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6-18-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Offseason Stuff

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Time for todays links, rather quiet day of links so not much besides something on the uncertainty around the offense.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Offseason of uncertainty for Arizona offense | ProFootballTalk
At the end of offseason workouts and minicamps, most teams hope to have a clearer focus on their roster. But for the Cardinals, the number of questions outweighs answers after their spring work, particularly when they have the ball.

Arizona Sports News:

Los Angeles Angels shut out Arizona Diamondbacks again
The Diamondbacks reluctantly gave credit to another opposing pitcher Sunday, but given the way the majority of this road trip went for them, their praise only went so far. "He obviously threw the ball well," manager Kirk Gibson said after Angels rookie Garrett Richards dominated for eight-plus innings in a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks. "(But) this is kind of a recurring theme for us. We've been shut out three times in the past six games and scored one run in another game. Not to take any credit from him, but we've obviously got to make some adjustments."

Konner Wade shutout moves Arizona Wildcats within win of College World Series final
Konner Wade pitched a five-hit shutout, Arizona did its scoring on five straight fourth-inning hits, and the Wildcats beat Pac-12 rival UCLA 4-0 in the College World Series on Sunday night. The win puts the Wildcats (45-17) in control of Bracket 1 and gives them three days off. They are one victory away from the best-of-three finals, in which they would play for their fourth national championship and first since 1986.

NFL News:

LaDainian Tomlinson Will Retire After Signing With Chargers -
LaDainian Tomlinson has reportedly resigned with the San Diego Chargers to retire with the team that drafted him, ending the career of one of history's greatest running backs.

Is it time to start worrying about A.J. Jenkins? | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
With the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected a receiver to fill a graphically obvious need. In the 2011 NFC Championship loss to the New York Giants, quarterback Alex Smith was productive in throwing to his tight ends and running backs ... and 1 of 9 for 3 yards his receivers. So, Jim Harbaugh and his guys hunkered down, did their homework, and took Illinois wideout A.J. Jenkins with that pick. Jenkins was under the radar compared to some other receivers in this draft, but even a cursory look at his collegiate work showed a player who could get open in space and make plays downfield -- just what the 49ers needed. Now, Jenkins is far more in the public eye, but not for reasons expected -- or wanted. After showing up to rookie minicamp in May out of shape, according to several reports, you'd think that Jenkins would get with the program. "I'm back home [in Jacksonville] and thinking I'm in shape -- working out in the morning time," Jenkins said at the time. "You definitely see [this] is a totally different ball game, so you've got to get your mind right." The rookie minicamp is Phase One of the NFL off-season regimen for any first-year player; the regular OTAs and minicamps comprise Phase Two. And according to Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Phase Two isn't treating Jenkins any better than Phase One: