The offensive line is set. Bruce Arians said Earl Watford will be the starting right tackle against the Saints and Lyle Sendlein will be the starting center, joining guards Jonathan Cooper and Ted Larsen and left tackle Jared Veldheer. What’s more, Arians said the plan is for Watford to remain the starting right tackle even after Bobby Massie returns from suspension. That doesn’t mean Watford can’t lose the job, but it’s a huge statement for Watford, who has been looking for a starting role.
As for Sendlein, I felt since he was signed he’d find his way into the starting lineup. A.Q. Shipley provides depth at center and guard, but he’s had a hard time holding on to starting jobs thus far in his career and Sendlein played well in the preseason. More on the offensive line later on the homepage.
— The Cardinals named their captains. Offensively, it’s Veldheer and Carson Palmer. Defensively it’s Patrick Peterson and Calais Campbell. On special teams, it’s Justin Bethel and Mike Leach. Arians said more than 20 players received more than three votes, which spoke to the depth of the candidates and leadership for the Cards.
Tags: A.Q. Shipley, Calais Campbell, captains, Carson Palmer, Earl Watford, Jared Veldheer, Jonathan Cooper, Justin Bethel, Lyle Sendlein, Mike Leach, Patrick Peterson, Ted Larsen
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See that photo at the bottom? It’s a picture from the coin toss before the Monday night season opener against the Chargers. It is also the last time the Cardinals’ captains will have all played together in a game in 2014. It feels like the role has been cursed, right?
I mean, punter Dave Zastudil was already hurt in that game — the only reason he was active was to hold on field goals, while Drew Butler did the punting. Zastudil punted in one game (Denver, last weekend) before going on IR with his persistent groin injury, ending his season. Palmer, as we all know, has been hurting since the Chargers game and there is still uncertainty he can come back. Calais Campbell is now down with a knee injury, something that’s been at the forefront of the NFL world for a couple of days.
Wait, am I automatically jinxing Lorenzo Alexander now? (That’s rhetorical, folks. I don’t believe in such things.) Besides, Alexander got his bad luck last year when he got hurt, so …
Still, you have to like how coach Bruce Arians approaches the situation. When Darnell Dockett went on IR, he stayed involved. While hurt, Zastudil and Palmer have still been serving as captains. I can only guess Campbell will continue to do the same, and Zastudil too. “Dave is going to be very, very involved, like Darnell,” Arians said. “He’ll go out for the coin toss and do the things that captains do.”
And at some point, the Cardinals are hoping the other three captains are out there ready to play together on Sundays. Sooner rather than later.
Tags: Calais Campbell, captains, Carson Palmer, Darnell Dockett, Dave Zastudil, Lorenzo Alexander
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The Cardinals named their captains yesterday and the names were not a surprise. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, after a year off, was voted to be one again for the fourth time in his career (he was also captain from 2009-11). Dockett just wanted to clarify that honor (check the video below about the 2:10 mark.)
“I told my coach, ‘I’m a captain, not a role model,’ ” Dockett said. “He said, ‘You don’t have to be a role model. I want you to do what you’ve been doing, coming to work every day, leading the team, set a high tempo, never missing days, working hard, staying after practice.’ Understanding this is my 10th year, I want to get to the playoffs. I don’t have time to wait around, saying we can be good next year if this guy develops.
“(Being a captain) is an honor. I’m thankful for my teammates looking at me in that nature. I will do the best I can to lead but again, I’m not a role model. I don’t want anybody to think I’m a role model. I want to be the best leader I can possibly be on the field and off. But I’m still going to do Dockett every now and then.”
In case you were wondering, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said he was fine with the work Dockett and defensive end Calais Campbell did in camp and the preseason.
Tags: captains, Darnell Dockett
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The Cardinals have named their captains for the season, and they really come as no surprise: On defense, it is cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. On offense, it is quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. And on special teams, it is linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and kicker Jay Feely. Center Lyle Sendlein isn’t a captain for the first time in a couple of years, but I’m sure he doesn’t mind. There had been a void since there really hadn’t been a quarterback to step into that role. Palmer is definitely that guy. The choices were made through a player vote.
— Tackle Nate Potter will start playing guard as well in practice. It’s something Bruce Arians has long hinted at, but Potter is just now starting out. The more you can do …
— Tight end Rob Housler remains day-to-day with his bad ankle. He’s getting better, Arians said, but the coach added the Cards do not want this to be a lingering problem and would rather have him miss time now and knock it out than deal with it long-term. We’ll see whether Housler does anything at practice today. Otherwise, the Cards are healthy.
— Arians had his line of the day, when asked if patience was needed when judging this team out of the gate. “No,” Arians said. “I have no patience.”
— The Cardinals are just getting out to practice now (media availability this season will be before practice on Wednesdays.) More bubble work today.
Tags: captains, Carson Palmer, Darnell Dockett, Jay Feely, Larry Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Alexander, Nate Potter, Patrick Peterson, Rob Housler
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The Cardinals officially named their team captains today. Offensively, it is Larry Fitzgerald and Lyle Sendlein. Defensively, it’s Paris Lenon and Adrian Wilson. For special teams, however, it’s a couple of new names: Reggie Walker and Anthony Sherman (pictured below).
The first four aren’t surprises. All four were captains last year too. Walker has been good on special teams for a couple of years, and it’s interesting he gets the nod as a captain now after he stood out as a linebacker in preseason. Sherman is only in his second year, but like former Cardinals fullback/special teams Pro Bowler Ron Wolfley, it’s like he was born to play in what Wolfley likes to call “the transition game.”
“It shows he has put in a lot of hard work,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “When you are a fullback you have a limited amount of work in today’s NFL. You’ve got to understand what is important, and being a special teams guy is part of that. He has impressed enough of his teammates that he was named captain in his second year, and that’s one of the reasons we were excited about getting him in the draft.”
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Anthony Sherman, captains, Larry Fitzgerald, Lyle Sendlein, Paris Lenon, Reggie Walker
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The news that many seemed to be (anxiously) awaiting has been revealed: Team captains were announced Thursday, with mostly repeats. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and center Lyle Sendlein were named on offense for the second straight year. Kicker Jay Feely gets the nod on special teams. And on defense, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and safety Adrian Wilson were joined this year by a surprise — linebacker Paris Lenon. It shows the respect Lenon has in the locker room, since the captains are voted on by the players.
(UPDATE: You can read more about the captains choices right here.)
Injury-wise, the Cards are in good shape. Only two players failed to practice fully: tight end Jim Dray, who sat out with his pectoral strain, and cornerback Michael Adams, who remains limited after knee surgery. The Panthers did downgrade star linebacker Jon Beason to DNP as he continues to battle a bad ankle.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, captains, Darnell Dockett, Jay Feely, Jim Dray, Larry Fitzgerald, Lyle Sendlein, Michael Adams, Panthers, Paris Lenon
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The Cardinals have their team captains for the 2010 season, based on votes of the players. Offense is WR Larry Fitzgerald and C Lyle Sendlein, defense is DT Darnell Dockett and S Adrian Wilson, and special teams are P Ben Graham and the ever-present RB Jason Wright. Sendlein is an interesting choice but it says a lot of how far the guy has come since being undrafted in 2007.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt also said RB Beanie Wells didn’t practice today with a knee bruise, but neither he or Beanie sounded overly concerned. I still think Beanie plays (and the same goes for Wright, who has had a bad toe). LB Joey Porter was limited with a sore back, but he too sounded like a guy who will be there when game times arrives.
Fitzgerald (knee) and TE Ben Patrick (knee) both practiced fully. The full injury report is here.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Ben Graham, Ben Patrick, captains, Darnell Dockett, Jason Wright, Joey Porter, Larry Fitzgerald, Lyle Sendlein
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The Cardinals named their captains today and those chosen come as no surprise. On offense, it’s quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Defensively, it’s a trio: safety Adrian Wilson, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and linebacker Karlos Dansby. On special teams, it’s Pro Bowler Sean Morey. What it does is drive home the star power the Cards have these days; the Cards obviously also have Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin, who has served as a captain in the past.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Anquan Boldin, captains, Darnell Dockett, Karlos Dansby, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Sean Morey
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