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Arizona Cardinals news 5/8: Rookie contracts, Nkemdiche dominates rookie camp

Cardinals and NFL news to start your Sunday.

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We missed a day. I was not in town. But here are links from Friday and Saturday.

Cardinals:

Transition Time For Brandon Williams
College coach was also the mentor for Peterson, Mathieu

Robert Nkemdiche's First Day
Cardinals' top draft pick signs his contract and gets in his initial on-field work

No Speed Concerns With Harlan Miller
Notes: QB Coker makes debut; long-snappers begin battle; rookies sign contracts

Cardinals Blogs | Byron Leftwich coaching with Cardinals
Former NFL quarterback Byron Leftwich is the latest ex-player Bruce Arians has brought in as a coaching intern.

Cardinals Blogs | David Johnson on the rise

The Cardinals have three players on the latest list, with a slight surprise as the highest ranked (No. 11 overall): Running back David Johnson.

Ex-Arizona Cardinals LB LaMarr Woodley rips defensive coordinators Jason Tarver, James Bettcher

LaMarr Woodley, the former Cardinals and Raiders linebacker, says neither of his previous defensive coordinators used him correctly and that he wasn't a good fit for either.

Rookies, tryout hopefuls get first test at Arizona Cardinals minicamp - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

This weekend is the first of five installations the Cardinals rookies will see over the course of the offseason.

Arizona Cardinals pick Evan Boehm's plan: Earn trust, learn offense - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Evan Boehm, a four-year starter at Missouri, wasn't oblivious or naive about knowing he could end up winning the Cardinals' starting center job.

Undrafted Alabama QB Jake Coker getting a shot with Cardinals | FOX Sports

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Fifteen quarterbacks were selected in last week's NFL draft. Jake Coker was not among them.

Robert Nkemdiche told to stop 'killing people' after first NFL practice | FOX Sports

The Arizona Cardinals had to warn their rookie defensive end after he went too hard during minicamp.

Cardinals long snapper competition aims to replace Mike Leach

Portland State’s Kameron Canaday and Campbell University’s Daniel Dillon were among 16 rookie free agents signed for minicamp.

Former Wildcat Jared Baker looks to impress Cardinals

Running back Jared Baker has made the short trek from Tucson to Tempe in hopes of impressing the Arizona Cardinals.

Nkemdiche goes through first practice as a Cardinal

Robert Nkemdiche's first practice as an Arizona Cardinal went pretty well, although he may have been a bit too aggressive on day one.

Cardinals sign 3 NFL draft picks, including Robert Nkemdiche

The Arizona Cardinals inked 2016 NFL Draft picks Robert Nkemdiche, Marqui Christian and Cole Toner on Friday.

NFL:

Here’s why it’s so much easier for NFL teams to sign their rookies - SBNation.com

Getting rookies signed to contracts is much, much easier now than it used to be.

Ranking the NFL’s best quarterback-receiver tandems of the last decade - SBNation.com

Marques Colston and Drew Brees racked up nearly 10,000 yards in 10 years together, but there are 17 other tandems who combined for more than 5,000 yards.

UAB's football hiatus didn't stop 4 former players from making it to the NFL - SBNation.com

UAB shut down its football program last year, forcing players to transfer to other schools to get a shot in the NFL.

The Buccaneers didn't draft a kicker, they drafted a 'weapon' - SBNation.com

So, that's why they traded up in the second round to get FSU's Robert Aguayo.

Police take DNA, blood samples from former cop in Will Smith murder case - SBNation.com

Detectives from the New Orleans Police Department took DNA samples from former police captain Billy Ceravolo, a friend of Will Smith who had dinner with the former Saints player before he was shot...

Smash Mouth is yelling at the NFL about Marshawn Lynch - SBNation.com

Why is Smash Mouth mad at the NFL? Let's solve this mystery ...