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News and notes from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals.

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Happy Thursday one and all.

I hope you are ready for the start of the 2017 NFL season, as tonight it kicks off.

Before that though, let’s get a look around the web at the Arizona Cardinals.

Ex-49er Alex Boone At Home With Cardinals
Notes: Boone starts as backup; "no chance" Bucannon plays Sunday; Johnson ready to run

Carson Palmer, Passing Game Key To Cardinals
After aerial attack regressed in 2016, team needs resurgence throwing the ball

Cardinals Blogs | Starter or not, Boone addition helps

What if Cardinals had drafted Ameer Abdullah instead of David Johnson? - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Sunday's game in Detroit will give Cardinals GM Steve Keim a good, clear look at what his future will be and what his future could've been.

SportsNation -- Projecting the Arizona Cardinals' season
How do you see the top storylines surrounding the Cardinals playing out? Cast your vote now.

SportsNation -- Rank 'em -- Who's your pick to win the NFC West?
The start of a new season means a clean slate and fresh hopes of a division title for each of the four teams in the NFC West. How do you see things playing out?

Bill Barnwell 2017 NFL preview - A case for all 32 teams to play in Super Bowl LII
Did you know the Falcons and Jets entered 2016 with identical odds of winning the Super Bowl? That's how fast things change in the NFL. Here's what each team needs in order to take the title.

Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin says Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald asks to be hit high, not in legs
According to Lions safety Glover Quin, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald makes an unusual request of those lining up against him: If you have a pretty clean shot on him, don't aim low, aim high.

Ex-49er Alex Boone felt 'a little weird' walking into Cardinals' locker room - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Former division rival Alex Boone gives the Cardinals a "very aggressive, very experienced lineman" who will provide depth.

Cardinals' Antoine Bethea gave Howard pep talk before upset of UNLV - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Antoine Bethea couldn't pass up a trip to Vegas to see his alma mater play, and the day after the Cardinals' safety's pep talk, Howard made history.

NFL - Predicting all 256 games, final records for the 2017 season
It's tough to see the Patriots losing any games in 2017 (but we found a couple). It's tough to see the Jets winning any games in 2017 (but we ... uh-oh). Get the game-by-game projections for all 32 teams here.

Carson Chats: Cardinals' Justin Bethel may be as athletic as Pat Peterson
Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media every Wednesday during the regular season.

All-Access with Bruce Arians: Cardinals 'looking forward' to playing Detroit
A transcript of Bruce Arians' Wednesday comments as the Arizona Cardinals prepare for their 2017 season opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Dealing Cards: Alex Boone back in the NFC West, John Brown ready
Offensive lineman Alex Boone joined the Arizona Cardinals with quite the history playing against them for the San Francisco 49ers.

Larry Fitzgerald asks defenders not to hit him low, Lions' Glover Quin says
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tells opponents to hit him high, not low, according to Detroit Lions safety Glover Quin.

Cardinals bring in several players for workout | Cards Wire
The evaluation of the roster continues for Steve Keim.

4 things to know about Cardinals’ Week 1 depth chart | Cards Wire
Kerywnn Williams is David Johnson's backup and Alex Boone is a reserve.

Bruce Arians sees a vintage Andre Ellington in 2017 | Cards Wire
The Cardinals coach saw "Andre, the guy that was there two or three years ago" in the preseason.

LB Deone Bucannon has ‘no chance’ of playing in Week 1 | Cards Wire
The linebacker sprained his surgically repaired ankle in his first practice off PUP.