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Larry Fitzgerald needs three more years like 2019 to break Jerry Rice’s catch record

The news that Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2020 raises a question that once seemed unthinkable: Could Jerry Rice’s record for career catches be broken? Rice retired after the 2004 season with 1,549 catches in his career. At the time, he was 448 ahead of the next-closest receiver, Cris Carter, and no one coming along [more]

Kyler Murray floored by praise from Larry Fitzgerald

When Larry Fitzgerald decided to come back for a 17th season, he cited the development of quarterback Kyler Murray as one of the reasons. That was moving for Murray, and incentive to keep working to improve on his productive first season. After announcing his decision to come back for another year, Fitzgerald spoke glowingly of [more]

Kyler Murray convinced he could play baseball, football in same year

Kyler Murray became the first athlete ever selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball and NFL drafts. He went ninth overall to the A’s in June 2018, and they paid him a $4.66 million signing bonus. Murray never played professional baseball. He won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2018, committed to [more]

Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2020

At the end of the regular season, Larry Fitzgerald said he would take some time to make up his mind about playing in 2020 but he gave a hint that suggested he wasn’t done with football just yet. Fitzgerald said that he “can’t remember having as much joy in the process” as he had during [more]

Cardinals add Derius Swinton to coaching staff

The Cardinals dispatched several assistant coaches at the end of the 2019 season and they’ve filled one of the vacancies on head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team has hired Derius Swinton as their assistant special teams coach. Randall McCray held the job in 2019 and was a holdover [more]

Spots 1-28 now set for 2020 NFL Draft

Yesterday was a crushing loss for the Texans, but at least they can comfort themselves with their future, and how they can use the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to make a good team better. Oh wait, they already traded that one to the Dolphins. Sorry guys, that was probably too soon. With [more]

Cardinals begin shaking up coaching staff

It’s become a cliché at this point, for the coach on the hot seat to say he’ll keep showing up until his key card doesn’t work. For lower-level assistants, the indicator may be the team website. According to Jeremy Cluff of the Arizona Republic, five Cardinals assistants have been removed from the team’s website in the [more]

Four more spots in 2020 NFL Draft order filled in

The Patriots not being involved in the divisional round of the playoffs is unusual enough. Having them involved so early in next year’s annual selection meeting will be peculiar as well. With the results of the wild card weekend in the books, four more slots in the 2020 NFL Draft order have been filled in. [more]

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

The Associated Press has announced the results of this year’s All-Pro voting and two players were selected as first-team choices by all 50 voters. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas got the unanimous nod after setting a new record for receptions during the 2019 season. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined Thomas in that category. Both players [more]

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the modern-era finalists for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 finalists made the list for the first time. The inclusion of first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu and Reggie Wayne was expected. They were joined by five others who previously were eligible for the [more]

Chandler Jones named NFC defensive player of the month

Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones put up numbers all year. He was particularly good in December though, and has been named NFC defensive player of the month. Jones had 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three passes defensed in five games. For the season, he had 19.0 sacks (second by a half to Tampa Bay’s [more]

Defensive player of the year: Shaquil Barrett

As they began a rebuild on defense, the Buccaneers had some degree of hope that Shaquil Barrett could help them. They could have never imagined to what degree. Barrett broke Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp’s franchise record, and led the NFL with 19.5 sacks this year. He also had six forced fumbles and interceptions, and helped make [more]

Offensive rookie of the year: Kyler Murray

Heading into 2019, the questions surrounding Kyler Murray included whether he would play football or baseball on the professional level. Murray said he was committed to football, which shifted the main question marks about him to his height and whether he was big enough to stand up to the rigors of playing quarterback in the [more]

Cardinals, Lions, Broncos, Jaguars, Steelers can be forced to do Hard Knocks

When no teams volunteer to appear on Hard Knocks, the NFL forces someone to do it. This year, five teams meet the criteria to be told they’re on the annual HBO documentary show whether they want to be or not. The Cardinals, Lions, Broncos, Jaguars and Steelers all can be required to do Hard Knocks. [more]

Vance Joseph will return for second season with Cardinals

The Cardinals defense allowed more yards than any other team during the 2019 season and they finished 28th in points allowed, but there won’t be a change to the coach in charge of that side of the ball. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed that defensive coordinator Vance Joseph will remain on hand for the 2020 [more]

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