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Seven hundred and eighty NFL hopefuls graced several NFL facilities during the annual discovery platform of the RC last winter and fifteen standouts from that grouping are no longer dreaming.

Seventy-one players from the platform made it onto team rosters, the most ever to begin a campaign. And now, they are ready to make their mark.

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The Combine Report: Preseason Week Two - Berry, Redfern, RC Defensive Standouts Nailed Competition

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NFL Caretakers: Preseason Mid-Monthly Report

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

After a long, taxing offseason of training and preparation, the players…well, actually, the NFL officials were fired up to take to the field to perfect the game.  That’s a beautiful situation since progress towards perfection is something to embrace.

 

 

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The Combine Report: Preseason Week One - RC Talents Off To A Fast Start

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Nigel Harris: Do Not Let His Lean Build Fool You

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

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The Combine Report: Cardinals' RC Talent Worthy of Applause In Hall Of Fame Game

Feelings were mutual  between the Arizona Cardinals and their gems from the NFL Regional Combine platform. The Cardinals wanted to see what the RC athletes could do, and the RC athletes were eager to show their skill sets in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Combine Report: Cardinals’ RC Talent Worthy of Applause In Hall Of Fame Game

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

Feelings were mutual between the Arizona Cardinals and their gems from the NFL Regional Combine platform. The Cardinals wanted to see what the RC athletes could do, and the RC athletes were eager to show their skill sets in the Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Running back Elijhaa Penny did not shy away from contact as he plowed through a couple holes to pick up 14 yards off eight catches.  One of five ball carriers in the Cards’ backfield, he carried the load for the third quarter.

Elijah Penny/Google Images

Elijhaa Penny/Google Images

The team is looking to establish a solid running game behind their premier back David Johnson. 

Ifeanyi Momah has not been able to display his talent as a tight end the past couple of seasons due to injuries. However, the Cardinals’ patience looks to be paying off as the 2013 RC pioneer from Boston College led the Cardinals in receptions (3) and receiving yards (48) as he caught all his passes deep across the middle.  He definitely proved he is healthy and ready for the 2017 campaign.

Moreover, Momah is physical.

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With 10:56 left in the first quarter on second-and-goal from the Cowboys’ five-yard line, Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams bounced to the outside left and Momah sealed the edge by slowing down Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson.

Ifeanyi Momah (right)/Google Images

Ifeanyi Momah (right)/Google Images

When it comes to being physical, rookie defensive back Ironhead Gallon could not wait to lay some wood. The rookie from Georgia Southern tied for first in tackles with nine. In the third quarter with 8:59 remaining, Gallon put a big hit on Cowboys running back Ronnie Hillman when he tried to dip to the right side of the pile.

Fellow RC talent rookie defensive back Jarell Carter did not register a tackle, but he was challenged on two deep balls and delivered by disrupting the passes.  In the third quarter with 1:34 left, Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush went deep down the right side of the field to wide receiver Lance Lenoir, but Carter broke up the attempt. With 10:49 remaining in regulation, Rush went after Carter again, only to be disappointed.

On third-and-10 from the Cardinals’ 25 yard line, Rush went deep to the right side of the field for the house to wide receiver Andy Jones and Carter blanketed him in the end zone.

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The RC pioneers had performances worthy of applause. If they all continue to play better each week, encores will be in order.

NOTE: Cardinals offensive tackle Ulrick John and Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa played a couple of series in the first half.

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