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6-25-11: Bird Droppings - Kolb, Lockout

As we enter the weekend, not much about the Cardinals besides the typical Kolb stuff. As for the rest of the NFL, some lockout stuff, Ochocinco is going to wrestle an alligator, the Bills have new uniforms and I also have two little videos highlighting the attempts Mark Herzlich is making to make it onto an NFL roster.

I hope that we can wind up with him as an UDFA once the lockout ends.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks to battle for Kevin Kolb - ArizonaSports.com
As soon as the lockout ends, the Arizona Cardinals will need to acquire a quarterback. The NFL offseason has already been cut short and the Cardinals will want as much time as possible for their new quarterback to learn the offense and develop chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald and the other receivers. While talk of who the Cardinals are looking to acquire has varied, Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb always seems to find his way to the focal point of Arizona quarterback conversations.

Wolf: I'll trade DRC for Kevin Kolb - ArizonaSports.com
They say in life there are no guarantees. The same can be said when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals quarterback conundrum. "There are no guarantees that you could trade for any veteran quarterback out there," Ron Wolfley said on Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf Friday morning. "There are no guarantees you could bring in a free agent. There are no guarantees that you could draft a quarterback No. 1." If there is no guarantee it makes the rumor of trading cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Philadelphia Eagles Kevin Kolb an interesting proposition. Do you take a chance and send a former Pro Bowl defender for a quarterback who could possibly lead your franchise for the next decade?

Arizona Sports News:

Wily Mo Pena lifts Diamondbacks past Tigers
Wily Mo Pena hit a towering solo home run in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Friday night.

Phoenix Mercury beat Atlanta Dream for third straight win
When the Phoenix Mercury get significant contributions from their top eight players, Diana Taurasi likes their chances of success. "We had a lot of people play well, and that's what we need to win games," she said. "A lot of people participating, and today if you go up and down (the stat sheet), I think we did that." Taurasi scored 20 points, Candice Dupree added 19 and the Phoenix Mercury won their third straight game with a 92-83 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night.

Arizona Rattlers want to remain sharp in final 4 regular-season games
The Rattlers can't take it easy now. Not with four games to go before the playoffs begin. At 12-2, they're still a half-game behind Jacksonville for best record in the Arena Football League. They'd like to keep their distance in the National Conference on Chicago (9-4) and Dallas (8-5). Home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is important for a team that plays three of its last four on the road, starting Saturday night in Philadelphia against the 5-9 Soul.

Phoenix Coyotes pick Connor Murphy in NHL draft
In a few years, Connor Murphy might be regarded as one of the better sleeper picks in the 2011 draft. Murphy, who was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (20th overall) Friday, is a big, rangy defenseman who did not garner much attention last season because of a back injury, but he bounced back with a superb effort in the Under-18 World Championships. "It's amazing," said Murphy, a 6-foot-3 defenseman. "It's been a major goal of mine for years to be drafted in the NHL. I visited Phoenix and couldn't be any more happier than to be a part of this organization now."

Phoenix Coyotes land pair of forwards in Round 2 of NHL draft
The Coyotes selected center Alexander Ruuttu, the son of Coyotes scout Christian Ruuttu, in the second round of the NHL draft and followed that up five picks later by choosing left wing Lucas Lessio.

With a role in mind, the Phoenix Suns introduce Markieff Morris
A day after the Suns selected Kansas forward Markieff Morris with the 13th pick in Thursday's NBA draft, a job description was starting to form. "We need a guy that can add some toughness to our team," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said at Friday's news conference to introduce Morris.

Glendale officials hope for Coyotes deal at end of summer
Glendale appears determined to settle on a deal with a new buyer for the Phoenix Coyotes in the next few months.

NFL News:

NFL, players to resume talks next week, report says - ESPN
With training camps set to open in another month, NFL owners and players will resume negotiations next week, hoping to build on recent talks, two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.

NFL.com news: Young faces join Reed, Polamalu among NFL's best safeties
Here is my list of the top 30 safeties, but realize that strong and free safeties are interchangeable in the modern game and listed together. As I have done with the other position rankings this spring, the players are listed in groups of five and in alphabetical order within each group. Each player listed has either an (^) for players on the rise and has room for growth, (>) for players maintaining their status and playing at their peak level or (v) for those who can't sustain their level of play and are on the decline.

Higher Education: The all-underrated team (offense) - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
In the continuation of our scouting/stats series, and with the news getting better every day on the labor subject, it's time to talk more actual football! Today, we're going to feature a full team of underrateds — those players who impressed us through the 2010 season, who could do even more in future seasons, and just don't get the credit we feel they deserve. Here's our offense.

Higher Education: The all-underrated team (defense) - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
In the continuation of our scouting/stats series, and with the news getting better every day on the labor subject, it's time to talk more actual football! Today, we're going to feature a full team of underrateds — those players who impressed us through the 2010 season and who could do even more in future seasons. Here's the defense.

NFL.com news: Fashion forward: Bills unveil brand-new uniforms for 2011
The Buffalo Bills will feature a look that's both new and familiar whenever the 2011 NFL season kicks off. The team unveiled new uniforms in an elaborate ceremony Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium, retaining the charging buffalo logo but going back to white helmets and royal blue uniform tops.

Players updated on recent lockout negotiations - ESPN
Buffalo safety George Wilson likes what he sees and hears about the players' recent discussions with the owners to end the lockout. The Bills' player representative also cautions against getting swept away by expectations of an imminent settlement.

NFL.com news: Ochocinco: Palmer 'means business' with trade-or-retire talk
Chad Ochocinco's interesting offseason brought him to the University of Cincinnati on Friday, when he trained with the Bearcats before promising to wrestle an alligator.

Donovan McNabb thinks athletes should get off Twitter | ProFootballTalk
Steelers safety Ryan Clark thinks social media sites like Twitter are "ruining the world." Redskins (for now) quarterback Donovan McNabb hasn’t gone quite that far. McNabb merely thinks that pro athletes shouldn’t use it.

NFL Videos: Everything to Prove: Episode 19 - Part 1
Though disappointed his name wasn't called on Draft Day, Mark Herzlich stays on course towards his quest for the NFL. He takes some time to hit the links, and we learn golf was his release during his bout with cancer.

NFL Videos: Everything to Prove: Episode 19 - Part 2
While awaiting the lockout's end, consummate gym rat Mark Herzlich outworks the competition at IMG in Florida. And the work doesn't end when he leaves the weight room; his dedication to fueling and nutrition will maximize his potential as a pro prospect.