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Arizona Cardinals Camp Breaks With Uncertainty at Key Positions

As training camp concludes for the Arizona Cardinals have had two pre-season victories that meant nothing in the standings but mean everything in terms of the 53-man roster. After two weeks there are positions that may have gotten a little clearer, such as cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Looks like Jamar Taylor has solidified that spot and Bene Benwikere close behind him. These two guys continue to shine in camp and more importantly in live game action. Brandon Williams played deep into the first pre-season game and didn’t see much from him in the second game, he is currently on the bubble have had ample opportunity to emerge but continues to struggle to pick up zone coverage.

With Teams Full of Uncertainty, Loyalty is Key

Sports in Arizona is a unique market. In a state that prides itself as a place to retire and remain active, we get many residents from all over the country. When this happens, they bring their “fanhood” with them. We can’t fault them for it. I would only hope that if Cardinals/Suns/Diamondbacks/Coyotes fans move to another state, they would still root for their home teams. We can, however, certainly fault ourselves for selling our tickets to opposing fans, but that’s a topic for a different day. You would generally expect that the Arizona sports market is lacking when it comes to player loyalty. “Why would anyone want to stay in Arizona when the large markets get to have all the fun and glory?” Historically, Arizona athletes have actually been notably loyal.

The Difference Between Michael Floyd and Steve Keim

By now, all Cardinals fans are aware of the Steve Keim arrest for DUI over the 4th of July holiday. Many fans have the opinions on what should happen to Steve Keim. Suggestions for fines, suspensions, or even termination have all been voiced on social media. The biggest piece that is hard for fans to deal with is how the Arizona Cardinals dealt with former player Michael Floyd after his DUI on December 12th, 2016. So, let’s dive into this together and compare the two instances.

David Johnson prepares to hold out of minicamp

OTA’s have finished and minicamps around the league have begun. This is usually the time where Cardinals fans hear nothing but reviews on players progress. Traditionally, Arizona Cardinals fans don’t have to put up with the “drama” of players holding out for better contracts. One of the last holdouts I can remember was for Simeon Rice in 1996 or even the infamous holdout of Kelly Stouffer back when the organization notoriously underpaid players.