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Arizona Cardinals news 6/3: Palmer pretends, running game praised, Barkley's summer

Cardinals and NFL links to start your Friday.

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The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their final practice of OTAs on Thursday. There are some stories to share, leading us up to mini-camp this next week. Until then, enjoys this morning's stories.

Cardinals:

Carson Palmer As The Pretender
Quarterback tries to work on certain passing aspects despite defensive limitations in offseason

Local Product Bundy Among Three Signings
Cardinals add wideout Marquis Bundy, safety Tyrequek Zimmerman and G Jake Bernstein

Bickley: Cardinals' running game in rare air
The Cardinals are having the perfect offseason. They are dominating local headlines while practicing in shorts.

Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Barkley faces critical summer
Cardinals QB Matt Barkley facing critical summer

Earl Watford's flexibility could allow Arizona Cardinals to dress 7 OL
If Earl Watford is able to master the center position he could allow the Arizona Cardinals to dress only seven O-linemen, opening up spots elsewhere.

Chris Johnson: Arizona is 'a very hard place to leave'
Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was a free agent this offseason, but never really considered signing for another team.

A.Q. Shipley: I think I’m the guy at center for the Cardinals
Last season, A.Q. Shipley appeared in 12 games with three starts, twice as a fullback and once at center in Week 15 with Lyle Sendlein injured.

Gresham: ‘Don’t forget’ improved Cardinals tight ends
Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham doesn’t think you should overlook the improving Cardinals tight end position.

ESPN reporter: Frostee Rucker could be veteran who gets cut
Frostee Rucker has been solid for the Cardinals since signing in 2013, but it's possible depth along the defensive line will leave him off of the roster.

NFL:

Don't expect a sophomore slump from Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota - SBNation.com
Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota had promising rookie seasons, but history suggests they'll be even better in year two.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s goodbye to his dog is making me sad as hell - SBNation.com
Aw man :(

The Cowboys are making their OTAs all about Ezekiel Elliott - SBNation.com
They don't really have a choice.

Steelers LB uses dead Cincinnati Zoo gorilla to mock the Bengals - SBNation.com
The Steelers-Bengals rivalry has now escalated to this point.