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4/5 Arizona Cardinals news: Earl Watford ready for starting role?

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Is former fourth-round pick Earl Watford ready to start at right guard? Also, the Cardinals cut a couple players on Friday.


35-foot NFL goal posts present new manufacturing challenges
The NFL's decision last week to increase the height of its goal post uprights, from 30 feet to 35 feet, wasn't a big deal to most of us. Just weld or duct-tape another 5 feet of pipe to each side, right? Turns out, it's not that easy, according to folks in the business of manufacturing goal posts. (What, you thought those things just sprouted out of the Bermuda or artificial turf?)

Cardinals Blogs | Cards cut Byrd, Giordano
The Cardinals made a pair of not-surprising moves Friday, cutting two players who missed all of 2013 because of injury: wide receiver LaRon Byrd and linebacker Dan Giordano. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd make up NFL's 8th-best WR duo
In 2013, Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd combined for 147 receptions, 1,995 yards, 15 touchdowns and 97 first downs.

Earl Watford's Jump From Raw To Ready
"From a physical aspect, he’s probably one of the better guys we’ve got, just as a total athlete from top to bottom," [offensive coordinator Harold] Goodwin said.


The Notebook: Anthony Barr and the importance of effort -
Anthony Barr may not be the best pass rusher in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he's got the kind of motor that will take him places. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White has a closer look at the UCLA linebacker.

The NFL welcomes a new era -
The NFL is more popular and more profitable than ever. So why was there a sense of unease at the league's annual meetings last week?

Broncos sign Head Coach John Fox to a three-year deal - Mile High Report
Fox Sports Jay Glazer has tweeted out tonight that Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox has agreed to a three-year extension on his contract. This extension will keep Fox under contract through the 2017 season.

Derek Carr, David Carr a package deal? -
Will David Carr come as a package deal for whoever drafts Derek Carr? The younger Carr suggested the possibility Friday.