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steps up in Golden’s place and more Happy Monday one and all.Hope you had a
great weekend and are ready for the first week of preseason football for the
Arizona Cardinals.Yep, that is right, the Arizona Cardinals open up the
preseason on Saturday with a game against the Los Angeles Chargers.We will have
more on that throughout the week, but of course we are going to get your week
started with a look around the web at the Arizona Cardinals.With Markus Golden
Down, Someone Must Step InDora, Mayowa, Moats among those vying for starting
spot#CardsCamp 2018: Red & White PracticeImages from Saturday's Red &
White training camp practice at University of Phoenix StadiumCardinals
Underground - Bradford Impressive, Pads PopAll eyes have been on Sam Bradford
and Josh Rosen at Cards Camp. Paul Calvisi, Darren Urban and Kyle Odegard break
down the QBs and bring you the latest news, notes and observations from
University of Phoenix Stadium.NFL analyst: Larry Fitzgerald's 'transcendent
postseason' puts him in HOFIt comes as no surprise to Arizona Cardinal fans that
Larry Fitzgerald was NFL analyst Bucky Brooks' choice as the wide receiver lock
to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.Cardinals third option at WR ranked No. 27 in
the leagueWith Larry Fitzgerald as the Arizona Cardinals' clear-cut No. 1 option
at wide receiver, the offense is hoping that multiple other options will emerge
alongside the 11-time pro bowler.Remembering the career of No. 35 Aeneas
WilliamsThere are 35 days until the start of the Cardinals' season ,
so we remember the Hall of Famer who wore No. 35.San Francisco 49ers training
camp stories for AZ Cardinals fans to knowCheck out what has been going on with
the rival 49ers in the last week.Patrick Peterson pours out kindness to
Cardinals fans every dayCardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson shows large
amounts of appreciation to his fans. While others ignore the crowd, Peterson
embraces it.Arizona Cardinals training camp schedule for this weekThey practice
four more times before the preseason, three of which will be open to
fans.Arizona Cardinals training camp: Greg Little moving up depth chartThe
veteran hasn't played since 2014 but is making a move up the depth chart so far
in camp.Arizona Cardinals training camp position battle updatesAt WR, CB and DE,
nothing is any more settled than before camp began.5 Seahawks training camp
stories Cardinals fans should knowCheck out what has happened with Seattle in
the last week.Interview with the Enemy: Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints
The Arizona Cardinals have their second game of the preseason game tonight
against the New Orleans Saints and we have a chance to preview it with the
Saints SB Nation site Canal Street Chronicles.Chris Dunnells was nice enough to
take some time out of his day to answer some questions before the game.1. The
Saints took big strides in 2017 on defense, what do you expect for an encore in
2018?The Saints defense should be even better in 2018. The 2017 defense came out
of nowhere almost entirely on the back of the incredible secondary led by
Defensive Rookie of the Year CB Marshon Lattimore and fellow rookie standout S
Marcus Williams. The group of linebackers for the Saints largely underwhelmed
last year due to injuries and poor performance, and the defensive line struggled
to generate consistent pressure outside of Pro Bowl DE Cam Jordan. Those two
areas have largely been addressed. The Saints signed former NY Jets LB Demario
Davis early in the offseason, and are expecting a healthy AJ Klein and (another
2017 rookie) Alex Anzalone both back from injury and ready to go for Week 1.
This will allow role players like Craig Robertson and Manti Te’o who were forced
into duty last year to go back to being reserve players and fill out a deep
linebacking corps.The Saints traded the world to move up and draft pass rusher
Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but they also
re-signed Alex Okafor, who was on his way to a career year before tearing his
Achilles in 2017. This allows Sheldon Rankins to shift back to his natural role
on the inside of the defensive line and Hau’oli Kikaha to only see the field on
obvious passing downs.If the pass rush is able to get after opposing QBs and the
linebackers can hold up both in coverage and against the run, watch out for the
Saints defense in 2018.2. How much of Drew Brees and co will we see this
week?Drew actually didn’t see any of the Saints first preseason game against the
Jacksonville Jaguars, so I’d expect him to get in a series or two this go-round.
The rest of the Saints key starters are likely to go a significant portion of
the first quarter Tre
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, if not further. Expect to see a heavy dose of Mark
Ingram early in the game, as his suspension for the season’s first four games
makes any time against live competition that much more important. But with
players like Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Cam Jordan - the Saints know what
they have there. Get them in, get them their reps, and get them out.3. With no
Marcus Davenport this week, what can we expect from the Saints rookies?There are
two other Saints rookies to pay attention to, and both are on the other side of
the ball: WR Tre’Quan Smith out of UCF and RB Boston Scott out of LA Tech. Which
brings up your next question...4. What are the closest position battles on the
roster? The battle for the 4th WR and the 2nd/3rd RB are going to be fun.The
Saints have Michael Thomas firmly entrenched as the teams #1 WR for 2018 and
beyond. Ted Ginn Jr had himself an incredible year in New Orleans last year, and
is likely to start the season as the team’s #2 wideout. Cameron Meredith could
overtake Ginn by early in the season if his knees are fully healthy, but for
Week 1, is likely the third WR on the depth chart. But the 4th WR is still
completely up in the air. After stealing Alvin Kamara in the third round of the
2017 NFL Draft, the Saints might have found a similar third round gem in the
2018 NFL Draft. Tre’Quan Smith has all of the measurables you’d like to see in
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training camp. You would think it would be his job to lose at this point, but
the Saints signed veteran WRs Michael Floyd (ever heard of him?) and Brandon
Tate to compete for time. Then there’s UDFA Keith Kirkwood who’s been getting
rave reviews all preseason and WR Austin Carr, who the Saints claimed off the
Patriots last season. Between the five of those players, only a couple will make
the roster.Then I mentioned Ingram’s suspension. Well during that time, Sean
Payton has already said that he doesn’t plan on putting all of those touches on
the shoulders of Alvin Kamara. Instead, look for some combination of veterans
Jonathan Williams, Shane Vereen, Trey Edmunds, and Boston Scott to fill that
role. That player will then likely slide into the depth chart behind Ingram once
he returns, but will still get plenty of work in a Sean Payton offense. Boston
Scott, with his 4.4 speed and ability to help in the return game, is one of the
leading candidates to take that job and run with it (pun kind of intended).5. I
picked the Saints to win the Super Bowl last year (so that’s my fault) but
outside of health Youth
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, what is the key to that happening this year?This
sounds corny, but the Saints need to win the games they are supposed to win. The
Saints have an absolutely brutal five-week span in the 2018 regular season that
sees them play the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, NFC West Champion
Los Angeles Rams, NFC North Champion Minnesota Vikings, and NFC Wild Card team
and divisional foe Atlanta Falcons. That is on top of a second game with the
Falcons, two against 2017 Wild Card Carolina Panthers, and one against the NFC
North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Saints also have a Week 14 matchup
against a young and talented Tampa Bay team, a Week 7 game against the Baltimore
Ravens - the only team that Drew Brees has never beaten, and a Thursday Night
Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry’s World.The entire NFC is
loaded this year, and if the Saints want to make a run, early games against a
Jameis Winston-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tyrod Taylor-led Cleveland
Browns are going to be absolutely critical.
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