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While the loss of Markus Golden hurts, the Arizona Cardinals have a rookie linebacker who could quite possibly fill in nicely

Arizona Cardinals’ rookie Haason Reddick is no stranger to opposing quarterbacks. As a defensive end at Temple University in Philadelphia, the Cards’ inside linebacker recorded nine and a half sacks during his senior year. There’s a good chance that the 13th-overall pick of this season’s draft will be getting reacquainted with passers again real soon.

Last Sunday’s loss of outside linebacker Markus Golden to a torn ACL is a significant one. The third-year Cardinal was coming off of a huge 2016, when he led the squad with 12.5 sacks. Sacks that will be not easy to replace now that Golden has been placed on injured reserve.

There’s been talk this week about Reddick moving from his inside slot to the outside. The pass-rushing prowess that the Camden, New Jersey native showed during his last year in school makes one think he’ll have success. The 6’1″, 235 pounder got to signal-callers in his first three college campaigns as well, totalling eight sacks from 2013-15.

Reddick has done an admirable job at inside ‘backer through the first quarter of the current season. He has accumulated 18 tackles, showing superb tackling technique and quickness while doing so.

However, the return of starter Deone Bucannon from injury will obviously cut into the first-year player’s snaps. The other starter in the middle, Karlos Dansby, will most likely remain in his current role. The 35-year old is playing like he’s 25, having tallied 26 tackles through four contests.

These factors make Reddick sliding over into Golden’s spot even more logical. If he is moved, the presence of a great sack artist like Chandler Jones on the opposite side will make his transition smoother. The attention Jones garners should help Riddick put up sack stats in the same way Golden was able to.

Arizona defensive coordinator James Bettcher does have another option. Kareem Martin had an excellent preseason. The fourth-year Cardinal has been biding his time for an opportunity like this, and may also be given a chance to shine.

Golden’s replacement will be revealed on Sunday when the Cards meet the Philadelphia Eagles. Whoever can supply the most pressure from the edge will be on the field. Reddick the rookie has a solid shot of being that guy.

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New England continues to take a close look at free agent passers.

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On the day after their blowout week one loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots brought in multiple players for free agency workouts. The first group included three players, among them quarterback Thad Lewis. The second group of workouts featured three passers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Let’s take a look at them.

QB Matt Barkley

After playing his college career at USC, Matt Barkley was selected by the Philadelphia Eaglesin the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, Barkley struggled to carve out a role on the Eagles’ roster and was subsequently traded to the Arizona Cardinals. The 27-year old had stints with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers afterwards but again was unable to make a positive impact. Last week, the 49ers released the 6’2, 225 lbs passer during final roster cutdown – since then, Barkley was a free agent.

QB Matt McGloin

After not getting picked during the 2013 NFL draft, Matt McGloin signed a free agency contract with the Oakland Raiders. The 6’1, 210 quarterback spent the first four years of his career in California, seeing spot-duty as a backup and part-time starter. Overall, McGloin appeared in 13 games, completing 161 of 277 pass attempts for 1,868 yards as well as 11 touchdown and 11 picks. After a short stint with the Eagles, McGloin now is a free agent.

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Breaking down the good and bad from Green Bay’s young rookies in their first preseason game.

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The Green Bay Packers took on the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday in their first live game action of the preseason. There were injuries, big plays and not so great plays that defined the first night of action. While veterans like Aaron Rodgers were able to take the night off, the rookies with the team were the ones that needed a high volume of snaps.

Coach Mike McCarthy has to see what these players are made of, but keep in mind that any one preseason game won’t define a player’s chances to make the roster. It’s an accumulation of practice, preseason games, as well as effort that can impact whether a player makes the practice squad, active roster, or be looking for work elsewhere.

Let’s recap some key performances by who rookies may have improved or harmed their position on the roster.

Kevin King had a big spotlight on him during this first preseason matchup. As the Packers’ top overall pick, it’s expected that he should be competing for a spot as the top corner on the defense. King had to replace Damarious Randall on the defense quite early as Randall was removed from the game with a concussion. Overall, King had an okay night. He recorded five tackles (one of which led to another defender being able to jar the ball loose), but also had one pretty badly missed tackle that led to a first quarter Eagles touchdown. He was also beaten pretty badly in the second quarter for a big gain. King will need to use this game to learn from mistakes, but he’s coming along.

Rookie safety Josh Jones had a similar game experience. He was hampered by some rough plays and bad angles, but he did tie for the most snaps of the night so I believe the coaching staff has a lot of confidence in him to overcome mistakes.

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Practices will be about preparing for opponents now

GREEN BAY — This is transition week for the Packers in training camp.

With the playbook installation completed Saturday during Family Night, the Packers will begin preparing for their first preseason opponent on Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles visit Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

“You direct the game plan toward everybody that’s playing,” McCarthy said. “You have a general idea of what your opponent is going to do based on last year, but they’ve obviously gone through an offseason and may change direction. It’s to give our guys an idea of what they’re going against.

“This is starting the process of preparing for a football game.”

Practices will feature periods with either the offense or defense running scout-team looks, or opponent plays. Whichever side is running the scout team, an assistant coach will hold up a diagrammed card in the huddle so the players know their formation and assignment to give their teammates the best possible imitation of the opponent.

Film from Family Night was studied and reviewed with the players on Monday morning. McCarthy said fourth-year TE Richard Rodgers, who had a productive practice, is having his best training camp to date.

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