first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact What about Evan Boehm?“He’s still making some mistakes on some calls, back blocks, but skill-level is fine. It’s just continue to evolve with all the stuff he has to learn.”How valuable was it for Robert Nkemdiche to get the snaps he did in preseason?“Oh, it was great. Practice is only at one level. He didn’t get to go against a lot of starters the last two weeks, but I thought he held his own against the players he was playing against.”Did Marqui Christian progress over the course of training camp and preseason?“Yeah, he’s gotten better and better also from a small school guy, being overwhelmed in the beginning. He’s got to figure out that he can’t blow up guys in the middle of the field. He better breakdown and make tackles.” – / 34 Top Stories Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Cut-wise, there’s some guys that made a case for themselves last night, both ways. We’re still in deliberations. There’s a lot of things that can happen here in the last 24 hours with other teams, our team, so there’s not a lot to say about that right now.”Do you have an update on Kareem Martin?“Kareem is still getting the MRI results. It could be as good as two weeks; it could be as bad as six weeks.”After watching the film from last night, how much did what you see impact the decisions you need to make?“Oh, a lot, a lot. People say we don’t need the fourth preseason game. I don’t know why because there’s a lot of guys fighting for their lives, good and bad, in that ballgame to make rosters — our roster and somebody else’s roster.”After last night, what are your feelings about the other starting cornerback spot?“It hasn’t changed any. I thought Brandon (Williams) got better. He’s still got problems looking back at the quarterback when he’s playing man-to-man sometimes, but the guys that are going to play it next Sunday night, I have all the confidence in the world in.”With Earl Watford’s position versatility, will that affect how many offensive linemen you keep? “He had a heck of a ballgame and I think he’s got a really good future.”With the depth you have at certain positions, will it be tough to keep a third quarterback?“Again, it’s 52, 53. Who’s the best player, not the best position? Who’s the best player?”Do anticipate Tyrann Mathieu playing next week against New England?“I expect him to play every single play.”With the players you are releasing, would you like to bring some back on the practice squad?“Oh, there’s no doubt. We’re not looking for anybody else’s practice squad guys, we’d like to get our own guys back.”How did you think your young players along both the offensive and defensive lines performed last night?“Really well. They made a great case for themselves up and down the board. Defensively, there was a great rotation, got a lot of pressure, stopping the run. Offensively, I thought those guys played a ton of snaps in the last three weeks and they got a lot better. We still made a lot of mistakes, but they showed they can run block and the pocket was pretty clean for the majority of time.”What has impressed you about Cole Toner?“He’s smart and he’s tough. He’s limited in his strength, but he’s still young. We can always improve that, but he’s smart and he’s tough.”center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians yells during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “Probably not. It’s still going to come down to No. 52 and No. 53.”And as you’ve said before, with the waiver wire, those players might not all be there by the end of the weekend.“Yeah, the waiver wire — don’t celebrate too quick.”What’s the latest with J.J. Nelson?“He will move into a splint. He’ll take the cast off, and it should be a whole lot easier for him to catch punts and kickoffs and catch passes.”Some teams are announcing cuts today. How does it help to wait until the deadline?“Well, I think some teams are happy to cut guys and get it over with. We’ve got a very talented group. There are calls being made back-and-forth. A lot of things can happen in the last few hours. Steve (Keim, general manger) is pretty active right now, and when you have a roster as talented as ours, you want to make sure you make it right all the way down to the end.”What are those conversations like when you have to cut a player?“I don’t talk to all of them. The veteran guys I do, the guys who have been around and they’re always tough. That’s the hardest part of this business, but I don’t get personally involved with every single one of them.”What did Elijhaa Penny show you with his performance last night? TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians meets the media the day after every game, often times explaining injury situations as well as anything else he may have seen the day before.Here in this space, we’ll highlight some of the most notable quotes.“Good morning. I’m not going to announce the things you want. It’s called a deadline for a reason. Alright, we’re going to the deadline, so I will announce the captains for this year: Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald on offense; Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu on defense; Chandler Catanzaro and Justin Bethel on special teams. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img

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