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Cardinals Ink Two Cornerbacks; Quinten Rollins and Dontae Johnson

The Cardinals are in search of effective cornerbacks to complement Patrick Peterson, and they signed two more options Tuesday.

Dontae Johnson and Quinten Rollins were added to the fold, while cornerback Chris Jones was released, Kyle Odegard of Azcardinals.com reports.

Johnson was a fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2014. He started all 16 games for San Francisco last year and led the team with 76 tackles. He joined the Seahawks in the offseason and was projected to start at cornerback but injured his groin in the opener and was later released off injured reserve. Johnson signed with the Bills on Oct. 2 and was cut Oct. 30.

Rollins was a 2015 second-round pick of the Packers. Green Bay tried Rollins at safety in the preseason but placed him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury on Sept. 1 and released him nine days later. He has 15 career starts and three interceptions.

Cardinals Can’t Stop Rivers and the Chargers in 45-10 Loss in Los Angeles

The Cardinals defense was no match Sunday to Chargers QB Philip Rivers, as he tore them apart in the Cards latest setback, 45-10 in Los Angeles.

Arizona got off to a 10-0 lead after one quarter, but once Rivers and the Chargers settled in, they were unstoppable, as he set a NFL record with 25 straight first half completions.

On the day he went 28 of 29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters. It was also his 11th straight game with multiple TD passes.

Josh Rosen, who grew up nearby in Manhattan Beach and played at UCLA, was 12 of 19 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception.

David Johnson had 17 carries for 63 yards. The Cardinals had 108 yards of offense in the first quarter but just 41 the rest of the game.

The loss dropped them to 2-9 overall, 1-4 on the road.

Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault

TMZ Sports reports that Cardinals TE Ricky Seals-Jones has plead guilty from an incident at a hotel in Arizona earlier this year. Here’s the story:

Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones has plead guilty to misdemeanor assault stemming from a shoving match in an AZ hotel bathroom earlier this year … TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, staffers at the W Hotel in Scottsdale told police Ricky bull-rushed his way into a guests-only restroom and gave this explanation to police — “Literally, I had to piss.”

Hotel staffers claimed they tried to politely turn Ricky away from the bathroom — but he wouldn’t take no for an answer.

A shoving match broke out and employees eventually tackled Ricky (6’5″, 245 lbs) down to the ground.

Cops reviewed the surveillance tape and arrested him on 3 misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespass.

But, Monday in court, Ricky cut a deal with prosecutors — in which he agreed to enter a guilty plea to Class 3 misdemeanor assault and, in exchange, the other charges were dropped.

It’s a good deal for Ricky who was facing up to 8 months in jail if convicted on all original counts.

As part of his sentence, Ricky has been ordered to complete an alcohol abuse program. If he keeps his nose clean until May 2019, the conviction will be wiped from his record.

And, of course, the NFL will also likely mete out its own punishment for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Seals-Jones had a solid rookie year for the Cardinals after signing as an undrafted free agent — but he’s cooled off in year 2 … with only 25 catches for 272 yards and 1 TD this season.

Cardinals Ink a Pair of Cornerbacks

The Cardinals have signed cornerbacks David Amerson and Leonard Johnson, the Associated Press reports.

Wednesday’s move came a day after the team placed starting right guard Justin Pugh on injured reserve with a knee injury and released safety Eddie Pleasant.

Pugh was injured in Sunday’s loss at Kansas City. Oday Aboushi, who signed with Arizona on Oct. 23 after spending training camp with Oakland, is expected to start in Pugh’s place against the Raiders this Sunday.

Amerson is in his fifth NFL season, appearing in 68 games for Washington (2013-15) and Oakland (2015-17).

Johnson, also in his sixth season, has played in 77 NFL games for Tampa Bay, New England, Carolina and Buffalo.

Josh Rosen in Walking Boot After Cardinals QB Injured During Loss to Broncos

Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen may insist his injured toe is “fine” but he was seen wearing a walking boot at the team facility today and will undergo an MRI to assess the damage according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

The injury occurred on the final play of the game as Rosen’s foot got stuck in the turf as he was being sacked for the sixth time. Clearly the injury had nothing to do with Rosen’s disastrous five-turnover performance in the team’s 45-10 blowout loss but it could cost Rosen playing time and the Cardinals organization some money.

Ever since veteran Sam Bradford was demoted in favor of Rosen, the team has made him inactive on game days as his contract stipulates he be paid $312,500 for every game he suits up for. if Rosen is unable to play in Week 8, Bradford will have to be active even if the team chooses to start journeyman Mike Glennon. And new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich might be wise not to risk the team’s rookie franchise QB again until the team solves some obvious protection issues.

Cardinals vs 49’ers NFL Week Five Inactives

Here’s the inactives today for the Cardinals at 49ers game.

Cardinals

QB Sam Bradford
OT Blaine Clausell
OT Korey Cunningham
DE Markus Golden
RB T.J. Logan
DT Robert Nkemdiche
OT Jeremy Vujnovich

49ers

WR Marquise Goodwin
WR Dante Pettis
CB Jimmie Ward
DT D.J. Jones
DT Jullien Taylor
OG Joshua Garnett
OT Shon Coleman

Rookie QB Josh Rosen to Sit in Thursday’s Preseason Finale Against Denver

Cardinals will not play rookie QB Josh Rosen in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Broncos, NFL Network’s Steve Wyche reports via Herbie Teope of NFL.com.

A thumb injury on his throwing hand prevented Rosen from seeing action in the third preseason game, but he now has extra time to get 100 percent healthy as the projected primary backup to starter Sam Bradford.

With Bradford also unlikely to see the field Thursday night, look for quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Chad Kanoff to see plenty of action as the Cardinals wrap up preseason action.

New Cardinals QB Josh Rosen Ready for Preseason Debut

Barring unforeseen circumstances, rookie Josh Rosen will begin his first NFL season on the sidelines as Arizona’s backup quarterback, Bob Baum of the Associated Press reports.

The preseason, though, will be his chance to shine, beginning Saturday night when the Cardinals play at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“We want him to play quite a bit and really get into the flow of the game,” coach Steve Wilks said.

Rosen said his two weeks of training camp have “gone really well.”

“I think I’ve gotten better pretty much every day since I’ve gotten here,” the former UCLA star said before Wednesday’ practice.

Sam Bradford is Arizona’s starter but the Cardinals view Rosen as their franchise quarterback of the future. Why else would they have moved up five spots in the draft to pluck him 10th overall?

Asked for specific areas of improvement since he became a pro, Rosen cites “a bunch of things.”

“The most tangible is probably the playbook,” he said. “I feel a lot more comfortable and fluid with it at the line of scrimmage. I’m focusing more and more with what the defense is trying to do to me rather than making sure I get the right snap count and in the right protection.”

He said he’s also picking up “the little things on how to use the double-cadence to try and buy yourself time and get someone offside, just little tricks of the trade I didn’t know when I was in college.”

From the beginning Bradford and Rosen seem to have gotten along well.

“Sam’s actually really good with all those little things,” Rosen said. “He’s a crafty vet and very successful for a lot of different reasons. He might not share every reason with me, but I’ll take advantage of the ones that he does.”

Bradford said Rosen “asks the right questions.”

“He’s hungry for information,” Bradford said. “It seems like he’s always trying to learn something. It doesn’t stop in the meeting rooms. Even at the dinner table he’ll ask me.

“It’s fun to be around someone like that and to hopefully try to be able to help him. I share with him some of the experiences I’ve had, some of the things I’ve learned over the years. Hopefully it can relate to him and can help him in some way.”

Early in camp, Rosen said he was thinking too much.

“I think I’ve gotten a lot better since then and continue to each day,” he said. “The less thinking you can do, the more you can allow yourself to physically do what I’ve been doing since Pop Warner, and play the game I know.”

As a big-name rookie quarterback, Rosen knows his every move will be scrutinized by fans and critics.

“It’s part of the game,” he said. “I stay relatively offline for the most part. The most pressure I feel from anyone is myself. I’m very, very highly self-critical, almost too much at times. There’s no pressure that should be greater than my own.”

There’s no changing his throwing style either, which includes an occasional sidearm toss on a bubble screen.

“It’s not just how hard or far you can throw it,” Rosen said. “It’s being able to change your arm slot and delivery. I think Aaron (Rodgers) is the best at it because sort of like mid-throw, your ability to throw sidearm to fit a quick screen in there or just kind of contort your body to get halfback screens and stuff in there.”

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