azcardinals.com - What now for the O-line
Darren Urban gives his take on the Cardinals offensive line situation now that Alan Faneca has been signed: "So I would guess Faneca will end up at the left guard spot where he has been a long-term fixture. That displaces Reggie Wells, but Wells — who has been a regular at offseason work — could move to the right side. Yes, that’s where Deuce Lutui is, or at least, has been. This is a total guess on my part, but I wonder if Faneca would have been signed if Lutui had signed his tender and had been in place. Maybe he would have been (Whiz did say the Faneca signing was "meant to be") but Lutui’s absence has been glaring."
Leinart's new address
Urban also revead that Matt Leinart moved his locker where the offensive lineman are located. I love the move and think it was smart. Brandon Keith also jokingly called Leinart a "beanpole" standing between the lineman. From Leinart: "I just wanted to be with my lineman — simple as that," Leinart said. "Now it’s all business. I’m not trying to do it to make a statement or anything, I’m just doing it because these are my guys. I just want them to know I’ll be a leader and I’ll have their back too. We can’t be an offense without them."
2007 NFL Redraft: Three Years Laters, Still Hard to Grade -- NFL FanHouse
NFL FanHouse revisited the 2007 NFL draft and named Steve Breaston one of the best picks and the Cardinals one of the most successful teams. The 2007 draft was Ken Whisenhunt's first with the Cardinals.
Andre Roberts' NFL dream comes true - State Colleges - TheState.com
This was a good piece written on 3rd round pick Andre Roberts' journey into the NFL. I feel better after reading this. From Roberts: "They have some good receivers right now," Roberts said. "I'm ready to work and try to make my way in there, play and produce and hopefully try to win a championship. They still say I'm too short. I'm not fast enough," he said. "So it's definitely extra motivation and something to prove to people who still don't believe."
The Draft Match Game: The How and Why Behind the Picks - The Fifth Down Blog - NYTimes.com
Matt Waldman has studied hours upon hours of game tape for skill positions and had nothing but great things to say about Roberts: "What sets him apart is his refinement as a route runner. Roberts is one of the few receivers in this class who demonstrated the skill to defeat press coverage with techniques involving his feet to set up the defender and his hands to get into his routes off the line. Third-year receiver Early Doucet is as physically gifted as Roberts, but he lacks his hands."
TCU LB Daryl Washington took the long and hard route to NFL - USATODAY.com
USATODAY put together a good piece on newly drafted linebacker Daryl Washington before the draft took place. Washington has had a long football career and will finally get his chance to show the NFL what he's made of.
Mike Sando proves that the Cardinals are Ken Whisenhunt's team. For those Denny Green supporters out there, only four players remain from the Green drafts and two are Deuce Lutui and Gabe Watson. Whisenhunt has left his stamp on this team.
Kent Somers wrote a good piece on the Cardinals offseason thus far. The front office was worried when they first lost the big names, but have rebounded nicely and are confident for the 2010 season.
Fourth round draft pick, linebacker O'Brien Schofield, appreciated how much the Cardinals wanted to get him in the draft. He's hopeful that he'll be ready for the 2010 season, but will most likely begin on the PUP list.
azcardinals.com - Dockett has arrived
Finally, Darren Urban stated that Darnell Dockett finally arrived to offseason workouts. It's a surprise, as Dockett has usually worked out on his own in the past. It's great to see that he's working out with his teammates. Ken Whisenhunt has truly changed the culture in Arizona. From Dockett: "We lost a lot of people who had been through big experiences with us, that started from the bottom up," Dockett said. "A lot of people you can’t replace in terms of leadership ability and toughness, like Anquan (Boldin) … As far as the other guys they got into dream situations as free agents. Karlos (Dansby), we were together since we came in. That’s tough. But the show has got to move on. We can base our success on a few guys. The guys (filling in) know the level those guys played at. They know there are big shoes to fill."