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Nunnsense: DeVante Parker Is Ready To Be An Elite NFL Receiver

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After being drafted 14th overall in the 2015 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, Card forever DeVante Parker has not exactly lived up to the elite receiver status that the Dolphins had hoped for. His 2 year career totals of 82 receptions, 1,238 yards and 7 touchdowns is more like what the Dolphins had hoped for in one year.

So what is the reason for Devante’s less than elite numbers? Well, it’s definitely Read the rest of this entry

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Elvis Dumervil Has Signed With The 49ers

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Card forever, Elvis Dumervil has signed a two-year deal with the San Fransisco 49ers. Dumervil, who is 33 , has 99 sacks in his 10-year career.  Dumervil is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. He tied his career-high with 17 sacks for Baltimore in 2014 but an Achilles tendon injury limited him to just 6 sacks in 2015. After off-season surgery, Dumervil just appeared in 8 games last season with only 3 sacks. Baltimore released him on March 8th in a cost-cutting move, freeing up $6 million in cap space.

Adam Wells of Bleacher Report says “Last year was the first time Dumervil has missed more than one game in a season since 2011. It may have been a bit of bad luck at the wrong time for the 33-year-old, leading the Ravens to dump him when his value was at its lowest.

In a league that places incredible value on pass-rushers, Dumervil could end up being a steal this offseason. He may have to be limited more at this stage of his career, getting on the field in obvious passing situations, but no one will care as long as he still gets to the quarterback.”

New 49ers General Manager John Lynch Tweeted, “Faithful – Just added another stud to harass QBs. Thrilled to announce we’ve agreed to terms w/ (Elvis Dumervil). Welcome to the squad. #BrickByBrick”

 

 

Calvin Pryor Dealt To The Browns

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Announced via Twitter today, the Cleveland Browns traded for former U of L safety Calvin Pryor in a deal with the New York Jets.

Pryor, who was a first round draft pick for the Jets in 2014, started 38 games for the Jets during his three-year run, recording two interceptions in 2015 and two fumbles.

Despite the reliability as a starter for the Jets, New York took two safeties – LSU’s Jamal Adams and Florida’s Marcus Mayes – in the NFL draft last month. Pryor’s fifth-year option was also declined, bringing his future with the Jets into question.

Pryor was dealt to the Browns in exchange for LB Demario Davis. Pryor could compete for a starting spot as a safety for the Browns, but will have to contend with first-round pick Jabrill Peppers, along with current starters Ibraheim Campbell and Ed Reynolds.

James Quick And Josh Harvey-Clemons Ink Rookie Contracts With Redskins

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Former-Louisville standouts, WR James Quick and Safety/LB Josh Harvey-Clemons have signed their rookie contracts with the Washington Redskins for the upcoming NFL season. Harvey-Clemons was drafted in the 7th round, while Quick was later signed as an Undrafted Free Agent.

Harvey-Clemons’ contract is for 4 years and $2,484,306 total, with $84,306 as the signing bonus. The Redskins look like they will be playing the former-safety/LB hybrid as more of a Linebacker. Harvey-Clemons will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

James Quick’s contact is for 3 years and $1,665,000 total, with no signing bonus. Quick will look to add a much-needed spark to Washington’s WR corps. He will be a restricted free agent in 2020.

While there weren’t as many Louisville players drafted as originally thought, that isn’t stopping the former-Cardinals from making deals. Congrats to James and Josh and best of luck going forward.

Go Cards!

Teddy Bridgewater’s Road To Recovery

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As former Louisville Cardinal and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues on his journey to overcome a gruesome injury and return to the gridiron, we will provide the latest news and updates on his recovery. Get well soon, Teddy.

6/16/17 (Latest Update):

In an ESPN piece about Bridgewater’s remaining steps to take before he returns to the field, several Vikings, including TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Laquon Treadwell and Head Coach Mike Zimmer are astounded by the speed of his recovery, as well as his work ethic to make sure he returns to form.

5/24/17:

Teddy Bridgewater gets the green light to progress his rehabilitation after having a positive meeting with his doctor.

5/22/17:

As part of his rehab process, Teddy Bridgewater takes the practice field for the first time since his injury.

5/5/17:

After months of speculation that Bridgewater may not ever be able to play in the NFL again due to his injury, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stated that he’s “more optimistic now about him potentially playing than I have at any point in time”.

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Lozo Vs. Marcus Smith In Fund Raising Battle

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Former Cards, and current NFL stars, Lorenzo Mauldin and Marcus Smith are having a battle to see who can raise the most money for their charity. Mauldin’s charity is the Orangewood Foundation and Smith’s is representing the MII Foundation. The battle ends today, April 2nd.

 

Cardinals In The NFL: 2016 Season In Review

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The NFL’s 2016 season saw action from 22 former Louisville Cardinals on 15 different teams, with at least one player representing each position in football. The 2016 NFL Draft also felt the Louisville Cardinals’ presence, with the selection of Sheldon Rankins with the 12th overall pick. The Bills, Steelers and Jets feature multiple former Cards on their rosters, with the Steelers having 2 and both the Bills & Jets having 4 (The Bears also had multiple prior to Greg Scruggs being waived). 3 postseason teams have former Cards on their rosters (Steelers, Dolphins, Patriots), as well as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (Greg Scruggs).

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Nunnsense: Is Lamar Jackson The Best Player On His Team?

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Barring any unforeseen incidents, Lamar Jackson will be the first Louisville football player to be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy awards ceremony as one of the three finalists. As of now, Lamar is not only expected to be invited but he is the favorite to win the award. With all the Heisman talk swirling around the program, it has prompted much talk of Lamar’s place among the best players to ever wear a Louisville jersey (and he is only a sophomore). Although it’s all opinion, many believe he will be considered the best Louisville player ever.  Read the rest of this entry

Lorenzo Mauldin’s Story (New Video)

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Lorenzo Mauldin was definitely a crowd favorite during his time at The University of Louisville. He was very approachable and interactive on social media. He called Card nation his family and we accepted him with open arms. We all know his story and what type of guy he is so his success shouldn’t surprise any of us. He was a starter in this past Sunday’s game for the New York Jets. He recorded his first sack of the season. Although it was against my Cincinnati Bengals, I was still excited for him.

Here is a new video talking about his rough road to the NFL.  Read the rest of this entry

Eli Rogers is Big Ben’s New Weapon

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Jerry Fowler of ESPN wrote a nice article about Eli Rogers. The article covers Eli as a very nice complement to Antonio Brown,  Eli’s long road to success, his friendship with Teddy Bridgewater and the culmination of it all. It’s worth checking out. The link is posted below…..

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Eli Rogers Taking First Team Reps In Steelers Training Camp

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Eli Rogers played for Louisville from 2011-2014. He had 2020 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaged 11.5 yards per reception in his career. Eli Rogers signed a 3-year contract worth $1.575 million as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. He got injured in training camp last year after making it all the way to taking first team snaps in practice. He is taking first team reps in training camp once again after rehabbing from his injury. He shocked the world last summer after taking the Mini-camp world by storm:

“We’ll see when we get to the games,” Todd Haley said, “but everything we’ve seen to this point, we haven’t had a slot guy like him since I’ve been here. It hasn’t been close.”  Here is the story from the Pittsburgh Gazette……

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: @Jeremy_CSZ: I have been talking to Eli throughout his rehabilitation and he has been positive, upbeat and focused. Do not be surprised if Eli Rogers goes from undrafted to a Pro-Bowler in a matter of years. Read the rest of this entry

Teddy Bridgewater Surprises Superfan For His Birthday

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Meet Obadiah Gamble aka Skolbadiah.

Gamble is a six year old future rap star (see below video) and a huge Vikings fan. Gamble is particularly fond of former University of Louisville and current Minnesota Vikings QB, Teddy Bridgewater.

According to the original post by CityPages.com, Gamble turns seven on Sunday. And who does he want in attendance at his birthday party?? None other than Mr. Teddy Bridgewater.

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Cardinals On The NFL Breakout List

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AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

USA TODAY posted a list of their predictions for the top 10 breakout players for the 2016 season. 2 of them were former Cards. 1 of them was on his way to super-stardom last year. The other had the potential to be a big star but didn’t get an opportunity.

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Football Cards In The Pros

Here is another great video from @UofLFootball regarding Cards in the NFL. Enjoy!

Video: Teddy Bridgewater knocked out during Sunday’s game

ESPN.com

ESPN.com

This is kind of hard to watch. During yesterday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, Teddy Bridgewater was scrambling and clearly going into his slide. That wasn’t good enough for former Florida State Seminole Lamarcus Joyner, who added in an elbow to the head, which knocked Teddy’s head against the ground, and thus knocked him out.

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Preston Brown comments on Odell Beckham Jr. allegedly throwing punches

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Photo: buffalobills.com

Preston Brown has quickly become one of the better linebackers in the NFL. He is only in his second season, but he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week last week, and had another solid game on Sunday against the New York Giants. In that game, some of the players for the Buffalo Bills claim that Odell Beckham Jr. threw punches.

Brown weighed in on the matter to The Buffalo News:

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Eric Wood Enjoying Learning the New Offense in Buffalo

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Photo: buffalobills.com

Former Louisville Cardinal Eric Wood has started every game in the last two seasons for the Buffalo Bills and has 79 starts overall. Just like when he was at Louisville, he is the leader of the offensive line. The Bills have a new coach this season, Rex Ryan, and Greg Roman is the new offensive coordinator.

In this video, Wood talks about how he is enjoying learning the new offense. He also talks about how challenging it is to face a Rex Ryan defense everyday because of how complex it is.

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Wired for Sound: Teddy Bridgewater

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

If you want to watch a video that will make you miss Teddy, this is for you. It isn’t a highlight clip from his days at Louisville with sad music or anything, but footage of him at practice for the Vikings. It is just cool to see him interacting with his teammates and it clearly seems to have good chemistry with the guys. That is big for him as a second-year quarterback in the NFL.

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All NFL Combine Links for Louisville Players from CSZ

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Over the last few days, there have been plenty of posts on the NFL Combine with information on former Louisville players and how they performed. That is what happens when you send 11 players up to Indianapolis for the event. Here are links to all of the posts from CSZ regarding the NFL combine…

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NFL Combine Measurements and Analysis on James Sample

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

A few days ago, I posted James Sample’s results from the NFL Combine in the tests he participated in. This one is a little different. This will show his measurements and the analysis on him from NFL.com. It also gives his grade, and what that number means as a projection for him as a pro.

Height: 6’2″

Arm Length: 32″

Weight: 209 lbs

Hands: 9 1/2″

Analysis from NFL.com

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