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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks safety Tyrann Mathieu would've been a "heck of a" running back in college because of his ball skills and size. But not in the NFL. He's too small.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

While coach Bruce Arians thinks safety Tyrann Mathieu will have a chance to lead the league in interceptions this season as long as he stays healthy, Arians doesn't know how cornerback Patrick Peterson will get more interceptions since quarterbacks like to throw away from him. "He won't" get more chances, Arians said. "He won't. When they do throw that one bad ball your way, catch it."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would like to plan more joint practices but said planning them is difficult because both teams have to wait until the preseason schedule comes out in April. Arians has had discussions with Oakland coach Jack Del Rio about a joint practice and both coaches would like to do it but "we just haven't hooked up," Arians said. If the Cardinals had done a joint practice this year, it would've been this week in Atlanta, Arians said, but he chose not to since Arizona will be playing five preseason games this year. "It was just going to be too much," he said.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians doesn't have any animosity toward young coaches who get hired as head coaches in the NFL, although he was passed up for dozens of head jobs throughout his career in the 20 years as an NFL assistant before he was hired by the Cardinals in 2013. "Good for them," Arians said. "You're happy for anybody to get one. There are a lot of very established coaches that don't get a chance versus some young guys but sometimes you got the right connections."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks the Rams' and 49ers' will be "much better teams" this season after hiring new, young coaches and going through roster overhauls. Arians also believe both teams' defensive personnel will "match up pretty good." On the other team in the division, "Seattle's Seattle," Arians said. "They continue to get better. (Seahawks quarterback) Russell (Wilson) looks like he's playing lights out so far in the preseason.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The biggest benefit for Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon being taken off the PUP list Tuesday was his ability to start being a part of the Cardinals' walk-throughs, coach Bruce Arians said. "It's great just to be a part of it," Arians said. "To be able to walk through, get his going, get his keys. From watching film and standing behind, you don't get that, that view of where he needs to be. He's nowhere near ready but it's a good beginning."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals left guard Mike Iupati has a triceps injury that will cause him to miss a few days, coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday. Iupati was the only new injury, according to Arians. Linebacker Philip Wheeler will return to practice Tuesday.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals activated linebacker Deone Bucannon (ankle) from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. He was placed on PUP on July 21. Coach Bruce Arians said on Monday that when Bucannon is activated it'll be so he can go through walk throughs. It's likely he'll start practicing next week.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, who is from Birmingham, Alabama and played at Auburn, said it's "embarrassing" that the Atlanta Falcons have a Chick-fil-A in their new stadium that'll be closed on Sundays. Fortunately for the Cardinals, they play in Atlanta on Saturday.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby on his former Arizona teammate Anquan Boldin, who retired Sunday: "My hat goes off to him."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals outside linebacker Jarvis Jones is still out with a back injury but is "close" to returning, coach Bruce Arians said Monday but "not yet." Jones has been missed most of camp with the injury, which was initially diagnosed as a vessel injury and was later changed to a disc condition in his back.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

As the Cardinals prepare for their fourth preseason game of the year, a trip to face the Atlanta Falcons, here are a few updates from this week's depth chart: - WR Jaron Brown was listed as the starter opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. He jumped over John Brown, who was listed as a second-team receiver. - WR Aaron Dobson was moved from the fifth receiver to the fourth team, in a minor reshuffle of the receiving depth chart after Marquis Bundy was waived. - RB Chris Johnson was listed as the sole second-team running back while Kerwynn Williams was moved to the third team. - ILB Josh Bynes has moved up to the second team from the third team, while Philip Wheeler has moved from the second to the third.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

It'd be easy to say Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was in rare form with his one-liners on Monday but it was just Arians being Arians. He started the week with a handful of gems during his daily press conference. Without further ado, here's the best of Bruce Arians from Monday: "He doesn't like it. He'll like it in November." – Arians on running back David Johnson not getting much work during this Saturday's preseason game in Atlanta. Johnson has been limited to nine snaps in the first two preseason games. That likely won't increase against the Falcons. "I don't think after this many years Larry needs to be tackled and if we throw it to him they'll probably tackle him so we probably won't throw it to him." – Arians on if wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will play much against the Falcons, similar to David Johnson. "Ricky Seals(-Jones) had a nice run. All he had to do was catch it." – Arians on the rookie tight end. "We just got to teach him not to tackle by the head when you get there." – Arians on defensive tackle Olsen Pierre who was flagged for a facemask penalty against the Bears after bringing down Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky by his helmet.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians admitted Monday that, yes, Arizona's training camp – entering its fifth week – is too long. But he didn't break after four weeks, like the Cards have in the past, because then they'd have to start practicing outside at the team's headquarters in Tempe, Arizona. "I don't want to do that myself," Arians quipped. Having 90 players in the Cardinals' bubble wouldn't work, Arians said. "You're stepping all over each other. Just so much easier to stay here." But there has been an upside to the longer camp: "It was really good for our young players just so we can get them in pads and play football and teach them, especially our young linemen," he said.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians called former Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin, who announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday after 14 years in the league, a "fierce competitor." Arians cited Boldin's quick return from a fractured sinus in 2008 as an example. "Anytime I think of Quan it's just everybody said he couldn't do it, too slow, this or that, was a quarterback, all that. He's way up there in the stats for the great ones but just an unbelievable competitor."

Stats & Info

Boldin joins elite peers in retirement

There are 14 receivers with 1,000 career receptions, and three have announced their retirements since the start of 2017. Reggie Wayne walked away prior to the 2016 season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.59th
Rushing Yards108.318th
Points For26.16th
Points Against22.614th

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