Josh Rosen Jersey

Most of the interesting NFL free agents have been signed, so for the next few weeks, it’s all about draft rumors. And there’s no grist for the rumor mill quite as grist-y as what the Cardinals intend to do at quarterback.

In possession of the No. 1 overall pick, Arizona is widely believed to be intrigued with the notion of using it on quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma. There’s just the small matter of the Cards already having a young quarterback in Josh Rosen, on whom the team spent a top-10 pick last year.

If Arizona puts Rosen on the trade block — assuming it hasn’t done so already — there figures to a market for him, despite his struggles as a rookie. In fact, according to Joel Klatt of Fox Sports 1, three teams are “very interested” in the UCLA product: the Patriots, Giants and Chargers.
One of those teams, Klatt asserted Wednesday on FS1′s “Undisputed,” has already “offered a second-round pick” for Rosen. He didn’t specify which team that was, but he added that the Cardinals were holding out for a first-rounder, although he didn’t think they would “get it.”

So which of those teams has already put a second-round pick on the table? Well, FS1’s Colin Cowherd reportedly claimed Wednesday it was the Giants, who have the 37th overall pick to pony up, not to mention a dire need to find a successor to aging Eli Manning.

SportsNet New York’s (SNY) Ralph Vacchiano reported Wednesday that the Giants “have no idea if Rosen is, or ever will be, available,” but he added that they “are planning to investigate every possible option when it comes to finding their Quarterback of the Future, and that includes a potential trade” for him. However, Vacchiano said sources in the Giants’ organization “don’t even seem sure at the moment whether they’d prefer Rosen … to the quarterbacks in this year’s draft.”

So was it the Chargers, who might want to prepare for life after Philip Rivers, who offered the pick? That was the suggestion from Denver-based NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright, who shared some intel Wednesday.

Not surprisingly, little is known about the Patriots’ degree of interest in Rosen, if any. It is well known, however, that they have the most aging quarterback of all in Tom Brady, who turns 42 in August.
It’s not hard to see a Rosen trade coming together for the Patriots, who can let him learn under Brady for another couple of years, and who might just have the perfect match for the Cardinals’ price in the 32nd and final pick of the first round. They also have two second-rounders this year and three third-rounders, so the Pats can get very creative in any deal, and adding to the intrigue is that New England was reported to have “expressed interest” in Rosen before last year’s draft.
Naturally, this is all exceedingly tenuous at best, particularly given that, as noted, it’s not yet clear that the Cardinals are actually keen on trading Rosen. That said, there is a tremendous amount of smoke around Rosen for there not to be any fire at all.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden, whose team might very well be looking for a young, inexpensive quarterback to groom, said recently that Rosen was “not available.” Of course, he has tampering charges to consider, and those kinds of comments can be parsed in any number of ways, including the possibility that the Cardinals are listening to any offers for Rosen that might be coming their way but are not yet actively shopping him.

According to NBC Sports Washington on Wednesday, Redskins officials “have expressed reluctance to give up their first-round pick.” In that light, Gruden might just have been sending a message to the Cardinals that he considers Rosen “not available” unless Arizona drops its asking price.

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We’re one month away from the 2019 NFL Draft, and the speculation rages on: Will the Arizona Cardinals stick with quarterback Josh Rosen, or trade him and draft Heisman Trophy-winning QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick?

A number of experts, including ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., believe the Cards will do the latter: trade Rosen, the Cardinals’ 2018 first-round pick, and draft Murray, whom new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has singled out for praise on multiple occasions.

But is that the right move?

Yes, the Cardinals went an NFL-worst 3-13 last season, and Rosen started 13 of those games after replacing ineffective veteran QB Sam Bradford. And Rosen’s numbers don’t exactly stand out: a 55.2 percent completion percentage, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his rookie season.

But the former UCLA QB was playing behind an offensive line that was missing all of its season-opening starters by the end of the year, and he had a limited receiving unit that saw fellow rookie Christian Kirk miss the last four games of the season due to injury.

On Tuesday, Cards wide receiver and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald was asked: Is the criticism directed toward Rosen for his rookie-year performance fair?

“I don’t know,” he said. “He didn’t have all the tools with Christian getting hurt and just a lot of different changes on the offensive line. It’s tough to evaluate and really say it was not a successful campaign.”

Rosen did have some standout performances last season, including a two-touchdown game in a come-from-behind win over the San Francisco 49ers, and a major-mistake-free performance in a surprise victory at the Green Bay Packers.

“There were games that he played outstanding; there were games that he was getting knocked down a lot,” Fitzgerald said. “So, it’s unfair to really judge him based on what you saw last year.”

As far as what the Cardinals will do with that No. 1 pick? Fitzgerald says he’s as in the dark as the rest of us.

“We’re all in the dark. But (general manager) Steve Keim is not,” Fitzgerald said. “So, if you can get him sitting down somewhere and get him a coffee and maybe some lunch, he might divulge what we’re gonna do.”

Patrick Peterson Jersey

Quarterbacks around the NFL are becoming less inclined to throw in the direction of Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson.

Over the past four seasons, Pro Football Focus, who has Peterson ranked as the eighth-best corner in the league, shows a decrease in his targets every year starting from 99 in 2014 to a career-low 52 in 2018 for the 28-year-old LSU product.

Peterson has been effective on the field despite the Cardinals defense struggling as a whole, ranking 20th in total yards allowed per game (358.8), 26th in total points allowed per game (26.6) and last in rushing yards allowed (154.9) in 2018.

Arizona hired a defensive-minded head coach in Steve Wilks in 2018 who lasted only one season after the team went 3-13. Peterson managed to grab two interceptions, five passes defensed and a sack under the first-year head coach.

The Cardinals have switched back to a 3-4 base defense after hiring Vance Joseph to be the new defensive coordinator. Peterson had nine interceptions and 29 passes defensed in 2014-17 under former head coach Bruce Arians and former defensive coordinators Todd Bowles and James Bettcher (2015-17) in the 3-4 scheme.

With hopes of a more aggressive defense, Peterson may see the ball more after allowing only 30 catches all season and 0.63 yards per coverage snap, the lowest in the league.

“Ideally what you would like to be able to do is you want guys to actually try to throw the ball to Patrick Peterson,” defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson said back in February.

“In my mind, I’m saying that’s what I would like to see happen. I would like to see more balls thrown to him so we can find out how good he really is. I would like to see teams try it.”

Peterson has been an All-Pro three times and has made every Pro Bowl team since he was a rookie in 2011. He is yet to finish a season without at least one interception and has played and started in every regular season game of his career.

There’s a reason quarterbacks don’t throw his way.

Larry Fitzgerald Jersey

Over the years, Larry Fitzgerald was always a player to reach out to veterans across the league, to pick their brains about how they played the game in an effort to improve himself.

As the Cardinals’ wide receiver has gotten older, he’s understood that the work to improve – whether it was himself or other players – stretches beyond the game.

“Guys around the league reach out to me, and I try to help the best I can, answer any questions they might have,” Fitzgerald said Monday during the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. “It’s important to try and give a helping hand.

“I’m excited just with the development of the guys on my team. Christian Kirk, we signed Kevin White, guys I have talked to over the years. (Mentoring) gives me a sense of purpose, moreso than just running routes and catching footballs.”

Fitzgerald delivered that message to ownership Monday morning at the meeting’s outset, emphasizing to owners – and organizations – that getting involved and engaged in players’ lives can help players immensely.

During his talk to ownership, Fitzgerald acknowledged that as a young player, he had been “entitled,” “full of himself” and “at times, arrogant.” He contrasted that to the man who was named co-NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year (with Eli Manning) for the 2016 season.

“(Teams) can take a keen interest and seeing what their interests are, seeing how they can help,” Fitzgerald said during a later press conference. “Seeing if they can change the statistics, of guys when they are retired, in terms of having productive lives.”

He praised Cardinals president Michael Bidwill for both his advice and friendship over the years. All the owners have had success in various business areas that can help players post-football, Fitzgerald said.

It goes beyond business acumen, Fitzgerald added, noting that resources like counseling within teams is also available and important in helping players mature and grow as people.

The players also have to be proactive.

“I think it starts with the players wanting to be helped,” Fitzgerald said. “If you have a deficiency, if you have an interest, if you have a need, closed mouths don’t get fed. If you want to learn, you have to speak your mind. No one can read your mind. I think the owners and teams and people involved in the organizations are more than willing to help. You just have to ask.”

That isn’t always a given, because “pride and ego definitely gets in the way,” Fitzgerald acknowledged. Encouragement is crucial, whether it comes from fellow players like himself or within the organization.

“You can shape the outcomes of their lives,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s very valuable.”

Chandler Jones Jersey

Arizona isn’t just overhauling its offense in 2019. The defense is going back to the past.

Chandler Jones put up stellar numbers during Arizona’s miserable 3-13 season last year; thirteen sacks are nothing to sneeze at and still placed him tied for seventh-most in the NFL.

The 29-year-old pass rusher, however, is “very excited” to transition back from a defensive end in Steve Wilks’ 4-3 scheme to an outside linebacker in Vance Joseph’s 3-4 system.

“I know the last time I played outside linebacker, I led the NFL in sacks,” Jones told the team’s official website during an appearance at an anti-bullying assembly at Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix on Tuesday.

In 2017, Jones led the NFL with 17 sacks from his outside linebacker spot. One of the few ex-New England Patriots who has continued to excel outside of Foxborough, Jones brings a difference-making pass rush to the Cards’ front and has discombobulated poor tackles in the NFC West for years.

Jones said he was up to 280 pounds heading into last season as a DE but has shed weight and is back down around 255 this offseason.

The edge-rushing menace believes the switch back to linebacker and the addition of a veteran rusher like Terrell Suggs will unleash him in 2019.

“No more double teams,” Jones said. “Someone with a big name like Terrell Suggs, it will be great for us. I’m excited to have him.”

With all due respect to T-Sizzle, Jones will still command the double teams from offensive coordinators. The 36-year-old Suggs should be the one benefiting from Jones’ presence on the opposite side. Combine the duo, and Arizona employs a fierce duo that should terrorize QBs in 2019.

The defensive changes are a reminder that despite all the attention on Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, Arizona isn’t only changing its O in hopes to forget the woeful 2018 campaign.

“Totally different team,” Jones said. “New coaches. New players. A lot of different faces and new positions. I’m excited to see what we have set for us. I think this is going to be good.”

Frankly, it couldn’t get much worse.

David Johnson Jersey

Thank you for standing by. This is the conference operator. Welcome to the Westport Fuel Systems Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. As a reminder, all participants are in a listen-only mode and the conference is being recorded. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Shawn Severson with alphaDIRECT Advisors, Westport’s Investor Relations representative. Please go ahead, Mr. Severson.

Thank you and good afternoon everyone. Welcome to Westport Fuel Systems fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 conference call which is being held to coincide with the press release containing Westport Fuel Systems financial results that went out this afternoon. On today’s call, speaking on behalf of Westport Fuel System is Chief Executive Officer, David Johnson and Acting Chief Financial Officer, Jim MacCallum.

Attendance at this call is open to the public and to media, but questions will be restricted to the investment community. You are reminded that certain statements made in this conference call and our responses to various questions may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. and applicable Canadian securities law and such forward-looking statements are made based on our current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, so you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements. Information contained in this conference call is subject to and qualified in its entirety by information contained in the company’s public filings.

Good afternoon, everyone. I am really pleased to have joined Westport Fuel Systems. It’s a pivotal time for our industry and for our company. In addition to the main topic of today’s call, I would like to share with you a bit about my background and also my views on the significant growth prospects for our company.

First of all, I would like to recognize the contributions of my predecessor, Nancy Gougarty, who set the table for the company and is now enjoying her well-deserved retirement, while we continue to execute on the strategic course she defined. In addition to Nancy’s leadership, I would also like to recognize all the company’s past leaders and employees as well as the visionary entrepreneurs who created and built the company’s products, brands that have now come together to form Westport Fuel Systems. We have a rich history in alternative fuels, a comprehensive set of products and a depth of expertise that positions us well for growth. As you know, there have been a couple of big changes at Westport Fuel Systems already this year. My appointment as CEO and the appointment of Jim MacCallum as acting CFO came at the start of a very important year for us.

Let me reinforce and reassure you that the senior management team is focused and continues to execute without missing a beat on the strategy that we established in the months and years prior and which has been discussed in prior calls. During the last few years, Westport Fuel Systems underwent a series of transformational changes that have set the company in the path to becoming a profitable, sustainable organization. These changes prepared our company to respond directly to global market needs for cleaner transportation solutions.