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first_imgCardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy to finally have stability at the running back position. With incumbent starter Beanie Wells returning and second-year back Ryan Williams both expected to play this week against the Broncos, Whisenhunt can breathe easy. “Its been nice not to be talking about the running game every day, like we have in the past about how bad our running game was,” Whisenhunt said. “I know we are one of the better running teams.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Wells is recovering from offseason knee surgery and Williams is still recovering from a torn patella tendon that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season. “He (Wells) and Ryan both need to play in this game just to get some reps,” Whisenhunt said. “Beanie has made progress physically, but we need to see him get more live reps and he wants to get more live reps.” Whisenhunt called the running game “encouraging” and hopes that the team’s success will carry over to the regular season. “I think we have been effective running the football, which can help us in season,” Whisenhunt said. “It can take a lot of pressure of the quarterback position. It can help you with your play-action game.”The star of the Cardinals running game so far (maybe the entire preseason) has been running back William Powell. Powell is currently the leading rusher in the NFL with 231 yards on 33 carries. A practice squad player last season, Whisenhunt said that he “grew” and “worked hard last season.”“He has come here and every opportunity that he has had whether it has been as a returner, on special teams, on offense, he has consistently made plays and that’s what gets your attention,” Whisenhunt said. “I would like to look at him and see what other sorts of things he can do.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_imgLosers of a league-high nine games in a row, the Cardinals are in turmoil.After being embarrassed by the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 last week, it can’t get much worse for Arizona. Sunday’s matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Arizona Cardinals will be a meaningless matchup between two of the coldest teams in the NFL.After a surprising 10-win season in 2011, the Detroit Lions failed to live up to the hype this season. Despite being the top passing team in the league, the Lions find themselves at 4-9 and are losers of five straight games. Luckily for them, they are about to visit the coldest team in the league. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Thursday, December 13 Lions without five starters at practice ( team was without cornerbacks Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey, safety Louis Delmas, defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Brandon Pettigrew for the portion of practice open to the media. Drew Sharp: Lions’ draft gambles are not paying off (Detroit Free Press)The Lions have the best wide receiver in the NFL, an extremely talented young quarterback who nonetheless has taken a significant step backward this season, and an impressive defensive tackle tandem they probably can’t keep together beyond next season because of salary-cap limitations. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh on critcism from anonymous teammate: ‘You know where my locker is if you got something to say to me’ ( Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was criticized again last week, but dismissed the latest condemnation. Detroit Lions projected to select CB Dee Milliner in Todd McShay’s first mock draft ( a one season reprieve, it’s back to a point where Detroit Lions fans are spending December thinking more about the draft than the playoffs. Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford shakes off criticism about his performance this season ( Tuesday, December 11Lions put Corey Williams on IR, sign Andre Fluellen (Detroit Free Press)The Lions informed Williams today that they are placing him on season-ending injured reserve because of a right knee injury that has limited him to just seven games this season. Stafford talks touchdowns, Megatron and hitting a stride ( an interview with Sirius NFL Radio Tuesday, quarterback Matthew Stafford discussed, among other things, the offense’s slow start to the season when it came to scoring touchdowns.Detroit Lions second look: Running backs equally effective, Joique Bell slightly more explosive ( in the Detroit Lions’ ground game were essentially even split between running backs Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Monday, December 10 NFL Injuries: Detroit Lions Tight End Brandon Pettigrew Injures Ankle (Rant Sports)The Detroit Lions’ starting tight end, Brandon Pettigrew, injured his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. His status was reported as questionable for the upcoming game against the Cardinals. Despite record, Lions plan to play veteran linebackers, not youngsters. (Detroit Free Press)According to Detroit Lions’ defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, the team will continue to play their veteran linebackers over younger players despite being out of the playoff race. O’Hara’s Monday Countdown: Strong performances aren’t changing the bottom line (Detroit Lions)Much like the Cardinals, the Lions don’t have too much to play for. Both team have clinched their spots at the bottom of their divisions and scrambling to find meaning and answers from their disappointing seasons. Detroit Lions Have Lost 22 Straight Games at Lambeau Field (Rant Sports)The Lions welcome a trip to University of Phoenix Stadium because it means they don’t have to play at Lambeau Field, where the team has not won a game since 1991. Comments   Share   Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford joined “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio on Wednesday morning. Here’s a full transcript from the interview.Detroit Lions Issue of the Week: Snap a five-game losing streak ( Lions have tied and broke records for futility during their recent struggles. There are only three games remaining in this disappointing season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Friday, December 14 Detroit Lions Notebook: Teammates support Suh (The News-Herald)Last week, an anonymous Detroit Lions player had a few critical words to say about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. But this week, center Dominic Raiola came to his defense. Detroit Lions shift focus to Megatron’s record pursuit ( like the Arizona Cardinals, the Detroit Lions chances to make the playoff are long gone. At this point, the team is shifting their focus to star wide receiver Calvin Johnson and his pursuit of the single-season receiving yards record. Pettigrew and Fairley miss practice again ( missing practice for the third time this week, tight end Brandon Pettigrew and defensive tackle Nick Fairley’s availability for Sunday’s game seems unlikely. Ndamukong Suh to fight latest traffic citation (SB Nation)Despite earned millions of dollars a year, Ndamukong Suh plans on going to court and fighting a $130 fine that he received for a recent traffic violation. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been criticized for awkward throws and lack of touchdowns this season, but is not concerned about outside opinions. Detroit Lions still taking Louis Delmas’ status day-by-day after shutting down Corey Williams ( Like Corey Williams, safety Louis Delmas has been battling a knee injury all season. For the second time this week, coach Jim Schwartz was asked if the team is considering shelving Delmas as well. Wednesday, December 12Lions, Cardinals both haunted by tough losses, long losing streaks (Detroit Free Press)When two teams have combined for 14 straight losses, how can you tell which is worse? How bad is bad? How low is low?Coordinator Cut-Up: Cunningham says Jackson is a starting-caliber end ( Lions have plenty of decisions to make on defense this offseason with seven free-agent starters and a number of other key free-agent reserves.Among the latter includes defensive end Lawrence Jackson, who is coming off probably his best game of the season in Green Bay. Jackson recorded a season-high three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford talks about team’s maturity, leadership role, and importance of finishing strong ( Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_imgThere is a constant internet rumor that says this quarterback class is weak, doesn’t have talent, and is full of question marks.Now it is rare that a quarterback class has no question marks in it, and this class is absolutely littered with them. That doesn’t make it a bad class — it just makes it a normal class.Note: Rankings are based on where I believe the prospect will be at when their career is said and done, not where they will be drafted. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 8. EJ Manuel, Florida State – 6-4, 235 lbsThe Jekyll and Hyde of this year’s NFL Draft process, Manuel is the one quarterback outside of Barkley that had talent surrounding him and yet never put it all together.He struggles with decision making, accuracy and ball security, but he has a lot of tools.Manuel possesses excellent athleticism, a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his legs, not just his arm at the next level.Like Dysert, Manuel needs to simmer for a while before knowing whether or not he can be an NFL starter, but he has a future in the league as a backup quarterback at least.Projection: Fourth round9. Landry Jones, Oklahoma – 6-4, 220 lbsJones’ numbers scream that he’s a top of the line QB; luckily that isn’t how quarterbacks are drafted.Jones struggles with decision making, can imagine pressure too often and look to dump off the ball instead of progressing through his reads. Unlike Glennon, Dysert and others in this class, he doesn’t trust a fairly strong arm to make throws in tight windows.Projections: Fourth-fifth round Projection: Second round4. Tyler Bray, Tennessee 6-6, 215lbsBray is an upside pick, plain and simple. He has a howitzer for a right arm, but has flaws that make that arm seem weak at times.He can be lazy with his footwork, and combine that with the fact that he is rather slow-footed and you have a guy with a penchant for throwing off his back foot when faced with any type of pressure.There are concerns with a lot of the things Bray does technique-wise, but he gets away with things because of his arm strength. He also does an excellent job driving the ball down field, especially in a vertical scheme attack.Projection: Third round5. Matt Barkley, USC – 6-2, 230 lbsOne of the more polarizing players in the 2013 NFL Draft is Matt Barkley. While many point to his numbers, leadership, heady play and poise in the big game, none of that necessarily translates to the NFL field.Barkley possesses rare accuracy at the collegiate level, both standing in the pocket and while on the move, but many of his throws, like Geno Smith and Zac Dysert, were quick, underneath routes that lead to his high completion percentage.Barkley struggled to drive the ball down the field consistently with any authority or success, and his accuracy waned greatly when he was asked to deliver the ball into tight windows making NFL caliber throws. Comments   Share   Wilson, much like Smith, fell into terrible habits like bad footwork and throwing off his back foot, which led to a drop in accuracy.Wilson has a very good arm but relies on it far too often, and he doesn’t set himself up properly and doesn’t drive the ball down the field, but a lot of his flaws are correctable with coaching.Projection: Top 15 pick3. Zac Dysert, Miami of Ohio – 6-3, 224 lbsA common theme within the quarterback prospects for this season is good players that regressed either from their 2011 performances or during the 2012 season.Dysert is another in the line, and while he was let down greatly by his teammates in his 2012 showcase game against the Ohio State Buckeyes, he has put out enough good tape for me to feel like he can come in, sit for a year or two and then become a quality NFL player.Dysart is another guy who developed some awful habits behind a bad offensive line throwing to not-so-good receivers. He was awful during Senior Bowl week and maybe I am too stubborn with my rankings in not moving him down, but his problems in Mobile seemed to be different than his problems during the season.Dysert has a strong arm, moves well in the pocket and shows an ability to stand tall and make his reads. He is a guy who needs some time to simmer before he is game-ready, but I believe given that opportunity he could be a solid NFL starter. Top Stories Projection: First Round6. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse – 6-2, 225 lbsThe darling of the post-college football season, we have seen the stock of Nassib skyrocket to the point it’s possible he could be the number one overall pick.While I don’t see that happening, I do see a guy that has a lot of the talent you look for in a quarterback with room to grow.Nassib possesses a strong arm, good movement ability within the pocket and good footwork that allows him to drive the ball with authority.Nassib too often loses touch on the ball because of velocity and needs to work on his accuracy and touch when pushing the ball down the field.Projection: First round7. Mike Glennon, North Carolina State – 6-6, 220 lbsGlennon is another QB with a cannon for an arm, but also has cement feet that causes me much concern to see so many people mocking him in the first round to the Arizona Cardinals.Glennon has the stereotypical “can make all the throws” type of arm strength and can move on designed rollouts and make throws.He absolutely needs a clean pocket to make NFL-level throws, but with a clean pocket, you are often left saying… “WOW”.Projection: First-second roundcenter_img Scott displays a good arm, excellent mobility, and a does a solid job of throwing on the run, but is susceptible to long spells of inaccuracy and bad decision making that may come from lack of playing time at the collegiate level.There isn’t a ton of film on Scott, but he shows flashes of starter ability, and even when mixed with his bad streaks, it shows he is more than just draftable — it shows a guy that could mature into something down the line.Projections: Fourth-fifth round Full prospect scouting reports will come over the next three months1. Geno Smith, West Virginia – 6-3, 220 lbsSmith is not my favorite quarterback in this class, but I do see him as being the most NFL-ready as well as the guy that could become the “franchise” quarterback everyone is looking for.He possesses ideal size, an above average arm, and the ability to move in and outside the pocket with excellent effectiveness while keeping his eyes downfield.There are questions about his ability to drive the ball downfield into tight windows, and he picked up some bad habits as the year went along at West Virginia, including lazy footwork, bad mechanics and locking into his primary read far too often, which led to a drop in play.Still, Smith is the top player at the most important position in the draft.Projection: Top 5 pick2. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas – 6-2, 218 lbsWilson was dealt a terrible hand for his senior year, and it showed up not just on the stat sheet, but also on film.A guy that I believed was the top QB prospect entering the college season, Wilson had to deal with losing his top three wide receivers to the NFL as well as the firing of of his head coach all in one offseason. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 10. Matt Scott, Arizona – 6-2, 205 lbsA smaller-framed quarterback who was an ideal fit in Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense, Scott has all the things you want in a quarterback, he just never seemed to be able to put it all together. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact For the first time since becoming an NFL player in 2010, defensive tackle Dan Williams will suit up in something different than an Arizona Cardinals uniform.The Raiders have agreed to contacts with DT Dan Williams and LB Curtis Lofton.(via @mikecwright)— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 11, 2015 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories I would like to thank the Bidwill family, @azcardinals coaches,staff and fans for making my dream of playing in the NFL a reality. This first class organization and fanbase made the last 5 years amazing for my family and myself. Thank you!! #Bestwishes #Appreciateit #nolovelostA photo posted by Dan Williams (@dan5592) on Mar 11, 2015 at 11:48am PDT Williams is the first of Arizona’s free agents to sign elsewhere this offseason. The former first-round pick out of Tennessee had a solid 2014 campaign, registering 31 total tackles and one quarterback sack. In his career, Williams has 156 tackles, two sacks, eight passes defensed and one interception.He was a key part of the Arizona defensive front, and Pro Football Focus had him rated as the 14th-best defensive tackle in the league last season. Williams, 27, signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday morning that will average around $6 million per season and will pay out around $15 million guaranteed according to AZCentral Sports’ Kent Somers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals defensive end Kareem Martin (96) sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis to cause a fumble for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories However, about that play by Martin: It was very good.Martin rushed the Rams’ right tackle, then as he pulled off the lineman to chase running back Todd Gurley in coverage had the wherewithal to see quarterback Jared Goff attempting to loft a pass over him.That’s a hard thing to do considering Martin’s height. Martin leapt and nabbed the pass attempt out of the air, giving the Cardinals the ball on their 39-yard line.It didn’t lead to any points, but it was a nice moment for Martin, the outside linebacker who is trying to make a name for himself with Markus Golden out for the season.Arizona trailed 16-0 after the first quarter before a drive led by running back Kerwynn Williams got his team within 16-7 midway through the second quarter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kareem Martin reads Jared Goff and makes a great play for the INT.— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) December 3, 2017Cardinals linebacker Kareem Martin isn’t a small man.But he’s limber.At 6-foot-6 and 272 pounds, the edge rusher made the play of what was otherwise a gut-kick of a first quarter for Arizona against the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals lost a challenge on the opening play Sunday, dropped a potential pick and recorded two interceptions by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the second coming just after Martin made what appeared to be an opportunity for his team to get back into it.last_img read more

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first_img(AP photos) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires After studying the NFL schedule release, out of all the conflicts, the one I hate the most is on a Thursday night. I love college football on a Thursday night. I’m not a fan of NFL Thursday nights. Just to rub it in, the NFL jumps right on top of one city’s Thursday night of college football: OUR CITY!The NFL announced the schedules of each team. Every team plays a Thursday night game. The Cardinals play at home against the Broncos on Oct. 18. At the same time, in the city that hosts the Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters, Arizona State hosts Stanford.It’s not the Cardinals fault. They have very little say in their schedule. There is no grassy knoll conspiracy of the NFL secretly out to stick it to Ray Anderson for leaving the company. Out of all of the issues the NFL has trying to schedule games, trust me, no one sits in the NFL front office and says, “When does ASU play?” It just stinks that it happened.A year after my family moved to Phoenix, I was so honored to be asked by ASU to work on their broadcasts. I did it every year until I started coaching two soccer teams and then something had to give so I chose my daughter over ASU. Since I try to go to every Cardinals home game, each April I would juxtapose the Cardinals schedule against Arizona State. Even though I’m not a part of ASU broadcasts anymore, I still like to see what problems are created by comparing the games. It’s hard to make the NFL schedule.32 teams in 31 stadiums. The Raiders share their building with the A’s. The Chiefs share a parking lot with the Royals. The Chargers play in a soccer stadium. The Bengals and Reds are too close to play on the same day. Despite having three venues for the four teams, it seems like the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers all play in the same building since they’re so close together. There are other conflicts around the league but you get the picture. That September weekend is also one of five weekends during the Sun Devil season where we have no football in the Valley, including three weekends in a row in October. The first weekend to start October has ASU in Boulder and the Cardinals in Santa Clara. ASU is off the second weekend, while the Cardinals take on Kirk Cousins and his big contract in Minnesota. The third weekend of the month is the weekend after the “Thursday Night Doubleheader” so both teams have their “mini-bye” that weekend. The only other time it happens during ASU’s season is the last weekend. It’s an even year so ASU plays for the Territorial Cup in Tucson. The Cardinals make the rare second trip to Los Angelos, this time to face the Chargers the next day.Besides the double-double of Thursday night, there are only two other weekends where the Devils and Cardinals are both at home. The Cardinals start the season at home against Washington on Sept. 9, the day after ASU hosts Michigan State. At the end of September, the Beavers and Seahawks travel to Tempe and Glendale.I hope this helps you plan out your football weekends. Without malice, the NFL didn’t do us any favors to root, root, root for the home teams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo For an example, for a few years in a row, Washington State or Washington would play on a Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium on the same weekend the Cardinals hosted Seattle, creating only a small home-field advantage because of the deluge of “bored with life Seattle-ites” who would invade the city. Another neat coincidence a couple of years ago had ASU and the Cardinals playing in the Bay area over Thanksgiving weekend.Ever since I compared schedules the first time, I’ve done it every year since. I’m interested in the small coincidences. I also did it for travel purposes and prep for the Doug and Wolf show.This year the big takeaway is joint Thursday night games in the Valley, but here are some other tidbits I picked up, if you’re interested.There’s a small road trip available for those of you that are hard core enough to root passionately for both teams and have worked so hard to be in a financial position to enjoy a football road trip. You could drive or fly to San Diego after work on Thursday night, Sept. 13 and sit on the beach all day Friday. ASU plays San Diego State on Saturday the 15th. After the game or the next morning, you could drive to LA to see Arizona in their first divisional game against the Rams at the Coliseum. 7 Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact General manager Steve Keim has emphasized recent tweaks in the “Cardinal filter,” the final weeding out process used to finalize the team’s big board of draftable players. In recent years, prospects’ character and football passion have carried more weight in Arizona’s evaluations.UMass receiver Andy Isabella, who became the 62nd overall pick on Friday, might be the poster boy for that filter. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The Cardinals expect Isabella to challenge for an immediate role.In the pre-draft process, Isabella got the sense Arizona wants to use him in the slot, where many receivers on the shorter end of the height spectrum have made their name. But his speed and ability as an outside receiver could give head coach Kliff Kingsbury the ability to move him around just as Arizona did with then-rookie Christian Kirk in 2018.Being a lightly-recruited prospect playing in college near the New England Patriots — and expected to play in a similar spread system with the Cardinals — leads to easy stereotypes and comparisons. It’s a compliment to Isabella, yet the Cardinals think he can bring something unique to the table.“It’s funny because when I first watched him, I walked down to Kliff’s office, and if there’s any school that has great white slot receivers, it’s Texas Tech,” Keim joked. “And I said, ‘I went back in the scouting system and I tried to look up all your buddies, whether it was (Wes) Welker, (Danny) Amendola and all those guys, they have tremendous quickness but all those guys ran in the 4.6s.“This guy ran 4.3 and has that type of quickness.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo In 2015, Isabella won the state 100-meter dash finals, beating 2018 No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward, who is now a cornerback for the Browns.Four years later, the Cardinals got turned on to Isabella because of a few UMass connections on staff. Cardinals college scouting coordinator Ryan Gold had served as UMass assistant line coach from 2011-13, and recently-hired offensive quality control assistant Spencer Whipple, Mark’s son, was previously the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Minutemen.The highlight tape backs up Isabella’s speed. And he used it well.Against Liberty last year, he made nine catches for 303 yards. Facing more challenging competition, Isabella put up 191 yards on 14 catches against South Florida and 219 yards on 15 receptions against Georgia last season.How did that work ethic show up?Mark Whipple remembers a Sunday when snow dumped about 10 inches on the UMass campus. In the office overlooking the field, he noticed somebody had shoveled 40 yards worth of snow.“I look out there and it’s Andy with a shovel and a hat on and everything else, he takes it off and he starts running,” Whipple said. “That’s just the way he is. He’s not going to miss a workout. He didn’t miss a game in four years (after earning a role as a freshman). He’s a tough, tough kid.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling For sure, Isabella’s 4.31-yard time in the 40-yard dash opened eyes at the combine. He also led the NCAA with 1,698 receiving yards last season and tied for the fifth most receiving touchdowns (13) in 2018.Yet the juxtaposition of the 5-foot-9 Isabella going two picks ahead of D.K. Metcalf, a Hercules-looking receiver with measurables but shrug-worthy production at an SEC school, highlighted Arizona’s priorities well. The Cardinals fell in love with Isabella’s work ethic as much as his numbers.“He bought a jugs machine three weeks ago just so he could get ready, not for the draft, but for wherever he went,” former UMass head coach Mark Whipple told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.“That’s just the kind of kid he is. One of the five hardest workers I’ve ever coached, and that’s at any level.”Related LinksCrazy NFL Draft weekend ends with Cardinals looking coherentCardinals gave Kliff Kingsbury ammo, didn’t go reaching in 2019 NFL DraftCardinals draft WR Andy Isabella with 62nd pick from Josh Rosen tradeCardinals go all-in on new-wave NFL on Day 2 of DraftWhipple, who is now the offensive coordinator at Pitt, has experience as an NFL assistant coach with the Steelers (2004-06), Eagles (2008) and Browns (2011-12). His connections in Cleveland led him to discovering Isabella, ultimately offering him a scholarship when few others would.Out of high school, Isabella was a running back and more well-known for his accolades on the track in Ohio. 10 Comments   Share   Massachusetts wide receiver Andy Isabella runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIndonesia’s luxury wilderness resort, Nihi Sumba, is the latest addition to World Resorts of Distinction’s (WRD) stable of world-leading resort brands.CEO Tess Willcox said the resort operates according to a responsible luxury ethos that makes it a complementary fit for WRD’s collection of like-minded properties around the world.“Our goal is to transform the tourism industry by working with resorts that are pioneering the conscious travel space and Nihi Sumba is one of the first names that comes to mind in that regard,” she said.“Home to the Sumba Foundation and a slate of sustainability practices, including organic gardens that produce the majority of the resort’s food and an impressive composting and water recycling system, we are proud to market this innovative property to the Australian and New Zealand markets.”Located 400 kilometres east of Bali on Indonesia’s most unexplored island, Sumba, the resort is easy for Antipodean travellers to access.“Most metropolitan airports in Australia and New Zealand offer direct flights to Indonesia and there are three flights per day from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar to Sumba Island’s Tambdaka Airport,” Willcox said.As the brainchild of American entrepreneur, Chris Burch and South African-born hotelier, James McBride, it has been reborn as a luxury resort with a conscience, featuring 27 pool villas built in the traditional Sumbanese style, set on 467 acres of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands wrapped around the stunning 2.5-kilometre-long Nihiwatu beach.Nihi Sumba has evolved into one of the most coveted resorts in the world and is an example of a sustainable operation in harmony with the environment and the Sumbanese people.Guests can enjoy horseback riding on the beach, private surf breaks, spa safaris and signature excursions including visits to local Stone Age sites, picnics under waterfalls and treks along butterfly trails.Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Sumba’s magnificently preserved ancient culture on the island, such as trips to local villages to see traditional arts and crafts, megalithic burial sites and exquisite Ikat weavings.For more information, visit back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Scenic Luxury Cruises

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterScenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has launched its innovative new Scenic Tailormade App in Europe, which transforms guests’ Apple and Android devices into their own personal Scenic Tailormade self-guiding GPS device.The Scenic Tailormade App can be uploaded prior to departure and used both on board and on shore, offering guests a choice of over 240 tour options in over 140 locations with more than 1,500 expertly narrated points of local historical and cultural interest. The Riverview Commentary System is automatically activated at highlights and points of interest along each of Europe’s major waterways. While on shore, guests can use the Independent City Tours function with point-to-point navigation, maps, expert commentary and off-line Navigation System to discover Europe’s fascinating cities at their leisure.For those guests wanting to travel further, there are also 50 custom-designed cycling options that can be used with Scenic’s e-bikes allowing guests to explore at their own pace.Liz Glover, Director Marketing and Strategy for Scenic, said the new Tailormade App will change the way guests experience a destination.“This new generation of Scenic Tailormade means our guests no longer need to use the existing onboard handheld devices and allows them more freedom to discover Europe’s rich and fascinating waterways and cities at their leisure. It’s simple to download before travel and lets them start planning their journey itinerary ahead of their river cruise. We’re incredibly excited to be sharing this new app with our guests. It’s unique to Scenic and has an informative and practical range of functions which can only improve the cruise experience.”Using the My Cruise function, guests can also access information on the Daily Cruise Program including the entire Travel Guide Book and full listings of Scenic Freechoice and Scenic Enrich excursions and experiences. The app also provides a Travel Wallet for all travel documents and a Badge Scan option.Scenic Tailormade can be downloaded on board through the ship’s Wi-Fi and is free to use with no additional costs if data is downloaded using the onboard connection. Headphones and existing Scenic Tailormade devices are also available on board and free of charge. The app has been developed for Scenic in conjunction with Initree Software GMBH (App software) and iTour (Hardware service).Scenic Tailormade was originally launched in 2013 and comprised a purpose-built handheld device.More at back to the enewsletterlast_img read more