NFC Notes: Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks


Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said he has been pleased with what DE J.J. Watt has brought to the team so far.

“He’s locked in all the time,” Kingsbury said, via “He’s a team guy. Incredible work ethic. Incredible leadership. It’s been a real joy to see him around the building.”

Watt said he enjoys working in the offseason and seeing it pay off in the regular season.

“You obviously have to love the work,” Watt said. “If you don’t love the work, if you don’t love the process and what it takes for day-to-day improvement, then you’re not really going to ever make it too far. Talent is great, but you have to be able to cultivate and build upon that. That’s what I love about this game. Every single day you can go out there and improve, and you get to test yourself against other unbelievable athletes.”

“You put it all together on game day, and it’s me vs. you in who worked harder, who’s smarter, who knows how to play the game better. It’s a beautiful game, and that’s what I love. And being down here with a fresh start, new energy … there is just something to the new scene. There is a lot of energy and excitement, and I’m very, very excited to get to work.”


Rams fourth-round CB Robert Rochell hit some rare benchmarks in the team’s internal scouting process. He was one of only four drafted defensive backs in the past five years to hit 5-10 or taller, 180 pounds or more, 40+ inches in the vertical jump, 10 feet or more in the broad jump and a 4.4 second or less 40-yard dash time. The others were Chargers S Derwin James, former Raiders second-round S Obi Melifonwu and Rams CB Jalen Ramsey.

“Jalen is elite,” Rams area scout Cedric Jones said via the Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue. “And when you put (the numbers) side by side, Robert has some of those similar physical traits that Jalen has.”


  • Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf said new OC Shane Waldron‘s offense is significantly different than the team’s old one: “It’s a new offense so a lot of different new things to learn…It’s a lot of different kinds of routes that people haven’t seen from either team that he’s coached so I’m just excited to get to work with him.” (Curtis Crabtree)

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