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Eccentric, Talented Dockett

A Big Loss For Cardinals

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Also In The Roundup Is Discussion On The Kicker Battle Between Feely And Catanzaro As Well As A Sneak Peak At The Road Warrior Mentality The Phoenix Suns Must Have In 2014 And 2015


By Wayne Schutsky
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 19, 2014 — The Cardinals took a major hit when defensive lineman Darnell Dockett left Monday’s practice with a leg injury. An MRI revealed Dockett has a torn ACL and will be out for the season.

This is a major loss because the defensive line was supposed to be the biggest strength on a tough Cardinals defense. Dockett is the unquestioned leader of the line that was ranked number one in the NFL last year. He had a bounce-back year after a few disappointing seasons, collecting 36 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Defensive end Calais Campbell and nose tackle Dan Williams are talented and arguably more impactful than Dockett, but Dockett was the veteran leader who gave the line swagger and leadership. Frostee Rucker will replace him in the starting lineup.

But Dockett expects to be back next year — at least he reported so on Twitter where he is one of the most entertaining follows in social media.

While he will really be missed on the field and some have mentioned that he might be done in Cardinal red, the team seems to be on the comeback bandwagon.

Dockett has to be one of the most interesting and eccentric people ever on Twitter. For those who don’t follow him, you are missing a classic view into a unique human being.

Did we mention he digs midget chicks? Yes, really.

In other Cardinals news, one of the surprising battles of camp is between two kickers. Incumbent Jay Feeley is trying to fight off undrafted rookie Chandler Catanzaro. The two have been in a virtual dead heat when it comes to making field goals during practice, but Catanzaro has pulled ahead due to his booming kickoffs during the first preseason game against the Texans.

He was a stud at Clemson in college, hitting on 93 percent of his field goals and 98 percent of extra points as a senior.

Head coach Bruce Arians was not shy about letting everyone know when Feely was in his doghouse last season, so the competition appears real. If Feely wants to keep his job, he’ll have to prove he’s the more reliable field goal kicker. After all, field position is important, but points win games.

The NBA released the schedule for next season, and it doesn’t go easy on the Suns. If the team wants to pick up where it left off last season. It’s going to have to do so on the road.

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Wayne Schutsky is a senior contributor to Modern Times Magazine.
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