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6/30 Arizona Cardinals news: Cardinal concerns, Michael Floyd for most improved

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Get a feel for some of the challenges facing the franchise this season and which player has the best shot at being the most improved in 2013. In an off-season otherwise filled with strife and conflict, don't miss the story about a few players visiting with Izaiah Morales, a young Cards fan recovering from brain surgery.


Three Concerns for the Cardinals
There are sometimes many issues that franchises will try to resolve during the offseason. However, for the sake of this article, there are three main concerns for the Arizona Cardinals that I will try to point out.

Can Michael Floyd Win the Most Improved Player Award?
Arizona Cardinals fans had high expectations for wide receiver Michael Floyd last season, but he failed to meet them.

Rookie Profile: Stepfan Taylor
The Arizona Cardinals really struggled with their rushing attack in 2012. They took a step towards rectifying that issue by drafting running back Stepfan Taylor of Stanford with their fifth round draft choice (140th overall) in this year's NFL Draft. He should add a dynamic dimension in Arizona's offensive scheme.

Facing brain surgery, young Arizona Cardinals fan gets home visit, gifts from team members
A day before his June 21 brain surgery, Izaiah Morales opened the door at his Surprise home and found mascot Big Red and other members of the Arizona Cardinals organization waiting. They brought gift bags and spent time with the family.

Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu on return of 'Honey Badger'
Tyrann Mathieu ditched his "Honey Badger" moniker while rehabbing his image before the NFL draft. If he stays on the straight and narrow with the Arizona Cardinals, however, could the name return?

Marcel Shipp returns to Cardinals as coach
A very familiar face for Cardinals fans has made a return to the organization.


Joe Lefeged arrested, Aaron Hernandez's money voided -
A Colts defensive back was arrested on multiple charges and the Patriots managed to clear some of the cap space owed to Hernandez. A full roundup of Saturday's NFL news.

Kirk Cousins preparing as though he'll start, but how would the Redskins fare if he has to? -
Robert Griffin III is recovering from an injury, and if he's not ready to go for the season, the job will fall on second-year signal-caller Kirk Cousins. How will he look in his sophomore season in the NFL?

Former NFL defensive end Michael Haynes instructs Arizona youth football coaches on player safety
Former NFL defensive end Michael Haynes was at the Arizona Cardinals training facility in Tempe on Saturday to conduct a daylong clinic with 25 youth football coaches from around the state, giving them instruction on player safety.