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center_img -Arizona on Thursday signed defensive end Cap Capi, who spent 2016 on the Cardinals’ practice squad and was with the organization during training camp last year.-The team will hold a closed practice outside again on Friday, much like they did on Tuesday. And while that likely won’t lend itself to the most comfortable weather conditions, that’s by design.“Hopefully it’s a little hot out there,” Wilks said, “so we can make sure that we’re locked in and focused.” 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires MCCOY’S IMPACTMike McCoy has enough on his plate as the Cardinals’ new offensive coordinator trying to sort out how all of his pieces fit together. His starting quarterback has been limited this offseason as he rehabs a surgically repaired knee. His starting running back missed minicamp in a contract holdout, his wide receivers beyond Larry Fitzgerald are a mystery and starting tight end Jermaine Gresham is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.Despite those obstacles, McCoy is willingly taking on another role: mentor. With four years of head coaching experience with the San Diego Chargers on his resume, McCoy has been a shoulder to lean on for first-year head coach Steve Wilks.“You have to really tap into that resource,” Wilks said. “I believe in just being a sponge and trying to take everything in. Every little tidbit that we talk about, I just try to write it down. It may not be something for right now; it could be something for later. All the information is very pertinent.”While he worked under Ron Rivera with the Carolina Panthers, Wilks said Rivera told him he always wished he had brought in a former head coach on his staff to help shepherd him through his first head coaching gig. McCoy smiled when asked what lessons he had taken from his days with the Chargers that were still relevant. GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals are officially a week into training camp, and the overall intensity level is rising considerably. Physicality is obviously a key component for any successful NFL team, and it has been a major point of emphasis for Steve Wilks and his group the last few days.“There’s nothing more demoralizing to a defense than having an offense just run the ball,” Wilks explained. “Coming off the ball up front being physical, it just really takes the air out of you. We know this is a pass-happy league. All quarterbacks are going to get their yardage, you know, you can’t stop that. But when they have 280, 300-plus passing and then 100-something yards rushing, that just tears a team apart. That physicality starts up front, in stopping the run and, most importantly, being able to run the ball.”last_img

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