IndiGo inducts its 100th aircraft

first_imgIndiGo has inducted its 100th Airbus A320, ‘VT – IDR’ aircraft to its fleet. With these new flights, IndiGo promises its customers the best aviation experience with its hassle-free, matchless and on-time performance that the airline is synonymous with.Aditya Ghosh, President, IndiGo said, “10 years ago we had dreamt of one day being a part of 100 aircraft airline. Our sincere gratitude to over a 100 million customers who have chosen IndiGo and are the reason for us to have reached this milestone! It’s difficult to describe all the emotions running through us but as we look at our 100th aircraft, it gives us the quiet confidence and courage to dream bigger dreams of establishing a large world class air transportation network in this country and the region enabling a billion Indians to fly closer to a billion opportunities!”last_img read more

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Cambodias Ministry of Tourism launches new tourism app

first_imgTo give tourists quick access to information about Cambodia, the Ministry of Tourism launched a mobile application, called ‘Kingdom of Wonder’.The application was launched at the Sokha Siem Reap Resort and Convention Centre. The event, which also featured the seminar ‘Cambodia Tourism Destination Promotion through Digital System’, was presided over by Tourism Minister Thong Khon and attended by ministry officials and private sector representatives.Through the app, users will get all the information about Cambodia they need to know to prepare their visit, including history, language, climate, religion and population. The app also has a news and information section on the top tourism destinations, domestic events and festivals, accommodation, restaurants, transportation, money exchange, embassies and flights.With the launch of this app, the Ministry aims to take away the hassle of browsing through different websites to get all the information about Cambodia. It is available for Android and iOS.last_img read more

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Fitch New CFPB Rules Will Increase Compliance Costs

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Regulation Service Providers 2012-08-14 Esther Cho Clearer monthly mortgage statements, warnings before interest rates adjust, quick correction of errors ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô these are among the proposed rules for mortgage servicers from the “”Consumer Protection Financial Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/. [IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]According to a commentary from Fitch Ratings, these new rules, if implemented, would set consistent standards for residential servicers, but the rules “”will also further increase compliance costs for the industry and potentially drive further consolidation within mid to smaller servicers.”” The ratings agency stated one key change with the proposed CFPB rules is that it applies to banks and nonbanks of all sizes and types, and for smaller institutions, the impact of compliance costs is believed be even greater compared to the largest banks. “”As such, Fitch believes these changes have the potential to drive further consolidation and uncertainty in the industry as larger entities scale down their presence due to increased scrutiny and compliance risks, while smaller entities exit due to higher compliance costs and insufficient returns,”” the commentary stated.center_img August 14, 2012 409 Views Fitch: New CFPB Rules Will Increase Compliance Costslast_img read more

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Hammerhouse Expands North Carolina Office Adds to Staff

first_imgHammerhouse Expands North Carolina Office, Adds to Staff in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share “”Hammerhouse LLC””:http://www.teamhammerhouse.com/ announced it has expanded its Eastern U.S. headquarters and brought on additional staff in order to meet the increased demands of its growing client base.[IMAGE]Hammerhouse, an expanding national recruiting and strategic growth firm for the financial service industry with mortgage sales and leadership placement at its core, has doubled the size of its office in Hickory, North Carolina.””The need to expand our Hickory, North Carolina office is a direct result of the increased demand from our Mortgage Banking clients for experienced retail and wholesale production professionals that focus on purchase business and have transferable relationships from referral partners and past customers,”” said Eric Levin, managing partner at Hammerhouse and head of the Eastern U.S.In addition, the company hired Lisa Medeiros and Brandi Floyd to support and service clients’ strategic initiatives for production growth.Medeiros, brought on as a recruiter and strategic growth partner, comes to Hammerhouse with more than 25 of experience in executive recruiting and sales. Previously, she was an executive recruiter for a firm that focused on sourcing mortgage banking professionals, and before that, she held various sales positions in financial services and other industries. In her new role at Hammerhouse, Medeiros will partner with clients to support their production platforms’ growth in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern markets.Floyd brings with her a strong background in inside/outside sales support, marketing, and public relations. In her role as recruiting coordinator, she will support Hammerhouse’s Eastern U.S. recruiting team and will assist clients in the day-to-day management of all sales support and marketing activities.The expansion of Hammerhouse’s office and staff will help the company prepare to launch its operations talent recruiting division, named Tactical Ops Recruiting Quality–or TORQ. “”The hiring of both Lisa and Brandi will ensure we are positioned to offer our clients the service and support they need to find model-matched origination to grow their production channels, and in the not too distant future, experienced operational professionals through our new division TORQ,”” Levin said.center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-31 Tory Barringer October 31, 2012 482 Views last_img read more

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Mortgage Application Volume Falls as Rates Climb

first_img in Data, Origination Mortgage Application Volume Falls as Rates Climb Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-02-13 Tory Barringer February 13, 2013 419 Views center_img Share Mortgage applications dipped last as long-term rates reached a five-month high, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]MBA’s weekly Market Composite Index showed a 6.4 percent drop for the week ending February 8. On an unadjusted basis, the index was down 5 percent.After “”showing some strength””:https://themreport.com/articles/mortgage-applications-pick-up-purchase-volume-strongest-in-18-months-2013-02-06 in the previous week, purchase application activity also dropped, falling by an adjusted 10 percent (or an unadjusted 4 percent). Year-over-year, however, volume was still up 15 percent.The Refinance Index also fell, slipping 6 percent week-over-week. The refinance share of total applications was unchanged at 78 percent.Meanwhile, MBA’s measure for the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased, reaching 3.75 percent. The last time the 30-year fixed average was that high was in September last year, MBA reported.last_img read more

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Auctioncom Appoints EVP Chief Legal Officer

first_img February 20, 2015 636 Views Auction.com Appoints EVP, Chief Legal Officer After four months serving as interim general counsel for the company, Auction.com has named Lee Leslie as EVP and chief legal officer.Leslie joined Auction.com in 2014, bringing 20 years of legal and real estate experience with him. Prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of HouseTech Real Estate, an online real estate services firm that now operates as a subsidiary of Auction.com. He also previously served as chief legal officer at LendingTree Loans and LowerMyBills.com.Moving forward, Leslie will oversee all legal, regulatory, intellectual property, and corporate transactional and governance matters for Auction.com, working closely with CEO and co-founder Jeff Frieden.”Lee has been a terrific addition to the Auction.com executive team,” Frieden said. “His legal expertise, combined with his years of experience in launching and growing real estate and lending companies, has already proved invaluable in our ongoing efforts to expand the nation’s top online real estate marketplace.” in Headlines, Newscenter_img Share Auction.com Movers & Shakers 2015-02-20 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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LoanDepot Files SEC Registration for Proposed IPO Offering

first_img LoanDepot, LLC recently announced that it has officially filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering (IPO).A press release from the company noted that the IPO was filed on Form S-1 with the SEC relating to its Class A common stock. A registration statement on Form S-1 relating to these securities has been filed with the Commission but has not yet become effective.LoanDepot also noted that the number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined.BMO Capital Markets is acting as co-manager for the proposed offering, the release stated.  Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Wells Fargo Securities, Barclays, and UBS Investment Bank are acting as joint book-running managers for the proposed offering.In connection with this offering, loanDepot, Inc. will become the parent company of loanDepot.com, LLC.LoanDepot was not immediately available to provide a statement about the proposed IPO offering.In August, loanDepot announced that it would now offer new home equity products, the first marketplace lender to offer consumers a varied selection of credit products through purchase and refinance home loans, unsecured personal loans, and now home equity loans on one convenient tech-enabled lending platform.”This is a substantial step forward for consumers and marketplace lending after the financial crisis,” said Anthony Hsieh, CEO and chairman of loanDepot, LLC. “It reaffirms our commitment of ushering in the next generation of lending that will empower borrowers and investors to connect through multiple products on our platform. Our vision is to deliver a diversified lending model sustainable in all market conditions. We look forward to leading the development of marketplace lending through the introduction of new products and services that provide credit solutions for borrowers with attractive returns for investors.”In addition, the company also launched personal loans just two months prior to the home equity announcement, which grew $40 million in funding volume in the first two months.LoanDepot also intends to add about 1,000 employees to its 4,000+ employees, according to an announcement earlier this year. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News LoanDepot Files SEC Registration for Proposed IPO Offering Initial Public Offering loanDepot Securities and Exchange Commission 2015-10-09 Staff Writercenter_img October 9, 2015 507 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Housing We Have a Student Loan Debt Problem

first_img October 11, 2016 735 Views Homeownership Student Loan Debt 2016-10-11 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Housing, We Have a Student Loan Debt Problemcenter_img Various studies have been conducted to determine how increasing student loan debt is affecting the U.S. homeownership rate. Some estimates report the average student loan debt per individual to be as high as $37,000.Meanwhile, the U.S. homeownership rate was reported to be 62.9 percent for Q2, the lowest since HUD began tracking the data in 1965.Against that backdrop, the fourth annual housing survey from nonprofit NeighborWorks America found that more than half (53 percent) of 1,000 individuals surveyed by telephone said that student loan debt is either “somewhat” or “very much” an obstacle to buying a home. This number was actually down from the share in last year’s survey (57 percent) but up from the 2014 survey (49 percent).A slightly higher share (56 percent) said they were paying too much for rent to save for a down payment on a home, compared to 37 percent who disagree that rents are too high to save for a down payment. But the reason the homeownership rate is so low is not because people are lacking the desire to own a home—60 percent of those surveyed who are renting said they wish that they could own a home next time they move.“With the homeownership rate at the lowest point in decades, and minority homeownership plunging even further, these data signal a weak home buying market going forward, despite near record-low mortgage rates and broad-based national income growth,” said Paul Weech, president and CEO of NeighborWorks America.According to the survey, 29 percent of respondents who had student loan debt said they expect to rent next time they move, compared to only 17 percent of those without student loan debt. Those surveyed are divided evenly as to their opinions on affordability; 45 percent said they believe that homes in their neighborhood are unaffordable for first-time homebuyers, compared with 50 percent who say they are affordable.But the survey also found that many homebuyers are unaware of student loan debt counseling or down payment assistance that could help them. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) said they were unaware of or unsure about down payment assistance programs that could assist middle-class homebuyers (an increase from 67 percent in last year’s survey). More than three-quarters (77 percent) said they had never heard of or were unfamiliar with student loan debt counseling programs that nonprofits offer.A recent survey of 1,338 millennials conducted by LendingTree found that more than six in 10 millennials (63 percent) have graduated or will graduate with student loan debt and nearly half (46.5 percent) are still paying off their student loans. Buying a home was the second-most frequently cited event millennials had to delay, with almost half (45.3 percent) saying they had put off buying a home because of student debt obligations (travel was first with 53.3 percent). In a hypothetical situation in which student loan debt were to be absolved, LendingTree found that 41.8 percent of millennials surveyed said the money that previously went to paying student loan debts would go toward buying a home (second behind only saving for emergencies, with 54 percent). Sharelast_img read more

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Data Shows Mortgage Applications on the Rise

first_img HOUSING MBA mortgage applications survey mortgage 2018-01-24 Nicole Casperson Data Shows Mortgage Applications on the Rise The MBA recently released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending January 19, finding that mortgage applications increased by 4.5 percent week-over-week—the data factored an adjustment for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. Unadjusted, it decreased 4 percent compared to last week.Let’s take a look at the latest breakdown of mortgage applications . . .•The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 6 percent.•The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 2 percent compared with the previous week and was 7 percent higher than the same week last year.•The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 49.4 percent of total applications from 52.2 percent the previous week.•The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity remained unchanged at 5.2 percent of total applications.In terms of FHA loans, total FHA applications decreased to 11.4 percent, a week-over-week drop from 11.7 percent. The VA share of total applications increased to 10.9 percent from 10.7 percent the week prior, while the USDA share of total applications remained unchanged at 0.8 percent.A look at 30- and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages:•The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($453,100 or less) increased to its highest level since March 2017 to 4.36 percent from 4.33 percent.•The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances (greater than $453,100) also increased to its highest level since March 2017 to 4.31 percent from 4.25 percent.•The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages backed by the FHA increased to its highest level since September 2013—at 4.37 percent.•The average contract interest rate for 15-year fixed-rate mortgages increased to its highest level since September 2013 as well to 3.81 percent, from 3.77 percent.Methodology:The survey covers more than 75 percent of all U.S. retail residential mortgage applications. Respondents include mortgage banks, commercial banks, and thrifts. Base period and value for all indexes is March 16, 1990=100. January 24, 2018 542 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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Tackling Restricted Credit Availability

first_img Buyers Lenders 2018-09-17 Seth Welborn Tackling Restricted Credit Availability September 17, 2018 581 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Newscenter_img There are many things to like about the current real estate market, including broadly rising home prices and interest rates that remain well below 5 percent; but in many ways challenges remain.For many potential buyers the attractions of homeownership are simply off limits. According to the Urban Institute, “the mortgage market operated under reasonable standards in 2001. Using the standards from that year for comparison, we know that the increased reluctance to lend to borrowers with less-than-perfect credit killed about 6.3 million mortgages between 2009 and 2015.”Restricted credit availability is the central challenge facing the lending community. No doubt there should be solid underwriting standards, but is it really possible that more than six million people with historically-good credit levels can’t get a mortgage?A significant number of worthy borrowers are being left out, and they’re effectively being denied access to the American Dream. Our solution is to speak with borrowers, to listen, to seek out the underserved and to see if there’s a particular QM or non-QM option for each borrower that makes financial sense. Today, many solid, responsible borrowers don’t have 740 credit scores, but they make a point of paying their mortgage on time and in full. Should lenders automatically turn away such prospects? Certainly not.We are now seeing more borrowers with higher credit scores. What’s happened is that the borrowers are the same, and although their financial habits are generally unchanged, their credit scores have improved because of needed reforms in the credit system. Things like credit dings for traffic tickets and unreturned library books are gone. There’s now a 180-day “waiting period” that gives time for consumers and insurance companies to straighten out medical bills. Tax liens and judgments with insufficient documentation no longer appear on credit reports.In practical terms, many potential borrowers who were once “off-limits” now deserve a second look.According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, between June 2017 and June 2018, “the number of individuals with a collections account on their credit report fell from 33 million down to 25 million. The number of collections accounts reported also dropped substantially, from more than 66 million collections accounts at the end of the second quarter of 2017 to about 47 million appearing on credit reports in the second quarter of 2018.”Not all of the consumers with improved credit scores now qualify for mortgage financing, but the important point is that some do. The New York Fed estimates that “20 percent of the individuals with scores under 620 saw enough of an increase to lift them above the 620 mark.”We cannot ignore these new prospects.A second industry challenge involves the slowing market. With fixed costs, tight margins, rising rates, and less refinancing, the result is smaller volumes, fewer offices and lower profits per loan. But now is not the time to retreat. A tighter market means reducing redundancy, increasing productivity, and focusing on the right production mix.If you’re in the mortgage business now is the time to stand up, stand out and create a better experience for your customers. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgAugust 21 , 2018 The head of Italy-based VOG Consortium says he is expecting a lively start to the European apple campaign, which has now begun following what he described as “an absolutely unheard-of situation” in the industry.He said that after a three-year cycle of difficult “post-[Russian] embargo” seasons, the 2017/18 season ended prematurely as frosts last year had severely impacted production.“This is an absolutely unheard-of situation – I can’t remember it ever happening in the past,” director Gerhard Dichgans said.”During these last few months there has been a shortage of European apples, and it appears that even the volumes of product imported from the Southern Hemisphere – in the specific case of Royal Gala – will only be able to cover demand up until the third week in August.”“Even if the new European apple harvest looks like being abundant, it will find plenty of potential demand and an empty market, ready and waiting to consume the first fresh apples, which are now coming through.”This year production has returned to normal, with 12 million metric tons (MT) estimated to be harvested across the continent.However, VOG said there are some doubts as to the real size of the crop in Poland, which alone accounts for over one-third of the European crop but where less than 50% is for the fresh market. There is also uncertainty regarding quality and sizes, as a direct consequence of the prolonged drought in the northern and eastern European growing areas in the spring and summer months, according to VOG. Applewood gears up for the 2019 harvest season as … Mexico lifts tariffs on U.S. apples … Japanese apple saplings reportedly sold illegally … center_img You might also be interested in EU: High apple stocks ‘put dampers on’ hopes for p … In spite of this large question-mark over the coming market equilibrium, Director Gerhard Dichgans is still optimistic.“Last season taught us an important lesson, which we must not forget: even though retail prices were sky-high in all European markets, volume consumption held up well throughout the central months of the season,” he said.”This gives me confidence for the new season, too: if prices drop back to ‘normal’ levels, consumption may really take off, provided it is supported by impeccable product quality.”More balanced seasonThe Italian consortium dispatched the first trucks immediately after the mid-August holiday, and Dichgans said he is expecting “a very lively start to the campaign, since we are facing an empty market, with no carry-over of apples from the old crop and very few overseas apples.”“The initial price quotations reflect those of the summer market for oversea apples, but it is premature to forecast how prices will develop in the coming weeks,” he said.”We will have to wait for the harvests to really get underway in the main growing areas: for sure, we have to forget last season’s prices, though I am not expecting prices to collapse to the levels of three or four years ago.”He pointed out that crops in some key growing countries like France, Italy an Germany will be 5-6% below the average for 2014-16, which makes him optimistic of seeing a “much more balanced market” this season. “The real question mark is the export potential of those markets in the Mediterranean area which absorbed the surplus product after the Russian embargo,” he said.”The most important thing is to recover the markets we were forced to neglect last season, and guarantee our customers continuity of supply to enable them to plan a full season again.”last_img read more

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In the game Warner had 132 yards and one touchdown

first_imgIn the game Warner had 132 yards and one touchdown whileLeinart compiled 93 yards with no touchdowns. Another difference was that wideout Steve Breaston wasstill on the team. Breaston, a rookie, had a 73 yard puntreturn for a touchdown that gave the Cardinals a 14-7 leadin the fourth quarter.Edgerrin James rushed for 77 yards and one touchdown,which sealed the 21-14 victory for the Cardinals. Three current Cardinals had an impact on the game as well,with Larry Fitzgerald tallying 120 yards receiving,Darnell Dockett sacking Ben Roethlisberger two and a halftimes and Adrian Wilson picking the QB off in the endzone. The Cardinals held Ben Roethlisberger to just an averageday, as the QB threw for 244 yards, two touchdowns and wasintercepted twice. But 128 of those yards and bothtouchdowns went to wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the sameguy that would ruin the Super Bowl for the Cardinals justone year later. Steelers running back Willie Parker was also held incheck, only rushing for 37 yards.It is worth noting that even though the Cardinals won thegame the Steelers were without star safety Troy Polamalu.With Polamalu the outcome could’ve been different as theSteelers defense is a different animal when Polamaluplays. Comments   Share   Another defensive note is current Cardinal Clark Haggans,who was with the Steelers at the time, did have a sack. So even though Whiz’s Cardinals have enjoyed some successagainst the Steelers, fans probably shouldn’t buy to muchinto the win considering many of the key players for theteams won’t be on the field when the teams meet thisSunday.So maybe the Cardinals can find the magic under the roofof University of Phoenix Stadium and take the first stepin righting the team’s season. In the Ken Whisenhunt era the Arizona Cardinals haveplayed the Pittsburgh Steelers twice.All Cardinals fans should remember one of those occasionswas in Super Bowl XLIII, which the Cardinals lost in thefinal seconds. But before that the teams met at University of PhoenixStadium in 2007, where Whisenhunt picked up his second asa head coach. At that time though things were a little different, mostnotably the Cardinals were still using two quarterbacks inKurt Warner and Matt Leinart. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away St. Louis RamsRound 1: The St. Louis Rams traded the sixth pickto the Dallas Cowboys and received the 14th overall pickin return, in addition to the Cowboys second roundselection.In what was new head coach Jeff Fisher’s first selectionas part of the Rams contingent, the Rams used the 14thpick on defensive tackle Michael Brockers from LSU.Brockers is a solid, albeit not flashy addition. He’slikely to solidify a defense that desperately needed to beshored up. Still to come: The Rams now possess three of thefirst 13 picks in the second round of the draft, includingthe first pick of the day Friday. St. Louis also holds athird, fourth, sixth and two seventh round selections.Seattle SeahawksRound 1: Seattle also decided to trade down in thefirst round in an effort to add more picks for laterrounds. The Seahawks struck a deal with the PhiladelphiaEagles, who were coveting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.In return for trading the 12th pick to the Eagles, theSeahawks received the 15th, 114th (4th round) and 172nd(6th round) picks in the draft. With the 15th overall selection, the Seahawks drafteddefensive end Bruce Irvin from West Virginia to helpbolster their pass rush defense. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Still to come: The Seahawks are penciled in withthe 43rd pick in the second round, in addition to theirnewly acquired fourth and sixth round picks fromPhiladelphia. Seattle also holds one third, two fourth andsixth round picks, along with one seventh round selection.San Francisco 49ersRound 1: Unlike their division foes, San Franciscodid not make a deal to move up the draft boards. Instead,the 49ers surprised some by using their 30th pick onIllinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins. The Niners believehis speed could light up opposing teams’ defenses. Still to come: The 49ers still hold a plethora ofpicks, including the 61st selection in the second roundalong with a pick in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth andseventh round, respectively. Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals drafted talented wideout MichaelFloyd from Notre Dame with the 13th overall pick in thefirst round of the NFL Draft. While Arizona’s selection ofFloyd has been widely lauded, let’s take a look at wherethe Cardinals divisional rivals stand after Day One of thedraft and what’s still to come for the NFC West.Trades were plentiful in Day One of the draft, and the NFCWest was particularly active.last_img read more

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Tyrann Mathieus mistakes at LSU were wellpublici

first_imgTyrann Mathieu’s mistakes at LSU were well-publicized, but not enough to scare away the Arizona Cardinals Friday night.Following general manager Steve Keim’s decision to take the former Heisman Trophy finalist with the No. 69 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, not everyone was excited by the Cardinals’ “calculated risk.”ESPN analyst Bill Polian, a former NFL executive with the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts, was asked what he thought of the Cardinals’ selection Friday night, and he didn’t exactly hold back. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 48 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   “In a word, no,” Polian said when asked if Mathieu was worth the risk. “This is a nickelback and a return man who has a deficiency covering man-to-man, who is speed deficient. On top of that, he’s proven to be irresponsible and continues in my mind to show some degree of irresponsibility.“That makes him a poor teammate and a poor risk. I don’t know why you’d want him at any price, but if you were going to take a chance on him it certainly wouldn’t be tonight.”When asked if he would have taken a chance on Mathieu during the draft’s final few rounds were he still an executive in the league, Polian once again was definitive.“We would have taken him off the board,” said Polian. “Based on our philosophy, we didn’t want a player of this level of irresponsibility and this level of disrespect for his teammates and his team.”Well, it doesn’t look like Keim and Polian will see eye-to-eye on this one. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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Looking to strengthen their depth at tight end th

first_imgLooking to strengthen their depth at tight end, the Arizona Cardinals signed Jake Ballard to a one-year contract on Monday.Ballard, an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State, played 15 games from 2010-11 with the New York Giants. During that span, the 25-year-old caught 38 passes for 604 yards to go along with four touchdowns.After a breakout year with the Giants in 2011, the 6-foot-6 tight end tore his ACL in the second half of the team’s 20-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact New York placed him on injured reserve while he recovered from the injury but doing so during the offseason allowed the Patriots to claim him off waivers.Ballard sat out the entire 2012 season after being placed on New England’s Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. He did spend training camp with the Patriots this past August but failed to make the team’s roster.To make room for Ballard, Arizona released rookie tight end D.C. Jefferson. Jefferson, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers, appeared in four of the Cardinals’ first eight games in 2013.At the midway point in the season, Cardinals’ tight ends have caught 26 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Seattle Seahawks1113-3 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Washington Redskins7.53-13 Either the oddsmakers aren’t convinced the Cardinals were that good a year ago or they believe life in the NFC West will be even more treacherous this season.The teams with the highest win totals, not surprisingly, are the Seahawks and Denver Broncos, with 11. Those two teams met in Super Bowl XLVIII last February in East Rutherford, NJ. Philadelphia Eagles910-6 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Baltimore Ravens8.58-8 St. Louis Rams7.57-9 Minnesota Vikings65-10-1 Arizona Cardinals7.510-6 Team2014 Win Total2013 Record Cleveland Browns6.54-12 Kansas City Chiefs811-5 New Orleans Saints9.511-5 Atlanta Falcons84-12 Green Bay Packers108-7-1 Houston Texans7.52-14 San Francisco 49ers10.512-4 Indianapolis Colts9.511-5center_img Pittsburgh Steelers8.58-8 Dallas Cowboys88-8 Oakland Raiders54-12 Chicago Bears88-8 Denver Broncos1113-3 San Diego Chargers89-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers74-12 New York Jets78-8 Miami Dolphins88-8 Buffalo Bills6.56-10 Cincinnati Bengals911-5 Jacksonville Jaguars4.54-12 Carolina Panthers812-4 Tennessee Titans77-9 Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   After going 10-6, being the only team to defeat the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field and narrowly missing the playoffs in 2013, there is plenty of optimism about the Arizona Cardinals.The LVH sports book in Las Vegas has dampened a little of that optimism. Monday, their oddsmakers released their list of 2014 NFL season win totals.The Cardinals’ total? A paltry 7.5 — the same number as the Houston Texans, New York Giants, St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins. Again, the Cardinals won 10 games a year ago, while those four teams combined to go 19-45. Detroit Lions87-9 New England Patriots10.512-4last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Every day, ArizonaSports.com asks readers a question. It’s the Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day, and it can be found midway down the right side of our home page.Monday, we asked how concerned you were after the Cardinals lost to the Seahawks Sunday. Your response? A little, but you’re not ready to panic yet.A total of 892 votes were submitted, and 466 — or 52 percent — went to that option. In second place was “very”, which is somewhat understandable given that the final score was 19-3 and the Cards gained just 204 yards of offense. Coming in last was the group of people who are not at all concerned. – / 44 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Over the next month or so, however, the Cardinals will call University of Phoenix Stadium home as they go through the 2016 version of their annual training camp.What should you be looking for? Here are five things worth watching.The battle at centerFrom 2008 to 2014, Lyle Sendlein was the man in the middle for the Arizona Cardinals. It seemed like his tenure with the team was coming to an end last year, but then the team signed him during training camp and he went on to win — and hold onto — the job. However, Sendlein is once again not on the roster, meaning veteran A.Q. Shipley is set to battle with rookie Evan Boehm and reserve lineman Earl Watford for the starting job.Who will win it?Shipley certainly seems to have the advantage, as he has both experience and a bit of a track record of success. That said, he was the favorite going into camp last year and ended up losing the job, and if Boehm picks up the offense quickly, he could make a push for the role. Even Watford, who has the versatility to play all over the the line, put his name into the mix with a strong offseason.Can D.J. Humphries hold down RT?The 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Humphries was inactive for every single one of the team’s games during his rookie season. As the story goes, he was not ready to play early on, earning the nickname “Knee Deep” in training camp because…well…he required interesting forms of motivation. The tone surrounding Humphries began to change around midseason, though, and by the end of the year, the coaches said they would have complete confidence in the youngster if he was needed late in the season. It seems like just yesterday the Arizona Cardinals were playing for the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 50.What happened that night in Carolina is best left forgotten.While the entire offseason has been dedicated to trying to improve a team that won 13 games and reached the NFC Championship Game, the fruits of the organization’s labor cannot really be revealed until the players take the field and the games start to count. He wasn’t needed then, though. He is now.Humphries is expected to take over as the team’s right tackle, replacing Bobby Massie after the latter player signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears. Is the former Florida Gator ready? By all accounts he had a fairly strong offseason of work, and a coaching staff that is never afraid to call players out spoke rather glowingly of his progress. Still, saying he’s taken steps forward is different than seeing him take those steps, so it will be interesting watching him this camp to see just how far he has come. If he is ready to start, the offensive line will be that much better. If he’s not, well, the Cardinals hope that isn’t the case.Who plays opposite Patrick Peterson?In Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals have arguably the best cover man in all of football. Opposite him, however, is a big question mark.Gone is Jerraud Powers, who filled the role last season but was allowed to leave as a free agent. In his place is a group of players that includes Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams, Harlan Miller and Mike Jenkins, among others.Bethel is the presumed favorite, especially after he signed a three-year, $15 million contract last December. However, he struggled down the stretch and in the playoffs before undergoing offseason surgery on his foot, and while his absence during the team’s OTAs and mini-camps did not cost him his job, the longer he is out (he’s beginning camp on the PUP list), the more opportunities someone else will have to close the gap. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Will it be one of the rookies? Could it be Jenkins, a two-time Pro Bowler? Or will another challenger emerge? No doubt whoever it is that gets the job will see the ball come their way often during the season, as most quarterbacks are reticent to throw the ball near No. 21.Return of the BadgerLast season, Tyrann Mathieu proved to be one of the most important and dynamic players on Arizona’s defense, playing a type of defense the league has rarely seen. The third-year pro was listed as a safety, but played plenty of cornerback and was also used to pressure the quarterback and in run support. He emerged as a Defensive Player of the Year candidate and, though he missed two games, finished tied for the team lead in interceptions.Unfortunately, he tore up his knee in Week 15, and is once again working his way back to the field.Mathieu’s recovery this offseason has been closely monitored, as every new step in his rehab has seemingly been documented and celebrated. And though he is beginning camp on the PUP list, Mathieu himself noted how he has no plans to be inactive for very long. Of course, just because a player is confident he will be back on the field soon does not mean he will be, but the quicker Mathieu can get back to being his playmaking self, the better the Cardinals will be. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians instructs his players during an NFL football training camp practice Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oh, and it would not be a shock to see a contract extension come in for the defensive back at some point during camp, though the Cardinals may want to see him back on the field before formally committing some big-time money to the 2013 third-round pick.Depth is great, but too much depth is…The Cardinals have great depth at receiver and running back, but the one area where their cup really overfloweth is along the defensive line.Robert Nkemdiche is a lock to make the roster, as are Calais Campbell, Rodney Gunter and probably Corey Peters. Xavier Williams has proven capable, too, as have Josh Mauro and Ed Stinson. Red Bryant filled in admirably down the stretch last season and provides a steady veteran presence (as well as a large body), and there is also the rehabbing Rucker who, when healthy, has been one of the team’s better options.That’s nine players and, while no one knows just how many defensive linemen the team plans on keeping this season, there were seven on the active roster by the end of 2015. You don’t need to be a mathematician to realize that some talented players are fighting for a job.last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   17You remember Campbell for being stout on defense, but he amassed 17 special teams tackles while in Arizona. In fact, the first of his two career Player of the Week awards came in Week 2 of 2009, for special teams.80At 6-foot-8, Campbell is 80 inches tall. We did the math for you, and it’s a lot. In fact, he was the tallest lineman ever to suit up for the Miami Hurricanes, and was the tallest defensive lineman in the 2008 draft.– / 14 But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and with Campbell’s run in Arizona reaching its conclusion, we felt it fit to take a look at his time with the Cardinals, By the Numbers:2Campbell’s 56.5 career sacks rank second all-time in franchise history, trailing Freddie Joe Nunn’s 66.Campbell was named a Pro Bowler two times, in 2014 and 2015.3The defensive lineman picked off three passes, though was infamously (and humurously) denied a touchdown on one in 2014 by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.6Though known for his work on the defensive line, Campbell was a force on special teams, too, blocking six field goal attempts.Campbell was remarkably durable during his time in Arizona, missing a total of six games over nine seasons. His most significant injury came in 2014, when an illegal chop block from Julius Thomas resulted in an MCL injury. It ultimately cost Campbell two games.7With 8.5 sacks in 2017, Campbell extended his streak of consecutive seasons with at least six sacks to seven, which is a franchise-high for a defensive lineman.10Campbell produced 10 games with at least two sacks, with two of them (at SF, vs. NO) coming in 2016. Only Simeon Rice (15), Freddie Joe Nunn (13) and Curtis Greer (11) had more games with two or more sacks. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With Calais Campbell’s decision to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, an era has come to an end in Arizona.A second-round pick in 2008 out of Miami, Campbell was the second-longest tenured player on the Cardinals’ roster behind Larry Fitzgerald and easily one of the most important.Since taking on a starting role in 2009, Campbell has been one of the NFL’s more disruptive defensive linemen. His 6-foot-8, 300-pound frame makes him an imposing figure, and his personality made him a beloved figure in the locker room and community.center_img Arizona Cardinals’ Calais Campbell waves to reporters as he arrives for a news conference at the NFL football team’s training facility Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals are scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers in the NFC championship game Sunday in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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