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Cardinals Cover 2 - To Play Or Not To Play
Ep. 455 - It's the question every head coach faces in the preseason: How long do you play the starters? Well, for the second straight week, Kliff Kingsbury wasn't very definitive. "You'll have to tune in," he said. OK, we will. In the meantime, Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss who they hope to see on the field against the Chiefs on Friday. Tops on their list is Kyler Murray, even if it's for only one series. Also, can the players who performed well last week do it again?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Next Stop Training Camp
Ep. 570 - The offseason officially ended on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule. Kliff Kingsbury decided to cancel the last day of mandatory minicamp, something he has done in previous years. So with the players, and eventually the coaches, off now until training camp, it's time to look back. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi review the highs and lows of what turned out to be an eventful offseason. What did the guys learn? And, maybe more importantly, what are the questions—perhaps even some concerns—before the team reconvenes in six weeks?
Cardinals Cover 2 - The J.J. Watt Effect
Ep. 569 - Great players make those around them better. Great players also make those around them want to be better. J.J. Watt is such a player. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck talk about Watt's presence here this offseason, specifically his participation in OTAs. Remember, it is voluntary. Also up for discussion is how to best handle DeAndre Hopkins' absence and whether or not Zach Ertz might be a viable option as an outside receiver; plus, Kliff Kingsbury is a top-5 head coach and the rest of the NFC West is the middle of minicamp.
Cardinals Cover 2 - OTAs Underway and a Big Announcement
Ep. 568 - Voluntary organized team activities kicked off this week and not every veteran was in attendance. How concerning is that this early in the off-season? Dani Sureck and Mike Jurecki discuss what they saw on the field from the first day of OTAs including what they liked from the newest Cardinals acquired through both the draft and free agency. The pair also talk about the pros and cons of the Cardinals being announced as the in-season team featured on this season of HBO's "Hard Knocks".
Cardinals Cover 2 - Year 2 For Zaven Collins
Ep. 567 - It was an up-and-down rookie season for Zaven Collins, the team's first-round draft pick in 2021. There were lessons learned, and more importantly, experienced gained. So where does Collins go from here? Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss Year 2 for Collins. A lot is expected. The good news, and give Collins credit, he's been putting in the work here this offseason. Also, six tryout players were signed following rookie minicamp. Six out of the 33 who were invited. Five of them are offensive players, including a pair of wide receivers. The guys spotlight each one.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Rookie Minicamp Review
Ep. 566 - It may have been just three days, but they were three important days. Remember, the goal of every player is to make a good first impression. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki discuss the now-completed rookie minicamp. How did the draft class look? Any of the undrafted free agents stand out? And keep in mind, it is early. Also on the table in today's episode, Kliff Kingsbury comments on the DeAndre Hopkins suspension and just-released schedule. Plus, a veteran has been added in the defensive line room.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Studying The Schedule
Ep. 565 - Four primetime games. The bye week arrives in Week 13. The home opener will be against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Those are just some of the highlights of the Cardinals' 2022 regular-season schedule, which has officially been released. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki give their thoughts on how the 17 games are laid out over 18 weeks. They pay particular attention to the season's start—remember DeAndre Hopkins will miss the first six games—and the finish; certainly don't want to see another late-season collapse.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Welcome, Rookies
Ep. 564 - Well, they're finally here. Two weeks after their selection, the Cardinals' 2022 Draft Class has arrived. The eight players, highlighted by tight end Trey McBride plus edge rushers Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders, will get their first taste of life in the NFL with rookie minicamp this weekend. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki talk about what they want and hope to see over the next three days. Plus, it is official. Finally. Kliff Kingsbury's coaching staff is complete. Five assistants have been promoted and Matt Burke is the new defensive line coach.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Filling The Hopkins Void
Ep. 563 - Without DeAndre Hopkins, what is the offense going to look like? Good question. The good news is the Cardinals have two things going for them: 1) time and 2) options. Craig Grialou and Mike Jurecki focus on the latter. From Marquise Brown to A.J. Green to Antoine Wesley plus don't forget about the tight end and running back; all will be needed to help fill a rather large hole on offense. Also, the guys discuss whether the defense may need to add another piece, specifically a veteran presence on the defensive line.