WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–Wide receiver Christian Kirk, the team’s second-round pick out of Texas A&M by way of Scottsdale Saguaro High School in the Phoenix area, has known Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for about a dozen years. He’s pretty sure he was in fourth grade when he first met the future Hall of Famer.

“I was playing Pop Warner, playing with Kurt Warner’s son (Kade) at the time. We were actually on the same team,” Kirk said. “Kurt would come out to the games and he would bring Larry sometimes and they would come watch our football games. Every time they came out, it was just crazy. All the kids would just go nuts that they were at our games.

“To get the opportunity to learn from him and play with him, it’s all super crazy to me.”

Kirk, by the way, has chosen No. 13 for his uniform number – the same number Warner had during his tenure with the Cardinals.

“I would love to have him join the Cards 13 club!” Warner said.

–“I was a little emotional last night. I would actually say that I’m not as angry that there were nine guys ahead of me – just the three quarterbacks. That’s what kind of gets to me. So, there were three big mistakes ahead of me. But honestly, it’s a blessing in disguise. This is an unbelievable team that I think is really, really primed and set to do some incredible things in the future and I think I just, very simply, lucked out.”

Quarterback Josh Rosen, who after sliding to the 10th overall pick, had said, “Nine mistakes were made ahead of me and I will make sure over the next decade or so that they will know they made a mistake.”

Rosen knows the pressure he ultimately will be under when he is expected to step into the role as the Cardinals’ franchise quarterback. Whether he has success or finds failure, it won’t just be all about him, he was quick to point out.

“It’s pretty daunting,” Rosen said. “The biggest thing is knowing that I have careers on my back. I have families, I have kids, and if I don’t play well and I don’t pan out, people have to get new jobs. People get fired and things happen, so you’ve got a lot on your shoulders.

“But I wouldn’t have left college early if I didn’t think I was ready for it. If I didn’t think I was ready, I would have stayed another year. I looked myself in the mirror long and hard and made the decision that this was going to be my profession, my passion, my career.”

–Running back Chase Edmonds wasn’t drafted until the fourth round with the 134th overall pick, but Fordham’s all-time leading rusher (5,862 yards) and touchdown producer (74) knew all along where he was going. The Cardinals, he said, were really the only team that kept showing him any significant interest.

“Coach Kirby (running backs coach Kirby Wilson) just told me how much they loved me and how high they were on me,” Edmonds said. “It was just something that was such a blessing to go to someone who actually wants you. I remember it was basically like how it was when I was choosing a college. I chose Fordham just because basically they were the ones that showed a real belief in me.”

Edmonds is just the third player to be drafted out of Fordham since 1968, when defensive back Kenny Parker went to the Giants in the 16th round. The last Fordham player to be drafted prior to Edmonds, interestingly, was quarterback John Skelton, who was a 2010 fifth-round pick by the Cardinals.

–The Cardinals exercised the fifth-year option on starting left tackle D.J. Humphries during draft weekend, which extends his rookie deal through the 2019 season. His salary will, in turn, bump from $1.5 million to $9.5 million.

Humphries was limited to five games last season due to a pair of knee injuries, the second of which included a dislocated kneecap. He expects to be ready to go by the start of training camp.

–Linebacker Gabe Martin suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during offseason workouts and is expected to be lost for the upcoming season. The Cardinals originally signed Martin as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Bowling Green University in 2015. He appeared in three games for the Cardinals last season.

 

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