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Arizona Cardinals news 5/23: Mathieu feels 'free,' Powers talks Peterson health

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Players were off after OTAs wrapped up for the week on Thursday, but there were plenty of stories. Enjoy!

Cardinals:

Possibilities At Inside Linebacker
The Cardinals will spend offseason -- and probably training camp -- sorting out position

Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu feels 'free' after year of injuries
"It just feels good to be free," Mathieu said after a practice this week. Mathieu is convinced he's returned to his physical peak. The Cardinals think the Honey Badger is back, too.

Bickley: Returning Cardinals claim the Valley feels like a better place
There are three kinds of NFL fans in the Valley: Big Red fans, fans of (insert hometown team), and fans that cheer for the Cardinals only when convenient.

Arizona Cardinals' Logan Thomas feels good heading into wide open QB competition

When the Arizona Cardinals drafted Logan Thomas in the fourth round out of Virginia Tech in 2014, they viewed him as a developmental project.

Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers talks defensive foundation, Patrick Peterson's health

Jerraud Powers isn't too worried about the Cardinals defense under new direction, or the health of Patrick Peterson -- at least, not anymore.

Arizona Cardinals' Andre Ellington no longer limited, has no problem with team adding a running back

Andre Ellington wasn't supposed to be just a part of the Arizona Cardinals' offense last season.

NFL:

The X-factor players for all 32 NFL teams - SBNation.com

Danny Kelly has a look at the player on every roster that can put their team over the top.

The pros and cons of all 3 rumored 'Hard Knocks' finalists - SBNation.com

The Browns are out, but the Bills, Texans and Dan Snyder's Washington NFL franchise are in the mix for this year's Hard Knocks.

Rise 'n Grind: Johnny Manziel mania returns - SBNation.com

Drake's best pal is back and ready to ball.

Does age matter in the NFL? - SBNation.com

Is there a right mix of youth and experience to build a successful NFL team?

Mike Shanahan thinks he knows why RG3 has struggled - SBNation.com

And, no, it has nothing to do with blowing out his knee, says the coach who watched him blow out his knee.

Dion Jordan isn't talking to the Dolphins anymore - SBNation.com

The former No. 3 overall pick appears to be distancing himself from the Miami Dolphins.

Orlando Scandrick agrees to new deal with Cowboys - SBNation.com

The cornerback will remain in Dallas through 2019.

The Giants need to lean on their rookies in 2015 - SBNation.com

The New York Giants need their first- and second-round picks to earn starting roles by the time the regular season rolls around.