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2017 Schedule
7-8-1, 2nd in NFC West

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals announced that they've signed veteran LB Philip Wheeler to a one-year contract. Looks like he's on the lower field going through some warm-up drills wearing No. 57.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Injured inside linebacker Deone Bucannon, who's still recovering from offseason ankle surgery, has start to run on grass outside of the stadium, coach Bruce Arians said Thursday. "He's getting close," Arians said. Arians would like Bucannon to practice for "at least" a week or 10 days before he plays in a game, which could be as soon as early September, so he can get into football shape. "It's one thing to be out there on grass running around and it's another thing to hold off 300-pound linemen on that leg and run and chase backs," Arians said.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Who said there's no weather in Arizona? Severe rain Tuesday morning soaked the Cardinals' field before it was rolled in for practice that day, causing University of Phoenix Stadium to get rather uncharacteristically humid on Tuesday. But Arians said it helped his team. "I never felt that humidity in this building," Arians said. "The humidity in the building helped us a bunch. It was basically like being outside. It fatigued us pretty good and like most teams, once fatigue hits, mental errors follow so the last 40 minutes of our practice, we had quite a few mental errors, especially our younger players. It was a really good day from start to finish."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had no new injuries to announce. He said everyone who practiced Tuesday was expected to practice again today. He hopes to have linebacker Jarvis Jones back Friday. Jones has been out with a "vessel" injury in his quad. Safety Ironhead Gallon, who suffered a knee injury and had an MRI on Tuesday "got a really good report." He could be back today. Arians also said LB Alani Fua, who has a knee injury, could be out 2 to 4 weeks.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said veteran free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers passed his physical with the team on Wednesday. "He looked good," Arians said. But the team has yet to announce Flowers' signing. Arians also confirmed reports that veteran cornerback Tramon Williams will visit the Cardinals today. Arians said who gets signed is "a matter of what (general manager) Steve (Keim) wants to do."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

John Brown just blew by the secondary and outran Tyrann Mathieu in a foot race for a deep ball from back-up quarterback Drew Stanton. From that play alone it looks like Brown is back or at least very close to the level he was playing at two years ago. He looked freaky fast.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals signed TE Gerald Christian to a one-year contract, released TE Steven Wroblewski and reached injury settlements with LB Tevin Floyd and CB Jumal Rolle.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will have a scheduled day off today, coach Bruce Arians said. That's two off days in five practices, plus yesterday's team day off.

ESPN Stats and Information  

42 days until NFL season: Carson Palmer posted a 42 Total QBR in road games last season, worst in the NFL. That's a 41 point drop from his league-leading 83 road QBR in 2015.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple things of note from the Cardinals' depth chart for their first preseason game, the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3: - DT Josh Mauro was listed as a starter with the base defense. Mauro's snaps were expected to increase this season since he re-signed after the departure of Calais Campbell. - Justin Bethel was listed as the starting right cornerback, ahead of Brandon Williams. This is not surprising considering how well Bethel has practiced thus far. - Antoine Bethea was listed as the starting SS in base, ahead of Tyvon Branch. Branch had been playing SS with the first-team defense with Bethea coming in as the nickel safety. - J.J. Nelson was listed as the kick returner while Patrick Peterson was listed as the punt returner. - Incumbent punter Matt Wile was listed ahead of Richie Leone, who's challenging him for his job.

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Arizona would be great fit for veteran corners

The No. 2 spot opposite Patrick Peterson is still up for grabs, and it's rare to find corners as good as Brandon Flowers and Darrelle Revis at this point in the year.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Overheard at camp: "Good job, boy." Those three words were a common refrain from cornerback Patrick Peterson throughout practice, whether they were focused at fellow cornerback Justin Bethel after a pass break up or other defensive backs after they made a play. Peterson was more vocal this practice than he has been throughout camp praising and encouraging his defensive teammates throughout the two-and-a-half hour practice.

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Rookie report at camp: On a day when coach Bruce Arians called out the receivers of all levels for turning in their worst performance in five years the day before, rookie Chad Williams was steady throughout practice, making a handful of catches on 11-on-11 drills. He had one about midway through practice in traffic that caught the attention of the sideline.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Best play at camp: Linebacker Scooby Wright, who has developed a reputation for his aggressive play, started a practice full of highlights Tuesday with an interception of quarterback Drew Stanton early in the session. It was an athletic play, that saw him shift his body and tip the ball to himself. He continued his impactful day with physical hit later in practice along the sideline while in coverage.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals rookie WR Chad Williams told a story after practice today of him trying to emulate Larry Fitzgerald nine years ago … trying to catch a fish. Yes, that's right. A fish. Fitzgerald caught a fish one-handed during an appearance on Sports Science. A young Williams saw that and wanted to try his hand at catching fish while on a fishing trip with his brothers. Williams remembered catching 32 fish that day, but he didn't catch any of the fish – mostly bass – his brothers threw to him. Williams, who was the Cardinals' third-round pick this year, said he hasn't told Fitzgerald the story. Yet.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Another way the Cardinals are saving Carson Palmer's arm during training camp is by having him work with the offensive line, handing the ball off to running backs, while the other three quarterbacks throw passes to receivers during route drills.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was not pleased with the wide receivers' performance during Monday's practice. "I thought it was the worst day of wide receiver play we had in five years," Arians said. "We must've dropped five touchdowns and eight other plays. Very, very poor." It's not yet a concern, but it could, potentially, get to that point. "If it's a pattern of behavior, it'll be a hell of a concern but it has not been up to this point."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

There's one specific way that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has seen cornerback Justin Bethel start making strides toward being a starter. "The best thing with him, when he gives up a play he just comes back and goes to the next one," Arians said. "That used to bother him and now it doesn't. He's learning to get amnesia."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tuesday's practice will include what used to be Bruce Arians' favorite drill: Backs vs. Backers. It was his favorite when he was a running backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, but it's dropped off as players have come into the NFL with a lack of blocking fundamentals. "We have to teach these guys how to block before we put them in a drill. Too many stiff necks," Arians said. The Cardinals also allow players to cut in practice. "When we play live football, we play real football," Arians said. "So you have to play a cut block and you have to learn how to cut. Andre (Ellington) got hurt in Atlanta two years ago trying to cut a guy and tore his kidney up. You have to learn how to do it, too."

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.59th
Rushing Yards108.318th
Points For26.16th
Points Against22.614th

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