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5-15-11: Bird Droppings - Rattlers And D-Backs Update

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TEMPE, AZ:  Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals talks with the media as he leaves the team's training center in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ: Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals talks with the media as he leaves the team's training center in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Not much at all for today. Like always, Weekends are pretty slow for Cardinals news. Some lockout stuff, along with updates on how the Rattlers and D-Backs games went last night.

Cardinals News:

Mailbag: Not seeing another Aaron Rodgers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kualla83 from Phoenix wonders why ESPN's Rick Reilly rated Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie so low in his recent redrafts. Kualla83 acknowledges that Rodgers-Cromartie suffered through a rough 2010 season, but he has also seen Rodgers-Cromartie's speed facilitate spectacular plays in coverage. He'd still take Rodgers-Cromartie first among the cornerbacks selected in that 2008 draft class.

Arizona Sports News:

Diamondbacks snap skid on one hit vs. Dodgers
The only thing more unusual than Josh Collmenter's delivery was the way the Diamondbacks won on Saturday afternoon. The Diamondbacks were one-hit for the eighth time in franchise history, but they took advantage of a throwing error to scratch across the game's only run and snap their five-game losing streak with a weird but much-needed 1-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.

Arizona Rattlers collapse late in loss to Chicago Rush
The Arizona Rattlers made several big plays Saturday night. It was a basic one they did not make that cost them. After giving up a touchdown with 21 seconds left, they failed to recover the ensuing onside kick, and the Chicago Rush went on to grab a 50-49 win Saturday night at U.S. Airways Center. The Rush put the game away with 33-yard field goal by Chris Gould with one second remaining. The Rattlers fell to 7-2, but still lead the National Conference West, and Chicago improved to 6-3.

NFL News:

League claims to be investigating reports of lockout contact | ProFootballTalk
Even during the lockout, the weekdays often entail a blur of activity. On Saturdays and Sundays, we try to catch anything that we may have overlooked. When it comes to the report from Mike Freeman of that assistant coaches have been contacting players during the lockout, we missed the follow up from Clark Judge of regarding the league’s decision to investigate.

Another test for draft prospects to pass: Twitter | ProFootballTalk
We’ve heard of players getting red flags for injuries, size, football intelligence, and off-field problems. Could they also get one for tweeting too much?

Eagles’ web site pushes Kolb as worth more than a first-round pick | ProFootballTalk
With talk that some trading partners would balk at giving the Eagles a first-round pick for Kevin Kolb, there are indications that the folks in Philly believe Kolb is worth more than a first-rounder.

Sam Bradford's The St. Louis Rams Not-Secret NFC West Weapon - The Sports of St. Louis - SB Nation St. Louis
Recently on Turf Show Times—a reminder that in Sam Bradford the St. Louis Rams have somehow managed to possess both the quarterback with the highest potential in the NFC West as while as the quarterback who's closest to a sure thing. It's rare a second-year quarterback manages both at once, and it's true that Bradford saw some significant growing pains in 2010, but in the NFC West it wouldn't take nearly as much as the Rams already have to take the crown from the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers, or the Seattle Seahawks.

Leinart determined to win in community - Sports - OC Varsity
You don't know Matt Leinart. You might know the high school quarterback that was on all kinds of All-American teams. You might know the young man who took the reins from Carson Palmer and helped transform USC back into a national powerhouse. You might know the quarterback who won trophies on the field and dated them off of it. You might know the prospect who had his character questioned after pictures of him partying in a hot tub became public. And you might know the guy who was the supposed to be the future for the Arizona Cardinals before being released in 2010. But you don't know Matt Leinart, because if you did, you'd know that those things don't matter all that much. You'd know that what happens eight Saturdays a year at Mater Dei High School is what he feels defines him as a person.