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8-5-11: Bird Droppings - Good Debut For Kolb

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After the first day of practice for Kolb, the reports are in and it sounds like everyone is happy with what they saw from the new guy. There are some videos from his first day in here too.

Also, I was planning on posting a Video of the Day on Todd Heap, but I couldn't really find any long highlight videos of him, so I'll get something up on Monday instead.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb makes his practice debut
For quarterback Kevin Kolb, the easiest part of his first practice with the Cardinals came after the snaps, when he and his teammates were "just playin' ball." The hard part came before: getting the play from offensive coordinator Mike Miller, remembering it and relaying it correctly to teammates. It's not an easy process for a quarterback who has been with his team a week.

Kolb Comfortable As Cardinal
Quarterback's first practice goes relatively smooth

Impressions: Kolb's debut with Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts and observations after watching Kevin Kolb's first practice with the Arizona Cardinals:

Kolb debut highlights spirited Cardinals workout -
About two minutes into his first practice as an Arizona Cardinal, Kevin Kolb lofted a long pass to Todd Heap. There was no defense on the play. The players weren't even wearing their helmets yet, but seeing that smooth, on-the-money delivery from Arizona's new quarterback was a sight the Cardinals coaches, fans and players had been waiting for a week to see. What followed late Thursday afternoon was one of the most spirited, full-pad workouts in memory for the Cardinals, punctuated by a live, full-speed goal-line drill dominated by Kolb's offense. blogs - Kent Somers - Post-practice update
Some notes on a Thursday evening, a couple of hours after the full squad practiced for the first time.

Word From the Birds Blog - After the Kolb debut
I will have much more later on after the Cards’ first full-team practice of training camp — one of the most physical I have seen since I began covering this team in 2000 — and the debut of quarterback Kevin Kolb. Let’s just tap the brakes a moment and remember it’s just the first practice. Kolb and other newbies admitted to making mistakes, and there were errors here and there. But the energy, considering we are a week into work in Flagstaff, was incredibly high. The offense "won" the live goal-line drill at the end. The first team offense scored in three of four possessions — after Kolb and Beanie Wells fumbled a handoff exchange, Kolb threw a play-action TD to new tight end Jeff King, who spiked it through his legs. Beanie then ran it in a couple of times. The second team did OK too, with rookie running back Ryan Williams getting stuffed on first down and then bulling over some people on second down and saying something about it (Williams then swept in for another score). Generally, Kolb looked pretty good. The play of the day was Kolb’s 20-yard back-pylon TD throw to Larry Fitzgerald, who snared it with one hand while fending off rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Braylon Edwards will be in the NFC West, just not with the Cardinals -
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Edwards will be calling San Francisco home in 2011.

Cardinals off-season not as impressive as thought? -
The Arizona Cardinals made a lot of moves once the lockout was lifted, most of which have been well received by pretty much anyone who follows football. And really, how could they not be? Adding Kevin Kolb, Todd Heap, Daryn Colledge, among others, showed the Cardinals were ready and willing to spend money in order to fill glaring holes. Great job? Not according to Scouts Inc's Matt Williamson, on

Cardinals still interested in Braylon Edwards and Malcom Floyd -
The Arizona Cardinals have over $14.6 million to spend and a hole at wide receiver left to fill. The question is, which wide receiver will they try to fill it with?

Similarities exist, but don't compare Kolb to Rodgers -
Aaron Rodgers was handed the keys to the Green Bay Packers offense after four seasons of backing up future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre. Rodgers, in his first year as a starter, threw for 4,038 yards and 28 touchdowns, numbers that likely surprised even the most optimistic Packers fans. Kevin Kolb is in a similar spot with the Cardinals, as he will take over an offense after four seasons as an NFL backup. Can we expect similar results?

On Braylon Edwards to 49ers, not Cards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Kevin Kolb was completing passes to Larry Fitzgerald on a Northern Arizona University practice field when news came down that Braylon Edwards was signing with the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals also had interest in Edwards, but my feel is that the 49ers thought they needed him more.

Report: Cardinals, others interested in Matt Roth -
It looks like the Arizona Cardinals free agency rumors are not slowing down.

Heading out for Kevin Kolb's practice debut - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With NFL teams finally able to practice with newly signed players, the Arizona Cardinals are anxious to see Kevin Kolb running plays for the first time since they acquired him. There will be other notable practice debuts in the division Thursday, but none more notable than this one.

Coach says Kolb will play in preseason opener -
Fans anxious to see Kevin Kolb play in a Cardinals jersey won't have to wait long, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Wolf: 'Beanie Wells is eye popping' -
On Wednesday Ken Whisenhunt named Beanie Wells the Cardinals starting running back. While the move didn't come as a huge surprise to most, seeing as Wells' main competition the last few years, Tim Hightower, was traded to Washington over the weekend, it sounds like the Ohio State product has earned the job with his work ethic as well. According to Sports 620 KTAR's Ron Wolfley, Wells has looked great in practice.

Kevin Kolb: 'I can take my game to another level' -
Kevin Kolb knows there is pressure. He knows there are doubters and he knows there are some who think the Cardinals overpaid to get a guy who hasn't proven anything in the NFL. It doesn't matter.

Kolb impressed with Cardinals coaching staff -
Coming to a new team and having to learn a different offense can be a daunting task. Doing it all in a span of a couple weeks, without being allowed to practice during one of them? That can be downright impossible. But, as Kevin Kolb told Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf Thursday, one of the things that has impressed him about the coaches in Arizona is how easy they make things.

Peter King thinks Kolb will have a 'B' season -
Kevin Kolb hasn't even been allowed to practice with the Arizona Cardinals, but that hasn't stopped national media members from speculating just how well he'll do with his new team. Sports Illustrated's Peter King was on with ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd Thursday and shared his thoughts

Kevin Kolb has what it takes to succeed -
The Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb, so you'd have to believe they're confident in his abilities. But, listen to offensive coordinator Mike Miller enough and even the biggest Kolb doubters may become believers.

New Cardinals step up in different camp -
Normally NFL players would be roughly a week into training camp, possibly already getting tired of monotonous practices. This year is different, though, as players who are with new teams have not been allowed to practice. While that is not a good thing, especially for a team with new players who figure to play key roles, Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike Miller says the guys have stepped up, even if they have yet to step onto the field.

Patrick Peterson will return punts for Cardinals -
Patrick Peterson wasn't just a great cornerback at LSU, he also was a fantastic punt returner. While he got the chance to field punts on Saturdays, with a multi-million dollar contract and a defense relying on his cover skills, some wondered if he'd be a part of the Cardinals return game on Sundays in 2011. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't see a reason why he wouldn't be. blogs - Kent Somers - It's practice, not a game
I don't remember anyone anticipating a training camp practice as anxiously as the one scheduled this afternoon. Cardinals players unanimously approved the CBA, and other teams are expected to join them. That means those those veterans who signed new deals will be able to work. That also means the Cardinals will have 24 more players in uniform. That's an extraordinary number. (In contrast, the Broncos have 9). The offensive line will have three new starters. Quarterback Kevin Kolb will work for the first time. So will tight ends Todd Heap and Jeff King. The list goes on and on.

Word From the Birds Blog - Anticipating practice
It looks like the CBA will be done in time for the Cards to have their full team practice today. Remember, an astounding 24 guys have been forced to sit at this point. Coach Ken Whisenhunt did say he would be willing to move practice a little later if the ratification was slow to happen, just to get practice in, but I’m not sure that will be necessary. UPDATE: Player rep Jay Feely just tweeted out the Cards approved the CBA. Waiting for the rest of the league, but "practice will happen."

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. says that Larry Jr. "always wanted to be a Viking" | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald is entering the final year of his contract, and the Cardinals having no way to keep him from leaving after the season, since the contract prevents the team from using the franchise tag on the 2004 first-rounder. As a result, Cardinals G.M. Rod Graves recently told PFT Live that the franchise’s top priority at this point will be to sign Fitzgerald to a long-term extension before the regular season starts. Some believe that Fitzgerald’s top alternative will be to return home to Minnesota and play for the Vikings. One person with unique access to Fitzgerald’s thought processes has provided some insight into that theory.

Kolb Presser with Video Highlights
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Camp Unfiltered: Live Goal Line Session
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Cardinals Daily: Full Deck of Cards
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NFL News:

Braylon Edwards, San Francisco 49ers agree to 1-year deal - ESPN
Free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards and the San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday.

NFL players ratify collective bargaining agreement, which includes HGH testing, sources say - ESPN
Two people familiar with the negotiations tell The Associated Press the NFL will become the first major U.S. professional sports league to use blood testing for human growth hormone under the final language of the collective bargaining agreement.

NFL players ratify new CBA | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s players have voted today to ratify a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, allowing the league year to begin. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports had the first report that the deal has been approved. "Just got word from a source they have received enough votes! Let the league year begin," Glazer wrote on Twitter. "The players have voted to ratify the new CBA!"

49ers e-mail every team, trying to trade Taylor Mays | ProFootballTalk
The San Francisco 49ers want to trade safety Taylor Mays, and they want every NFL team to know he’s available. news: Weak in review: How NFC teams improved 2010 problem areas
Nobody was perfect in 2010, even the defending Super Bowl champion Packers. So how did teams improve themselves in the offseason? Let's examine every team's biggest weakness last year and how it was addressed, whether via a coaching change, the draft or free agency. This is a look at the NFC: news: Weak in review: How AFC teams improved 2010 problem areas
Nobody was perfect in 2010, even the defending AFC champion Steelers. So how did teams improve themselves in the offseason? Let's examine every team's biggest weakness last year and how it was addressed, whether via a coaching change, the draft or free agency. This is a look at the AFC: