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8-26-11: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Camp Ends, Preparing For Game 3

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Training camp is over, and now the Cardinals are getting ready for their next game on Saturday Afternoon.

Also, anyone who saw the Skins/Ravens game last night would have gotten a good look at Anquan Boldin and Tim Hightower with their new teams. Anyone like what they saw out of both of these former Cardinals?

Arizona Cardinals News:

Ending A Different Kind Of Camp
Cards leave Flagstaff still not fully comfortable after absent offseason

Kevin Kolb has been everything Cardinals hoped so far | ProFootballTalk
Kevin Kolb’s preseason stats don’t leap off the page, but he hasn’t looked totally out of place either. What Kolb has done in practice every day in Arizona is probably more telling.

'Regular season dress rehearsal' arrives for Cardinals -
Cardinals vs. Chargers The third preseason game. The so-called "regular season dress rehearsal." Training camp up in the beautiful pines of Arizona is officially over. The beginning of the season is nearing. The fourth preseason game -- where the final roster spots are won and lost -- is less than one week away.

Cardinals wrap up training camp, head to desert -
With whoops and hollers from players, the Arizona Cardinals have wrapped up their final training camp workout and headed south to the desert. Coach Ken Whisenhunt called it "probably one of the most interesting camps" he's experienced, given the cramped work schedule following the end of the NFL labor dispute. When the camp began, 52 of the 91 players were new to the team. The Cardinals train annually among the pines at Northern Arizona University, where the 7,000-foot elevation aids in conditioning.

Beanie Wells more Mr. Hyde than Dr. Jekyll -
Beanie Wells is close to becoming a monster. Watching him run last week in Green Bay made me think of Mr. Hyde, not the benevolent Dr. Jekyll. Beanie ran with bad intentions, dare I say malice. AJ Hawk found that out the hard way and so did some other unsuspecting Packers defenders.

Ken Whisenhunt realistic about his expectations against Chargers -
Ken Whisenhunt has been realistic about his expectations for the Arizona Cardinals through the first two preseason games. So much so that he really just wanted to see his club run their systems without issue. Even with the expectations so low, the team has yet to live up to them.

Word From the Birds Blog - And that’s all she wrote
Another training camp over. I know the weather here is much nicer than down in the Valley right now, but I know I am ready to go home and you know all the players and coaches are too. Time to get back into a normal routine. Coach Ken Whisenhunt wouldn’t rule out anyone for Saturday’s game save for cornerback Michael Adams (knee), although he acknowledged quarterback John Skelton (ankle) was unlikely to go (and Adrian Wilson, of course, won’t be out there.) There are some question marks. Rookie receiver DeMarco Sampson tweaked his hamstring Wednesday and sat out Thursday. Tight end Rob Housler (groin) is getting better but he missed a second straight day. Whiz said the last practice was "better than I expected." No short-timers disease.

Chat wrap: Strategies to get the best of me - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Phil from Connecticut wants to know whether I think Deuce Lutui will open the regular season as the starting right guard for the Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals' reasons for optimism, worry
Like many of the Cardinals returning players, this coaching staff must prove itself. New year, new challenge.

Cards Daily: Training Camp Comes to a Close
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Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Washington Nationals with burst of offense
Wade Miley threw six scoreless innings to get his first major league victory, and Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks ended their road trip with an overdue burst of offense Thursday night in an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

NFL News:

What we learned: Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
America’s longest running and highest rated preseason recap post is back for another week.

Did Cam Newton do enough? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Did Cam Newton do enough to win the starting quarterback job in Thursday night’s exhibition at Cincinnati?

Andy Dalton outshines Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
For one insignificant little preseason game, Cincinnati’s much-maligned rookie quarterback Andy Dalton out-played the No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft.

Colts inquired about Hasselbeck last month | ProFootballTalk
The fact that the Colts signed quarterback Kerry Collins on Wednesday suggests that the team only recently concluded that starter Peyton Manning may not be ready come Week One. But they’ve apparently been planning or Peyton’s possible absence for a while.

2011 NFL age ranks: Calling all graybeards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on NFC West rosters after calculating age ranks for NFL teams based on the rosters I maintain:

Liking Harbaugh's approach to QB reps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Jim Harbaugh's decision to let San Francisco 49ers rookie Colin Kaepernick work with the starting offense in the third preseason game makes so much sense.

Top 200: 49ers, Seahawks lead the way - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Eighteen NFC West players landed spots in the Scouts Inc. Top 200 heading into the 2011 season.

NFL experimenting with 8th official in preseason - ESPN
Cover 2 has long been a popular defensive scheme in the NFL. Soon, officiating crews might have their own version.

Even kickers think the NFL is getting soft | ProFootballTalk
Complaints from NFL players that the league is trying to take the toughness out of football have been widespread over the last year. But most of those complaints have come from defensive players who were responding to drawing penalty flags or getting their paychecks docked. Now we have a player who rarely hits anyone making a complaint about the direction NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking the league in: Cowboys kicker David Buehler.

Chris Johnson: "We are not seeing eye-to-eye" | ProFootballTalk
Chris Johnson met with the Titans on Wednesday, but all indications point to the two sides being far apart on contract talks. Johnson has returned to Florida in the meantime.

Trade request could be next step for Chris Johnson | ProFootballTalk
So with the Titans and running back Chris Johnson still at an impasse regarding his value, the next step could involve some other team paying Johnson what he’s worth. Per a league source, a trade request could be coming soon from Johnson.

ESPN runs controversial picture of a white Michael Vick - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
ESPN is under fire Thursday for creating and publishing the Photoshopped image above of Michael Vick with a white face to accompany a column in ESPN The Magazine entitled "What if Michael Vick were white?" After immediate backlash to the image, which was also posted on ESPN's website, editors replaced the online picture with a regular photograph of Vick. The website then reversed course and, as of 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, had restored the original, controversial image to the top of the online story.

NFL Game Recaps:

Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Recap - August 25, 2011 - ESPN
Cincinnati rookie quarterback Andy Dalton led four first-half scoring drives while overall No. 1 draft pick Cam Newton of Carolina struggled in the Bengals' 24-13 preseason victory Thursday night.

Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Recap - August 25, 2011 - ESPN
Michael Vick led three scoring drives, the first-team defense pitched a shutout and the Eagles beat the Cleveland Browns 24-14 on a rain-soaked Thursday night.

Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens - Recap - August 25, 2011 - ESPN
Rex Grossman and John Beck each threw a touchdown pass in their duel to become the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, who lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 on Thursday night.