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Cardinals’ Justin Pugh Talks About Humbling Free Agency Process



Arizona Cardinals new offensive lineman Justin Pugh was brought in to help bolster the Cardinals offensive line, but Pugh experience quite the free agency process that he says “humbled” him.

“It was a crazy process,” Pugh said this past weekend, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “I thought I would get all these calls. Saw [Andrew] Norwell get signed [to a 5-year, $66.5 million deal with Jacksonville] and thinking I’m breaking the bank. And, you know, coming off an injury, coming off the season that we had, you get humbled a little bit. That is kind of what happened. You win three games in a season, not many things are going to go well for you.”

Pugh was with the New York Giants since they drafted him, but as new general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur started rolling out their plans for a bigger, more physical offensive line, Pugh found himself on the outside, not a part of the Giants’ plans moving forward.

Pugh, 27, also missed eight games last season with a back injury, and had to be looked over by the Cardinals before they officially signed him to a deal. His back was a complicated part of his free agency process, as teams were hesitant to bring him in.

“It started to worry me when it was going on because I was like, ‘Norwell signed. I think I’m as good if not better than him. He’s a run blocker.’ So once I knew New York was out of the question — I didn’t even talk to New York — once I knew it wasn’t going to happen I was like, ‘Norwell, go to New York so every other guard team is out there.'”

Pugh was also disappointed that the Giants didn’t show any interest in bringing him back.

“Of course. It was the team I started with,” Pugh said. “I always use the analogy it’s like your high school girlfriend. You think it’s going to last forever and then reality kicks in and it’s a business.

“I don’t blame the Giants at all. Everyone got fired. There was nobody there who had any allegiance to me whatsoever. I don’t even know those guys. If I was in New York it would be a new team anyways. Then I got to Arizona and it felt like the right place.”

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Cardinals’ A.Q. Shipley Out For Season



Arizona Cardinals’ center A.Q. Shipley was placed on season-ending injured reserve due to suffering a tor ACL that will cost him the 2018 season, Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks officially announced on Monday.

Shipley, 32, has been with the Cardinals since 2015, starting every game for team during the past two seasons.

The loss of Shipley will for the Cardinals to turn to rookie interior lineman Mason Cole, along with roster hopefuls Evan Boehm and Josh Allen, as they gear up for the regular season.

Arizona may also scour the free agent market if none of the aforementioned players prove to be ready for a prime starting role.

Shipley, who inked  a two-year, $3.5M deal last year, is scheduled to become a free agent in 2019.

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Cardinals’ Josh Rosen Showing Veteran Presence at Training Camp



Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen may be a rookie, but he is displaying veteran characteristics during training camp.

Rosen has done so, so much so, that he is the only rookie with a locker in the veteran’s locker room, situated next to veteran signal callers Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon.

“Command in the huddle is sort of a microcosm of command of the offense overall, and the team,” Rosen, who is working as the 2nd quiarterback, said. “You just have to be confident when going out there, and at some point, you just have to own it. You have to know everything that’s going on.”

Despite tossing an interception during his first training camp practice on Saturday, Rosen aims to be stay playing aggressively.

“You can never give the ball to the other team,” Rosen said, according to ESPN’s Jose Romero. “But I’m not going to play overly conservative and not play like who I am. But you just kind of have to feel that soft spot. I’m aggressive and like to take shots, but you have to be aware of situations and not make it too easy for the other team to get the ball.”

It was the first time that the rookie has practiced in front of so many people, and he is now shifting focus towards studying the playbook and getting more reps, and working on not over-thinking.

“Then you start to focus more on the physical side, when you’re not thinking as much,” Rosen explained.

Rosen is learning from starter Sam Bradford, who has taken the rookie under his wing.

“I think people forget how good he is,” Rosen said of Bradford. “He’s just unbelievably quick and decisive with everything that he does. The ball just doesn’t touch the ground. It’s his first year in this offense, too, and it seems like it’s been his fourth. I’m very fortunate that that is the standard that I get to see coming into the NFL.

“He’s a really good quarterback, and I think a lot of people are sleeping on him.”

Rosen has certainly made an impression on teammates and coaches alike.

“Josh is special. For him to come in the week after he got drafted and being able to put guys in position, being able to make those tight window throws, those seam throws … that goes to show that he’s NFL-ready,” Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said.

“You can tell he’s a footballer. He’s a player, for sure, and I’m definitely happy that we finally found this one in the draft.”

That doesn’t mean he’s perfect, though. “His decision-making sometimes, we’ve got make sure we shore that up,” Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks added. “But for the most part, you can see his arm strength, as well as his accuracy.”

“I love his confidence,” Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s not shy, he’s not boastful, but you know he’s confident in his ability. He has a chip on his shoulder, and I really like that. That’s the way you should be at that position.”

Rosen is off to a good start in his first training camp and the Cards couldn’t be more excited about what the future has in store.

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Cardinals Sign Tre Boston



The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran free agent safety Tre Boston to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Boston, 26, spent last season with the Los Angeles Chargers, registering 79 tackles and eight passes defended to go along with 5 interceptions.

Boston’s signing means he will be reunited with Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, who was his defensive backs coach when the two were together with the Carolina Panthers.



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