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The Arizona Cardinals offensive line is currently a mess, but there’s an array of available players who could provide help

Things have gone from bad to worse for the offensive line of the Arizona Cardinals. For the fans who feel that the group’s performance against the Dallas Cowboys was putrid, you should probably brace yourselves. If ever the club needed head coach Bruce Arians’ “next man up” mantra to ring true, it’s now.

Starting left guard Mike Iupati’s proclamation that he’s “100% sure” that he’ll play this weekend has turned out to be hogwash. A bone spur in the veteran’s elbow is cutting a tendon, and will most likely require surgery. An operation that could effectively end Iupati’s season, and possibly his career with the Cardinals as well.

The latest news on left tackle D.J. Humphries ailing knee has caused uncertainty. Just a couple of days ago, it looked as if the franchise’s 2015 first-round draft pick would return this Sunday. But when asked about it at the end of the week, Arians could only answer “we’ll see”.

Add in the injury to the recently-signed Alex Boone, and the Cards’ blocking unit has the makings of a disaster. There’s a strong possibility that the left side of the line will feature journeyman John Wetzel and rookie Will Holden versus the San Francisco 49ers. Certainly not an ideal scenario for quarterback Carson Palmer’s health or the squad’s running game.

While it’s too late to do anything about it for the Niners matchup, there’s help available for the final three quarters of the 2017 campaign. Time for general manager Steve Keim and his cronies to get to work.

Former Cardinal Earl Watford is available after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His knowledge of Arizona’s offense and versatility make him attractive. The exact same thing can be said of Cole Toner, a former Card who was just cut from the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad.

Former New York Jet Nick Mangold is an intriguing name who’s still looking for work. He’s made the Pro Bowl seven times as a center, but there was offseason talk that he can also play guard. The same goes for 2016 Pro Bowler Jeremy Zuttah, an available free agent who can also play both center and guard.

John Greco, a veteran of 70 starts who played for the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns, also remains jobless. There are also two possible call-ups currently on Arizona’s practice squad. Dorian Johnson, this year’s fourth-round pick, and Vinston Painter, a former Denver Broncos’ draft selection, are the candidates.

All of the players mentioned in this article could provide help. Keim needs to attack this brutal situation aggressively. Before the losses pile up and there’s no point in righting the ship.

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GLENDALE, AZ – According to a report from HomeToGo, the Arizona Cardinals will be the most expensive team to support in the upcoming NFL season.

To find out the cost of following each team this year, HomeToGo created a Football Price Index which calculated the price of tickets and game day snacks for every game, along with travel and accommodation for away games for one person.

Following this index, the report said that Cardinals fans would spend an estimated $6,774.21 this season, which makes them the most expensive team to follow.

By these standards, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the cheapest team to follow at an estimated $3,983.25, according to the report.

HomeToGo broke down each of the guidelines their index was based on:

  • The prices for accommodation during away games was determined by using HomeToGo’s own vacation rental and search function.
  • The prices for tickets and gameday snacks for the upcoming season are based on the pricing that each team charged in the 2016 season.
  • Travel costs were determined by using online flight aggregators.
  • For away games that were less than five hours away, HomeToGo calculated the cost of driving instead of using an online trip cost calculator.

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars will reportedly spend less on tickets than any other team at $1,218.29 for the 2017 campaign.

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After an evening of contemplation, here are some in-depth thoughts on the Falcons’ fourth and final preseason game.

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Thursday’s game was difficult to watch and downright boring at times. At other times, it was quite entertaining—particularly when the Falcons were on defense. Honestly, the best part about the fourth preseason game is that it was the final preseason game. Which means that we’re on to the regular season!

Still, the Jacksonville game did tell us some interesting things about the roster. Some players had excellent performances that may have secured their spots on the 53-man roster and practice squad. I’m not going to claim that I watched the game again—even I have somestandards—but these are the main points that I remembered after processing the game overnight.


LB Jermaine Grace should make this team

Grace looked like a man on a mission against Jacksonville. He knew he had an opportunity with the uncertainty surrounding LaRoy Reynolds’ injury, and he made the most of it with his performance on Thursday night. Grace was making plays all over the field: he looked fast, physical, and instinctual from the LB position. He also got plenty of snaps on special teams and came up with a great tackle on kick coverage. Grace should make this roster as the final LB, even if Reynolds’ injury is less serious than we think.

Eric Saubert showed enough to save his roster spot

Saubert was in a dicey spot heading into this game. Two disappointing performances in the first and second preseason games had put his position on the 53-man roster in jeopardy. Fortuitously, he had a decent performance against the Cardinals that gave us some hope. Against the Jaguars, I believe he did enough to secure his spot. His blocking looked better—though it’s still the weakest part of his game—and he made an absolutely fantastic catch in traffic. He was always going to be a project, but it now looks like he could be ready to contribute at some point this season.

There will be a lot of difficult decisions to make on the DL

The players that undoubtedly stood out the most against the Jaguars were the two EDGEs, J’Terius Jones and Chris Odom. Jones has had an excellent preseason and continued with another strong performance on Thursday. Odom got off to a quiet start, but has now had two exceptional games in a row. The Falcons probably want to keep both of these players around, but it will be difficult to make that happen. I think Jones ends up on the roster due to his positional flexibility, and Odom ends up on the practice squad. Both could be valuable contributors in the future.

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49ers

  • 49ers GM John Lynch mentioned last night that their medical staff did extensive checks on LB Reuben Foster and his shoulder injury, and they do not believe he’ll require any additional procedures. (Steve Wyche)
  • According to Matt Miller, South Alabama TE Gerald Everett has been connected to the 49ers throughout the draft process.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The three Florida-based NFL teams are combining to give $400,000 to the OneOrlando Fund to support the victims’ families and survivors of the deadly nightclub shooting in Orlando.

The Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars are uniting to help those affected by the June 12 shooting. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer started the OneOrlando Fund to support the survivors and the victims’ families.

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One of the best players in the NFL Draft is finally off the board. The Jaguars traded up to select UCLA linebacker Myles Jack with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jack was the second overall player on NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s big board and would have likely be a top-five pick if not for a knee injury that could eventually require surgery.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Jack was long the player the Jaguars expected to take with the No. 5 overall pick. But he slid in the draft because of medical reports on his surgically repaired right knee. Jack admitted this week he may one day need microfracture surgery.

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The Jaguars are making their relationship with consultant Monte Kiffin official.

The 76-year-old godfather of “Tampa-2” and one of the most copied defensive signal-callers in recent NFL history, will be a defensive assistant with the team in 2016. Kiffin was most recently on the books as a defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, but was best remembered as the architect of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl winning defense in 2002. He consulted with the Jaguars in 2015.

The Jaguars also added John Benton (assistant offensive line) and John Donovan (offensive quality control) to their staff on Monday.

We’ve seen plenty of NFL teams do this in recent years, most notably in Arizona. The Cardinalsturned to offensive coaching legend Tom Moore and defensive specialist Tom Pratt, who has coached in the NFL over six different decades. The Titans also jumped on the chance to hire defensive guru Dick LeBeau after he was let go by the Steelers. Institutional knowledge can be one of the most significant weapons a team can acquire in a league of constant change.

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The current losing streak at four games and the season disintegrating by the week, for sale Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Monday some of quarterback Blake Bortles’ plays have been a “head-scratcher, nurse ” but not enough to bench him.

“I don’t see anything in the future that shows Blake Bortles is not our guy, cialis ” Bradley said at EverBank Field. “I have great confidence in him.”

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JACKSONVILLE, buy Fla. (AP) — The Houston Texans actually had a nice road trip. No surprise it came in Jacksonville, mind where the Jaguars are winless this season.

Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes, viagra sale Kareem Jackson returned an interception 42 yards for a score and the Texans beat the Jaguars 24-21 on Sunday for their first road win in 2016.

The Texans (6-3) scored on offense and defense and set up another score with special teams, a complete team effort that kept them perfect (3-0) against the AFC South. They won their fifth in a row against Jacksonville.

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With the Jacksonville Jaguars significant struggles scoring points and the regression of third-year quarterback Blake Bortles, drug some have suggested that a change is in order at the position to create a spark.

After the team’s fourth consecutive loss, head coach Gus Bradley endorsed Bortles again on Monday.

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