Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires At long last, the 2017 NFL season is here!For fans of the Arizona Cardinals, it’s a chance to forget about, well, a forgettable 2016 season in which their team fell short of astronomical expectations placed on it.For the rest of the league, it’s a chance to try and knock off the rolling locomotive of the New England Patriots, who completed a historic 25-point comeback to win Super Bowl LI in Houston — the franchise’s fifth title in the Belichick-Brady era. No other team has won more than two Lombardi Trophies in that span. Doug FranzOVER Dan BickleyOVER John GambadoroSeahawksGiantsPackersFalconsCardinalsBuccaneersPackers over Falcons Dave BurnsSeahawksEaglesPackersBuccaneersCardinalsVikingsPackers over Seahawks Dave BurnsChiefsPatriotsSteelersTitansRaidersTexansPatriots over Steelers HostSuper Bowl ChampOVERRunner-up Markus Golden: 5.5 votesChandler Jones: 4.5 votes The Cardinals are blessed with two dynamic edge pass rushers. In fact, Golden and Jones are the only teammates who both had double-digit QB sacks last season.Doug Franz predicted that each outside linebacker will have 12 sacks, thus the half-vote.Respondents who chose Golden predict an average of 14.2 sacks. Those who chose Jones project 14.3.Either way, that’s a lot of sacks! Offensive Line: 6 votesWide Receivers: 2 votesCornerbacks: 1 voteInside Linebackers: 1 vote The majority picks the offensive line — and based on a roster move this week, the Cardinals may agree. Steve Keim went out and signed veteran guard Alex Boone, who should initially provide depth, but most believe he’ll eventually take over for starter Evan Boehm. Protecting Carson Palmer is of paramount importance every season, so the onus falls on this group to perform. Mike JureckiOVER The on-air staff of 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station put its collective prognostication cap on and has provided insight on the prospects for the Cardinals and what the rest of the league could like.We’ll start with a look at what the guys think about the 2017 edition of the #Birdgang. Dave BurnsOVER 11-5: 4 votes10-6: 5 votes9-7: 1 vote All of our panelists have the Cardinals notching a winning record, which would be the team’s fourth in five years under head coach Bruce Arians. Ron WolfleyCardinalsGiantsVikingsPanthersSeahawksPackersPanthers over Packers Bertrand BerryOVER The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Robert Nkemdiche: 3 votesJaron Brown: 2 votesBudda Baker: 1 voteJustin Bethel: 1 voteJermaine Gresham: 1 voteJosh Mauro: 1 voteOlsen Pierre: 1 vote As you can see, there was a wide variety of answers given by the panel, but three (Franz, Gambo, Lapinski) are banking on Nkemdiche, the physically gifted defensive tackle from Ole Miss, who is entering his second year in the league. Doug FranzSeahawksCowboysPackersPanthersCardinalsGiantsPackers over Seahawks Mike JureckiSeahawksGiantsPackersFalconsCardinalsCowboysSeahawks over Falcons Luke LapinskiSeahawksGiantsPackersPanthersCardinalsCowboysSeahawks over Giants American Football Conference John GambadoroOVER Jaron Brown: 5 votesJohn Brown: 5 votes Even though the team says he’s ready to go and despite his two-touchdown performance in a preseason win over Atlanta, there is still a lot of concern about John Brown’s future. When healthy, he’s the Cardinals’ second-best receiver, as evidenced by a 1,000-yard season on his résumé. Jaron Brown, who himself is coming off of ACL surgery, has never had more than 22 catches in a single NFL season. Luke LapinskiChiefsPatriotsSteelersTitansRaidersRavensPatriots over Steelers Johnson led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage a year ago, but fell 121 yards short of 1,000 in the passing game. Average answer: 2,032 While only 20 percent of the panel thinks the third-year back will get 1,000 each rushing and receiving, the average projection still has him going over 2,000 total yards. Paul CalvisiChiefsPatriotsSteelersTexansRaidersRavensPatriots over Steelers Bertrand BerryCardinalsGiantsPackersFalconsPanthersSeahawksPackers over Cardinals Dan BickleySeahawksCowboysPackersBuccaneersCardinalsGiantsCowboys over Seahawks Luke LapinskiOVER HostNFC WestNFC EastNFC NorthNFC SouthNFC Wild CardNFC Wild CardNFC Championship 5 Comments   Share   Yes: 2 votesNo: 8 votes Of our panel, only Bertrand Berry and Dave Burns think Johnson will make history in becoming the third running back to accomplish the feat. Burnsy added background.“At first I said no. But after thinking about it, I decided to backspace and delete my initial answer and say yes. B.A. is such a creative play caller and the commitment is there to involve him extensively. I think he’ll be close enough by the end of the season that they will make a concerted effort to get him those numbers,” he said. Ron WolfleyRaidersPatriotsSteelersTexansRavensChiefsPatriots over Steelers Super Bowl LII Vince MarottaRaidersPatriotsSteelersTitansChiefsBroncosPatriots over Steelers National Football Conference Dan BickleyRaidersPatriotsSteelersTexansChiefsBengalsRaiders over Steelers Bertrand BerryRaidersPatriotsSteelersTexansChiefsTitansPatriots over Raiders Image: Erin Maloney/Arizona Sports Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Ron WolfleyOVER Vince MarottaSeahawksGiantsPackersBuccaneersFalconsCardinalsPackers over Giants Top Stories Vince MarottaOVER Paul CalvisiCardinalsGiantsPackersFalconsSeahawksVikingsPackers over Seahawks Doug FranzRaidersPatriotsSteelersTexansChiefsRavensPatriots over Raiders Mike JureckiChiefsPatriotsSteelersTitansRaidersTexansPatriots over Steelers John GambadoroRaidersPatriotsSteelersTitansChiefsTexansSteelers over Patriots Paul CalvisiOVER HostAFC WestAFC EastAFC NorthAFC SouthAFC Wild CardAFC Wild CardAFC Championship Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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