Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen showed up to conditioning workouts — first.He’s a few weeks into installs of Kliff Kingsbury’s offense, picking it up quickly, the first-year head coach said Tuesday. By all accounts, the assumption that Arizona will draft quarterback Kyler Murray first in the NFL Draft and trade Rosen haven’t affected the second-year pro’s attitude or focus.But in a pre-camp trip to the Grand Canyon where Sports Illustrated TV tagged along with Rosen and his friends, the quarterback did admit the trade rumors about his uncertain future are a tad annoying, if nothing else. Top Stories “I think when people talk about, like, you can’t listen to criticism or you can’t read articles, you have to be aware of what’s going on to a certain extent,” the quarterback said. “I definitely understand the situation. It’s annoying but it is what it is — football’s a business. I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions.“I think the best advice I’ve gotten in life from so many different people is control what you can control. Whatever decision is made, it’s my duty to prove them right if they keep me and prove them wrong if they ship me off.”Related LinksCarson Palmer believes Josh Rosen is not in dark, but Cards should be vagueCardinals QB1: The Franchise Focus with Kurt Warner and Carson PalmerAs Rosen-Murray rumors swirl, winds are calm at Cardinals workoutsESPN’s Barnwell proposes 3 potential Josh Rosen NFL Draft tradesThe 5: Most intriguing matchups on schedule for Cardinals in 2019What we can believe: Cardinals GM Keim keeping NFL Draft options openRosen was viewed as the face of the franchise just three games into last season.As Arizona tumbled to a 3-13 record by the end of the year, his 2,278 yards, completion percentage of 55% and touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-to-14 sank some belief in his future, even if he was playing without talent around him or stability under two offensive coordinators.Still, the Cardinals showed a commitment to Rosen in their actions following the season.They fired head coach Steve Wilks after his first year on the job and hired Kingsbury in January. At that point, it was unlikely either the Cardinals or Kingsbury believed that anyone but Rosen would be their starting quarterback to begin 2019. 12 Comments Share As it stands, both parties are going about their usual business.In front of Sports Illustrated cameras, Rosen did make one thing clear: He wants to play and he wants to win, wherever he ends up.“I think this (past) season went as poorly as it could possibly go, but within that, I had an unbelievable time,” the quarterback said.“We won three games and each one of those wins, to me it felt like we won the Super Bowl. That feeling is so intoxicating, and that’s why I just want nothing more to be part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Things changed when Murray decided to leave Oklahoma, not for a pro baseball career, but for an NFL future.Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and Kingsbury haven’t pushed back against the idea they could draft a quarterback with their No. 1 pick. At the NFL Draft Combine, Keim infamously dropped a key qualifier when answering whether Rosen was the team’s quarterback.“Yeah, he is right now, for sure,” Keim said.During Keim’s last time in front of microphones before the NFL Draft, he made it clear that he never said whether Arizona would be open to drafting a quarterback — he also made it clear he never said they wouldn’t be.The GM did make sure to compliment Rosen handling the situation in stride.“We’ve had good dialog. He is a pro’s pro, and the one thing that I’ve appreciated about him the most since we’ve drafted him, the kid has an unbelievable amount of mental toughness,” Keim said on Tuesday. “Physical toughness, mental toughness, Josh Rosen has it all.”Rosen hasn’t been made available to the media since Cardinals conditioning workouts began last week. Whether you believe that Keim’s gushing was more about Rosen’s trade value or not, it seems from afar that team and player are in a good place. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) leads his team onto the field to warm-up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. Rosen has been involved in trade rumors all offseason. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
As part of the partnership with The Nature Conservancy announced earlier this year, Zegrahm Expeditions, a leader in small-ship cruising and overland adventures, has welcomed The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia Programme Director and Senior Scientist, Dr. Rick Hamilton, on its November Faces of Melanesia expedition. The first of several joint trips with The Conservancy, Hamilton will be part of the expedition team, educating guests on conservation projects underway in the region during lectures, site visits while in ports of call and through informal discussions.One of the most noteworthy conservation projects in the works is restoring healthy sea turtle populations in the Solomon Islands. In working directly with island communities, Hamilton and his colleagues were able to quantify the first known example of recovery for a western Pacific hawksbill rookery in the Arnavon Islands. On Zegrahm’s expedition, guests will be able to see — and participate in — similar work being done in another part of the Solomon Islands. On Tetepare Island, travellers will have the opportunity to join in turtle tagging by following local guides to find the turtles; bringing them back to shore to be tagged, weighed and measured; and then releasing them back to the sea.“We are thrilled to have Dr. Hamilton travelling with us in November — his knowledge of the region and its culture and marine life will be the perfect complement to our team of noted ornithologists, anthropologists, marine biologists and naturalists.” says Zegrahm President, Van Perry. “We are really looking forward to this exciting opportunity to showcase The Nature Conservancy’s work in a region we have been exploring for nearly 10 years.”Zegrahm’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy allows its travellers to learn more about The Conservancy’s work in 69 countries, as well as impart what we can all do to help protect nature. Plus, a portion of each guest’s trip cost will be contributed to The Conservancy over a three-year period to help fund conservation work — such as sea turtle restoration projects — across the globe.Zegrahm Expeditions has announced an exclusive offer to Virtuoso agents: Offer clients a $1000 per person air credit on small-ship cruises and $500 per person air credit on overland adventures—and agents will receive a $500 booking bonus. Offer expires 30 September 2016.