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8 Comments Share GLENDALE, Ariz. – Starting quarterback Sam Bradford will take more reps when the Cardinals face the New Orleans Saints in a preseason game on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and backup Josh Rosen will get some first-team reps, coach Steve Wilks said Monday.Rosen played exclusively with the second-team offensive line against the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday and things didn’t go well.There were protection issues, run-blocking issues and center Daniel Munyer had a half dozen bad shotgun snaps. Rosen completed just 6 of 13 passes for 41 yards and the running game managed just two yards on four carries while he was in. “We need to improve with our second offensive line,” Wilks said.“I’m not really concerned about it. I think we have a good group. They made progress back from OTAs and minicamp. It was an opportunity to see where we are right now. We’re going to get better. I think we have some guys in that second group who will step up and perform well.”Wilks also said that starting running back David Johnson would play more against the Saints. Johnson carried two times for 28 yards (14 yards on each carry) before exiting the game on the team’s first offensive series.Johnson is coming off wrist surgery that that limited him to one game last season, so Wilks thinks he has work to do.“You talk about the timing,” Wilks said. “I think it’s important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I’m talking my standards.”Wilks said he has a set number of snaps that he’d like his starters to play, numbers that vary from player to player. Johnson may not play into the second or third quarter, but he’ll play more than Saturday.MUNYER FACES MUSICTwo days after he struggled in relief of starting center Mason Cole against the Chargers, Munyer was one of a handful of players to talk to media on Monday. “Everyone saw it wasn’t my best performance by any means. I’ve got to do what these coaches and this organization know I can do. I had about five or six bad ones which was frustrating because I don’t do that,” he said.“I did feel bad because it was when Josh was in at quarterback and I just told him afterward, ‘man, I’m sorry, I didn’t even know I was doing that until it was too late’ and that definitely killed some momentum in terms of timing with the throws.“I think at times it might have been a lack of focus or just a little thing — one slight movement, just not following through. I ended up fixing it in the second half.”Related LinksWilks: Cardinals QB Josh Rosen will see first-team snaps on FridayCardinals RB Johnson focused on proving he’s great, not contract talksCardinals waive injured linebacker Jeremy Cash, sign LB Gerald HodgesArizona Cardinals linebacker Jeremy Cash injures knee, carted off fieldWhile Rosen refused to blame the snaps for his uneven performance, Munyer said it was obvious the snaps had an impact.“If it’s a bad snap it’s on me,” he said. “There’s no one else to blame but the center.”Munyer said the entire second unit was ready to move on and learn from that performance.“When we’re out there and you’re going three and out constantly, yeah, you feel like there’s pressure,” he said.“We talked about establishing an identity. We want to be a physical offense, a physical unit up front and when you don’t do that, you’re not looking at each other pointing the finger but you want to pick it up yourself because you know what you’re capable of. To have it not correlate to the game is frustrating but at that moment that’s when you find out a lot about yourself.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He looks like the old Iupati, the way he’s playing right now,” Wilks said. “He’s been that way [since] the spring. He has definitely responded and accepted a chance and he’s doing well.”— It’s a little too soon to get excited about defensive end Cap Capi’s performance against the Chargers’ reserves, but his three sacks and a forced fumble caught Wilks’ eye. Now Wilks would like to see Capi round out his game.“This game is all about production,” Wilks said. “He had a great game. Hopefully he can put another one back-to-back. Biggest thing, we need to see him do a much better job anchoring at the defensive end and holding the point in the run game, but he is definitely very exciting to watch when it comes to getting after the quarterback.”— Wilks said injured linebacker Airius Moore and injured cornerback Jonathan Moxey would return to practice on Monday. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) ROSTER TURNOVERThe Cardinals signed linebacker Gerald Hodges to a one-year contract and waived linebacker Jeremy Cash, who sustained a knee injury in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Chargers and left the field on a cart.Cash had two tackles and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the game. He had been a strong candidate to make the 53-man roster and was listed No. 2 on the depth chart behind Deone Bucannon heading into Saturday’s game.“It’s just a freak accident,” Wilks said of Cash, who was in Carolina with Wilks the past two seasons.“He understands the defense. He understands the philosophy, the vision that we’re implementing here because he’s been a part of it before. He had a pretty good game, he was having a pretty good camp so [it’s] disappointing for him.”Hodges (6-2, 236) is a five-year NFL veteran who has played in 65 career games (26 starts) with New Orleans (2017), San Francisco (2015-16) and Minnesota (2013-15) after entering the league with the Vikings as a fourth-round pick (120th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft from Penn State.EXTRA POINTS— Wilks praised the play of guard Mike Iupati, who took a $3 million pay cut this season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Online video distribution specialist Rightster has appointed Robin Pembrooke as vice-president of products and solutions.He will focus on scaling Rightster’s product management and user experience capabilities in the UK, US and India. Pembrooke joins Rightster from ITV where he was head of the UK commercial broadcaster’s online business.Charlie Muirhead, founder and CEO at Rightster, said: “Rightster makes the task of distributing, promoting and getting advertisers for video content online more efficient and Robin brings a wealth of experience to the table in improving the quality, distribution and usage of online and on-demand platforms. I’m thrilled to have him on board and the his skills and expertise will be invaluable in the continued drive to offer our customers innovative solutions on how best to maximise the value of their video content.”
Global streamer Netflix and British pubcaster the BBC will remake Watership Down, with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Ben Kinglsey (Sexy Beast) attached to star.The four-part animated miniseries will also star Nicholas Hoult (X Men: Apocalypse), James McAvoy (Atonement) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), and comes with the backing of UK-based production management group 42.This comes after Martin Rosen’s influential 1978 animated movie, and an animated TV version, which went out on YTV in Canada and CITV in the UK between 1999 and 2001.Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary) will write the new show, which Noam Murro will direct. The BBC and Netflix are coproducing, with 42 and Murro’s Biscuit Films attached.Pete Dodd (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Hugo Sands will lead animation production along with Ireland’s Brown Bag Films. ITV Studios Global Entertainment has international distribution rights thanks to a first-look deal with 42.42’s Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Eleanor Moran and Josh Varney will executive-produce, along with Murro and BBC Drama commissioning editor Michael Read.Watership Down will be based on the Richard Adams classic novel set in southern England and about a group of strong-willed rabbits who are forced to flee in face of certain destruction of their warren.“Before there was Harry Potter there was Watership Down; Richard Adams’ novel is one of the most successful books of all time and one of the biggest-selling books in history,” said Read.“It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring a modern classic to a mainstream BBC One audience withsuch an incredible roster of actors alongside the talented team overseeing the animation. This fantastic take on the novel will unite the whole family, and bring this classic story to a new generation.”“Adapting this much-loved novel in afresh and innovative way is a truly exciting opportunity,” added 42 co-founder Aitken. “Telling the story over four hours of CG animation allows us to explore the characters from the novel and their adventure in a way not previously achievable on screen.