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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Three voters — Judy Battista, Elliot Harrison and Ike Taylor — picked Tyrann Mathieu to win this coveted award.Battista: “It’s tempting to pencil in J.J. Watt again, but let’s wait to see how his recovery from surgery goes first. Mathieu’s star is ascending and if he is completely recovered from the torn ACL that prematurely ended his 2015 season, he’ll make a strong push for this award because of his versatility.”Harrison: “Had Honey Badger winning it last year until he got hurt.”Taylor: “If he can stay on the field, his versatility will carry him to this award. He can play anywhere in the secondary and can do so many things for the Cards’ defense.”But Mathieu wasn’t the only Cardinal to garner recognition for DPOY. Bucky Brooks selected cornerback Patrick Peterson.Brooks: “P2 takes his game to another level as the Cardinals’ shutdown corner. He blanks every marquee WR1 on the schedule and delivers enough splash plays to carry the Cards’ D to a top-five ranking.”Arizona was the only team to have two defensive players mentioned by the panel.Defensive Rookie of the Year Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Battista: “Arians’ teams have been this close in the last few years, but with a better pass rush and a healthy Tyrann Mathieu, this is the best chance for the coach beloved by players and fans alike to lead a Super Bowl run.”Chadiha: “Arians has won this award twice, but don’t be surprised if he adds a third honor this coming season.”Wolfe: “The man is smart and talented. And those hats. No one has rocked a jeff cap that well since Dom DeLuise.” Comments   Share   Once again, the Cardinals had two players selected, with cornerback Brandon Williams and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche earning praise.Longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt picked Williams, a third-round draft selection out of Texas A&M who could start opposite Peterson on opening night Sept. 11.Brandt: “Like 2015 winner Marcus Peters in Kansas City, Williams will have lots of chances to pick off the ball as opponents avoid the veteran across from him (All-Pro Patrick Peterson, in Williams’ case) — and I expect Williams to make good on the opportunity.”Alex Gelhar went with Nkemdiche.Gelhar: “Working in a loaded front seven that includes Chandler Jones and Calais Campbell should help Nkemdiche terrorize opposing offenses.”The Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars, who had linebacker Myles Jack and cornerback Jalen Ramsey mentioned, were the only two teams to have multiple players selected for the award.Coach of the YearAnytime the words “Coach of the Year” appear in NFL circles, Bruce Arians’ name can’t be too far away.Arians is a two-time winner of this award, as he delivered acceptance speeches in both 2012 and 2014. The 63-year-old is a popular choice among the NFL.com panel to win it a third time, as he showed up on the ballots of Battista, Jeffri Chadiha and Colleen Wolfe.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Can you believe it?The 2016 NFL season is practically upon us.In preparation for what lies ahead over the next 17 weeks plus postseason, a large panel of experts (23 people, in fact) at NFL.com made predictions on whom will win the league’s awards this year.Several Arizona Cardinals were mentioned in various categories. Here’s a quick rundown of what the folks at the website had to say.Defensive Player of the Year Top Stories last_img

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