As training camp concludes for the Arizona Cardinals have had two pre-season victories that meant nothing in the standings but mean everything in terms of the 53-man roster. After two weeks there are positions that may have gotten a little clearer, such as cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Looks like Jamar Taylor has solidified that spot and Bene Benwikere close behind him. These two guys continue to shine in camp and more importantly in live game action. Brandon Williams played deep into the first pre-season game and didn’t see much from him in the second game, he is currently on the bubble have had ample opportunity to emerge but continues to struggle to pick up zone coverage.
NFL preseason is well underway and the NFL bubbles are forming. This is where NFL teams are made, where no-name players show up, and where others fade into obscurity. Spoilers ahead, this list may include one of your favorite players (no, not Larry Fitzgerald).
After the loss of Cardinals Center A.Q. Shipley, the team looks to rookie Mason Cole as their heir starter. Many players, fans, and coaches see this as a natural fit. Time will soon tell how he will perform for the Cardinals, so let’s look back at his time in Michigan.
Sports in Arizona is a unique market. In a state that prides itself as a place to retire and remain active, we get many residents from all over the country. When this happens, they bring their “fanhood” with them. We can’t fault them for it. I would only hope that if Cardinals/Suns/Diamondbacks/Coyotes fans move to another state, they would still root for their home teams. We can, however, certainly fault ourselves for selling our tickets to opposing fans, but that’s a topic for a different day. You would generally expect that the Arizona sports market is lacking when it comes to player loyalty. “Why would anyone want to stay in Arizona when the large markets get to have all the fun and glory?” Historically, Arizona athletes have actually been notably loyal.
This NBA offseason has been a whirlwind for Suns fans. You start by drafting Deandre Ayton. Pair that with a draft day trade for Mikal Bridges. Not to mention the Suns bringing in a solid veteran addition in Trevor Ariza. Lock it in, this is the best offseason for the entire NBA right? Wrong.
Where one lays their head down daily to sleep at night is called home according to an old saying. A bed to sleep usually consists of blankets, pillows, sheets and perhaps a comfortable mattress. Regardless of the bed and its comfort, the main component to having that bed is having a roof over their head to call home.
Banana boats, summer vacations, and schemes to “team up.” This is the standard in today’s NBA. Players want to win, but they want to win while playing with their friends even more. This summer is no exception, with the #1 pick in their hands, our Phoenix Suns have a lot of decisions to make that will shape their future for years to come. The Karl-Anthony Towns debacle has been well documented, as well as Devin Booker’s interest in said situation.
There has been an NBA prospect that is quickly rising among big boards and his name is Jaren Jackson Jr. Standing at 6’11” with a 7’4″ wingspan, Jackson Jr. has the physical intangibles to impress NBA Scouts.
OTA’s have finished and minicamps around the league have begun. This is usually the time where Cardinals fans hear nothing but reviews on players progress. Traditionally, Arizona Cardinals fans don’t have to put up with the “drama” of players holding out for better contracts. One of the last holdouts I can remember was for Simeon Rice in 1996 or even the infamous holdout of Kelly Stouffer back when the organization notoriously underpaid players.