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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals name team captains, Washington Redskins injury report, Budda the backer and more

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

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Happy Friday one and all, we have made it.

The Arizona Cardinals open their 2018 season on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, but the NFL got kicked off, even if it was a little late, last night as the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles carried an early lead late and held on again against the Atlanta Falcons.

Now, we wait for the longest weekend of the year, for the first game of the season.

Yet, we still have plenty of news from around the web to help us get to that game, so let’s get to it.

Cardinals Name Their 2018 Team Captains
Seven -- including newcomer Bradford -- chosen for season

Even With Milestones, Larry Fitzgerald Not Interested In Second Place
Notes: DC Holcomb ready to call plays; Golden doesn't practice

An Absence Of Hype: Chandler Jones Won't Talk Himself Up
Despite NFL-leading 17 sacks, defensive end doesn't get much of spotlight

Budda Baker, a "Ph.D in hands," and linebacker work
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Charles Kanoff Sticks With The Cardinals
Undrafted quarterback grabs practice squad spot after steady improvement

Opposing Views - Redskins
Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki take a look into the Cardinals' week one opponent, the Washington Redskins.

Bold predictions for all 32 NFL teams for 2018 season
Could Dalvin Cook be the NFL's rushing champ? Our reporters make fearless forecasts on Super Bowl teams, MVPs and more.

Patrick Peterson and Josh Norman share same 'Mr. Miyagi' - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks is helping Patrick Peterson hone his craft, just as he did with Josh Norman before him.

'Knee-deep' nickname will always motivate Cardinals' D.J. Humphries
The Arizona Cardinals' D.J. Humphries said Bruce Arians' old nickname for him, Knee-deep, still pisses him off to this day.

PFF: After preseason, Cardinals' O-line still near bottom of the pack
The Arizona Cardinals made the offensive line a top priority in the offseason. But even with a new-look O-line, the needle didn't budge, according to Pro Football Focus.

Cardinals defense takes on challenge of a new-look offense in Week 1
Defense should be a strength for Arizona this season. After all, the majority of key pieces are back from a unit that helped drag the Cardinals to an 8-8 record last year.

Larry Fitzgerald on chasing Jerry Rice: ‘I never play for second’
Jerry Rice is too far in front of Larry Fitzgerald in the NFL record books. That doesn't mean finishing second makes the Arizona Cardinals vet all too pleased.

Adrian Peterson wants to break Jim Brown's rushing mark in Arizona
Only 37 yards away from breaking Jim Brown's rushing yards mark, Adrian Peterson is hopeful he can do it in the first game of 2018 against his former team, the Arizona Cardinals.

Steve Wilks hopes emotions stay controllable in coaching debut
He hopes to "stay focused on being focused," like he tells the Cardinals players.

Cardinals vs. Redskins: 3 interesting stats in Week 1 matchup
Jay Gruden, Cardinals coaches struggles in season openers, debuts.

Cardinals vs Redskins injury report: Trent Williams limited with knee
Coming back from a knee injury, he was limited after practicing fully on Wednesday.

Budda Baker’s versatility could push Haason Reddick to bench
He is getting work at linebacker, in addition to safety and slot corner.