With minicamp about to start, the Cardinals arrived Monday to get physicals done and also to have their own "media day" for 2015.
This media day isn't about interviews as much as face time. Those fancy graphics that pop up during national TV games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights don't just appear out of thin air, nor the hype clips that show up Sundays at University of Phoenix Stadium. This is the day, here in the middle of the offseason, when player don their uniforms and show their pearly whites for the cameras so game days can be everything they can be in the fall.
Some players arrived as early as 6:15 a.m. to get their day started, and it was wrapped up by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the early afternoon, his toddler son Apollo following him around. Not all players need to tug on a jersey or even show up to every media station – there was a media day in 2014 too, and NBC, for instance, doesn't need to update what it has on Patrick Peterson.
It was the first time newcomers like linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and guard Mike Iupati got to don Cardinal red. It was also the first time players got to use the totally remodeled locker room at the team's Tempe facility.
There was also a "photo booth" for players to have a little more relaxed segment on camera. (Although that beard, Justin Bethel ...)
Now the rest of the week is for football work. First, a sampling from the day:
Pictures from #CardsMediaDay, as players get video and stills taken by the team, NBC, CBS and ESPN