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Cardinals Cover 2 - Stars Need To Shine In New York
Ep. 329 - New York. There is no greater stage in the world. It brings out the best in performers, and the Cardinals need their best to start playing their best. General manager Steve Keim made that perfectly clear on Friday. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki preview the Week 5 game against the Jets, including Jurecki's three keys for a victory and the 'X' factor in the matchup.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Hump Day With D.J. Humphries
Ep. 649 – On Wednesday, the Cardinals held their ninth of ten OTA practices. And for the first time, D.J. Humphries made an appearance on the field. He had been seen working on the side just not yet on the field. So, not only is Humphries back, but he is back talking to the media and that is always entertaining. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck go over what Humphries had to say; from his health to his weight to his willingness to help his (likely future) replacement at left tackle, Paris Johnson Jr. Also discussed, the pressure wide receivers Hollywood Brown and Rondale Moore face in 2023, both internally and externally. The season ahead will (hopefully) provide a lot of answers about their respective futures.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Zaven Collins Living On The Edge
Ep. 648 - Nothing official from the team. But, we're making it official. Zaven Collins is an outside linebacker. And nobody is happier than Paul Calvisi, who had already moved Collins into that room. Craig Grialou had been hesitant but not anymore. The two discuss this (tongue in cheek) breaking news following Monday's OTA session after which we heard from the man himself. "Definitely want to get after the quarterback a little bit more than I did last year," Collins said. See, he's an edge rusher. And he's needed. Also, updates on Colt McCoy, D.J. Humphries and Kelvin Beachum; the latter of whom was on the field for the first time here in the offseason, or at least seen by the media on the field with his teammates and new coaching staff.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Center Of Attention?
Ep. 647 - A lot of new faces. A lot of questions. That appears to be the theme thus far for the Cardinals here in the offseason. One of the newer faces brings one of the bigger questions: Hjalte Froholdt. Is the Danish Army knife – as he describes himself – the answer at center? He is the only offensive lineman currently on the roster who has starting NFL experience at the position. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss whether a move to an even more experienced veteran might be needed. Speaking of moves, might the Cardinals be moving towards playing Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson and Isaiah Simmons together at safety? It may be their best option. Also, it certainly looks like Zaven Collins is moving to outside linebacker. Or are the Cardinals merely experimenting during OTAs?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Veterans, Rookies Assemble
Ep. 646 - The offseason moved into its next phase on Monday. Organized team activities, or OTAs for short, got underway for several teams, including the Cardinals. For the first time, veterans and rookies shared the field. Plus, there was on-field work between the offense and defense. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss what they saw and what it may mean. For example, Zaven Collins was once again spotted with the edge rushers while Isaiah Simmons worked with the defensive backs as he did all of last season. Also, Kyler Murray made an appearance during practice; Colt McCoy is throwing again; and no more underestimating Sureck's golf game or question asking.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Paris Johnson Jr., 2023 Draft Class Take The Field
Ep. 645 - Nine draft picks. Ten undrafted free agents. Four tryout players, including two punters – more on that in a moment. The team welcomed 23 new faces to the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center over the weekend. First-round draft pick Paris Johnson Jr. attracted the most attention from the assembled media, which included both Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi. The guys discuss what they saw and who stood out during the open portion of Friday's practice. Given the numbers – there were more coaches than players on the field – there was a lot more individual instruction, which had to be nice for all the rookies. Now, about the two punters. Calvisi's affinity for the position is how our show begins.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Needs Addressed On Day 2
Ep. 644 - Edge rusher. Cornerback. Wide receiver. Three positions the Cardinals were expected to address, and they did. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck look back at Day 2, which was highlighted by the second-round selection of LSU edge rusher BJ Ojulari. Without question, pass rush was the Cardinals biggest need heading into the draft. Syracuse cornerback Garrett Williams and Stanford wide receiver Michael Wilson, both drafted in the third round with the 72nd and 94th overall picks respectively, capped what was a very busy Friday. Grialou and Sureck also set the stage for Day 3, where the Cardinals have (at the moment) five total picks thanks to two more trades by general manager Monti Ossenfort.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Let's Go To Paris (Johnson Jr.)
Ep. 643 - The first offensive lineman off the board. The first offensive lineman drafted by the Cardinals in the first round in nearly a decade. Paris Johnson Jr. arrived in the Valley on Friday. The sixth overall pick out of Ohio State made a great first impression during his introductory press conference. Well spoken. Personable. Yet, when he hits the field, Johnson Jr. explained he plays "with violence." Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi bring you Johnson's full press conference and react to what he had to say. What stood out? What has them excited about the newest Cardinals player? Also, the guys set the stage for Day 2 of the draft. What might be some positions the team targets with their four picks, one in the second round and three in the third round?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Just Too Many Draft Scenarios
Ep. 642 - Stay at No. 3 or trade down? And how far down might the Cardinals be willing to go and still land a top prospect at a particular position group? Those are just some of the questions Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck attempted to answer with the draft now two weeks away. There is still so much unknown, especially given what may happen ahead of when the Cardinals are on the clock. There is also the unknown with DeAndre Hopkins. Will he be traded? And if he is, can Hollywood Brown be that No. 1 receiver? Plus, injury updates on Kyler Murray, Colt McCoy and Zach Ertz as well as why the Arizona Diamondbacks need to thank Sureck for their good start to the season.