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Sto­ry­line of the week

Brad­ford is as ex­pected: Car­di­nals coach Steve Wilks says free agent QB Sam Brad­ford has been as ad­ver­tised. “I think Sam has looked well,” Wilks said. “I think he’s ex­e­cuted and per­formed ex­actly how we thought he would. He does a great job of get­ting the of­fense in the right po­si­tion based off the de­fen­sive look. I think his ac­cu­racy is on point. He can throw guys open.” he went 6-for-6 for 61 yards vs. the Saints in Week 2 and played two se­ries vs. Dal­las. His pre­sea­son work is com­plete. “After hav­ing the in­jury last year and not play­ing a ton of foot­ball, just feel­ing bod­ies in the pocket, feel­ing peo­ple around my legs and be­ing able to move around, that’s re­ally what I’m look­ing to get out of it,” he said of the pre­sea­son.

Rookie watch

The Car­di­nals’ sec­ond-round pick, Chris­tian Kirk, is be­gin­ning to sep­a­rate him­self from the pack at wide re­ceiver. He is putting him­self in the mix as the team’s No. 2 re­ceiver. Coaches and team­mates have gushed about his work ethic.

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