7-31-11: Bird Droppings - Training Camp Begins

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The news for today, Patrick Peterson has agreed to his rookie contract, and training camp has begun. Time for the links.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals reach agreement with first-round pick Patrick Peterson
The Cardinals have reached a contract agreement with first-round pick Patrick Peterson, and it's possible he could participate in Sunday afternoon's practice.

Arizona Cardinals sign Patrick Peterson - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a five-year contract with first-round draft choice Patrick Peterson according to the team's website. They weren't the first to announce the deal though. The cornerback told his followers on Twitter early Saturday afternoon that he was leaving Florida and was on his way to the Cards training camp in Flagstaff.

Word From the Birds Blog - Marshall coming, and getting started
The Cardinals will have a conditioning test this morning, but given that a chunk of their guys can’t even do it (the same rule keeping the vets out of practice until Aug. 4 keeps them out of the run test as well), it’s all relative. "It’s just to assess where our guys are," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Honestly, it’s all about player safety. When you are talking about practice, you want to know which guys are in the shape you want, which ones may need a little extra work."

Working And Waiting On The Fly
No offseason, rules make training camp different and difficult

New faces aplenty during Cardinals' first day of training camp
Except for the size and athletic ability of players, the Cardinals first practice of training camp Saturday had the feel of a freshman football team. Many of the players had never met. Some didn't quite know where to go. And everyone had their last names written on tape on the front of their helmets. "I felt like I was in Little League," running back Beanie Wells said.

Arizona Cardinals need Darnell Dockett to lead
One public interest group already has fired off a testy letter to Darnell Dockett this summer but how about People for the Ethical Treatment of Quarterbacks? Shouldn't they have a say, too? In case you were wondering how the lockout has affected the Cardinals defensive tackle, Saturday's training-camp opener at Northern Arizona University provided clues. "I don't want to hear about anyone being tired," he said. "They've had six months to sleep. Tonight, our feet are going to have blisters and our helmets are going to hurt our heads and that's how it should be." Even at the tentative pace of this practice, Dockett still had that look, the one where he stares down a quarterback like a feral dog eyes a porterhouse. He has not lost his edge. The Cardinals will need even more from him this season. They need him to lead.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Second-round pick flying to Arizona
Running back Ryan Williams is scheduled to fly to Arizona this morning from Virginia, and his agent, Malik Shareef, is hopeful the two sides will reach a contract agreement on Sunday.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - The first practice
The Cardinals first practice lasted just under two hours and didn't feature any hitting. That's good because players were wearing "shells" not full pads. It was a fairly typical workout, but it was strange with so many recently signed free agents watching from the sidelines. By my count, which could be a little off, there were 19 players not available for practice because of the Aug 4 rule.

Cardinals showing interest in Todd Heap - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals have been making moves, but aside from trading for Kevin Kolb none would be considered "flashy." Well, that could could change shortly.

Cardinals add cornerback Richard Marshall from the Panthers - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals announced the signing of free agent cornerback Richard Marshall Saturday morning.

New Arizona Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge has 'a lot of work' to do
For Daryn Colledge, life would have been much easier had he been able to stay with the Packers. It's an established team, the defending Super Bowl champion, and there are returning starters at most positions. Instead, the Packers let Colledge, their starting left guard, hit free agency, and he landed with the Cardinals.

Cardinals linebacker Joey Porter understands pay cut
Outside linebacker Joey Porter wasn't taken aback when the Cardinals asked him recently to restructure his contract and take a pay cut.

Word From the Birds Blog - Peterson agrees to five-year contract; Womack arrives
Coach Ken Whisenhunt just said the Cards and No. 1 pick Patrick Peterson have agreed to a five-year contract, so the cornerback should be around — assuming he gets in in time to pass a physical — for Sunday night, ready to practice Monday probably, according to Whisenhunt. With third-round pick Rob Housler getting his own deal earlier in the day, it leaves second-rounder Ryan Williams the last unsigned rookie (and I would guess he will be done very, very soon).

Word From the Birds Blog - Porter realistic about situation
Linebacker Joey Porter was scheduled to make $5.75 million this season. He was asked to restructure — take a pay cut — to stick around he did. After practice, he told reporters Kent Somers and Craig Morgan he couldn’t complain, and admitted that he was more mature about the situation than he might have once been. "You get five sacks they don’t really want to pay you $5.7 million base," Porter said.

Daryn Colledge ready for new challenges with the Arizona Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Daryn Colledge reached the pinnacle of the NFL in February when he won the Super Bowl as a member of the Green Bay Packers. In the same season he was at the top of the league his new team, the Arizona Cardinals, finished at the bottom of the NFC West. That's alright with the offensive guard though, he's looking forward to the challenge.

Arizona Cardinals, No. 5 pick Peterson agree to five-year deal - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals have reached a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Patrick Peterson.

NFC West wading into cornerback market - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Richard Marshall's one-year agreement with the Arizona Cardinals buys depth for the team's secondary after Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's trade to Philadelphia in the Kevin Kolb deal.

Cardinals Daily - Camp Arrival
Video Gallery - azcardinals.com

Cardinals Daily - First Practice
Video Gallery - azcardinals.com

Arizona Sports News:

Justin Upton clears bases to lead Diamondbacks to win
There have been just a handful of hitters in baseball better than the Diamondbacks' Justin Upton this season, and even fewer have been better than him in the past 12 days. But on Friday night, it was a miscue in the field that contributed to a loss - and to Upton doing as much damage to a dugout garbage can as he did at the plate. On Saturday night, he went back to crushing only baseballs. Upton's bases-clearing double capped a five-run sixth inning, boosting the Diamondbacks to a 6-4 comeback victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Phoenix Mercury beat New York Liberty to snap skid
Penny Taylor scored 29 points, Diana Taurasi had 16, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 91-84 Saturday night. Candice Dupree added 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Mercury (11-7) snap a three-game losing streak. Phoenix shot 51 percent (29 for 57) from the field and 26 for 28 from the free-throw line.

Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly acquire right-hander Jason Marquis in trade with Washington Nationals
The Diamondbacks beefed up their starting rotation Saturday, reportedly agreeing to a deal to land right-hander Jason Marquis from the Washington Nationals.

NFL News:

NFL, NFLPA working on final details of new CBA - ArizonaSports.com
It's on to the next step for the NFL and its players, who are getting closer to a full-fledged collective bargaining agreement. "The NFL and NFLPA staffs have been working for the past few days on the final details of the new CBA," league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Sources -- Indianapolis Colts' Peyton Manning gets five-year, $90 million deal - ESPN
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has agreed to a five-year deal for $90 million.

Daily News uses classic "Drop Dead" headline for Nnamdi Asomugha snub | ProFootballTalk
When Nnamdi Asomugha chose the Eagles over the Jets, the folks at the New York Daily News took it personally. The back page headline in today’s paper reads, "Nnamdi to N.Y.: Drop Dead! Sticks it to Jets and Giants by signing with Eagles."

Tarvaris Jackson's quick rise to starting role - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Rules prevent Tarvaris Jackson from practicing with his new Seattle Seahawks teammates before Aug. 4. Coach Pete Carroll thinks Jackson needs to be the Seahawks' starting quarterback anyway.

Plaxico Burress, New York Jets agree on one-year deal - ESPN New York
receiver Plaxico Burress has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets.

Programming note: Heading to camps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It's a little tougher for the Seattle Seahawks to complain about those early kickoffs West Coast teams despise so much. They're on the practice field this morning at 9 PT. I'll be there with them and am very much looking forward to hitting all the NFC West camps. The plan is to hit Seattle's camp for a few days, then stop by the San Francisco 49ers' camp before making it to Northern Arizona University by Aug. 4, the first day Kevin Kolb can practice with his new Arizona Cardinals teammates. I'll finish with an extended trip to St. Louis for Rams camp once the exhibition season gets going.

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