9/7 Arizona Cardinals news: Gameday eve, Alfonso Smith is really No. 2, Dockett not a role model

Christian Petersen

Your daily Cardinals and NFL roundup.

We are just one day away from a real Cardinals football game. Among the stories of the day, we learn about how the running back order really is despite the depth chart. Darnell Dockett channels his inner Charles Barkley. O'Brien Schofield airs out some dirty laundry. Here are the links of the day.

Cardinals:

Trusting in Jim Dray
Notebook: Tight end comes to forefront under Arians; Smith to be No. 2 back; Housler out

Friday Five: Cardinals At Rams
A glance at five top storylines for Sunday’s Cardinals-Rams game in St. Louis:

Cardinals Blogs | Dockett: Captain, yes. Role model? Not so much
"I told my coach, ‘I’m a captain, not a role model,’ " Dockett said.

Cardinals Blogs | Doing the math on the running backs
Asked about his plans for his running backs, coach Bruce Arians said "We have plenty. We have plenty." And that was as far as he went.

Cardinals Blogs | Friday before the Rams
If the Cardinals believe anything, it is that. Waiting around for success, or to build up to it, makes no sense to plenty of people, including the head coach. "Those days of building for the future in the NFL, I see them as gone," Arians added.

'Friendly fire' sidelines Calais Campbell - NFC West Blog - ESPN
"It was just an accidental kick in the thigh," Arians said after practice. "We’ll see how the plane ride affects it.

Arizona Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin learning from Arians, Moore - ESPN
A lot has been made about the Arizona Cardinals spending all offseason learning a new offensive scheme. Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin can relate.

Cardinals' improvement might not show in win column
Cards in a hurry to turn fortunes around, but improvement could be tough to quantify in NFC West.

Cardinals' improvement might not show in win column
Cards in a hurry to turn fortunes around, but improvement could be tough to quantify in NFC West.

Fitzgerald: Older, wiser, but just as competitive as ever
Larry Fitzgerald tackles life and football with passion, perspective and desire to make a difference.

The Arizona Cardinals will win between six and nine games this season ArizonaSports.com
So 6-10 is the basement and 9-6 is the ceiling.

Cardinals' Arians ready, butterfly-filled for Sunday ArizonaSports.com
"I have them every week," Arians answered with a chuckle.

Cardinals RB Williams 'really excited' to show he's healthy ArizonaSports.com
"Once you start worrying about the injuries, you play intimidated," Williams said. "I don't think I was ready physically to go play (in 2012). Now I have another year under my belt, and I feel very confident -- even with the injuries -- to go out there and play."

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu ready for first NFL game ArizonaSports.com
"I can't say that I really have butterflies, man," Mathieu said Friday. "I'm just excited to finally have the opportunity to play in my first career NFL game. It's blessing, I'm humbled and I just want to go out there and do what I do."

Former Arizona Cardinals LB Schofield opens up about release ArizonaSports.com
"I could kind of tell they didn't want me there from the jump," Schofield said. "I had to put up with a lot of B.S. in the OTAs and it used to drive me crazy."

NFL:

Know the score: A closer look at the Week 1 matchups - SBNation.com
From the headliners to the bottom line and everything in between, here's what you need to know as the 2013 season kicks off.

Ravens let challenge opportunity slip by against Broncos - Baltimore Beat Down
John Harbaugh blamed NBC for not showing the replay to his staff "in time." But was it really NBC's fault?

The easiest players to root for in the NFL - SBNation.com
The 2013 NFL season is upon us so it's time to sort out our rooting interests. SB Nation's NFL bloggers identified the player on their team who is the easiest to root for.

Meet Julius Thomas, the first breakout NFL star of 2013 - SBNation.com
After recording just one catch over his first two seasons, Julius Thomas had five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night against the Ravens for the first breakout performance of the 2013 NFL season.

The Essentials for NFL tailgating - SBNation.com
When it comes to football, it's all about having the right equipment. If you're thinking of going tailgating this year, here are the five indispensable things you'll need.

Newspaper confuses Peyton Manning for John Elway - SBNation.com
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Eli Manning, art collector - SBNation.com
The Giants' quarterback has many talents, both on and off the field.

Peyton Manning ties NFL record with 7 touchdown passes, blows our minds - SBNation.com
Let's sit back for a moment and think about how rare of an evening Peyton Manning had for the Denver Broncos Thursday.

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