The future is bright for Ricky Seals-Jones.
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The Cardinals’ second-year tight end had an impressive rookie season and seems poised to carve out a substantial role for 2018. But it was only a year ago when Seals-Jones prepped for rookie minicamp with the Cardinals as an undrafted signee, unsure of how he’d fare or how long he’d stick around.

It’s terrifying, Seals-Jones said. You only have two or three days to show what you’ve got.

I kept grinding, Seals-Jones said. It paid off.

Elijhaa Penny’s circumstance was even more perilous than Seals-Jones’ because the undrafted running back out of Idaho was a tryout player without a contract in 2016. That meant he had to beat out someone already on the roster to stick around. But the lack of expectations was comforting.

The Cardinals began Phase One of the offseason program with voluntary strength and conditioning sessions on Tuesday an earlier start than most because a new coach is in charge – and Wilks had a chance to address the roster between workouts.

With a number of changing parts, it is natural to wonder how this team will look in the fall, but Wilks emphasized a shorter-term point of view, which he hopes will optimize success down the road.

Everything is focused on the little details, left tackle D.J. Humphries said of Wilks’ message. We talked about it today. The big goals are the big goals, and they’re always going to be the big goals. Everybody is trying to get to the playoffs. Everybody is trying to go to the Super Bowl. But you can’t get there looking into the stars that day. You’ve got Brian Winters Jersey to focus on rehab, and your technique, and your steps, and being in shape – all the small things have to Nate Solder Authentic Jersey add up before you can even look at those big pictures. You have to look into the microscope, as (Wilks) said.