Former Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians Joining CBS as an NFL Game Analyst

Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a new gig, as he is joining CBS as an NFL game analyst.

Arians, a two-time winner of the AP’s Coach of the Year award, retired as coach of the Cardinals in January. He will work with play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel and analyst Trent Green in a three-man booth.

“I always hoped that broadcasting would be an option after I retired from coaching as a way to stay involved with this great game,” Arians said.

Arians won two Super Bowls as offensive coordinator with the Steelers. He first worked in the NFL in 1989 and also was a head coach at age 30 at Temple, working there from 1983-88.

Cardinals Earn an ‘C+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got an average grade is that of the Cardinals, who according to Kiper got an ‘C+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The Cardinals were in the market for a quarterback. If Sam Bradford is your projected starter, you have to be. Nobody questions Bradford’s talent, everyone knows Bradford’s injury history. It is what it is. The Cardinals gave up a third- and a fifth-rounder to move up the five spots to draft Josh Rosen at 10th overall, and given that he’s quite literally my No. 10 overall prospect in this class, I’d say the value lines up. But there are question marks.

Rosen has pocket awareness, touch, timing and will occasionally make a throw that will have you hitting rewind in appreciation. He also has missed time over each of the last two seasons with concussions and a shoulder injury — his throwing shoulder. I think there’s a decent possibility that he’s the first rookie starter out of this group. How he holds up (the Arizona O-line would make me hesitate) is the question early on.

Christian Kirk (pick 42) is a smooth route-runner, but more likely a useful slot fit than the eventual replacement for Larry Fitzgerald. Mason Cole (97) could be a starter at center as soon as Week 1. Chase Edmonds (134) has talent and jumps into a scattershot mix behind David Johnson. Ultimately, it’s all about Rosen, who has a high-end ceiling if he stays healthy.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/10 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
2/47 Christian Kirk WR TEXAS A&M
3/97 Mason Cole C MICHIGAN
4/134 Chase Edmonds RB FORDHAM
6/182 Chris Campbell CB PENN STATE
7/254 Korey Cunningham OT CINCINNATI

Cardinals One of Three Teams Who Have Reportedly Contacted Denver About the 5th Overall Pick

All the predictable suspects have called the Broncos about trading into their No. 5 overall slot in the NFL Draft, Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports.

The Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 11 pick, have called. The Buffalo Bills, who have the No. 12 selection, have checked in. The Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 15 pick, have phoned.

All three teams need a quarterback and they know the Broncos, with their No. 5 draft selection, may well be in a position to have the last of the Big 4 quarterbacks available.

The Big 4 QBs: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen. Perhaps in that order, perhaps not.

Cardinals to Exercise Fifth-Year Option on OT D.J. Humphries

The Cardinals plan to exercise the fifth-year option in D.J. Humphries’ contract, which means the left tackle will be under contract through 2019, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

The move isn’t surprising, even though Humphries has yet to play a full season. The Cardinals were impressed with Humphries’ development when he moved to left tackle in 2016, and Humphries played well last year before his season ended with a knee injury on Nov. 5 against the 49ers.

Humphries, 24, underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL and dislocated knee cap. He said recently he expects to be ready for the start of the season.

A first-round pick in 2015, Humphries was inactive for every game as a rookie. He opened 2016 as the starting right tackle and moved to left tackle when Jared Veldheer was injured.

Cardinals Coach Steve Wilks Has a Plan for New QB Sam Bradford

The Cardinals open offseason practices next week, and it appears quarterback Sam Bradford will be a limited participant, at best.

Coach Steve Wilks met with reporters on Tuesday and said the goal of Bradford’s offseason work schedule is to keep the quarterback healthy for all 16 games in the upcoming season, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

“I’ve seen what he can do over the years,” Wilks said. “I’m not concerned about trying to get him out there as quick as possible to be able to throw the ball. We’re going to make sure we’re giving Sam everything he needs to be successful, and we’ve created a plan and we’re trying to follow that plan.”

Cardinals Announce 2018 Preseason Games

The NFL Today announced the four preseason games for all 32 teams, including the Cardinals. All preseason games this upcoming 2018 season will be played in August.

Here’s the Cards slate:

Game One – vs Los Angeles Chargers
Game Two – at New Orleans
Game Three – at Dallas
Game Four – vs Denver

The Cardinals don’t know yet if they will be on national television during the 2018 regular season, but they will be making an appearance on “Sunday Night Football” in the preseason.

The key third preseason game for Steve Wilks’ team will be in Dallas Aug. 26, for a 5 p.m. kickoff against the Cowboys on NBC. The Cards also faced the Cowboys in a nationally televised preseason matchup last year in the Hall of Fame game.

First, though the Cardinals will open the preseason the weekend of Aug. 9-13 at University of Phoenix Stadium against
the Los Angeles Chargers. Then comes a trip to New Orleans the weekend of Aug. 16-20.

After the game in Dallas, the Cardinals will close out the preseason schedule at home against Denver either Aug. 30 or 31. The Cardinals will also face the Broncos and Chargers during the regular season.

Cardinals RB David Johnson Says His Wrist is at ‘100 Percent’

Cardinals’ star running back David Johnson said Thursday that his left wrist, which he fractured in Week 1 last season, is “100 percent” and “all back together,” Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports. That will allow Johnson to be “full speed” for OTAs and minicamp later this offseason.

“I got cleared so, I’m good to go,” Johnson said.

Johnson returns with a chip on his shoulder to prove he can pick up where he left off in September.

“I’m very motivated,” he said. “Not really just about the people out there, but it’s really about myself and coming back for the team, for my teammates, for the coaches with everything being so new.

“It’s really about coming back and bouncing back and being able to play this sport.”

The fourth-year back wasn’t surprised that his injury took as long as it did to heal after he researched the small bones and ligaments that comprise the wrist.

“I found out it’s a difficult injury to really come back from,” he said.

With Arizona beginning the first phase of its offseason conditioning program this week, Johnson has been back in the weight room with no limitations. During his recovery, Johnson said that strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris adapted bench presses, chest and arm workouts so that he was able to do them with a cast on.

Now that he’s healed, Johnson said he’s back doing the same workouts his teammates are.

“I’ve been benching, and I’ve been doing push-ups,” he said. “I’ve been doing everything as far as what everyone else has been doing.”

This week marks Johnson’s return, and that means he can put behind him last season — for now, at least.

“It’s been rough,” he said. “It’s definitely been the toughest year of my football career because I haven’t been able to play. I haven’t been able to help the team. Been on the sideline watching and really just trying to coach, but it’s been definitely the toughest year of my career.”

Cardinals Ink Four Exclusive Rights Free Agents to One-Year Deals

The Cardinals’ four exclusive rights free agents have each signed their one-year deals.

Included in that are cornerback C.J. Goodwin, running back Elijhaa Penny, defensive lineman Olsen Pierre and offensive lineman John Wetzel, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

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