Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 6 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images) TEMPE, Ariz. — Even before the sixth round of the NFL Draft, it became evident the emphasis for the Arizona Cardinals is in the air.No surprises there with first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury bringing his version of the Air Raid offense to Arizona.The Cardinals raided a third wide receiver from the 2019 class on Saturday with the 174th pick, selecting Fresno State’s KeeSean Johnson to begin the sixth round.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories “The one thing that jumped out at me about this young man as I watched the tape, he’s one of the better natural route-runners I saw in this draft process,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said. “I’m talking about a guy who can drop his weight, who’s really good getting in and out of routes, is extremely smooth. His positional versatility and his playmaking ability jumped off the tape for us.”Johnson joins second-round pick Andy Isabella and fourth-round selection Hakeem Butler as rookie receivers taken by the Cardinals this year.“I bring anything they need to the offense, anything,” Johnson said. “They want me to play inside, outside, I’ll learn the offense in and out.”Related LinksEarp and Holliday draft for Cards from O.K. Corral in TombstoneCardinals take Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler in 4th round of draftCardinals take ‘Bama S Deionte Thompson, who downplays knee issueCardinals go all-in on new-wave NFL on Day 2 of DraftWas the Cardinals’ Josh Rosen trade to Dolphins about value or belief?A 1,000-yard producer in each of his junior and senior seasons, Johnson finished 2018 with 1,340 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.At 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds, he joins a receiver room where competition will rule this upcoming training camp.Christian Kirk returns for his second NFL season, as does Larry Fitzgerald for his 16th. The rookies will presumably compete with receivers Chad Williams, Trent Sherfield, Kevin White, Pharoh Cooper, Damiere Byrd, Malachi Dupre, Jalen Tolliver and Bryant Mitchell. “We got a lot of great weapons,” Johnson said. “We’re going to come in and compete every day and compete as a team.”About that nameJohnson has met former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson, but his first name isn’t meant as an exact iteration.KeeSean’s father is named Sean, and he wanted his son’s name to include his own.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019last_img read more