3 Positives & 3 Negatives Popping out of Obligatory Minicamp

With obligatory 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 workforce 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 may very well be impending.

Now? The largest concern with Murray is solely that he did not converse to reporters like the opposite 31 quarterbacks did … not if he was going to point out up, take part or pull one other wildcard transfer.

Kent Somers identified that you just’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 skill 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 facet. 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 just’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 transferring 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 yr for a bigger position.

Benjamin may slide proper into the Chase Edmonds “receiving” again position 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 position? Or keep as extra of the jet sweep participant of their scheme?

Time will inform as to how they may be capable of 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 employees) gave the impression 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 decide 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 identified {that a} departure, by way of retirement or elsewise, may be coming.

If nothing else, that appears solidified now with Justin Pugh discussing a possible long-term transfer to heart 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 workforce’s beginning heart.

Kyler Murray, as a shorter quarterback, possible 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 workforce. I feel Pugh can do effectively, however you wish to acquire expertise, and never lose it, in the event you’re seeking to capitalize in your 11-5 season final yr in the event you’re in Arizona.

# 2. Cardinals are (bleeped) at Cornerback

I will come out and say it. I feel the Cardinals are going to sooner or later, both now or subsequent offseason, make a commerce for a beginning cornerback.

The rationale why is easy: Keim and this teaching employees has been reticent to belief beginning jobs to rookies out of the get-go, and at any time when Steve has identified 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 attainable.

Two nice examples the previous few years have been the trades for Hopkins and Hudson. However let’s not overlook … they have been prepared to pay a premium as effectively.

In 2020, if Hopkins wasn’t obtainable? Arizona would have matched Dallas’s provide for impending free agent Amari Cooper. And who may overlook their pursuit of Packers C Corey Linsley in 2021? This previous season, the Cardinals pursued Hasson Reddick however have been outpriced by Philly on the pass-rushing spot, and I consider from what I do know they have been in on CB Carlton Davis from the Buccaneers, who really 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 overlook only a few months in the past through which Keim traded away his first rounder for one more 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 way in which that he works, until the Cardinals have a disastrous season and are selecting on the high finish of the draft, I might guess that he will likely be attacking free company or giving up yet one more draft decide to repair an issue that he himself appears to have created. The Byron Murphy play was strong however it 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 yr (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 may be again but once more on a 1 yr 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 transferring 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 frontrunner 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 apply underway, and to be trustworthy, that may be his greatest spot on the sector. The truth that he and DC Vance Joseph nonetheless have known as him a linebacker, after all, has me believing that he may be extra of a hybrid defender who performs in protection to assist Arizona’s defensive backs out with a presently weaker secondary in place.

The previous high 10 decide didn’t play a lot down the stretch, so now in yr 3 it’s his time to shine. Likewise, fellow first spherical LB Zaven Collins has triggered a stir with the acknowledgment that he hasn’t had a set defensive position but.

Whereas some would possibly decry that Collins goes by way of 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 yr, and possibly Simmons lastly has the breakout season followers have been ready for.

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

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