8-4-11: Bird Droppings - Time To See What Kolb Can Do

The CBA deal has been reached, so we will finally get to see what Kevin Kolb can do today. Has anyone ever been this excited for a practice this late into camp?

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Adrian Wilson appreciates Patrick Peterson's demeanor
Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson likes cornerback Patrick Peterson for what he can do on the field and for what he doesn't do off of it. "I love the kid, honestly," Wilson said of Peterson, the team's first-round draft pick. "His confidence level makes me confident. He knows the playbook. He knows the things we want him to do. He doesn't talk back, which is great. You can tell he's very well-rounded and he wants to be great." It's hard to imagine someone talking back to Wilson, an imposing figure who is entering his 11th season. But it has happened.

Arizona Cardinals hope lineman Deuce Lutui has learned from latest weight issue
Everyone loves Deuce Lutui, but understanding him takes considerably more effort.

Eagles believed in Kolb, Cardinals should too - ArizonaSports.com
Sure, there may be question marks surrounding Kevin Kolb's ability to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. However, there weren't any in Philadelphia, and ESPN's Mark Schlereth says that's a good reason to have faith in the Cardinals' new signal caller.

Cardinals Michael Bidwill doesn't get credit he deserves - ArizonaSports.com
For years the name Bidwill wasn't exactly music to Cardinals fans ears. While the team seems to be changing their ways on the field and in negotiations with players off it, the team's supporters haven't changed their stance when it comes to ownership. It's something that Sports 620 KTAR's Ron Wolfley thinks is long overdue.

Podcast: Whisenhunt with Colin Cowherd - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Just passing along: Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt discussed new quarterback Kevin Kolb and the team's interest in Braylon Edwards during his conversation with ESPN's Colin Cowherd .

QBR: No such thing as passer perfection - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The official NFL stat sheet said Kurt Warner played a perfect game for the Arizona Cardinals against Miami back in 2008. Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) knew better. While Warner was brilliant that day, completing 19 of 24 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns, his performance could have been statistically superior. He scored a 97.7 on the 100-point QBR scale.

Bidding war? 49ers, Cards want Edwards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals aren't the only NFC West team with interest in free-agent receiver Braylon Edwards.

Holliday Arrives
Notebook: Doucet hoping for healthy season

Arizona Cardinals Ray Horton sold what for $20? - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals new defensive coordinator Ray Horton may be known for the hard hits his squad will deliver, but he may soon be known for his softer side for a gift he delivered.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Everyone joins the fun
There are reports that the new CBA will be approved today, clearing the path for recently-signed veterans to practice for the first time in training camp. It's an important development for the Cardinals, who have 24 players yet to practice with the team. Today's only practice is scheduled for 3 p.m. Here are the 24 players.

How Beanie Bounces Back
Beanie Wells didn’t even have to think about it much. He’d always been the star, and the successful star. Last year’s knee injury – which sidelined him early in the year, prevented him from ever being 100 percent healthy and a linchpin to an incredibly frustrating personal season – and all that came with it was pretty much the first adversity with which he had ever dealt.

RB Wells gets No. 1 back nod, but questions linger - ArizonaSports.com
Coach Ken Whisenhunt has made it clear that Beanie Wells is the unquestioned No. 1 running back for the Arizona Cardinals, a status he's always coveted.

Delay in CBA ratification could hurt Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
With the whirlwind of free agency and trades the past few days, most have started to forget that the NFL is coming out of a lockout. Not so fast. The Pittsburgh Steelers players rep Ryan Clark was quoted in a tweet by Ed Bouchette that he "doubts the CBA will be ratified in time for those vets not practicing to join teams Thursday." Most had figured that this was just a formality including Cardinals rep Jay Feely.

Cards want Fitzgerald deal before season - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The fans chanting Larry Fitzgerald's name as he approached on a Segway following practice Wednesday are not alone in their love for the Arizona Cardinals' receiver.

New faces on the sidelines for Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Another day, another new player.

Cards would like Edwards, but not at expense of Fitzgerald - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals would like to sign free agent receiver Braylon Edwards, there's just one problem: They still have to sign Larry Fitzgerald to a contract extension.

Cardinals interested in Seahawks corner - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals have added quite a few new players over the last week, and they may not be done. According to sports agent JR Rickert, the Cardinals are one of five teams interested in Jordan Babineaux.

Braylon Edwards still could be facing trouble after fight in Michigan | ProFootballTalk
Jets coach Rex Ryan says he’s interested in former Browns and Jets receiver Braylon Edwards, at the right price. That price could be paid in the form of bail money.

Word From the Birds Blog - Waiting on CBA, and other notes
Everyone has been waiting for Thursday, because practice begins for all the players who just signed contracts. Probably. The Thursday deadline was based on the idea the new collective bargaining agreement would be ratified. It has not been yet.

Word From the Birds Blog - Horton’s goodbye gift
Ray Horton would hear it from Maurice Matthews all the time when he was coaching in Pittsburgh: "When are you going to let me use your car?"

Are the Cardinals talking to Malcom Floyd? - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals have filled a lot of holes over the last week but there is still a glaring one left. With the loss of Steve Breaston to the Kansas City Chiefs the team is still in search of a No. 2 wide receiver. While most of the talk has surrounded former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora says there may be another player on the Cards radar.

Cards still looking for a WR, hoping for Braylon Edwards? - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals could still use another wide receiver, and Braylon Edwards is still available. A match made in heaven? It would appear so, and Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked by ESPN's Colin Cowherd Wednesday if something may happen between the former Jet and the Cardinals.

Adrian Wilson, Cardinals looking to rebound - ArizonaSports.com
Adrian Wilson knows he had a down year in 2010. Yes, he made the Pro Bowl, and his 88 tackles were more than he had in any of the previous four seasons, but he had troubles in coverage for a defense that struggled all season long. And he's heard the criticism.

Cardinals John Skelton says Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson didn't offer advice - ArizonaSports.com
The 2010 season for the Arizona Cardinals wasn't exactly an easy one. Especially when it came to the quarterback position. The combination of Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson was supposed to lead the Cardinals back to the playoffs (and we all know how well that worked out). Apparently the duo was not only incapable of leading on the field, but off of it as well.

Cardinals Daily: Full Squad Ready
Video Gallery - azcardinals.com

Top 5 WRs in 'Madden NFL 12' - ESPN
Larry Fitzgerald: 96 Larry Fitzgerald is ready to put up some big numbers again now that he has an actual quarterback throwing him the ball. His 87 speed, 89 acceleration are a bit slow for an elite receiver in "Madden," but he makes up for it with 98 catching, 99 jumping, 99 stamina, 97 toughness, 98 route running, 98 spectacular catch, and 95 catch in traffic.

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks roughed up, lose sweep bid vs. Giants
It wasn't a good first day for their trade deadline reinforcements, but even after getting blown away 8-1 by the San Francisco Giants in Wednesday's series finale, and thus dropping out of a brief tie for first place, the Diamondbacks headed home with their heads held high.

NFL News:

Report: NFL, NFLPA work out final details of new CBA | ProFootballTalk
Though it’s not clear who blinked on the question of whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain exclusive control over the league’s personal conduct policy, it’s clear that something happened to push the matter to a resolution.

10 games that have gotten a lot more interesting | ProFootballTalk
At the end of every NFL regular season, the next year’s opponents become set in stone, for every team. In April, when the "when" gets applied to the "who" and "where," a rash of articles emerge regarding the best games of the coming season.

Report: CBA Approved, Full Practices To Begin Thursday - SB Nation Arizona
This report from CBS Sports says it all:

Goodell talks about his unwillingness to give up control over conduct policy | ProFootballTalk
In an item posted earlier today, we explained that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s refusal to allow an outside entity to review the discipline imposed by him under the personal conduct policy had become the biggest remaining issue in the nearly-completed CBA talks. Appearing at Panthers camp, Goodell talked about the stranglehold he plans to maintain over the policy.

Roger Goodell to retain conduct policy power under CBA, sources say - ESPN
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain power to mete out discipline under the personal conduct policy in the CBA still being hammered out by the league and the players' union, league sources tell ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Goodell bristles at suggestion NFL has gone "soft" | ProFootballTalk
During a Wednesday visit to Panthers training camp, Commissioner Roger Goodell answered a wide range of questions from fans. On one topic, a fan apparently struck a nerve. The fan asked whether Goodell’s imposition of fines for illegal hits has caused the game to go "too soft." Per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com, Goodell was blunt.

With CBA coming, salary cap compliance time is at hand | ProFootballTalk
The NFL and the NFLPA are expected to officially ratify the new CBA on Thursday. Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, this means that every team must be under the salary cap as of Friday.

Nick Fairley undergoes surgery | ProFootballTalk
Lions first round pick Nick Fairley saw a specialist about his foot, and what he heard wasn’t good.

"We want Orton" chants make Tony Sparano sick | ProFootballTalk
Chad Henne has reached the point in his Dolphins career where the fans are irrationally impatient. They boo him when he makes a bad throw in practice or when he makes a checkdown pass. Most famously, the home crowd at training camp uncorked a "We want Orton!" chant on Monday night that was still ringing in coach Tony Sparano’s ears Wednesday when he was asked for a reaction.

Camp Confidential: Seattle Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Report from Seahawks Training Camp.

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