 of 13 in 1925.

Arizona held on after winning a crucial reversal.

Kansas City was driving with five minutes remaining when Arians challenged that tight end Travis Kelce fumbled after a 19-yard reception to the Arizona 22. The officials ruled that Kelce lost the ball before he rolled on his back and got to his feet. Kelce grabbed the ball back, but apparently not soon enough.

“He tried to maintain possession,” referee Craig Wrolstad told a pool reporter, “but he did not, did not regain possession.”

Kelce said he was “shocked” by the ruling.

“I thought I regained control of the ball,” he said. “But you can’t go back in time. I fumbled the ball. It was called as a fumble and I’m just going to have to live with that.”

Coach Andy Reid said “from my vision, I thought he regained possession of the ball, but I’m not making the call.”

Justin Bethel recovered at the Arizona 15, ending the last serious Kansas City threat.

Jamaal Charles scored two first-half touchdowns on a 63-yard run and 18-yard pass from Alex Smith, but the Chiefs were shut out in the second half.

The day belonged to the unknown Cards running back. The seventh-round draft pick of Indianapolis in 2013 revved up what has been a sluggish Arizona running game.

He carried 19 times, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. The Cardinals had rushed for 99 yards in the last two games combined. They got 141 on Sunday.

In the first half, Smith completed 12 of 13 passes for 109 yards and a score. In the second half, he was 11 of 23 for it 182 yards and an interception.

Charles gained 91 on 10 carries, 63 of them in one attempt.

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