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Here's some red-feathered avian nuggets to fill your head with info on this hump day morning.

Niners Nation | At Least We're Not... The Arizona Cardinals!
The Arizona Cardinals. As far as I'm concerned, the name should be spat out with much contempt as possible. Or at least, that's what the NFL would like us to do. blogs - Kent Somers | It's summer: read the fine print
Coach Ken Whisenhunt was asked about a few position battles today after practice, and he issued the usual qualifiers: It's a new season, so jobs are open; and, it's too early to draw definite conclusions. blogs - Kent Somers | Volunteer work half over
Organized team workouts (known as practice in English) reach their halfway today with the seventh workout. Practices are scheduled today through Friday and next week, June 7-10. In previous years, coach Ken Whisenhunt has used the last day for team building exercise rather than work on the field.

Bleacher Report | Five NFL Teams Going Up and Five Coming Down
Well, the Arizona Cardinals were a feel good, Super Bowl story two years ago. This season they'll be lucky to finish third in their division.

Cardinals Gab | Cardinals Complete 2nd Week of OTAs
The Cardinals finished the second week of OTAs this past Saturday (5/28) with mostly passing situations in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Darren Urban reports that Matt Leinart was a mix of both good and bad.

Raising Zona | An Arizona Cardinals Blog | OTA's This Week
The Arizona Cardinals return to the practice field this week for Organized Team Activities. They will run tomorrow through Friday at their Tempe headquarters. Some questions still remain as we head into June, only a couple of months away from training camp in Flagstaff.

NFC West Blog - ESPN | Mailbag: Run game without Kurt Warner
One key for Arizona, I think, is showing an ability to run the ball with three wide receivers on the field. Teams generally must go with lighter personnel on defense when offenses replace running backs and tight ends with wide receivers. This can create more favorable situations for a running game.

NFC West Blog - ESPN | My choice for 2010 Player of the Year
Thirty-eight players and two offensive lines had drawn mention by Wednesday morning after I asked for candidates -- sleeper and otherwise -- for 2010 NFC West player of the year. | Signs point to players like Charles, Henne having breakout seasons
Arizona Cardinals DE Calais Campbell and WR Early Doucet make an appearance on's list of potential breakout players for the upcoming season.

Peter King - | Pat Tillman shouldn't be voted into Pro Football Hall of Fame
So one of the controversies of the day Monday, via e-mails and Twitter, centered on Pat Tillman and whether his valiant life, tragic death and turning down NFL millions to join the Army Rangers in the war in Afghanistan merits a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. - Word From the Birds Blog | Ho-hum ... another Fitz catch of note
I have no idea who threw the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, who was running half-speed down the right sideline, but it was a bit back over the wrong shoulder. Without a pause — and looking like he had planned it the whole way, Fitz reached back with his right hand, twisting his body, and snatched the ball from the air one-handed. No fuss, no muss and certainly no bobble. Incredible. | Whisenhunt encouraged by Leinart
For all the talk about what Matt Leinart has or hasn’t been during the Cardinals’ offseason work, it’s hard to discount what his head coach is saying publicly about his quarterback. And what Ken Whisenhunt noted Tuesday, as the Cards started the third of the four-week session for organized team activities, all seemed positive.