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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals start mini-camp, Zaven Collins signs his rookie contract, J.J. Watt embraces new start with Cardinals and more

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Happy Wednesday one and all.

We are into the “mandatory” offseason workouts and the Arizona Cardinals jumped into things on Tuesday.

We have all that news and more from around the web to get your day started. Let’s get to it.

J.J. Watt Embracing Offseason Preparation With Cardinals
Star defensive end laying groundwork in advance of regular season

Cardinals Bring Back Defensive Lineman Xavier Williams
Veteran returns after stints in Kansas City, Cincinnati, New England

You've Got Mail: Minicamp Has Arrived
Topics include facing Julio Jones, the Collins-Simmons duo and the salary cap

Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks Not Expected At Minicamp
Jones headed into last year of contract

Four Will Compete For Cardinals’ Starting Right Guard Spot
Winters, Murray, Jones, Garcia will all be in mix during training camp

Top Cardinals Pick Zaven Collins Signs First NFL Contract
Second-rounder Rondale Moore lone draft pick unsigned

Julio Jones Trade Puts Him Back On Cardinals' 2021 Schedule
Star wide receiver dealt to Week 1 opponent Titans

Kliff Kingsbury Opens Up About Call He'd Like Back
Coach talks about Rams play on podcast with L.A. coach Sean McVay

Cardinals Catching Suns Fever With Rest Of Valley
Kingsbury, players excited to root on NBA brethren

Cardinals Minicamp: Day 1
Images from Tuesday's minicamp practice at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center.

Cardinals Cover 2 - J.J. Watt Has Zaven Collins On A Roll
Ep. 429 - Actions have consequences, or in this case, inaction. Over the weekend, Zaven Collins literally found himself rolling down a fairway at a local golf course after forgetting to bring J.J. Watt breakfast as Collins had promised.

Red Sea Report - Flying Under The Radar
As the 2021 season approaches, which Cardinals players are currently flying under the radar and deserve more attention? Craig Grialou, Mike Jurecki and Bertrand Berry make cases for a few guys who may surprise. Plus, discussions about new cornerback

Cardinals Underground - Nothing Mini About This Camp
After some time off, Darren Urban returns just in time for minicamp, so Paul Calvisi and Kyle Odegard bring him back in the fold to talk about the lone time the (nearly) full roster will work in the offseason and what they noticed

Former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel dies at 71
Jim Fassel, the NFL's Coach of the Year in 1997, has died at the age of 71, his son John confirmed to the Los Angeles Times on Monday night.

Cardinals sign DL Xavier Williams to 1-year deal, release LB Shareef Miller
The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive tackle Xavier Williams to a one-year contract and released linebacker Shareef Miller on Monday.

49ers' safety Moore and lineman Skule suffer injuries during OTAs
The San Francisco 49ers have lost safety Tarvarius Moore and offensive lineman Justin Skule due to injuries during offseason workouts.

Cardinals kick off minicamp without LBs Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks
Linebackers Chandler Jones and Jordan Hicks were absent for Day 1 of mandatory minicamp Tuesday and are not expected to attend throughout the week.

Cardinals' 1st-round pick Zaven Collins inks 4-year deal with team option
Drafted No. 16 overall out of Tulsa in the 2021 NFL Draft, the linebacker is inked to a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth.