Millennials Largest Group of Recent Home Buyers for Second Year

first_img Millennials are the largest group of recent home buyers for the second consecutive year, according to the 2015 National Association of Realtors Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. The survey also found that an overwhelming majority of buyers search for homes online and then purchase their home through a real estate agent, while Millennials are using agents more than any other group.The study found the largest group of recent buyers was the millennial generation, those 34 and younger, who composed 32 percent of all buyers. Generation X, ages 35-49, was closely behind with a 27 percent share.“Over 80 percent of Millennial and Gen X buyers consider their home purchase a good financial investment, and the desire to own a home of their own was the top reason given by Millennials for their purchase,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said in a press release. “Fixed monthly payments and the long-term financial stability homeownership can provide are attractive to young adults despite them witnessing the housing downturn and subsequent slow recovery in the early years of their adulthood.”The median age of millennial homebuyers was 29, their median income was $76,900 and they typically bought a 1,720-square foot home costing $189,900. The typical Gen X buyer was 41 years old, had a median income of $104,600 and purchased a 1,890-square foot home costing $250,000. When asked about the primary reason for purchasing a home, a desire to own a home of their own was highest among Millennials at 39 percent. Younger boomers were the most likely to buy because of a job-related relocation or move, and a change in a family situation, most likely the birth of a child, was the highest among Gen X buyers.Regardless of their age, buyers used a wide variety of resources in searching for a home, with the Internet at 88 percent and real estate agents at 87 percent topping the list. Millennials were the most likely to use a real estate agent, mobile or tablet applications, and mobile or tablet search engines during their search.NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Arkansas, said the survey results highlight the need for the knowledge and expertise of a Realtor, despite the wide popularity of the internet.“Nothing can replace the real insights and guidance Realtors deliver to help consumers navigate the complex buying and selling process,” he said.The share of Millennials buying in an urban or central city area increased to 21 percent in the past year. Millennials were most influenced by the quality of the neighborhood and convenience to jobs when buying home, according to the survey. Millennials were also the largest group to finance their homes. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured Millennials NAR recent home buyers 2015-03-11 Samantha Guzman Sharecenter_img Millennials Largest Group of Recent Home Buyers for Second Year March 11, 2015 400 Views last_img read more

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President Trumps Signs Executive Order Targeting Regulation

first_img President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order affecting regulation on Friday.According to CNBC, the executive order will impose additional oversight on government regulations, designating officials within government agencies who will monitor rule-making and identify needed policy changes.“Excessive regulation is killing jobs,” Trump said at an Oval Office signing ceremony today. “Every regulation should have to pass a simple test: Does it make life better or safer for American workers or consumers? If the answer is no, we will be getting rid of it.”Titled “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” the order will require department and agency heads to designate a “regulatory reform officer” to oversee the implementation of regulations and identify needed changes, according to Bloomberg BNA.The regulatory reform officers must be appointed within 60 days and will be responsible for enforcing existing executive orders that already attempt to wrangle increasingly complicated federal regulations, which include President Trump’s Executive Order 13771, President Obama’s Executive Order 13563, and President Clinton’s Executive Order 12866.Tim Rood, Chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Collingwood Group, said that increased compliance costs forces lenders and servicers to raise borrower costs, putting those who need assistance in a financial strain.”Many regulators seem to be numb to the increased costs of compliance that lenders and servicers have manifested in ways that substantially raise borrower costs, reduce lender competition, and minimize program options,” he said. “Moreover, the complexity and inconsistency of regulations from states, federal agencies, and quasi federal agencies almost guaranty violations. When those violations come with outsized and crippling fines, a substantial amount of lenders only focus on originating the most pristine loans. The net effect consists of higher costs for borrowers and little to no financing for those who need the most assistance—low to moderate income and minorities.”On Thursday, White House strategist Steve Bannon told the Conservative Political Action Conference that one of the administration’s top goals is dismantling the regulatory framework that previous Democratic presidents have put in place, as reported by NPR.”The way the progressive left runs is, if they can’t get it passed, they’re just going to put in some sort of regulation in an agency,” he said. “That’s all going to be deconstructed.”The executive order falls four days after President Trump’s first 30 days in office.This story is developing. President Trump’s Signs Executive Order Targeting Regulation 2017-02-24 Mirasha Brown February 24, 2017 544 Views center_img in Featured, Government, News Sharelast_img read more

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The Next Gap in Housing Homebuyer Knowledge

first_imgThe Next Gap in Housing: Homebuyer Knowledge Consumer Knowledge Down Payments Homebuyers 2018-06-11 David Wharton June 11, 2018 518 Views Home prices continue escalating in a generally tight U.S. market, which is making half of Americans believe they can’t afford to buy, according to a new report from online bank Laurel Road. However, the report suggests that this fear is largely fueled by a “knowledge gap,” particularly between men and women.The gap refers to the lack of understanding when it comes to financing options. Mostly, this centers on what many buyers find most intimidating about homebuying: the 20 percent down payment.“The down payment is often considered one of the biggest barriers to affordability, but nearly half of Americans are currently unfamiliar with alternative down payment options,” the report states. Similarly, the National Association of Realtors found that, in 2017, the median down payment for first-time buyers was 6 percent.”That made 2017 the third straight year that was true. Still, more than half the respondents of Laurel Road’s survey of college-educated buyers said they plan to put 20 percent down on a home. Another 42 percent said they would have to tap other means of financial assistance.Gender seems to be playing a key role in finding those alternatives. According to the report, while about 25 percent of men said they were unfamiliar with alternatives, half of women said the same thing.“This lack of knowledge around alternative options potentially contributes to the fact that more than one-third of respondents—and 46 percent of millennials—do not feel confident that they could currently afford a 20 percent down payment,” the report found. That feeling is especially prevalent among those with student loan debt.Laurel Road found that a knowledge gap surrounds current interest rates too. The survey revealed that Americans think mortgage interest rates in the U.S. will reach 6 percent by the end of the year, even though the Mortgage Bankers Association expects interest to top out at 4.6 percent. Almost three-quarters of millennials are concerned over higher interest rates, while a third of baby boomers are, according to the report.“Purchasing a home is a life-changing decision, yet despite the range of resources, people often aren’t aware of the personalized options available to fit their specific situation,” said Alyssa Schaefer, CMO of Laurel Road. “By arming future homebuyers with the knowledge and support needed to make an informed and confident decision, we are committed to empowering our customers during the homebuying process. Ultimately, through our research and evolving product set, our mission is to meet our consumers where they need us most, by providing an exceptional experience across each major financial milestone.”center_img in Daily Dose, Featured, journal, Market Studies, News, Origination Sharelast_img read more

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Mortgage Applications Continue Downward Trend

first_img Mortgage applications saw a decline by 5.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, compared to last week, according to the latest Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.”Despite mortgage rates falling across the board last week to their lowest levels in three months, mortgage applications also declined, as more potential borrowers likely stayed away because of ongoing financial market volatility and economic uncertainty,” Joel Kan, MBA’s AVP of Economic and Industry Forecasting. The survey, released on Wednesday, revealed a 7 percent decline from last week in mortgage applications on an unadjusted basis. The Refinance Index dropped by 2 percent while the Purchase Index decreased by 7 percent from the week prior. Data indicated a decrease of 10 percent in the unadjusted Purchase Index compared to last week.The volume of refinance loan applications recorded the highest level since February 2018 increasing to 43.5 percent of total applications. The refinance share of mortgages was at 41.5 percent the previous week. An increase in adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) activities reflected at 7.9 percent of total applications. In government loan applications, the FHA decreased to 10.4 percent from 10.8 percent in the past week. The survey revealed a drop in VA share of total applications at 9.9 percent this week compared to 10.2 the week prior. The USDA share of total applications also recorded a decline at 0.6 percent from 0.7 percent the week prior. Here’s how the average contract interest rates performed for various loans: For 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances decreased to 4.94 percent, the lowest level since September 2018. The rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances decreased to 4.74 percent, the lowest level since September 2018.FHA-backed 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.95 percent, the lowest level since September 2018, from 4.97 percent. The 15-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 4.37 percent, the lowest level since September 2018, from 4.41 percent. The rate for 5/1 ARMs decreased to 4.17 percent from 4.24 percent.The effective rate for all the above loan types recorded a decrease from last week. 15-year fixed mortgage 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Joel Kan MBA mortgage applications survey Mortgage Rates 2018-12-19 Donna Joseph Mortgage Applications Continue Downward Trend in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicingcenter_img Share December 19, 2018 708 Views last_img read more

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Redfin Mortgage Now in Florida Maryland and Tennessee

first_imgRedfin Mortgage Now in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee Redfin Mortgage, LLC is now offering loans to homebuyers in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee. Redfin Mortgage is a subsidiary of Redfin. Redfin Mortgage offers fixed- and adjustable-rate conforming mortgages as well as jumbo loans for higher-priced homes in every state where it operates. Redfin Mortgage launched in Florida last week and has been providing loans to homebuyers in Maryland and Tennessee since January 2019 and November 2018, respectively.Homebuyers in Florida, Maryland and Tennessee can now take advantage of Redfin Mortgage’s digital home closings and sign their loan documents from any device with a camera and high-speed internet connection.”When we decided to launch a mortgage company in 2017, we opted to build it from the ground up so we could redesign everything to better serve the needs of the customer from the preapproval to the closing,” said Jason Bateman, head of Redfin Mortgage.”If you’re just getting started, Redfin Mortgage can help you figure out what you can afford. Fill out a quick online application and we can typically pre-approve you for a loan in 90 minutes or less, and provide a 30 day closing guarantee,” Bateman said. “When you find the home you want to buy, Redfin Mortgage can help get your offer accepted by earning the seller’s confidence that the deal will close on time. For borrowers that undergo a fully underwritten pre-approval process (usually one business day turnaround time), we offer an even better 25-day closing guarantee, and we can often complete loans much faster.””When closing day arrives, you can sign your documents electronically from anywhere, without having to take time off work just to go to a settlement office and spend hours signing paper documents,” Bateman said. May 2, 2019 486 Views in Newscenter_img Redfin 2019-05-02 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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West Coast Markets Not Friendly to Affordability

first_img 2019 Housing Market Affordability california Trulia 2019-05-23 Mike Albanese West Coast Markets Not Friendly to Affordability A new report by Trulia found that there is at least one ZIP code in each of the country’s 50 largest markets where more than half of the homes are considered affordable to a buyer earning an average income.  The report, however, does outline extremes in the marketplace, as 261 of the more than 8,000 ZIP codes examined had homes that were “completely out of reach for the typical income earner.”To assemble the data, Trulia took the value of homes as of April 2019 in the largest 50 metro areas and calculated the share affordable in each ZIP code to a would-be buyer who earns the local median income. Homes were considered affordable if 30% or less of the metro’s median monthly income was required to afford a mortgage payment and other expenses, including property taxes, on that home.Trulia added that there are 604 ZIP codes across the nation where all homes are considered affordable.The west coast was home to five of the seven priciest metros—San Francisco; San Jose, California; Los Angeles; San Diego, California; and Portland, Oregon. Florida metros Miami and Tampa Bay were also included.With a median home value of $590,700 and a median income of $75,110, only 8% of the ZIP codes in San Diego had 100% of homes that could be considered affordable. New York, New York was a close second, with just 9.3% of ZIP codes had homes all could deem affordable.When it comes to affordability, Trulia found that 22.5% of all ZIP codes in Pittsburgh had 100% of homes that were affordable. Columbus, Ohio (19.1%), and St. Louis (18.2%) followed.Living near a large metro is considered less affordable in some markets, according to the report. Trulia states that homes determined to affordable in ZIP codes within 30 miles of a downtown area is, on average, 14% lower than those farther from downtown.“A location closer to the center of the city tends to fetch a premium since that often means lower commuting costs (in both time and money), and land values tend to be higher closer to a given metro’s center of gravity,” the report states. in Daily Dose, Featured, Newscenter_img May 23, 2019 564 Views Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgQ: What would you say are the biggest challenges in the fresh produce business right now? And how are you helping fresh produce brands overcome them? A: One of the biggest challenges right now is keeping consumer confidence high amidst a string of recent recalls and food safety events. The technology to attribute illness to a food-based pathogen has outpaced the technology we have available as an industry to precisely identify, isolate and remove affected products from the supply chain. To solve this problem, we launched the iTradeBlockchain earlier this year. Our goal is a system of record that instills confidence and sets new standards for food safety, traceability, reliability, and recall management.What sets us apart from other blockchain initiatives out there is something really important — we capture traceability data at the source using our own native applications. Others rely on data-aggregation tools or third parties posting data to blockchains after an activity has occurred; we can write not only traceability data, but also procurement and fresh inspection data to blockchains in real-time. On the grower side, this gives them the ability to rely on a single technology partner for the supply chain visibility they need after their products leave their custody.We’re also helping fresh produce brands address another kind of visibility challenge by opening our trading network to encourage discovery and autonomous relationship building. As consumer tastes change and more specialty produce brands emerge, it’s especially important for buyers and suppliers to find each other and start trading quickly. Fresh produce brands can leverage our trading platform to do that. We already have the industry’s largest trading network, and we need to help our customers on the network be as responsive to the marketplace as possible. Q: Brexit is obviously a hot topic right now. Do you think the UK fresh produce business is well-equipped to cope? Or does there still need to be a lot of work done in order to ensure the industry isn’t negatively affected?A: I think the UK fresh produce business is doing everything it can to mitigate any potential negative effects related to Brexit. About half of the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable imports come from the EU, so there’s no easy way around it. When you go from a situation in which, for example, you have hundreds, if not more, truckloads of Dutch produce coming to the UK every day relatively seamlessly, each with dozens of products on a single pallet, and you’re potentially moving to another reality in which the EU mandates customs and phytosanitary checks for these same products bound for the UK, that adds complexity. It’s more than just the inconvenience of not being able to ship different fruits and vegetables on the same pallet. It’s more time, more cost, potentially more shrinkage as well. Nevertheless, I have no doubt that the UK fresh produce business can and will minimize negative impacts as much as possible.Q: What are some of the big technological innovations iTradeNetwork is currently working on? Can you give me a sense of what’s new and on the horizon? A: I’ve mentioned the new iTradeBlockchain solution we launched earlier this year. I can’t go into details yet, but expect to hear some important news about that in the near future. Also, we just launched iTradeOrder, our new procurement application tailored for mid-market retailers, as well as new functionality in our traceability suite and existing procurement application for our customers to more easily comply with regulatory mandates in the Safe Food for Canadians Act. In addition to that, we’re working on a number of different analytics-related initiatives to evolve our platform into one that provides more predictive and prescriptive analytics, in light of the fact we have two decades-worth of supply chain data.Q: How can fresh produce businesses get smarter when it comes to managing their supply chains?A: When organizations operate in siloes internally, that creates headaches. Managing transportation, purchasing, inventory separately from each other often results in conflicting strategies and bad coordination. Strong supply chain leadership combined with integrated planning processes where all functions are involved just makes businesses run better.Being resistant to change can also be a big strategic mistake. The reality is that organizations with clear strategies and goals, that also understand the role technology plays, have a clear competitive advantage over businesses that continue to do things ‘because that’s how they’ve always been done.’ That said, adopting technology for technology’s sake isn’t good either. There are a ton of tools out there in the marketplace, so it’s important for businesses to have an integrated, coordinated technology strategy in order to avoid adopting tools in an ad hoc or piecemeal fashion. Your technology should fit into your processes.Q: Are there any specific case studies or examples of how you’ve transformed businesses you provide supply chain tech for?A: We actually just published a new case study with Associated Wholesale Growers here in the U.S. They were already using our procurement application when they decided to go live with iTradeFresh, our fresh inspection and quality analytics module. By doing so, they’ve identified weak links in their supply chain using vendor analytics, they’ve streamlined and standardized inbound produce inspections across their distribution centers, and they’ve also identified trends for rejected products and significantly reduced the time and cost spent dealing with rejected products. In a nutshell, their customers are loving their produce.Q: Where do you want iTradeNetwork to be in 10 years? A: We want to continue to build our reputation as a recognized global leader in our space, solidifying our position as the premier software provider for managing what we call ‘the challenge of fresh.’ Pioneering South African dragon fruit venture buil … From the pages of Produce Business UKProviding leading supply chain management technology to the food and drink industry for two decades, iTradeNetwork, headquartered in California, U.S., provides native traceability, order management, quality inspection and analytics to a network of more than 6,000 companies.This includes 14 of the top 20 North American grocers, all 10 of North America’s top foodservice distributors and 8 of the top 10 global food manufacturers, with the company describing itself as “experts in managing the challenges of fresh produce.”One of the main reasons it is exhibiting at this year’s London Produce Show and Conference, which runs from June 5 to June 7 at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane, is to gain more understanding of opportunities that exist between the UK and Europe, and to see how its expertise can translate into these markets.Ahead of the show, we caught up with Rene Cardenas, head of marketing and strategic planning at iTradeNetwork, to talk about how Brexit, artificial intelligence (AI) and the international fresh produce business may evolve in the coming years.Q: You’ve been in business for 20 years. How have things grown since your inception?A: Twenty years ago, iTradeNetwork saw the opportunity to deploy technology in ways that helped buyers and suppliers connect to each other and more effectively manage the complexity of procuring and moving perishables. iTrade has grown from a network of a handful of customers to the industry’s largest perishables network, with more than 5,000 companies trading with each other. We’ve also evolved to incorporate traceability, quality inspection, master data and analytics offerings into a broader iTrade Platform.Q: How do you help fresh produce brands and growers?A: Our technology is currently deployed globally, but we don’t currently have any customers using it actively in the UK. One of the reasons we’re attending the London Produce Show is to better assess the opportunities that exists in the UK and Europe, and see how technologies that currently serve our customers can benefit the UK and European marketplaces.Q: The fresh produce business is smarter than ever before because of the rise of technology and supply chain management systems such as your own. What do you see as the next big innovation in fresh produce? What will the future look like?A: It’s easy to get wrapped up in the rise of technology as such, but the future really belongs to those organizations that can best identify the critical operational workflows or consumer trends upon which their revenue and margins hinge, and develop strategic plans of attack. For example, true end-to-end supply chain visibility in real-time may sound like the final frontier, but breaking it down into its constituent parts makes it much less lofty and more digestible. From there, organizations can decide how to best leverage data and emerging technologies to address perceived supply chain gaps without getting lost in the technology itself. That’s where iTrade comes in. We take the abstraction out of technology and make digital transformation real for the fresh produce supply chain.Q: Getting the balance between relying too much on machines or not enough is a challenge for producers, isn’t it?A: Too much of anything in life is rarely ever good. I wouldn’t say it’s a worry in the sense that the fresh produce industry is very much attuned to the law of diminishing returns. When you see AI, robotics, GPS, imaging tech and big data at work in the fields, it’s not a matter of faith. There are real challenges in harvesting and weed prevention, for example, that technology is arguably in a good position to help solve relatively quickly. Produce labor scarcity in both North America and the UK are also real issues. The industry won’t wait for a solution, so it experiments and finds what works, but it’s not an issue of faith as much as it is necessity. You might also be interested in Trump moves to scrap trade privilege for India … center_img Calavo delivers ‘all-time record performance’ in Q … May 29 , 2019 South African avocado export forecast up, EU price …last_img read more

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first_imgagentseventshotelsKK CollectionMTA KK Collection’s founder and owner George Cooper hosted a lunch in Brisbane, at Ovolo Inchcolm, on Tuesday (26 June) for a group of MTA Travel members. Members had the opportunity to learn more about the two KK Collection properties – Kahanda Kanda and KK Beach – both based near UNESCO listed Galle Fort. George also announced plans to expand Kahanda Kanda with two new suites set to open in November 2018 ahead of Sri Lanka’s peak season starting in December.Pictured (L-R) are Kate Narracott – MTA Travel, Mario Stubbs – KK Collection, Kelly Campbell – MTA Travel, Doug Trenham – MTA Travel, Jonica Paramor – The Unique Tourism Collection, Sue Basedow – MTA Travel, George Cooper – KK Collection, Wendy Allen – MTA Travel and Debbie Gray – MTA Travel.last_img read more

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first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   “Often times you want to get into this ‘media rush’ to get into ‘we have to get this guy or we have to get that guy’,” he told the hosts. “I think it’s to get the right guy. If it takes three weeks to get the right guy it takes three weeks to get the right guy. Ken [Whisenhunt] has fairly good handle on what he’s looking for in his defensive coordinator. He understands exactly what he wants so therefore go out and get the guy that fits the profile perfectly. If it takes three weeks, a month, so be it.”One name that has been talked about as a possible candidate is Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler. While both Whisenhunt and Cards assistant Russ Grimm both coached with Butler in Pittsburgh even interviewing him may not be a foregone conclusion. Top Stories center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation While seemingly every team in the NFC West has made coaching hires thus far this offseason, the Arizona Cardinals are still searching for a candidate to replace fired defensive coordinator Bill Davis. In the minds of fans and most media members the clock is ticking for the team’s front office to make a decision. The NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi doesn’t agree with that line of thinking.Lombardi, as a guest on Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Thursday, explained that fans should be patient as Ken Whisenhunt tries to find the right man for the job. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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Most fans in Arizona are excited by the thought of

first_imgMost fans in Arizona are excited by the thought of Kevin Kolb lining up under center for the Cardinals this season. Many of those same people think the new quarterback will lead their team back to the top of the NFC West.Local fans are buying into the hype but many national media members are questioning just how effective the unproven quarterback will be in his first season as a Cardinal.One of the national media members questioning Kolb is the NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi. The former general manager of the Browns and Raiders wonders if he’ll live up to his potential. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “I don’t know how you can be sold on Kevin Kolb,” Lombardi told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “You’ve got seven games to sell yourself on. Three he played well. Four not so good. He’s a prospect. You’re buying him on potential. Which is fine. You’ve got to be able to do what he does well. That starts with protecting him.”Lombardi may not be sold on Kolb but he does see a few things the Cardinals can do in order to help him succeed in his first year in the desert.“It’s critical that he has comfort in the pocket,” he said. “It’s critical that he feels good. Last year in Philadelphia they were sacked an awful lot. That offensive line was not very good in Philly and he paid a price for it. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t that effective. Ultimately it’s going to take some protection and it’s going to take some time for their offense to gel and come together.”That may be a tall order for the Cardinals. Their offensive line gave up 50 sacks in 2010, second most in the NFL.The Cardinals added Daryn Colledge to the offensive line and brought back Lyle Sendlein and Deuce Lutui but numerous question marks still remain. If the team wants Kolb to reach the potential that made him one of the hottest commodities in the NFL this offseason, the o-line will need to step up its game. Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   The main reason they’ll have to focus on the line is because they’re starting to show their age.“You know, I’ve been documenting it for a long time just how they’ve gone in the draft and not drafted an offensive lineman,” Sando said. “They’ve had top to bottom, one through nine, the oldest offensive linemen in the league for the last couple of years. That’s because they don’t have young backups.”Of the five offensive tackles and four offensive guards, four are in their 30’s and four are in their late 20’s. The last time the Cardinals drafted an offensive lineman was in 2007 with Brown, and haven’t taken a new one in two years.“Most teams, even if you have veteran starters, you have some guys who’ve been grooming in background who are 22, 23, 24 years-old, and they have not gone that route. I think that has to change in the draft this year. They have to make it a priority,” Sando said. “And I expect them to do that. You just can’t go forever with trying to pass with older guys, whether it’s a Rex Hadnot or Floyd Womack, all those older guys they’ve tried to find. Eventually you need the next guy, and they haven’t had that.” Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals will have to be more diligent with their choice in the draft this year and aim towards younger offensive linemen, according to Mike Sando, an NFC West blogger for ESPN.He told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Friday that if the Cardinals decide to keep offensive tackle Levi Brown, they’ll have to draft someone young.“I think he comes back for a reduced number as one of their five starters probably next season, and then I think they’ll draft somebody as well. I don’t know if it’s going to be at 13, but they have to,” Sando said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “This is new territory for Ryan Williams, I mean he’s going to be trying to come back in the time frame, it’s not like he’s rushing it back.” Sando said. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all if by mid-season or even training camp we’re talking about how, you know really it’s after that first year back that you start to feel it. You know that’s always something you hear after guys come back is usually those initial expectations of, ‘Wow, he’s back.’ But then you realize, okay it’s going to take a while to get back.”It’s a matter of concern because Sando emphasized that several of the Cardinal offensive players battle injuries throughout the season.“When I look at the Cardinals last season, think of their offensive backs though in general. Beanie Wells playing hurt, Ryan Williams out, [Kevin] Kolb hurt, even the fullback they drafted was hurt for a while,” Sando said. “Basically their whole offensive backfield has injury concerns, certainly a quarterback and both of the running backs, and I think that is something to really keep in your mind because we do get drawn into this idea that everyone rehabs and is going to be fine, and it’s not necessarily the case.”center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away But before they make their choice of draft pick, they must first address the issue of Brown. His performance has been in question if he can stay out of penalty trouble and protect the quarterback. Sando said he could stay on the team and move from left to right tackle, but the Cards will still have to consider a backup for him.“I don’t think anything is in stone because we don’t know who else is going to be a tackle on the team. I don’t think they’re locked into Levi Brown,” Sando said. “I think they realize that it’s really easy to say who you don’t want, but you’ve got to have someone better. “And I don’t think the Cardinals, while publicly they’re high on Levi Brown, I don’t think they really think he’s a great tackle, but he’s better than somebody not as good as him. And if you move on from him, you better have something that’s a better plan.”Running back and offense injuries: Cardinals rookie Ryan Williams never got a taste of a regular season NFL game as he tore a patella tendon in his second NFL exhibition game. The Cards said it’s an unusual injury for football players, but with the surgery and rehab, it’s unclear if the former Virginia Tech running back will be able to come out of the gates completely healed.last_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke This likely wouldn’t be much cause for concern, but Kolbhas a history with injuries — missing nearly eight gameslast season — so every little bump and bruise will bescrutinized. Kevin Kolb was named the Cardinals’ starting quarterbackfor Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game, and he should take thefield first as long as he’s healthy.For the first time this training camp, that idea may becalled into question.Kolb left Monday’s practice early after taking a shot tothe thigh from defensive lineman David Carter, and thoughhe walked off under his own power and, according toArizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin, left with his legwrapped in ice. Cards reporting quadcontusion/thigh bruise for kolb— Kyndra de St.Aubin (@Kyndra620) July 30,2012 Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   For the first time since the summer of 2009, the Arizona Cardinals have a pretty sure thing at the quarterback position.There is no Matt Leinart to lose the job to Derek Anderson. There is no Kevin Kolb to hand the job to, albeit without him having proven much at the NFL level.And there is no John Skelton to win an uninspiring quarterback battle.Carson Palmer, who is an established player in the league, is the guy, and barring injury will be the starter Week 1 when the Cardinals visit the St. Louis Rams. However, one player Palmer doesn’t have to learn much about is Larry Fitzgerald, who he’s admired from afar for many years via studying film. “He’s working as hard in practice as he was in games,” Palmer said of what he’s learned from being up close with Fitzgerald as a Cardinal. “He’s a perfectionist, he wants to do things right every single time.“He and I are going to get along great because I’m the same way.”But it’s not just about Fitzgerald, and Palmer knows that. “It’s of the utmost importance to be on the same page with Larry, but it’s of the utmost importance to be on the same page with every one of those guys because the ball can’t always go to him,” Palmer said. “I know that’s not what he wants to hear, but that’s the truth.”The latter statement was said with a smile and drew some chuckles, but it’s true.The quarterback added it’s important he gets on the same page with Floyd, Andre Roberts and anyone else who will be lining up with him, which is a process that is only now beginning. “Getting on the same page is just about repetition, it’s not about anything else,” he said. “Everybody runs the route different, a little bit of a different depth; the timing’s a little bit different coming out of breaks. That knowledge makes things easier on coaches, fans and players alike. To an extent, anyway.“You know who the for sure starter is so you always try to get the most reps with him,” second-year receiver Michael Floyd said after the team’s organized team activity Tuesday. “But it goes away because everyone’s just one play away from not playing so I think you’ve just got to have chemistry with both of them, just in case something happens.”Indeed, even the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray, and while Palmer is penciled in as the starter, backup Drew Stanton may find his way onto the field at some point. But for now, the veteran of nine NFL seasons is trying to get used to working with a new set of wideouts.The early returns, though, are very positive.“It’s just good to have this speed on the field and the size of these guys we have,” Palmer said. “They’re all big and strong.”Palmer acknowledged there is still a long way to go with regards to getting used to his new targets, and given that it’s just the middle of May there is still plenty of time to get acclimated. There were some interceptions Tuesday, which coach Bruce Arians attributed to players learning new roles and new teammates. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories “The only way you get that timing down is just repetition after repetition.”A two-time Pro Bowler who has twice been to the postseason, when Palmer says something like that, you believe him. Whereas last year similar statements would have been met with doubt, the fact that Palmer has “been there and done that” allows him to command the room and allow those around him to feel confident. While no one will openly say it, that was probably lacking last season.And for a guy like Floyd, who caught 45 passes from four different quarterbacks as a rookie in 2012, having a guy like Palmer under center is comforting. “I like Carson’s leadership,” Floyd said of what’s different with the quarterbacks this season compared to last. “He demands a lot out of us and I feel like he’s the main guy out there, being very talkative. There’s a lot of experience in him, so a young guy like me coming into my second year, you know I looking a lot to him and focus because he’s been through it and the quarterback kind of makes everything roll.” – / 43 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There are six teams on bye this week and there’s a very good chance that you have multiple starters you’re about to bench. If you’ve been running with Andrew Luck or Philip Rivers and figured you’d dump your backup, it’s time to grab that one-hit wonder. It’s a tough week for running backs too. I had to start Mike James in one of my leagues, and although it didn’t completely crush my running game, it still hurts to start someone this late in the season when the last time you heard their name was on a Saturday. If this is the week you stacked your byes or if you need to fill a gaping hole in your lineup, check out these players and pick up a win in Week 8.Your six Week 8 bye teams: BAL, CHI, HOU, IND, SD, TENQB – 19% Geno Smith, NYJ @ CIN – This guy seems to find a way to get a TD or two every week despite a revolving door of offensive skill players around him. Rex Ryan decided just a few plays into the game that Chris Ivory was going to replace Bilal Powell at running back and Ivory won the carries battle 34-3. The only consistent feature of this offensive attack all year has been Smith.WR – 8% Andre Roberts, ARI vs. ATL – With Larry Fitgerald obviously ailing and the running game becoming more stagnant as Rashard Mendenhall continues to get carries, Carson Palmer will have to go to the air even more and Roberts can be the benefactor. I’m really hoping that Andre Ellington will become this team’s every down back but that seems a little farfetched seeing as Arians won’t let his love for Mendenhall go.RB – 52% Joseph Randle, DAL @ DET – Good matchup here for last week’s breakout running back. If DeMarco Murray doesn’t play then Randle will be in line for the start and another great day on the field. It seems like everyone desperately needs another back right now and this is a great option for plug and play on such a big off-week for the position. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   TE – 58% Jordan Reed, WAS @ DEN – This guy is a MUST OWN. The Redskins will be passing all day and will be able to expand the offense a bit more with RG3’s knee becoming less and less of an issue. The best sign for Reed owners is that Fred Davis was a healthy scratch last week. Even you have a good TE, get this guy on your team for Flex purposes.DEF – 35% Pittsburgh Steelers @ OAK – The old timey Steelers D should come out in this game. The run-stuffing, hard-hitting, flying-Polomaluing Steel Curtain will be in full effect, especially since the Raiders continue to have issues running the ball. Darren McFadden will return for Oakland but he won’t be 100% and has a rough match up ahead of him. Ignore Pitt’s record in this one, the D will be ready to shut down the Raiders.last_img read more

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As the draft nears there continues to be speculat

first_imgAs the draft nears, there continues to be speculation about what the Cardinals will do with the 20th overall pick in the first round. While many experts see Arizona drafting a defensive player, some, including ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., have the Cards drafting a quarterback. In Kiper’s latest mock draft, he’s got Fresno State signal caller Derek Carr as Keim’s pick.“Because of supply and demand at that position — and it is the most important position on the field — I would like to draft one every year, but that comes with an asterisk,” Keim said. “The asterisk is we’re not going to sacrifice a better football player for a positional need or trying to force a pick.“If a quarterback is in fact the 20th-best player on our board and we’re sitting there on the clock, we’ll take a quarterback. But if a quarterback is graded with a 79 and we have a linebacker or an offensive tackle with an 84, we’re not going to force the pick.”In Keim’s experience, drafting quarterbacks in the first round comes down to one very important ingredient: belief.“You have conviction on whether a guy is a franchise player or not,” he said. “And if you don’t have that conviction, a lot of times you’ll get guys who are good kids, they have all the physical tools, but they may not have that ‘it factor.’ Because they look the part, and supply and demand is such an issue at that position, you try to manufacture the player. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Normally, the NFL Draft would take place in about a week. But 2014 isn’t normal.Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision to move the NFL’s annual event back because the venue where it’s held — Radio City Music Hall in New York — is hosting an Easter show this month.The push back gives teams an extra three weeks to pore over players and construct draft boards, a process general manager Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals are knee-deep in. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “When you make that pick and it’s a mistake, it sets you back three to four years and I don’t think we can afford to do that.” Comments   Share   center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “What we’ve done right now is we’ve ranked every position by grade and then what we’ll do is we’ll transition in about a week to our top 120 board, which is what we’ll draft off of,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Our philosophy has always been ‘best player available’ and it will stay that way, and that’s how we’ll draft.“We’ll rank players 1 to 120 according to how we would take them for the Arizona Cardinals.”But, according to the second-year GM, it’s not just about a player’s football skill set. Character is heavily weighed by the Cardinals’ brass when determining if a player fits with the organization.“There’s a number of players that not only don’t fit what we do schematically, but aren’t the type of people we want in our locker room,” Keim said. “As you saw last year, we took a chance on Tyrann Mathieu, who had well-documented issues off the field, but at the same time, we spent a significant amount of time with the young man and felt comfortable with him as a person. “It came down to his passion, his football character and we thought if a guy has that type of passion for the game, you have a chance to steer him down the right road.”last_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact If you’d like to comprehend what having 4.28-second speed in the 40-yard dash feels like, then soak in Arizona Cardinals receiver J.J. Nelson’s account of his 57-yard reception this past weekend against the Chargers.Nelson made an appearance on the “Off the Edge” show on Arizona Sports 98.7 and explained how he had to catch up to an overthrown ball by quarterback Carson Palmer.The more ridiculous part of it? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories LISTEN: J.J. Nelson – Cardinals’ wide receiver Nelson said he ended up over-running the throw.“First, like you say, it was a go ball,” Nelson told “Off the Edge’s” Bertrand Berry. “The defender, he was off coverage at least 10 yards. I got to break this cushion. After I broke the cushion, I looked up for the ball, and it looked like it was going to sail over my head. So I was like, ‘man, I got to accelerate, I got to find a way to get to this ball.’ So when I looked back, I felt like I overran the ball — that’s what made me catch it like by my hip and I ended up falling.”Palmer said after the game that he believed he’d overthrown Nelson and that the rookie wideout put on the nitrous to catch up to the ball.The video backs Nelson’s explanation. If Palmer indeed overthrew the ball then Nelson, who clocked a 4.28 seconds in the NFL Combine’s 40-yard draft this year, somehow made up ground and then some.“I wish I stayed on my feet and got into the endzone,” Nelson added. “At that point in time, I was like, ‘I just got to make this play.’” – / 28 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) pulls in a pass as San Diego Chargers cornerback Richard Crawford (35) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 28-year-old’s departure was not necessarily unexpected, especially once the Cardinals signed veteran Evan Mathis to play right guard. According to Caplan, he is expected to start at one of the guard positions for the Bears. The Arizona Cardinals lost another member of their offensive line, as Ted Larsen has signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.Incidentally, Larsen is the second member of Arizona’s offensive line to leave for the Windy City, joining right tackle Bobby Massie, who signed with the Bears earlier this month. Arizona Cardinals’ center Ted Larsen (62) talks with quarterback Carson Palmer during football camp practice, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Ted Larsen’s 1-year deal with #Bears is worth maximum $2.4m (with playing time bonuses).— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 31, 2016Signed in 2014, Larsen started 16 games in his first season with the Cardinals and 10 in his second, seeing time at both left guard and right guard. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston will present Bettcher with his own set of issues this Sunday in Glendale, but as the Cardinals prepare for Week 2, Bettcher and the players were focusing inward.“We’ve got to leverage the ball correctly and we’ve got to tackle well,” Bettcher said. “When you start playing the game at whatever age you start playing it at, those are two things you start talking about early on. The little things are always big things; keep stacking them long enough, they become what it’s all about.”Whatever personal revelations some introspection produced for Bettcher, he wasn’t saying, but linebacker Kevin Minter said the Cardinals are “champing at the bit” to take the field against the Buccaneers on Sunday and prove that their Week 1 performance was just an anomaly.“It’s time to show and prove,” Minter said. “People keep talking about the talent we have. It’s time for us to display that talent.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo produced a near-perfect passer rating vs. the blitz in win over Cardinals pic.twitter.com/KPDKFE2QMr— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 12, 2016When asked specifically about his game plan for pressuring Garoppolo, Bettcher gave the shortest answer of his interview, saying only “they do some great stuff and that’s why they’ve had success as long as they’ve had it. Hats off to them.”This is not a LaMarr Woodley-esque indictment of Bettcher. The truth is almost always more nuanced than blowhards suggest, but Bettcher is also a 38-year-old coordinator entering his second season in a position he’s never filled before. He’s learning on the job, and Sunday was not his best resume builder.“James is bright; he’s a bright dude and he loves the game,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “I was talking to him today and he was telling me he puts in hours just for one blitz. He’s a dedicated guy and you can tell he loves the game.” Pro Football Focus reported that Garoppolo posted a near-perfect rating when the Cardinals did blitz, but only two things really stand out from those statistics. First, eight blitzes is too small a sample size to form any kind of sound conclusion. Second, why the heck was the sample size so small against a young quarterback? Don’t you want Jimmy Garoppolo to beat you instead of Bill Belichick or Josh McDaniels? 0 Comments   Share   Every coach who’s been around the game for a while knows that when a team loses or when his unit performs poorly, he is going to eat a large helping of blame.Bettcher didn’t miss tackles, Bettcher didn’t miss reads and Bettcher didn’t blow assignments against the New England Patriots. That’s on the players, and there is enough blame to spread it around as thick as peanut butter on a 4-year-old’s sandwich.Even so, there were more than a few analysts questioning Bettcher’s approach against a backup quarterback making his first career NFL start. There were more than a few analysts that left University of Phoenix Stadium with the belief that New England coach Bill Belichick and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels took Bettcher to Sunday school, after Jimmy Garoppolo completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown in a 23-21 Patriots win in which he was rarely under duress.Why not pressure Garoppolo more? Why not make him even more uncomfortable than he was likely feeling already? Why not force him into quicker decisions? Why not force him to look beyond the first read he locked onto so often against the Cardinals, which made his job a whole lot easier? TEMPE, Ariz. — James Bettcher looked in the mirror after a Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots and didn’t like what he saw.“We came in Monday morning and set down and were obviously all sick to our stomachs with disappointment in our performance defensively,” Arizona’s second-year defensive coordinator told reporters on Thursday. “At the end of the day, it starts with me. We didn’t play well on defense. It starts with me. I stand in front of the room, stand in front of you guys and say that it starts with me.”last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2 Comments   Share   “And also, back in the day, they might not have learned so much about nutrition and how important it is to have a good diet and stretching and continuing to keep my endurance up.”Johnson was asked about the UV bed in particular, which he said looks like a tanning bed.“It’s not the normal bright white lights — it’s red lights. You lay in the bed … about 15 minutes. The UV really contracts on the muscle and on the blood cells and makes them work hard to rejuvenate all the muscle tissue.”For a player as elite as Johnson, it’s imperative for him and the team to do everything they can for D.J. to stay healthy. If he can keep up his production, he could someday find himself enshrined in Canton. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have a premiere running back in David Johnson. And just like anything of great value, it’d be wise to take care of him.But the Cardinals also, of course, want to maximize production from Johnson, who enters his third season in the NFL, already with a Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition to his name. After leading the league in yards from scrimmage last year, he figures to be an enormous weapon for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals. LISTEN: David Johnson, Cardinals running back Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, right, looks for running room as defensive back Patrick Peterson (21) arrives for the tackle during NFL football training camp Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Your browser does not support the audio element. “I definitely welcome that,” Johnson said Wednesday in an interview with Bickley and Marotta on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station.He was asked about getting a whopping 30 touches per game.“Like I’ve been always saying, I love having the ball in my hand,” Johnson continued. “Like coach Bruce Arians has mentioned, it’s not 30 (touches) rushing the ball, it’s 30 touches whether its a receiver going against a corner — it’s a lot easier on my body — or even doing a five-yard out and then getting out of bounds and not even getting contacted.“There’s so many different ways to get 30 touches that it’s not really just rushing the ball.”Running backs overall suffer from one of the worst average career lengths among NFL positions. According to Statista, NFL running backs have an average career length of about 2.57 years. Incurring a high workload probably doesn’t help in that regard.“Back in the day, that might have been a tough thing. Now, with technology in recovering, especially with all of the stuff that we’ve got as a franchise — we’ve got the UV bed, the H2O breathing, cryotherapy, obviously have the reliable ice tubs and stemming and everything — there’s so many new advancing technology out there that can keep my body healthy.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver Christian Kirk on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the first full day of Arizona’s training camp. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner isn’t impressed by the Cardinals’ receiver room, ranking them as the No. 31 receiving corps in the NFL.Only a few seasons removed from a receiving corps that looked like a top-five unit with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown, the Cardinals have seen that group crumble of late. Floyd and Brown have departed while Fitzgerald chugs on into his mid-30s. It’s gotten so bad that they actually brought in Greg Little, a former second-round pick who hasn’t taken an offensive snap in the NFL since 2014 and has 32 drops on 193 catchable passes in his career.The Cardinals’ place on this list isn’t surprising. J.J. Nelson has shown potential to be a deep threat but hasn’t shown an ability to be an every down receiver.Related LinksESPN’s Barnwell picks Cardinals as one of most likely declining NFL teamsArizona’s depth chart includes many inexperienced NFL players, but it will offer the Cardinals an opportunity to play whoever performs the best.If Kirk and Butler can impress it would take a lot of pressure off running back David Johnson, who opposing defenses will focus on trying to shut down.Second year player Chad Williams underwhelmed during his rookie season, but given the Cardinals’ current status will be given every opportunity to succeed at the highest level. Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have had their fair share of issues at receiver since making the postseason in 2015.Besides franchise stalwart Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals have dealt with injuries and poor performance from many of the team’s notable passing targets.Arizona entered the offseason seeking to make changes to the receivers room. They used a second-round pick on Valley native Christian Kirk and signed former Dallas Cowboys receiver Brice Butler, this while letting John Brown and Jaron Brown walk in free agency. 6 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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