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Cardinals’ Josh Rosen Showing Veteran Presence at Training Camp

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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 Deny Shopping Patrick Peterson

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The Arizona Cardinals have denied rumors that they are actively shopping All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson with head coach Steve Wilks calling the rumors of a potential Peterson deal “ludicrous”, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfruss.

The reports of Peterson being available in trade comes on the heels of last week’s report that the Cardinals were looking to deal  linebackers Deone Bucannon and Haason Reddick, and amid rumors that running back David Johnson is also available.

Arizona, who is currently 1-5, may be wise to start trading off players to stockpile assets, and also rid themselves of Peterson’s contract, which runs through the 2020 season and pays him roughly $12 million annually.

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim Discusses Trade Rumors

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Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is addressing trade rumors that claim that the team is actively shopping safety Deone Bucannon and linebacker Haasan Reddick, and the GM dismissed those rumors during an appearance on 98.7 Arizona Sports.

One part of my job is to have dialogue with other teams,” Keim said said on 98.7, accoridng to the team website. “The one thing I won’t do, I won’t confirm or deny those things in public, I think you do those things behind the scenes. But it’s a lot of gossip, people enjoy it, it’s water-cooler talk, and a lot of stuff you’ll read is certainly false. Wednesday I woke up to three different names that were brought to my attention and those conversations never happened. So I would just say, for most fans, tread lightly, because very rarely are those accurate.”

Keim also mentioned some of the trade questions he has received.

“Some of the names brought up to me will do nothing but bring a chuckle out of me,” Keim said. “You have to listen. You never know what the compensation is going to be. It might be something you couldn’t resist. You look back at the Heschel Walker trade with Dallas, you can never say never. … Sometimes, there’s a lot of procrastination, where you’ll call and there are a lot of conversations that go nowhere, unfortunately. But it’s part of the business and a fun one for fans to follow.”

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Cardinals To Sign Kendall Wright

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The Arizona Cardinals have signed veteran free agent wide receiver Kendall Wright to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals waived cornerback Deatrick Nichols to create room on the roster for the addition of Wright, who spent the preseason with the Minnesota Vikings, who the Cardinals will play on Sunday.

Wright, who is traditionally a slot receiver, will offer another slot option for the Cardinals, who have deployed veteran Larry Fitzgerald in that spot.

 

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