3 Positives & 3 Negatives Popping out of Obligatory Minicamp

With necessary minicamp completed and the beginning (formally) of the NFL offseason, let’s check out the positives and negatives of what was taken away from minicamp and the way it pertains to the Cardinals ’upcoming NFL season.

We’ll begin with the positives:

# 1. No media for Kyler Murray … however no holdout both

Kyler’s agent and Kyler himself began a rocky offseason for the staff with the notorious Instagram deletion in addition to a letter to the group asking for a brand new deal.

The Cardinals’ entrance workplace retorted (courtesy of veteran reporter Chris Mortenson) and it felt for some time {that a} rift might be impending.

Now? The most important concern with Murray is just that he did not communicate to reporters like the opposite 31 quarterbacks did … not if he was going to indicate up, take part or pull one other wildcard transfer.

Kent Somers identified that you simply’d wish to see Murray do what the opposite QB’s did, and a few Cardinals followers pointed to how Murray has gotten dragged by Arizona media questioning his physique language and talent to be a QB franchise at instances as to a purpose why he wasn’t chatting with media.

All in all, I feel that whereas it is good that Murray’s camp and Arizona are speaking like adults now, there’s good factors to be made on both aspect. Murray’s Dan Patrick interview & his demeanor when dropping has left him open to criticism, however he is additionally spoken to media this summer season and has in any other case been skilled.

I feel it is alright to level out that AZ media at one level was contemplating buying and selling away Kyler Murray for the likes of Deshaun Watson (with some advocating it) and that he even spoke to the media … and that you simply’d nonetheless wish to see your QB not be a narrative as a lone outlier amidst expectations. Hopefully everybody will get a bit of higher shifting ahead, on all sides.

# 2. Eno Benjamin breakout incoming?

Eno Benjamin has seemingly gone from a roster bubble man to a developed participant prepared in his third 12 months for a bigger function.

Benjamin may slide proper into the Chase Edmonds “receiving” again function that Edmonds had in 2020 and whereas he was the lead again in 2021, the contract doled out to James Conner would possibly imply that he finally ends up because the RB2, not like Edmonds.

It is a nice shock as former Chief RB Darrel Williams was projected for this spot and seeing a younger, drafted participant take the subsequent step can be excellent news for Arizona

# 3. Gimme Moore

Rondale Moore has additionally been talked up fairly a bit by the Cardinals …

If Hollywood Brown finally ends up on the surface, will Moore take over Christian Kirk’s function? Or keep as extra of the jet sweep participant of their scheme?

Time will inform as to how they may be capable to use his talent set particularly when Hopkins comes again.

And now for 3 negatives popping out of minicamp …

# 1. Hudson Not Right here

Yeah … most Cardinals followers (and possibly the teaching workers) appeared to be a bit blindsided by the information that C Rodney Hudson was a no-show, unexcused for minicamp.

GIven that his contract signed has nonetheless 2 years left and he was coming off a down season, there did not appear to be monetary points. Maybe Hudson merely desires to be elsewhere, or may demand a commerce.

In 2021, the report was that he would have signed with Kansas Metropolis if he was a free agent, however Arizona gave up a third spherical choose for the rights to him in a deal. This could have locked the place up for the foreseeable future, however curiosity within the likes of Tyler Lindenbaum and C Cam Jurgens remained for the Playing cards, which means that they may have recognized {that a} departure, by way of retirement or elsewise, could be coming.

If nothing else, that appears solidified now with Justin Pugh discussing a possible long-term transfer to middle for the remainder of his profession, and it wouldn’t shock me one bit if Hudson is mulling over his NFL future and hangs it up, with Pugh taking up because the staff’s beginning middle.

Kyler Murray, as a shorter quarterback, seemingly wants high quality inside offensive line play greater than another quarterbacks, and with Aaron Donald within the division, Arizona dropping Hudson wouldn’t solely be a poor return on funding after one season however would proceed the sample of gamers retiring versus enjoying for the staff. I feel Pugh can do nicely, however you need to achieve expertise, and never lose it, should you’re trying to capitalize in your 11-5 season final 12 months should you’re in Arizona.

# 2. Cardinals are (bleeped) at Cornerback

I’ll come out and say it. I feel the Cardinals are going to in some unspecified time in the future, both now or subsequent offseason, make a commerce for a beginning cornerback.

The rationale why is easy: Keim and this teaching workers has been reticent to belief beginning jobs to rookies out of the get-go, and every time Steve has recognized an “fast” want at a place, they give the impression of being first to free company, after which look to the draft, with a participant behind a less expensive veteran if doable.

Two nice examples the previous few years had been the trades for Hopkins and Hudson. However let’s not neglect … they had been keen to pay a premium as nicely.

In 2020, if Hopkins wasn’t out there? Arizona would have matched Dallas’s provide for impending free agent Amari Cooper. And who may neglect their pursuit of Packers C Corey Linsley in 2021? This previous season, the Cardinals pursued Hasson Reddick however had been outpriced by Philly on the pass-rushing spot, and I imagine from what I do know they had been in on CB Carlton Davis from the Buccaneers, who truly could have taken 1-2 million much less per season in returning to the Bucs with the information of Tom Brady’s return from retirement.

Oh and let’s not neglect just some months in the past during which Keim traded away his first rounder for an additional receiver in Hollywood who gained’t even be the # 1 after 6 weeks!

So?

Given how little belief many followers have in Keim’s drafts and the best way that he works, until the Cardinals have a disastrous season and are choosing on the prime finish of the draft, I would guess that he might be attacking free company or giving up one more draft choose to repair an issue that he himself appears to have created. The Byron Murphy play was stable but it surely hasn’t been a solution … and the crux of the Marco Wilson deal deserves reward. However, when Wilson is slated to be the ONLY nook on the roster subsequent 12 months (Jeff Gladney’s tragic demise actually screwed over many plans however there’s no approach round it) …. yikes.

You are kinda screwed and Robert Alford could be again but once more on a 1 12 months deal. Arizona moved on from Larry Fitzgerald to a different participant of his caliber on the receiver spot, however there was no Patrick Peterson alternative but on the roster. I feel Arizona will find yourself with no selection however to repair the issue in an costly approach … until Byron Murphy Jr. has a season for the ages and cements himself as a CB1.

# 3. Main Linebackers? Or shifting positions?

The protection for Arizona appears to be a priority for a lot of (extra on that in a bit) however Isaiah Simmons has talked about stepping up as a pacesetter in a giant approach. And that is welcome information to followers after seeing the departure of Jordan Hicks within the offseason:

Simmons had the web in AZ in a tizzy after enjoying at Security with the primary day of observe underway, and to be sincere, that could be his greatest spot on the sphere. The truth that he and DC Vance Joseph nonetheless have referred to as him a linebacker, in fact, has me believing that he could be extra of a hybrid defender who performs in protection to assist Arizona’s defensive backs out with a at the moment weaker secondary in place.

The previous prime 10 choose didn’t play a lot down the stretch, so now in 12 months 3 it’s his time to shine. Likewise, fellow first spherical LB Zaven Collins has prompted a stir with the acknowledgment that he hasn’t had a set defensive function but.

Whereas some would possibly decry that Collins goes by the identical factor that we noticed from Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick and even Simmmons so far as struggling to stay, I feel that we see progress this 12 months, and possibly Simmons lastly has the breakout season followers have been ready for.

The choice, while you’re taking a look at an OL, Move Rush and Secondary overhaul to be in want of discovering new linebackers? Nicely, I would not envy the group one bit. We’ll see how nicely they do however the indicators from minicamp weren’t nice. Hopefully coaching camp gives the reply to that query as soon as and for all.

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