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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.”

Cardinals Christian Kirk Ranked 27th in Terms of Best 2nd WR Options in the NFL

While the Cards offense is a work in progress as the 2018 season gets closer, one player who is getting no love is that of new wide receiver Christian Kirk.

Website NumberFire.com says that Kirk, a 2018 draft pick of the Cardinals, is ranked 27th when it comes to ranking teams’ second wide outs in the NFL.

Here’s what they had to say about Kirk.

Christian Kirk was taken in the middle of the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, who are hurting for receiver depth. Behind ironman Larry Fitzgerald, there is not a lot of stiff competition for targets. Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, and Chad Williams round out the depth chart, but Kirk figures to get the first crack at playing Robin to Fitz’s Batman. Unfortunately for Kirk, his home position of slot receiver is firmly occupied by Fitzgerald, with second-year tight end and former college teammate Ricky Seals-Jones also operating on the inside. Kirk will have to prove versatility to thrive in 2018.

RB David Johnson Says Contract Talks are Progressing with Cardinals

Cardinals star running back David Johnson says that things are progressing in contract talks, and that he thinks a deal will get done sooner rather than later with the team.

Johnson told azcardinals.com that contract talks are progressing and that he will leave it to his agents to work things out.

“I’m here to play football,” he told azcardinals.com, the team’s web site. “I trust my agency, Sportstars, and I know they’ll get it done when the time comes.”

Johnson said his decision to report to camp was “about being here for the team, the players, my brothers, so that’s what we decided.”

He was optimistic about a deal getting done.

“The Cardinals want me to play for them for a long time, and I want to be here for a long time,” Johnson told azcardinals.com. “So definitely things are going in a positive way.”

Johnson is entering his fourth NFL season. A third-round draft pick out of Northern Iowa, Johnson had an All-Pro season two years ago, when he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage. He set an NFL record by topping 100 yards in each of the first 15 games of the season.

But he fractured his left wrist in the season opener a year ago and didn’t play again.

Now, Johnson said he’s in the best shape of his life. Videos he posts on twitter showed him working out.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald Says He Doesn’t Want to Play With Any Other Team

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is 34 years old but is coming off three straight seasons of 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus yards.

Fitzgerald will be back for his 15th NFL season this fall, all of which he has played with the Cardinals. This is the last year of his current contract, meaning Fitzgerald could become a free agent next offseason. He admits he still has “purple in his veins” from his days as a Vikings ball boy, but he doesn’t see himself playing for the Vikings, Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

“If I’m not playing in Arizona, I won’t be playing anywhere,” he said. “I’ve built a good life for myself down there. Playing in the same place for 15 years is a true blessing.”

“It doesn’t really matter about the age, it’s about what you put into it and your mind-set,” he said. “Everybody kind of takes numbers and assumes this is when it’s supposed to end. As an athlete, fortunately, you write your own script. If you still produce and you play at a high level, you kind of determine how long you want to play. If I can stay at a high level, I still keep destiny in my own hands.”

Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones Ready to Have Big Season for the Cardinals?

Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones is expected to be the “breakout” player for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 according to Mike Jurecki of azcardinals.com via The Redzone.org.

After being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2017, Seals-Jones flashed big-play ability albeit on limited snaps for a 12/201/3 line as a rookie in 10 regular season games and a 16.8 yards-per-catch average.

The Cardinals did not add any tight end help in the draft this season other than a pair of end-of-roster undrafted rookies and injured veteran Jermaine Gresham may not be ready by Week 1, making the 23-year-old Seals-Jones basically the only game in town. The former college wide receiver stands 6’5″, 243 pounds and should make a tempting target in the red zone for either veteran QB Sam Bradford and/or first-round pick Josh Rosen.

To truly become a No.1 tight end, however, Seals-Jones needs to improve his blocking skills.

Some Cardinals Fans Not Happy About Team President Michael Bidwill Going to Bat for Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill went to prep school with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and was among the classmates who sent a letter to ranking U.S. senators to vouch for his character, the Arizona Republic reports.

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Kavanaugh to the high court during a primetime ceremony at the White House.

About an hour later, Arizona’s NFL team tweeted out a story that carried the headline, “Michael Bidwill Backs Classmate For Supreme Court.”

The tweet drew a backlash from fans who said it was inappropriate for the team to weigh in on a divisive, political issue.

The article was written by a writer for the team’s website, Azcardinals.com. The story recounted Bidwill’s decades-long friendship with Kavanaugh, and quoted from a letter he and other Georgetown Prep alumni emailed to Senate leaders to vouch for Kavanaugh’s professional talent and personal character.

Bidwill and three other classmates led the effort to reconnect with classmates and send the letter, the Azcardinals.com story said.

Bidwill, a political power player who frequently takes active roles alongside Republicans like Gov. Doug Ducey — and not so long ago, U.S. Sen. John McCain — waded into a divisive nomination Monday evening.

The tweet from the Cardinals account drew swift condemnation by dozens of followers, who said the team should keep politics out of football. It was “liked” more than 200 times as of 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim Cited on July 4th for DUI

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for a DUI on July 4. He was released that same night after being processed, KTAR reports.

Chandler police confirmed it happened during a traffic stop near Dobson and Ocotillo roads.

The team and Keim released statements Saturday morning.

“We are aware of the incident on Wednesday involving Steve Keim. He fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and that this type of behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable,” the statement said.

“Steve immediately alerted the team who in turn reported it to the NFL as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. We are continuing to gather information and will handle the matter appropriately and in accordance with all league policies as well as within the legal system.”

Keim’s statement, who was promoted to Cardinals general manager in 2013 after spending time in the team’s front office, is below.

“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions. Everyone associated with the NFL and its teams is held to a high standard of behavior and I obviously failed to meet that. I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family. I accept full responsibility for my actions and hold myself completely accountable. Moving forward, I will take the steps to ensure that I never put myself or the Cardinals in this type of situation again.”

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