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A combination of news, analysis, storytelling and entertainment, Cardinals Cover 2 reaches from sideline to sideline and delivers Cardinals content to the avid fan year round. Our insiders break down the team’s performance, spotlighting its personalities and looking forward to the next matchup.

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A combination of news, analysis, storytelling and entertainment, Cardinals Cover 2 reaches from sideline to sideline and delivers Cardinals content to the avid fan year round. Our insiders break down the team’s performance, spotlighting its personalities and looking forward to the next matchup.

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Which Position Rooms Have Improved The Most?

6/17/2024
Ep. 766 - On this, National Mascot Day (yes, it’s a thing; shout-out to Big Red), Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi discuss where they think the roster has most improved since the end of last season. They take into account free agency and the draft as well as other roster additions. On offense, the guys singled out wide receiver; the selection of Marvin Harrison Jr. with the fourth overall pick, the free-agent signings of Zay Jones and Chris Moore, plus Year 2 of Michael Wilson. Might Greg Dortch be a candidate for breakout player of the year? On defense, no position room underwent a bigger makeover than d-line with five new names while cornerback added four new faces. Both positions are expected to see significant improvement this season.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:29:38

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Cardinals Cover 2 - The ‘Perspicacious’ Marvin Harrison Jr.

6/12/2024
Ep. 765 - Yes, Marvin Harrison Jr. is talented. Very talented. And as we found out this week, he’s also perspicacious. (Show of hands who knew what that word meant - or even knew it existed - before Michael Wilson used it to describe his new teammate?) Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman discuss their lack of vocabulary, at least compared to Wilson’s; plus, they give their thoughts on what they heard from MHJ when he met the media this week; how he’s fitting in; the relationship between him and his fellow rookies; what his presence means for the offense as well as what his teammates have had to say about him. Also, the guys review Flight Plan: Stick & Pick and promote Zach’s story on the new kickoff rule, from the players’ perspective.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:44

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Kyler Murray ‘Excited’ About Upcoming Season

6/5/2024
Ep. 764 - The season doesn’t kickoff for another three months, but if Kyler Murray had his way, then the Cardinals would be playing a game tomorrow. At least that was the vibe K1 gave on Wednesday when he met with the media for the first time since the season finale against the Seahawks. First and foremost, Murray is healthy. Also, he’s excited about the changes the team made in the offseason, none bigger than the drafting of Marvin Harrison Jr. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss what they saw and heard from Murray, who acknowledged he’s in a much better place than a year ago at this time. Murray also had nothing but good things to say about both Michael Wilson and Greg Dortch; the latter of whom was brought up - unprompted - by the head coach earlier in the day.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:46

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Cardinals Cover 2 - BJ Ojulari ‘Most Definitely’ A Double-Digit Sack Player

6/3/2024
Ep. 763 - It didn’t happen a year ago. And before 2023, it was all the way back in 2015 - eight years earlier - in which a Cardinals team did not have a player record at least 10 sacks in a single season. BJ Ojulari, and the rest of the Cardinals outside linebackers, want to make double-digit sack-seasons a yearly occurrence. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi discuss the expectations for Ojulari, who on Monday explained why he’s wearing No. 9 rather than 18. Plus, Budda Baker wants to be a Cardinal beyond this season; long-time special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers predicts a big increase in kickoff returns; the joint practices against the Colts in Indianapolis will be at night; and the final week of OTAs brought the heat, quite literally the heat.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:09

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Cardinals Cover 2 - James Conner, O-line Not Satisfied With Last Season’s Results

5/29/2024
Ep. 762 - A top-5 run game a year ago, yet listening to several players talk this offseason, the Cardinals expect to be much better in 2024. Collectively and individually, especially when it comes to James Conner. The offensive linemen have a goal, a goal Paris Johnson Jr. shared with reporters this week. Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman reveal the goal as well as discuss the goal Paris has for himself plus the type of leadership Paris hopes to bring to the team. Also, it’s Week 2 of OTAs which brought some clarity when it comes to the role(s) both Cameron Thomas and Evan Brown are expected to have this season. And speaking of this season, the new kickoff rule - what will it look like? Zach got a glimpse of it during the open portion of practice on Tuesday.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:53

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Cardinals Cover 2 - ‘Double Trouble’ Trey Benson

5/22/2024
Ep. 761 - Size. Speed. Trey Benson has both. The Cardinals rookie running back recently stopped by to talk with Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck. The three discuss Benson’s draft-day phone call(s); how fast he really is; meeting now teammate Michael Carter ahead of the draft; learning special teams; and why he’s wearing No. 33. Benson is expected to have a big role this season. The same can be said for several of the team’s draft picks. Craig and Dani look at one projection; from how many rushing and receiving yards for Benson and Marvin Harrison Jr., respectively, to how well Max Melton and Darius Robinson will do defensively. Plus, some more observations - and that’s all they are - from the first week of organized team activities, or OTAs for short.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:59

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Paris Johnson Jr. On The Move

5/20/2024
Ep. 760 - What had been speculated became official on Monday: Paris Johnson Jr. is moving to left tackle. And really, it makes sense. For starters, it’s the position Johnson Jr. played in college. Also, Jonah Williams, who the Cardinals signed to a big-money free-agent contract this offseason, played a solid right tackle a year ago for the Cincinnati Bengals. Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi discuss the news on what was the first day of Phase 3 of the offseason strength and condition program. Other topics the guys dove into included the addition of Zay Jones to the wide receiver room; how Kyler Murray is spending time with his teammates away from the facility; joint practices will be held against the Indianapolis Colts ahead of the second preseason game; and the weekend-retirement announcement by former Cardinals running back David Johnson.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:35

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Cardinals Cover 2 – Rapid Reaction: 2024 Schedule Released

5/15/2024
Ep. 759 - It’s out. The Arizona Cardinals schedule has been released. The who and the where have been known for months, but now we know the order in which the Cardinals will play their 17 regular-season games. Craig Grialou, Dani Sureck and Paul Calvisi have their thoughts, i.e., the tough stretch to begin the season, three straight weeks with a home game, no back-to-back east coast trips, and division matchups in four of the final seven games. Plus, the Cardinals received one primetime game; their bye week is Week 11 – a little earlier than the previous two seasons; and they have five early kickoffs, including three at 10 a.m. There is no international game as well as no game on Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. So, who’s ready for the season?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:45

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Hopping Around With Rabbit, aka Dadrion Taylor-Demerson

5/13/2024
Ep. 758 - People call him Rabbit, so Rabbit it is. A nickname he earned as a kid, Rabbit – given name Dadrion Taylor-Demerson – was the Cardinals’ fourth-round draft pick. He’s got a lot of personality which was on full display when he joined Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck following rookie minicamp. Rabbit talked about his name, his position versatility, being teammates with Budda Baker, what he hopes to accomplish in his first season and so much more. It is easy to see why the Cardinals selected the former Texas Tech safety early in Day 3 of the NFL Draft. But before that conversation, Craig and Dani discussed the newest addition to the team, wide receiver Zay Jones. He signed a one-year contract, providing another veteran presence in what is now a very crowded position room.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:30:37

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Marvin Harrison Jr., Rookies On The Field

5/10/2024
Ep. 757 - And now the work begins. Rookies arrived on Thursday. They practiced on Friday. Minicamp is underway for the 12-member draft class, three undrafted free agents and one tryout player – welcome former Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. So, how did everyone look in their first on-field work in the NFL? Good question. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss what they saw; and to be honest, it wasn’t much; practice – the portion that was opened to the media – was more of a walk-through. Still, Marvin Harrison Jr. looked good, rocking his No. 18 uniform, and Darius Robinson looked every bit of 6-5, 285. Plus, Kyler Murray and several of his teammates are in Oklahoma, bonding over playoff basketball, Sooners baseball and Murray’s on-campus statue.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:35

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Darius Robinson ‘Obsessed’ With Football, Calls Himself ‘A Technician’

5/8/2024
Reading about and listening to Darius Robinson, it's very clear the man loves the game of football. The second of the Cardinals’ two first-round draft picks, Robinson and the rest of the 2024 draft class arrive this week and they will be on the field on Friday for the start of rookie minicamp. Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman discuss where Robinson will play, or at least where he will initially line up along the defensive line. They then hear from Robinson, who joined Grialou and Paul Calvisi following his introductory press conference. Plus, news on what numbers some of these rookies like Robinson and Marvin Harrison Jr., will be wearing and the first roster addition post-draft is a special teams standout who adds depth at linebacker.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:40:08

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Marvin Harrison Jr. ‘Ready’ But Knows He Must ‘Prove It’

5/6/2024
Ep. 755 - Expectations are high for Marvin Harrison Jr., but not any higher than the expectations he has for himself. As he told Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi, when you have the name ‘Harrison Jr.’ on the back of your uniform, expectations will always be high. Hear the full interview with the Cardinals’ first-round draft pick as he joined the guys following his introductory press conference. Harrison Jr. and the rest of the 12-player draft class will be on the field later this week for rookie minicamp. And Harrison Jr. won’t be the only new wide receiver in action for the first time. The Cardinals selected Tejhaun Palmer out of Alabama-Birmingham in the sixth round and added Colorado’s Xavier Weaver as an undrafted free agent; a pair of intriguing prospects who will be given every opportunity to earn a spot in what is a crowded wide receiver room.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:02

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Cardinals Cover 2 - New Faces Excite Coordinators

5/1/2024
Ep. 754 - After hearing from both the GM and the head coach, it’s now time to hear from the coordinators. Drew Petzing and Nick Rallis, the offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, addressed the media over the past two days. Their thoughts on not only the 12 draft picks but also the players added in free agency. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck discuss what stood out; from Rallis’ excitement about cornerback Elijah Jones, linebacker Mack Wilson and the veteran leadership in defensive linemen Justin Jones and Bilal Nichols to Petzing looking forward to seeing wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., running back Trey Benson and tight end Tip Reiman on the field to really get a sense of what they can do. Also, some Zaven Collins talk; his fifth-year option was not exercised.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:59

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Cardinals Cover 2 - NFL Draft Grades

4/29/2024
Ep. 753 - With apologies to the Masters, post-draft grades are “a tradition unlike any other.” Which team did well? Which team didn’t? Who might be a sleeper pick? Craig Grialou and Zach Gershman react to what the experts are saying about GM Monti Ossenfort’s second draft class. Spoiler alert: Monti did very well. The 12 new players won’t be on the field for another week - rookie minicamp begins May 10 - so right now everything is a projection. In fact, Zach projects Darius Robinson to begin his pro career as an edge rusher out of the outside linebacker room not the defensive line room. Interesting. Other draft prospects highlighted on the show included offensive lineman Christian Jones (Can he be the team’s swing tackle?) and tight end Tip Reiman (Zach shared a funny moment from Reiman’s conference call with reporters).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:20

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Draft Day Three Adds Depth, Competition

4/27/2024
Ep. 752 - Five picks on Saturday. An NFL-high 12 picks over the three days of the 2024 NFL Draft. GM Monti Ossenfort did not mess around. The 12 picks, by the way, were split evenly between offense and defense. So, what do we think? Craig Grialou is joined once again by both Dani Sureck and Paul Calvisi to discuss Day 3 as well as the draft in general. This much is clear, cornerback was prioritized; or so it seemed. One was selected on each day, with Jaden Davis out of Miami hearing his name called with the Cardinals’ final pick, 226th overall in the seventh round. Other positions of note addressed on Saturday were safety (Texas Tech’s Dadrion Taylor-Emerson), edge rusher (Clemson’ Xavier Thomas), offensive tackle (Texas’ Christian Jones) and wide receiver (UAB’s Tejhaun Palmer).See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:32:16

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Cardinals Cover 2 - A Monti Haul On Day Two Of Draft

4/27/2024
Ep. 751 - Five picks including four in the third round. GM Monti Ossenfort was a busy man on Friday. Oh, and he made a pair of trades as well. Craig Grialou is joined by both Dani Sureck and Paul Calvisi – that’s right they go Cover 3 to discuss Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft. Round two got started with a trade down before the selection of Rutgers cornerback Max Melton, a player who does not lack in the confidence department. Then round three saw four selections: Florida State running back Trey Benson, Illinois offensive lineman Isaiah Adams, Adams’ teammate at Illinois in tight end Tip Reiman, and finally Boston College cornerback Elijah Jones. So, all total, the Cardinals double up at defensive back plus add three to the offensive side of the ball. Well done, Monti.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:09

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Darius Robinson Drafted To Complete Day One

4/26/2024
Ep. 750 - Two draft picks in the first round netted the Cardinals two players who fill positions of need: wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and defensive lineman Darius Robinson. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck are back to discuss day one of the 2024 NFL Draft. They begin with the selection of Robinson – and yes, he hails from Dani’s alma mater, the University of Missouri – who can play both inside and outside along the d-line. His 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss were both team highs last season. Also on the show, comments from both GM Monti Ossenfort and head coach Jonathan Gannon about MHJ as told to Dani right outside the draft room mere minutes after the pick; plus some thoughts on the first round as a whole.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:28:39

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Stick And Pick; Marvin Harrison Jr. Drafted

4/25/2024
Ep. 749 - After much discussion and speculation, the Cardinals stayed put and selected Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. with the fourth overall pick. And in the end, it’s not that big of a surprise. Harrison was ranked by many as, not only the No. 1 wideout, but the No. 1 non-quarterback position player in the draft. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck - who went with her gut and predicted GM Monti Ossenfort would do exactly what happened - react mere minutes after commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy and the winner of the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver), Harrison immediately becomes WR1 for Kyler Murray and the offense, filling a need on that side of the ball.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:13:42

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Cardinals Cover 2 - (Almost) On The Clock

4/24/2024
Ep. 748 - One day away. The finish line, otherwise known as the 2024 NFL Draft, is in sight. Again, the Cardinals have 11 total picks, the most of any team. Six of those picks are in the first 90 with two in the first round. At least that’s where things stand as of Wednesday. Craig Grialou and Dani Sureck are ready for whatever is to come over the next three days. Stick and pick? Trade down? Trade down and then move back up the board? In addition to one last lookahead, the two revisit a pair of conversations they had during the NFL Scouting Combine with ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller - why he believes the Cardinals control the draft - and NFL Network draft analyst Lance Zierlein - what he expects from GM Monti Ossenfort.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:33:03

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Cardinals Cover 2 - Will Quarterbacks Go 1, 2, 3 And Perhaps 4?

4/22/2024
Ep. 747 - Of course, if a quarterback is selected fourth overall, then that means GM Monti Ossenfort has traded the pick. To which team? And for what? All great questions. And questions no one has the answers to. That hasn’t stopped the speculation, however. With the draft now just three days away, Craig Grialou and Paul Calvisi dive into what is being written and said about the decisions Ossenfort may or may not make. And not just with the No. 4 pick. The Cardinals have - to date - 11 total picks, including six in the first 90 and two in the first round. It’s why NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah recently told reporters “this is a ‘set your franchise up’ situation” in which Ossenfort finds himself in this week.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:10