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Time for todays links, with a look at what some people think of the Cardinals newest rookie Quarterback. And a lot of it is good.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Word From the Birds Blog | What the Cards have in Lindley
So the questions began yesterday, asking me my thoughts on Sports Illustrated’s Peter King saying that sixth-round draft pick Ryan Lindley — the second of two sixth-round picks, mind you — not only had a better chance to make an impact as a rookie than guys like Miami’s Ryan Tannehill or Seattle’s Russell Wilson, but could be playing by midseason. I know Peter a little and respect him greatly as a reporter. I wouldn’t be shocked if someone from the Cards whispered in his ear how much they like Lindley’s potential. But to be playing by midseason? I can’t see that as anything but ridiculous — barring injuries.

Word From the Birds Blog | Tall tales from the Northwest(?)
OK, I couldn’t let this one go: Seattle-based ESPN West blogger Mike Sando tweeted out today that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said new guard and former Card Deuce Lutui is now a vegan.

ESPN analyst: Ryan Lindley will be an NFL starter in four years -
As the saying goes, the backup quarterback is the most popular player in the NFL. If true, what does that say about the backup's backup? Ryan Lindley, whom the Cardinals selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, is seeing his stock rise without having thrown an NFL pass.

Where NFC West teams are most improved - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals: wide receiver. Michael Floyd's addition as a potential strong No. 2 wideout could upgrade two receiving spots by casting Andre Roberts into more of a slot role, which could suit him better. Floyd projects as the flanker, with Larry Fitzgerald remaining at split end most of the time. We should also mention the Cardinals' offensive line, simply because the team now has a few young players to develop. I'm just not sure how much Adam Snyder and rookie Bobby Massie will upgrade the right side initially.

West adds weapons with eye on end zone - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams selected 14 wide receivers and running backs in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, an average number since the league expanded to 32 teams for the 2002 season. Five of the 14 landed in the NFC West, three more than the total for any other division. The emphasis began with the Arizona Cardinals, who used the 13th overall choice for Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd.

Cards Grind Through Phase 2 Workouts
The Cardinals coaches worked with the players for the first time in the offseason, starting phase two of the program.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes hold off Nashville Predators 1-0 in Game 4, take 3-1 series lead
The frantic pressure leading to third-period collapses that evolved into overtime thrillers has been on repeat throughout the Coyotes' playoff journey. In Round 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks, that scenario dealt wins and losses, and both were helpful in teaching the Coyotes what to do and what not to do to avoid the added work. But try as it might to improve, this team is immune to navigating the easy route, and it wasn't until the 10th game of the postseason that it finally figured out the formula for sealing a one-goal lead in regulation. "We're slow learners, but hopefully we're learning our lesson," captain Shane Doan said. Friday's performance in Game 4 against the Nashville Predators was an A-effort from the defense, and that resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Coyotes in front of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena to snatch a 3-1 Western Conference semifinal series lead.

Arizona Diamondbacks rally to defeat New York Mets in series opener
There were times, Cody Ransom admitted, when he wondered if he were destined to be just a minor-leaguer. Maybe he was good enough for Triple-A but didn't quite have what it takes to be a big-leaguer. "There was a time," he said, "when I thought I was done. In 2005. I thought I was done playing already." Maybe Ransom is just getting started. The 36-year-old journeyman infielder delivered two more huge hits for the Diamondbacks, drilling a two-run homer and knocking in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning single in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday at Citi Field.

Phoenix Suns looking to keep Robin Lopez
When Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby discussed the state of the franchise this week, he slipped one shocker into the address. With all the preoccupation on Steve Nash's situation and how the Suns will approach free agency, Babby surprised much of Planet Orange when he revealed that it would be "quite likely if not certain" that the Suns would match any team's offer sheet on restricted free agent Robin Lopez in July.

Jaworski shares thoughts on Foles, Osweiler -
For the first time since 1962, both Arizona State and the University of Arizona had quarterbacks taken in the NFL Draft. That year it was Wildcats' QB Eddie Wilson taken by the Detroit Lions in the 2nd round while ASU slinger Joe Zuger was taken in the 18th round -- also by the Lions. This year, it was ASU's Brock Osweiler taken in the 2nd round by the Denver Broncos and U of A's Nick Foles being snapped up by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 3rd round. Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski joined Burns & Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 Friday to share his analysis of both young quarterbacks.

NFL News:

2012 NFL Draft Results: A Look At The Best Value Picks -
Which teams got away with shoplifting, stealing prime players at cut rate prices in the 2012 NFL Draft?

Junior Seau's Brain Will Be Studied For Concussion Effects, Family Decides -
Junior Seau's family has decided to allow researchers to study his brain, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. Seau died from a self-inflicted gun shot to the chest, the San Diego County medical examiner's office ruled on Thursday. He left behind no notes or clues as to why he made the decision to take his own life.

Warner, Hoge and concussion discussion - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The surest way to avoid a football-related concussion is to stop playing football. It's a path retired quarterback Kurt Warner has considered promoting, and one retired running back Merril Hoge strongly rejected during a provocative Friday. Both suffered multiple concussions as players. Concussions forced Hoge, now an ESPN analyst, to retire. They severely affected his quality of life. The fear of additional concussions played at least some role in Warner's decision to retire following the 2009 season.

2012 NFC One big question - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
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2012 AFC One big question - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
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