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Cardinals Cover 2 - 'The Challenge' That Is Jonathan Taylor
Ep. 514 - The Cardinals have faced their share of first-class running backs this season. Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey just to name a few. And now, Jonathan Taylor, who in 2021 may be in a class all his own. Taylor enters Week 16 leading the league in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, yards from scrimmage and total touchdowns. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the challenge—the word every coach and player used this week—that awaits the defense. Also, it's time the Cardinals refocus their attention on their own running game.
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.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Free Agency: A Deliberate, Patient Approach
Ep. 641 - It has been a quiet start to free agency. And that's OK, according to Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck. It is what was expected under first-time general manager Monti Ossenfort, especially given what he inherited. Now quiet does not mean the Cardinals have not been busy. It is just that, thus far, the signings—whether a re-signing or signing a new name—have not grabbed the headlines. Again, that's OK. The Cardinals have focused much of their attention on building from the inside-out, talking about the offensive and defensive lines. Also, wide receiver Zach Pascal and linebacker Kyzir White will be welcome additions inside the locker room, knowing their history with head coach Jonathan Gannon.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Greetings To Gannon's Guys
Ep. 640 - There are 15 new faces walking the hallways at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center. They, plus a handful of holdovers, make up Jonathan Gannon's first-ever coaching staff. The assistants—offense, defense and special teams—were made available to the media over the past couple of days. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss their first impressions. The staff is young by NFL standards, though that may end up being a positive at the end of the day. Also, what is the latest on DeAndre Hopkins? His future has certainly been a hot topic in recent days. Plus, the show would not be complete without a shout-out to Dani, who will turn one year older on Saturday. Just how much older? Hmm.