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Arizona Cardinals Open Their 2014 NFL Training Camp Today

July 26th, 2014 at 6:42 AM
By Steve Smith

The day has finally arrived.

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The Arizona Cardinals open their 2014 version of Training Camp today at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. With the start of any training camp come a number of questions that need to be answered as the Red Birds look to build on a very promising 10-6 campaign in 2013.

The Red Birds commence their second training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium at 2 p.m. this afternoon, one of 18 open practices between July 26 and Aug. 22.

Admission and parking are both free for all open practices.

Bruce Arians is entering his second season at the helm of the Cards and there is an air of stability around the club now. Players know what to expect, his offensive system is firmly in place and the Red Birds are a much more confident group presently then they were last year coming off a dismal 5-11 season.

While Arizona tries to capture its first playoff berth since 2009, many questions remain to be answered.

For example, can quarterback Carson Palmer perform like he did in the second half of last season throughout 2014?

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Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu, Alameda Ta’amu Head to PUP List

July 25th, 2014 at 6:17 AM
By Steve Smith

Training Camp 2014 commences tomorrow for the Arizona Cardinals and to no one's surprise, the Red Birds placed safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list as they gear up to begin training camp.

Both players are coming off ACL injuries suffered late last season.

By making this move, the Cards have the option to keep them there when the regular season begins, which if it happened would mean the Cardinals would not have to count one or both against the 53-man roster until they were ready to play.

However, a player on the PUP list to start the season must also wait at least six weeks before playing, and at this point both Mathieu and Ta’amu are expected to be ready to at least practice before then.

Once a player practices, he must be removed from the PUP list and cannot return. Both Mathieu and Ta’amu have been rehabbing well this offseason at the team’s Tempe, Arizona complex.

Both players returned this week and were working out as some of the Cardinals took part in the team’s “QB school” session.

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John Brown Adds Speed Dimension to Arizona Cardinals

July 24th, 2014 at 6:21 AM
By Steve Smith

You can't teach speed as the old saying goes.

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Speed changes the complexion of a NFL game.

Not much was known about wide receiver John Brown when the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the third round of this year's NFL Draft in New York City.

The Pittsburg State product made himself known though during team OTA's. Now training camp beckons for the rookie.

Brown is just 5-foot-10 and weighs 179 pounds. He matriculated at a Division Two school.

However Brown has excellent speed. He'll add another dimension to Arizona's passing attack during the 2014 campaign.

Head coach Bruce Arians has been impressed by what he's seen from Brown so far.

"He's way ahead of most rookies, and coming from a small school, that's unusual," Arians said via azcardinals.com. "It doesn't overwhelm him at all. He learns fast and he can apply it fast."

Let's take a look at his updated scouting report via our friends at nfl.com:

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Arizona Cardinals Special Teams Have a Chance to Be Really Special in 2014

July 23rd, 2014 at 7:04 AM
By Steve Smith

Keep an eye out for Justin Bethel this coming season Arizona Cardinals fans.

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He is truly one of the premier players in the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel made the Pro Bowl as a special teams player last year.

Head coach Bruce Arians knows how good a special teams performer Bethel is. He also knows what his potential is as a talented cornerback as well.

"He could be our best," Arians told azcentral.com. "He's got all the skill level to be as good as there is."

Could Bethel even be better than All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson?

"Including Patrick," he stated. "This kid has an unbelievable skill set and he's starting to get his hands on more balls than anybody out here. The sky's the limit."

That's high praise indeed. However Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Jerraud Powers are still ahead of him on the cornerback depth chart. We know how good a special teams player Bethel is. Now the Sumter, SC native is making progress towards becoming the best cornerback he can be.

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Arizona Cardinals’ Andre Ellington is Key to Improved Running Back Corps

July 22nd, 2014 at 6:21 AM
By Steve Smith

The running back corps of the Arizona Cardinals should be much improved this season. In order to keep NFL defenses honest, a team should have a solid ground game.

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The Red Birds are poised to show improvement in that department this coming season.

They averaged 96.3 yards per contest in 2013 and with second-year player Andre Ellington as the lead back this year should improve on that mark this season.

"He's always had a lot of confidence, that's what I like about him (Ellington)," Bruce Arians said via espn.com. "He's got that great smile and he can run real fast — that's a good combination. He's got a little more swagger. He's had success in the National Football League."

The University of Clemson product had a breakout rookie season last year – he led all NFL rushers with a 5.53 yard per carry average. As the backup to Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington rushed for 652 yards and was also a dynamic receiver out of the backfield. He is a home run threat with every carry or catch and opposing defenses must always account for that.

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