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Cardinals Cover 2 - Training Camp Arrives
Ep. 571 - Well, it is time to get back to work. On the eve of the start of training camp, Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi dive into the questions they hope get answered over the next month. The good news is two of the bigger questions that had been hanging over the team following minicamp—Kyler Murray's contract and Rodney Hudson's status—have since been answered. Of course, there are others. First though, the guys kickoff the show with their reaction to the new alternate helmet.
Cardinals Cover 2 - We're On To Cincinnati
Ep. 579 - With a nod to Bill Belichick, the Cardinals play their preseason opener on Friday, and they will do so in Cincinnati at what was formerly known as Paul Brown Stadium. The renamed Paycor Stadium will feature a number of the young players trying to attract coaches' attention; only a handful of starters are expected to see reps. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss who they are most interested to see, including quarterbacks Trace McSorely and Jarrett Guarantano. Who might emerge as the No. 3 signal caller behind Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy?
Cardinals Cover 2 - Winning In The Trenches
Ep. 578 - Nothing good happens on offense without a good offensive line. And the Cardinals believe they have the latter. The starting five is "close to being set" and there is good competition among the backups according to Sean Kugler. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi examine the depth at the position plus spotlight the importance of Rodney Hudson, the addition of Will Hernandez and ask whether Josh Jones is prepared to take the next step in Year 3. First though, Maxx Williams—and his mustache—takes another step forward in his rehab.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Interchangeable Parts At Wide Receiver
Ep. 577 - Left side. Right side. Inside. Outside. The Cardinals want their wide receivers to know every position to help open up the playbook, and more importantly, be less predictable to defenses. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi like the sound of that, whether it's DeAndre Hopkins, Hollywood Brown or Rondale Moore who defenses may have to search for on the field. It would be a change from previous seasons. And, again, that would be good news. Also, the guys preview what to expect in Saturday's Red & White Practice.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Spotlight On Cornerback
Ep. 576 - It's become clear the cornerback position is very much on the mind of Kliff Kingsbury. Twice now, in less than a week, he's mentioned the young talent in the room and specifically brought up Marco Wilson's name as someone who is "still in the mix" and then Thursday "the jury is still out" with regards to a starting spot. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck wonder what message is the head coach trying to send. Also, the list of injured players here in training camp is starting to grow longer. Hopefully, it's just that time of year.
Cardinals Cover 2 - D.J. Humphries Healthy And Happy, Very Happy
Ep. 575 - Was it a coincidence that a day after signing a contract extension—his second—with the team, D.J. Humphries made his first on-field appearance of training camp? According to Humphries, yes it was. In any case, Craig Grialou and Darren Urban discuss Humphries' long-term return and wonder aloud who might be next, what other "homegrown" talent might be on the receiving end of an extension? Also, it's still early in camp, but Greg Dortch makes play after play, whether catching the ball or in the return game.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Call Him, 'Star Backer' Isaiah Simmons
Ep. 574 - The more you can do, right? And Isaiah Simmons can do a lot. That will once again be the expectation this season. The plan is for Simmons to play a linebacker/safety hybrid, or 'star backer' as defensive coordinator Vance Joseph described. Both Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi are on board with said plan. But what is the plan for Byron Murphy, who made a great end-zone interception to end a drive on Monday? Also, the first full week of training camp arrives with news that Kyler Murray tested positive for COVID-19.
Cardinals Cover 2 - The Power Of Prayer
Ep. 573 - Next to Kyler Murray's contract extension, the other bit of good news for the Cardinals ahead of training camp was the story Rodney Hudson had decided to play this season. "We had group prayers at the office," Kliff Kingsbury said. Craig Grialou and Darren Urban discuss how close Hudson came to retiring and how important Hudson is to the offense. Also, without Chandler Jones, where is the pass rush going to come from? Right now, it appears the team will lean on youth to help get after the quarterback.
Cardinals Cover 2 - Kyler Murray's Work Ethic No Joking Matter
Ep. 572 - Criticism comes with the job. And Kyler Murray knows that. Just don't question the time he puts in every day and each week in order to be successful, which he has at every level of his playing career. On Thursday, Murray felt the need to defend himself given the leak of his four-hour study clause in his new contract. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck react to what Murray had to say in what was an unexpected and unannounced press conference. Also, through two days of training camp, what has stood out, what has caught everyone's attention?