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Arizona Cardinals Weekly Flock: Neil Rackers a Top Ten Kicker Edition

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  • Kicker Rankings - We posted the offensive, defensive and coaching staff rankings so it's only fair to also list the kicker rankings. Neil Rackers doesn't get much love from us Cardinals' fans but he had a great year in 2008 and earned the number 7 spot in their Sporting News' rankings.

  • Grimm parlays achievements as player into successful coaching career - A great article on Russ Grimm talks about his coaching style and how his near Hall of Fame career as a player has made him a great coach.

  • Ultimate Building Blocks: NFC West - Sando looks to design a team to win Super Bowls using only players from the NFC West and the Cardinals have the most in the top ten with Larry Fitzgerald and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the top four and Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett back to back at eight and nine.

  • If only Warner can stay healthy -The assumption is that an injury-prone Warner has had a hard time staying on the field. The reality is that Warner hasn't missed a game to injury since the 2005 season.

  • Top 99 players for '09 - Fox Sports lists the top 99 players heading into the 2009 season and the Cardinals are tied with the Steelers, Patriots and Titans for the league lead with six players on the list.

  • Contract drama not going away - I think we all are weary of the Anquan Boldin contract situation, but it's a story that's not going to go away soon.

  • Whisenhunt happy with OTAs - Whisenhunt happy with Cards' OTAs, There were a few no-shows, but coach Ken Whisenhunt termed OTAs a ''productive month.''

  • '06 first-round QBs are 0-for-3 so far - Tennessee, Arizona and Denver thought they had solidified the position for the long run when using Top 11 picks on Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler. Instead, the future remains as cloudy as before all three clubs signed the trio to contracts with a combined $51 million in guaranteed money......None of the three has won a playoff game. And it's fair to wonder if any of them ever will.

I know there's been quite a bit of discussion about the value or importance of attending OTA's and although I'll reserve my judgement for now, here's an article from a former player. It's well worth the read if you're interested.

  • Is There A Value To OTAs? -I fully understand that OTA (Organized Team Activities) practices in the NFL are considered a "voluntary" activity, but we all know better — there’s no such thing as a voluntary drill, weight session or meeting when it comes to the NFL. You’re expected to be there, and you’re expected to participate with your teammates.