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8/14 Arizona Cardinals news: Powers is camp-best, snap counts and more

Your Thursday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFC West news.

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Two days away from Week 2 of the preseason, the Arizona Cardinals continue training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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Smart Jerraud Powers completes secondary
Cornerback Arians sees as defensive MVP quietly plays important role

Ryan Lindley Gets His Turn At QB
Notebook: GM says Abraham will report soon; Cooper just needs time at guard

Cardinals Blogs | Eating crow, lying and no snap counts
Arians said he has no set snap count for how much the starters will play Saturday. "If it is as good as last week, it’ll probably be the same," Arians said. "If it’s not it’ll probably be a little longer."

Cardinals Blogs | Keim: Abraham, coming soon, will contribute
General Manager Steve Keim said this afternoon he expects absent linebacker John Abraham "in the very near future." Asked if that was next week, Keim said "sooner than next week."

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim confident about roster at this point
Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim isn't free from worries, but coming off a 32-0 victory in the preseason opener, he feels confident about the roster the organization has assembled for this season.

Arizona Cardinals have game-changing speed at receiver
The differences in the Cardinals' offense, from last year to this, won't be subtle. The latest depth chart lists five new starters, but the addition of two backup receivers might result in the biggest change.

Cardinals expect Ted Ginn Jr., Michael Floyd to make trip to Minnesota Vikings
The Cardinals could be back to full strength at receiver for Saturday's preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, or young receivers Jaron and John Brown could get their second extended look of camp. Arizona coach Bruce Arians expects to know by game time whether receivers Michael Floyd (groin) and Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) will be ready to make their preseason debuts.

Jefferson has distanced himself from draft-day snub | FOX Sports on MSN
It may not last with recent first-round pick Deone Bucannon expected to assume the starting strong safety spot at some point this season, but Jefferson is No. 1 on the depth chart for a second straight week and probably will start the team's season opener Sept. 8 against San Diego while Bucannon becomes more comfortable with the defense.

Carson Chats: Being a mentor, facing the Cardinals and what speed brings ArizonaSports.com
Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets with the media several times during training camp. Here, in this space, we'll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:

Around the rest of the NFC West

49ers training camp practice recap: Justin Smith, Ray McDonald take part - Niners Nation
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Taking a look at Joe Staley's contract compared to other left tackles - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers signed Joe Staley to a contract extension in July. We take a look at how it compares to deals signed by other left tackles.

Seahawks Listens: Pete Carroll, Tom Cable, Travis Jones, Darrell Bevell, Russell Wilson, Bryan Walters, and Paul Richardson - Field Gulls
Pete Carroll, Tom Cable, Travis Jones, Darrell Bevell, Russell Wilson, Bryan Walters, and Paul Richardson.

Fantasy Football: Over/Under on Percy Harvin touches - Field Gulls
How big of a part of the Seahawks' offense will Harvin play?

Jake Long unlikely to return for preseason Week 2 - Turf Show Times
The Rams starting offensive line is getting closer to being a complete unit, but it's not going to happen this week.

Torry Holt on Tavon Austin's 'quiet' camp - Turf Show Times
The GSOT legend shared his thoughts on the Rams second-year receiver and why we haven't seen more from Austin just yet. Holt went on to discuss the other receivers as well as the Rams offense.