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first_imgCocky? Perhaps. Confident? Absolutely. And that’s a good thing.Cornerbacks have it tough, as today’s rules are meant to make it more difficult to stop receivers. If Peterson can live up to his potential then he, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes can form one of the better secondaries in the NFL. He has the size, the tools and the swagger. However, only time will tell if stardom is really in his future. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Well, Peterson has his sights set on a bigger piece of real estate, as he told USA Today.“I don’t want an island,” the fifth overall selection in the second prime-time draft said. “I want a universe.” Expectations are high for Patrick Peterson, and there is hope his addition will give the Cardinals one of the better secondaries in the NFL.On his own, though, people are talking about Peterson in the same way they do New York Jets corner Darrelle Revis, who is so good that he is left to cover receivers without any help. The scenario has been dubbed “Revis Island”, as the only inhabitants are the corner and whatever wideout he is matched up against. Legend has it once you arrive you are rarely, if ever, heard from again. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more


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first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories You’ll notice a familiar face staring back at you on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The publication chose the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald as their cover boy for the NFL lockout ending. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more


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first_imgHow will an improved running game help what the offense is able to do this year?“That’s one of the most important parts of a passing game is the running game. We’re a heavy play-action team. We do a lot of big play-action shots. We do play-action screens. We can kind of do it all. There’s a lot of different things we can do, but anytime you can effectively run the ball and a defensive coordinator comes in worried about your running back getting loose, it just helps you on the outside in the passing game.”Would you say that last year teams weren’t worried about the running game?“Um, yeah. We’ve spent a lot of time this offseason on the running game, and I think that has a correlation with what we did last year in the running game. The improvements are drastic. You can see it every day in practice, you can see it at night when we go and sit in meetings and watch film. Coach Arians put a huge emphasis on the running game and it’s showed.”What are some of the strengths running the hurry-up offense?“I think anytime you put yourself in that position you’re kind of putting the defense on their heels a little bit and that’s one of the things you’re trying to get away with. Maybe you slow down the pass rush a little bit, maybe you make the defense think a little bit. Shifting formations, motions changes things defensively. It’s one of those deals you just kind of slowly move the chains really kind of eats away at a defensive’s mentality and slows down that pass rush, slows down them maybe reaching schemes and jumping routes.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Coach said 10-year vets get the day off so how will you spend the afternoon?“Well, it’s a mental day but it was a joyous day when he announced that for a lot of guys. That’s the first time he’s done that and guys understand that it’s not a mess-around session this afternoon. Guys understand that if he’s going to do that, you better handle it the right way and the vets that are 10-plus years turn into coaches almost and really bringing the young guys along and not stand in the back squirting each other with Gatorade. It’s time to focus in and help out and not be a distraction. He wouldn’t do that if he didn’t think we were mature enough to handle it and we have a very mature group.” – / 45 What were your thoughts when you heard the team had signed Chris Johnson?“Just excitement. I’ve played against him a number of times. I’ve seen too many highlights — I’ve seen too many highlights against the teams I’ve played on and had to play against him. So, I’m excited to see what he brings to this offense. I think it’s a really, really good fit for him, personally. This is the kind of scheme that he can get put in certain situations where he has mismatch and we’ve got a bunch of guys on the outside you got to worry about and you got to worry about him splitting the gap and taking it all the way. He’s done that a number of times as we all know. So, really just excitement and pretty typical for what happens around here. It seems every year we somehow find a way to sign a guy that you don’t think you can or you don’t think you will. It’s a great place to play, obviously. A lot of guys want to come here and live here and play here and play for this organization. It just makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons for him.”How do you define a successful run game?“The outcome is what matters. It’s not statistical outcome, it’s did you do what you needed to do to win the game on offense and did you win. There’s certain games, there’s certain opponents where we’re not just going to bang our heads against the wall and do what we do. We’re going to do what’s best for us. Some of that’s depending on what’s going on the other side of the ball, the type of offense we’re playing. There’s a big difference between Seattle’s offense and New Orleans’ offense, so some games will dictate more runs, some personnels that we’re playing against will dictate more or less runs, it just depends. It’s really week-to-week with us.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.How much do you look forward to playing a full quarter coming up on Saturday against San Diego?“Yeah, very much so. You kind of got a tease last week, just getting a couple seven or eight plays, whatever it was. To get a little bit longer this week, it’s still not enough. No matter how successful the first quarter goes, you always want to go a little bit more. But, it’s a good opportunity for us. A very good defense. I think a very good secondary. They have a good pass rush. They do a lot of things disguising … it’s a really good test for us.” Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


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first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals made some roster moves Tuesday.The team announced they signed linebacker Alex Bazzie, cornerback Daniel Gray and wide receiver Chris Hubert, while waiving linebacker Mikey Bart.Bazzie played the last three seasons with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, where he recorded 83 tackles, 29 sacks and two forced fumbles in 50 career games.The linebacker spent time with the Colts and Panthers this offseason before being released by Carolina on May 30. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Gray is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Utah State. The corner played his freshman season at Tennessee before going to Utah State where put up 87 tackles, 10 passes defended and an interception in his 27 games.Gray participated in the Cardinals rookie mini-camp in May on a tryout.Hubert is back with the Cardinals after being released on May 10, 2016. During his rookie season, Hubert split time between the Cardinals active roster and practice squad after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Fayetteville State.At Fayetteville State, Hubert had 1,784 receiving yards, with 129 receptions and 19 touchdowns. Top Stories last_img read more


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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Take a walk in Arizona and there’s a decent chance that you’ll see someone sporting a Cardinals shirt or jersey.The usual suspects for whose name appears on the back of those shirts and jerseys are David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald.The apparel that dons Johnson and Fitzgerald’s pictures and names contribute to the two being the only Arizona players that appear on the NFLPA’s top player sales list, coming in at No. 42 and 49, respectively. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs for a touchdown against the New York Jets as teammate Larry Fitzgerald (11) follows during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The list, which includes sales from March 1 to May 31 of this year, doesn’t just take into account shirt or jersey sales, but instead just about every licensed item that the player appears on.That includes the pictures hanging on the walls in young fans’ rooms and man caves all across the Valley, phone cases, toys, drinkware and much more.The leader in NFL merchandise sales is, of course, Tom Brady. Behind Brady, four Cowboys players appear in the top 10, with four Raiders present in the top 20. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


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first_img• Junior Galette says he’s still ‘top-tier’ rusher, wants more chances (ESPN NFL Nation)Galette missed the past two seasons after hurting both Achilles. The fact that he has recovered from that to help has been impressive. But Galette feels he’s capable of more. On Twitter, he has used the hashtag #Free58 when discussing his chances.Friday, December 15• Now dead last in points allowed, Redskins try to fix a faltering defense (Washington Post)The problem for the Redskins’ defense has come during games, when breakdowns in assignments or confusion over responsibilities has led to back-breaking plays by opponents.• Five story lines to follow in Sunday’s Redskins-Cardinals game (Washington Post)With their playoff hopes scuttled, the Redskins can finish no better than 8-8 in Coach Jay Gruden’s fourth season. Sunday’s game against the Cardinals will serve as a test of the squad’s character. Will players show up prepared? • Josh Norman sits out practice; Redskins hope Montae Nicholson can return (ESPN NFL Nation)Norman rested because of a sore knee, coach Jay Gruden told reporters. He did not think it was serious, but they wanted to give Norman a day of rest just to be sure. The Redskins want Norman available for Sunday’s game vs. Arizona to help covering receiver Larry Fitzgerald.Wednesday, December 13• Su’a Cravens cleared to return to football. Will he do so with the Redskins? (Washington Post)Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens plans to play football next season.In a statement released Tuesday, Cravens’s agent, Fadde Mikhail, said his client “has received medical clearance to resume all football activities.”The question now is: Will he be suiting up for the Redskins in 2018?• Jordan Reed’s season is over after Redskins place tight end on injured reserve (Washington Post)The oft-injured Reed last played in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys and has missed the Redskins’ last six games with a hamstring injury. He finishes the season with just 27 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns.• Reed’s ‘incomplete’ season fails to pay dividends (Washington Times) The Arizona Cardinals make their first trip to the nation’s capital since 2011 when they visit the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.It’s been even longer since the Cardinals won in Washington. Jake Plummer ran for three touchdowns and threw for two others in a 45-42 win over the Redskins in 1998. Since then, Arizona has lost seven straight to the Redskins in D.C.Washington comes into this game at 5-8 and has lost four of its last five contests, including ugly back-to-back losses to Dallas and the Los Angeles Chargers. Like most teams in December, the ‘Skins are banged up and currently have 14 players on injured reserve, including four offensive linemen and three running backs. Asked last week to give an assessment of Jordan Reed’s season, Redskins coach Jay Gruden shrugged and threw his hands up to the side. It was the human version of this emoji: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯• Here are the reasons why the Redskins won’t be moving on from Jordan Reed this offseason (NBC Sports Washington)His injury history and his 2018 salary cap number of $10.3 million has many wondering if the Redskins will choose to move on from him during the offseason.• Need to Know: Redskins’ offense is having third-down issues (NBC Sports Washington)Last year, the Redskins converted 45.2% of their third-downs. This year, that is down to 34.9%, 27th in the league.• Kirk Cousins And The Offense Trying To Find A Rhythm (Redskins.com)Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who continued to lead his team under center despite the bleak postseason outlook, struggled against the Los Angeles defense, throwing for 151 yards, one touchdown and one interception.• Is it time for the Redskins to test out Colt McCoy? (247Sports.com)With Kirk Cousins and the front office still seemingly at an impasse over his contract, USA Today reporter Lake Lewis makes the case that it could be time to hand over the keys to McCoy to better gauge Cousins’ worth. Fans have been clamoring to see McCoy at various times throughout Cousins’ reign as the Redskins starter, and getting a closer look at him could effectively set the price that the team would be willing to pay for their current starter. • Norman: I’m just trying to get this franchise back to glory days (Washington Times)“I’m just trying to get this franchise back to its glory days,” Norman said. “There’s so many great people that come through here, so many legacies. … Man, they’re so proud, they’re so proud. To let these guys down, it’s gut wrenching to me. It’s hard to take and swallow a pill [of not making the playoffs] because you kind of feel their pain.”• Redskins have home-dirt advantage on Sunday (Washington Times)The ugly condition of the field became a topic of conversation in an otherwise dreadful 20-10 win over the New York Giants — the big brown stain in the middle of the field looking particularly bad in the aerial shots on the national television broadcast.The Redskins, in an email response to questions from the Washington Post, said the condition of the field was a “non-issue.”• Josh Doctson shows glimpses of talent, still must prove he can be top target (ESPN NFL Nation)Doctson’s numbers aren’t gaudy, but some of that stems from opportunities. In his eight games as the starting X receiver, he’s received only 5.1 targets per game. Some of that is on him; some of that is on quarterback Kirk Cousins. • RG III still wants to play, denies narrative of days in Washington (ESPN NFL Nation)Griffin was on several ESPN shows on Wednesday, including First Take and NFL Live. During his appearances he stressed again what he told 106.7 The Fan earlier this fall: that he did not tell then-coach Mike Shanahan before the 2013 season that he wanted only to be a dropback passer and didn’t want to run the zone-read option anymore (multiple sources have said the opposite).• Why ailing Zach Brown has plenty of incentive to keep playing (NBC Sports Washington)Brown is leading the league in combined tackles and, probably, in injuries.The team’s injury report says that he is dealing with four of them—toe, Achilles, and ankle with an illness piled on top of those.• Need to Know: Looking ahead at the Redskins’ 2018 depth chart on offense (NBC Washington)Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 15, two days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.Thursday, December 14• Jay Gruden wants struggling Redskins to focus on the future instead of the past (Washington Post)“We cannot — cannot — dwell on the past of the last two games. We can’t,” he stressed after Wednesday’s practice. “You’re going to wallow in it and you’re going to continue to suffer. We’ve got to move on and we will.” “And if we don’t practice better, we’re going to get the same results. Period.”• Need to Know: State of the Redskins, Week 15—Looking for motivation (NBC Sports Washington)It’s been the conventional wisdom that the jobs of Jay Gruden and his staff are safe, barring a complete collapse at the end of the year. Well, after two ugly losses we are 40 percent of the way to a complete collapse.• Wanting increased playing time, Junior Galette intends to pursue free agency, per source (NBC Sports Washington)Galette’s contract will expire once the 2017 regular season ends, and while the 29-year-old pass rush specialist appreciates the Redskins organization and fans, he wants to play.• Redskins deny name change to ‘Redhawks’ after internet hoax (ESPN.com)“This morning, the Redskins organization was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name,” the statement said. “The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that for the future.”• James Taylor, candy and a stand-up desk: How Redskins coaches combat the grind (ESPN NFL Nation)Redskins coach Jay Gruden’s day starts around 4:45 a.m. and lasts until nearly 9 p.m. He does his film work early because as the day wears on, many visitors enter his office: players, president Bruce Allen, vice president of football operations Doug Williams. But in those quiet moments later in the day, sometimes staying awake becomes difficult — for Gruden and others. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   • Kirk Cousins and other NFL players say they’d want to take CTE tests while active (Washington Post)Researchers are working on methods to diagnose CTE in living patients, but it currently can only be confirmed through posthumous examinations of brains. However, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins recently said that if a test did exist, he would take it.• It doesn’t matter how poorly the Redskins play. Bruce Allen isn’t going anywhere. (Washington Post)It doesn’t matter that the Redskins are 5-8 this season and 50-74-1 since 2010, Allen’s first full season presiding over the front office. He should have been let go long ago for poor performance that he once tried to counter with the embarrassing assertion that the team was “winning off the field.”• Reed could need toe surgery, Norman misses practice (Washington Times)Reed was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after missing the last six games with a hamstring strain, but the tight end has been dealing with a fractured left toe since the offseason.• D.J. Swearinger stands by comments: ‘It’s not frustration, it’s facts’ (Washington Times)“It’s not frustration,” Swearinger said. “It’s facts. … A lot of stuff has been said about what I’ve been saying, [but] it’s not going to change what I’ve been saying. That’s the facts of it — guys on this team have to practice better. • Gruden was supposed to be steady hand on the wheel (Washington Times)Welcome to the noncompetitive portion of another season gone off the rails. The franchise has suffered back-to-back blowouts and four losses in their last five games. Injuries or not, the team’s effort and preparation have come under fire, raising the temperature under coach Jay Gruden’s seat.• As the Redskins fall, Jay Gruden’s job security comes into question (Washington Times)At various points this season, the Washington Redskins‘ preparation has been called into question. It began as early as training camp when the Redskins offense was out-of-sync to start the preseason.• Gruden seeks to move on, get Redskins prepared for Cardinals (WTOP.com)Gruden fielded several questions on his conference call Monday about preparation, answering that it’s on him, his staff and players to make sure everyone’s “fully ready to play.” The coach says injuries and a revolving roster have presented a challenge for Washington this season.• Jay Gruden sends a mixed message by waving the white flag (NBC Sports Washington)Sometimes a coaching decision is just a coaching decision. Other times, a coaching decision is a message to the team. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling • Redskins make roster moves (Redskins Wire)The team placed Pro Bowl and often-injured tight end Jordan Reed on their Reserve/Injured list along with running back Byron Marshall (hamstring) and linebacker Chris Carter (fractured fibula).Tuesday, December 12• As losses mount, Redskins players question direction of team (Washington Post)Jay Gruden remains focused on the here and now, the next step in the process, the next game at hand. While frustration continues to emanate from his locker room, the Washington Redskins coach merely is trying to hold everything together for a few more weeks.• Jay Gruden taking all the blame for Redskins’ woes sounds familiar (Washington Post)“We have not been competitive, and we weren’t ready to play . . . today,” Gruden said. “And that’s on me and the staff. We have to do a better job of getting these guys ready to play.”• Kirk Cousins thinks his relationship with his receivers is fine, despite Dan Patrick report (Washington Post)After just about every D.C. sports-radio program chewed over this declaration, Patrick later said more: that he was told “some of the receivers have a problem with [Cousins] because he throws them into positions where they could get hurt,” and that he was told this by somebody who attended the Redskins-Cowboys Thursday night game who is not affiliated with the Redskins. Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland said the only receiver that made him feel like a rookie during his first year in the NFL is when he went up against Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald. That day — Oct. 12, 2014 — Fitzgerald had six catches for 98 yards in a 30-20 win.Breeland said Fitzgerald used all sorts of veteran techniques that he wasn’t sure how to counter at the time. All week long, we’ll take you to Washington to give a little insight into the Redskins’ preparation for a Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals.It’s Behind Enemy Lines.Saturday, December 16• Redskins activate kicker Dustin Hopkins from injured reserve, waive Nick Rose (Washington Post)Hopkins, 27, a fourth-year player out of Florida State, was signed by the Redskins in September 2015. He was placed on injured reserve following the Oct. 15 victory over San Francisco with a right hip injury.• ‘It’s just one big ‘if”: What exactly will the 2018 Redskins look like? (Washington Post)With their playoff hopes scuttled, the Redskins can finish no better than 8-8 in Coach Jay Gruden’s fourth season. Sunday’s game against the Cardinals will serve as a test of the squad’s character. Will players show up prepared?• Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up (NBC Sports Washington)Gruden spoke this week that his team cannot “wallow” in the past two losses. If the Redskins are looking back at their lost season, instead of looking squarely at Arizona, another blowout loss is likely to come.• Redskins looking to ‘get out of the doldrums’ against Cardinals (Washington Times) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A decision made by Redskins coach Jay Gruden late in their game against the Chargers sent a message, a very wrong one, to his players. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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first_imgMinnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) celebrates with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur following a 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Depending on what happens this weekend with playoff teams, the Cards could start a second round of interviews this upcoming week. Pat Shurmur, Mike Munchak and Steve Wilks could get second interviews. As for Bettcher, it’s possible considering he was recommended by BA.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) January 13, 2018NFL teams only have a small window to interview candidates still in the playoff picture: From Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, between the championship games and the Super Bowl.Regarding Shurmur, it appears Arizona won’t get that chance.Shurmur, 52, has seen his stock grow due to his mentoring of unheralded quarterbacks such as Minnesota starter Case Keenum. Shurmur has head coaching experience with the Cleveland Browns (2011-12) and as an interim with the Philadelphia Eagles (2015).Minnesota is currently headed to the NFC Championship game after defeating the New Orleans Saints on Sunday with a game-winning play as the clock wound out.In other head coaching search news, the Indianapolis Colts are expected to hire New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their next coach, according to Rapoport.McDaniels was not one of the coaches Arizona met with in the first round of interviews. Several of the Arizona Cardinals’ head coaching candidates remain busy with their teams in the NFL playoffs.Among them is Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, but as the clock ticks, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports Shurmur appears headed for another job. The New York Giants are targeting Shurmur to be their next head coach, and he is expected to accept.Shurmur was reportedly a finalist for the Cardinals’ coaching job left vacant by Bruce Arians’ retirement. As one of the nine known coaches Arizona has interviewed, it would expected he would meet with the Cardinals a second time. 64 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more


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first_imgBarnwell proposed that Bucannon, who has $6.1 million remaining on his $8.7 million contract this season, would be sent with a 2019 fourth-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for a seventh-round pick.Related LinksCBS Sports’ La Canfora expects Cardinals to trade Deone BucannonIt’s similar to the Cleveland Browns’ 2017 trade of quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans, which Barnwell wrote at the time was “nakedly about getting rid of a contractual albatross.”In that deal, the Browns added a second-round and sixth-round pick to the trade to sweeten the deal for the Texans. In exchange, Cleveland received a fourth-round pick.The trade idea for the Cardinals is based on the same strategy: It’s about Arizona unloading a salary, not the return.Bucannon had been productive under former head coach Bruce Arians and past defensive coordinators, including Jets head coach Todd Bowles, but his struggles to adjust to the play style of new head coach Steve Wilks has made his playing time inconsistent at best.He only played for one defensive snap in Week 3, appeared in 73 percent of them in Week 4, then only four last week despite the Cardinals defense being on the field for 92 snaps total, the second-most in team history. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It would make sense for the Arizona Cardinals trade linebacker Deone Bucannon, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell wrote Thursday.His article, which presented 11 trade ideas for the Oct. 30 deadline, comes on the heels of a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora that said Arizona is trying to trade the fifth-year linebacker.The contract and recent struggles of Bucannon just make it difficult to find a good landing spot. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon (20) reacts after dropping Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Barnwell called the Jets a “logical” landing spot, as Bowles “should be able to find a way to incorporate Bucannon’s unique skill set into one of the league’s more modern defenses.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 37 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates has unveiled refreshed interiors for its Boeing 777 aircraft, including its highly anticipated new first class private suites.With floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and design features inspired by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Emirates’ new suites take privacy to the next level. Offering up to 3.7 square metres of personal space each, these fully enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration.From first class through to business and economy class cabins, all along the walkways, in the washrooms and galleys, the latest Emirates 777 aircraft boasts a multi-million-dollar upgrade that includes newly designed seats and upgraded inflight entertainment systems.Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The inflight experience is the heart of our brand and service proposition. The new 777 interiors that we are unveiling today is part of Emirates’ ongoing investment to continually raise the bar and exceed our customers’ expectations. Aside from our new fully enclosed private suites, business class features our latest fully flat leather seats with personal mini-bars, economy class seats have adjustable full leather headrests, and the inflight entertainment system has been upgraded for all cabin classes. Throughout the aircraft, our customers will see modern and airy cabins, with painstaking attention to detail evident in design touches such as the textured wall and ceiling panels, lighting features, and more.”On the airline’s new first class product, Sir Tim said:  “Emirates pioneered the first class private suite concept back in 2003, and today it’s the industry benchmark when it comes to first class travel. Over the years we have continually improved on our private suites, adding thoughtful refinements and features. We are very excited about our new fully enclosed suite which is a real game-changer in terms of privacy, comfort, and thoughtful luxury. This is the first time an Emirates product has been so influenced by another luxury brand, but it is a natural fit as both Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have the same unwavering commitment to fine detail, uncompromising quality, and a drive to push the boundaries.”Emirates’ latest first class product gives a nod to the design philosophy of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The collaboration inspired several design details, including the soft leather seating, high-tech control panels, and mood lighting.Extending that trademark in-flight experience to exclusive on-ground services, Emirates and Mercedes-Benz have extended their partnership to provide a fleet of the S-Class cars as part of its complimentary Chauffeur-drive service. Emirates first class passengers arriving or departing in the UAE will enjoy a seamless journey from aircraft to home, and vice versa, in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class car.The latest Emirates 777 aircraft with these new features will enter commercial service on 1 December 2017, making its debut on flights to Geneva and Brussels.Changing the game in first class: key product featuresThe new Emirates 777 First Class cabin interior uses a colour palette of soft greys, cream and champagne, conveying a contemporary, open and airy feel.Created in collaboration with Boeing, Rockwell Collins interior systems, Panasonic, Jacques Pierre Jean Design studio and Seattle-based design firm Teague, each fully enclosed private suite has a floor-to-ceiling sliding door, and combines smart technologies and design to deliver function and comfort. The leather seat reclines into a fully flat bed and can be placed in a “zero-gravity” position inspired by NASA technology, giving a feeling of weightlessness.To ensure all first class customers have a view, Emirates is introducing the industry’s first virtual windows for suites located in the middle aisle. These virtual windows project the view from outside the aircraft using real-time camera technology. In the other suites, binoculars are available for customers who want to explore the sky outside their windows.Passengers can easily communicate with the cabin crew, or request for room service using the video call function. The suites also come with a service window where customers can be served drinks and canapés undisturbed.Emirates has retained and updated the most popular features of its private suites, such as the personal mini-bar for drinks and snacks within each suite, and wireless controls to adjust seating positions, as well as to navigate Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice.Customers can view over 2500 channels of on-demand entertainment on a 81-centimetre Full HD LCD TV screen, or project content from their own devices. The viewing experience includes Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones, created exclusively for Emirates by Bowers & Wilkins, to ensure the sound was optimised for the First Class Cabin environment.Each suite is fitted with an inspiration kit, which features a Byredo skincare collection found only on Emirates, Hydra Active moisturising pyjamas, and Bulgari amenity kits.There is ample storage within the suite including an overhead compartment, and a full-length cupboard for hanging clothes. First class clients can also enjoy the dine-on-demand service.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more


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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Regional Managing Director of Abercrombie & Kent has called on travel advisors to ensure clients are aware of a valuable proposition the luxury travel company offers to prospective clients.Speaking in Sydney earlier this month to 80 top-selling agents during the company’s Australian roadshow, Sujata Raman said “don’t let clients think A&K is expensive”.Raman’s comments referred to the extent of inclusions offered in Abercrombie & Kent’s extensive selection of independent and escorted itineraries around the world, many of which cost up to tens-of-thousands of dollars, with some exclusive tours priced in the hundreds-of-thousands.“I don’t think agents need to be convinced about the level of inclusion A&K provides. They know the standard, they know the reputation, they know the brand.” “People will often say to me that they know A&K, they love A&K and there’s this notion that it’s just an aspirational brand. Comments like ‘You’re the best. One of these days I’ll do your trips’, are common. “We say to agents that they’ve got to encourage their clients to actually look at the pricing and compare it. Look at the inclusions because people have to get value for money. It doesn’t matter what end of the market, you need to get value and then when I hear the kind of holidays that they are doing, they could have done an A&K holiday for that sort of money,” Raman explained to LATTE.Indeed, some Abercrombie & Kent packages are under $600 per person per day, such as the South India and Sri Lanka journey which are $599; a Croatia itinerary, slightly higher at $692; or Egypt for $811.Separately, Raman also raised the topic of “luxury disruptors” in the deals space, such as Luxury Escapes.“I think they’ve created a lot of conversation around luxury. Because I do think it’s a commodification of luxury. I say to guests, if you want to have three or four nights at a luxury hotel, I can’t add any value to that. Go with Luxury Escapes, absolutely.”“But if you want the best expertise around your lifestyle holiday to Africa, then you come to someone like A&K or to one of the many other tour operators there are. “There are different kinds of tour operators with all levels of service. But I think that adds a layer that a deals site cannot do. I’m not picking on a particular deals site as they do a great job, but it’s just a different model.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more