Source = Hilton David Constantine, Rebecca D’Costa, Tamer ElGhamry, Kevin GarciaHilton announces Executive Team for DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the executive team for the new DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, opening late December 2018.DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, owned by SKS Group, will be the first DoubleTree by Hilton property to open in Western Australia and the first new-build DoubleTree in Australia.The hotel is located at 100 James Street, Northbridge, in the heart of the city’s vibrant nightlife, dining, shopping and cultural district, and within walking distance to corporate offices, Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay and RAC Arena.The hotel will feature 206 guest rooms including Executive Panoramic View rooms, an executive lounge, James St Bar + Kitchen, 310m² of event space, a gym and an outdoor pool and bar.When staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, Hilton Honors Members will enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.The executive team will include Tamer ElGhamry as hotel manager, Rebecca D’Costa as commercial manager and Kevin Garcia as head chef of James St Bar + Kitchen. The current Parmelia Hilton Perth hotel general manager David Constantine will oversee the DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge executive team in his newly expanded role as cluster general manager.Tamer ElGhamry brings 24 years of Hilton experience to his role as hotel manager, where he was most recently the director of operations at Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa. Immediately before his Fiji posting, Tamer was the director of operations at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing in China and prior to that, director of operations at Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort in Egypt.Rebecca D’Costa joins DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge as commercial manager. She joined Hilton in 2009 as event sales coordinator and subsequently corporate sales manager and events sales manager at Parmelia Hilton Perth.Kevin Garcia has been appointed head chef of James St Bar + Kitchen after spending the last three years as executive chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs where he oversaw the operation of two restaurants, Springs and The Deck.David Constantine brings over 40 years of Hilton hospitality experience to his role as cluster general manager; overseeing the operations of DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge and Parmelia Hilton Perth.“We are delighted to welcome our newly appointed executive team into their roles at DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge. It is wonderful to see Team Members Tamer, Rebecca and Kevin continue their Hilton journey, and we look forward to seeing them bring their knowledge and experience to this exciting new property,” said Heidi Kunkel, vice president, operations, Australasia.At DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, guests can expect all the hallmarks of a DoubleTree by Hilton stay that create a rewarding hotel experience, from the signature, warm chocolate chip Cookie and its world-renowned warm welcome.For more information on the property, please visit the hotel website.
Capital Economics Sees Improvement Ahead for Housing Agents & Brokers Capital Economics Census Bureau Confidence FHFA Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Prices Pending-Home Sales Processing Service Providers 2012-05-09 Krista Franks Brock Noting some recent strengthening in demand in the housing market, “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ suggests housing prices “”are close to, or already through, their trough,”” and recovery will continue through the coming months. [IMAGE]While acknowledging the decline in home sales in March, Capital Economics’ analysts remain optimistic due to the recent increases in pending home sales. The “”National Association of Realtors'””:http://www.realtor.org/ latest “”Pending Home Sales Index””:http://www.realtor.org/news-releases/2012/04/march-pending-home-sales-rise-market-recovering in March reached 101.4, its highest level since April 2010. “”The rise in pending home sales suggests that March’s decline in actual sales is not the start of a weaker trend,”” said Paul Diggle, property economist at Capital Economics, in a monthly report released Wednesday. Recent data on mortgage applications also point toward a strengthening market. Applications rose by 3.8 percent over the month of April, according to data cited in the report. However, with persistently tight credit conditions, Diggle reports that the increase in home sales reported in the first quarter of this year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 4.6 percent ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô can be attributed to cash-buyers.[COLUMN_BREAK]This also explains why while sales increased, homeownership rates have not. In fact, the “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ reported the homeownership rate in March fell to a 15-year low of 65.4 percent. Affordability continues to rank high, with the National Association of Realtors calculating “”affordability””:http://www.realtor.org/topics/housing-affordability-index/data at 206.6 in April. An affordability index score of 100 means a median-income family has exactly enough to purchase a median-priced home with a 20 percent down payment if they spend 25 percent of their income on their mortgage.Furthermore, Capital Economics insists that even with closing costs, home maintenance, and property tax, owning a home is “”likely to be cheaper than renting over a typical holding period of seven years.”” Capital Economics cites the “”S&P Case-Shiller””:http://www.standardandpoors.com/indices/sp-case-shiller-home-price-indices/en/us/?indexId=spusa-cashpidff–p-us—- Indices and “”FHFA’s””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ home price report, which reveal that homes are undervalued. Case-Shiller suggests homes are 10 percent undervalued, while FHFA reports homes to be undervalued by 4 percent. Broader economic indicators such as GDP and employment rates have not been promising over the last month. GDP growth slowed from 3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year to 2.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, while hirings also slowed. “”Recent data have reignited fears of another sharp summer slowdown in economic growth,”” Diggle stated. “”But we think that the recovery will hold up.”” The greatest unknown right now seems to be the impending effects of the recent robo-signing settlement, which Diggle says “”is likely to prompt an increase in foreclosure activity,”” which could bring a rush of inventory to the market and upset the meager signs of recovery we are now seeing. May 9, 2012 483 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
June 21, 2012 451 Views in Data, Origination, Servicing Demand for mortgages increased in May, according to a report released by “”Ellie Mae””:http://www.elliemae.com/ Wednesday.[IMAGE]The Origination Insight Report for May 2012 showed that the average loan-to-value (LTV) on closed loans jumped up above the 80 percent mark for the first time since the company began tracking in August 2011. Ellie Mae attributed the increase to an easing of LTVs on conventional refinances. The average LTV on conventional refinance in May was 72 percent, a slide up from April’s 69 percent. Closed conventional refinances with LTVs of 95 percent[COLUMN_BREAK]or higher jumped up to 11 percent in May, a large increase over 7.1 percent in April and 3.6 percent in March. An increase like that could be a sign that HARP 2.0 is helping more borrowers, said Ellie Mae COO Jonathan Corr.In order to have a meaningful view of lender “”pull-through,”” Ellie Mae reviewed a sample of loan applications initiated in February to calculate a closing rate for May. The company found that 47.2 percent of all applications closed in May, compared to April’s 48.1 percent.The percentage of purchase loans increased to 46 percent, the highest level of the year but not unexpected for the spring sales season, said Corr. Credit scores for closed loans experienced a slight decrease to 744 in May. The biggest drop was in FHA refinances, where the average credit score declined to 713 from April’s 720.The average loan in May closed in 46 days, one day longer than April. The average refinance closed in 48 days-again, one more than in April. Corr said the slight increase stems from higher interest in mortgage and refinance activity.””The combination of record-low interest rates, flexible HARP 2.0 refinances and a growing perception that housing prices finally may have bottomed are all creating increased demand-and slightly longer waits-for mortgages,”” said Corr. Mortgage Demand Picks Up for Ellie Mae in May Agents & Brokers HARP Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Processing Refinance Service Providers 2012-06-21 Tory Barringer Share
in Origination, Servicing, Technology “”Veri-Tax, LLC””:http://www.veri-tax.com/Default.aspx, and its subsidiary, Verification Bureau, LLC, announced the launch of a Form 4506-T electronic signature solution as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gears up to accept electronic signatures on income verification requests.[IMAGE]An electronically signed Form 4506-T releases a taxpayer’s previous years’ income tax transcripts from the IRS to an authorized third party. The process is considered the most secure method of verifying a borrower’s income during the loan origination process.In order to come up with their own e-signature solution, Veri-Tax and Verification Bureau collaborate with Adobe, the leading electronic signature provider, to integrate “”Adobe’s””:http://www.adobe.com/ EchoSign platform into Form 4506-T documents. After a lender creates a tax transcript request, Veri-Tax facilitates the e-signature process directly with the borrower, allowing them to verify their information before submitting the form to the IRS. The solution minimizes IRS rejection rates and saves time, leading to increased customer satisfaction. It also reduces signature forgery, lost paperwork, and distorted data, problems that plague the paper-based method. Additionally, Veri-Tax and Verification Bureau will accept electronic signatures on the Form 4506-T from other e-sign vendors that adhere to the IRS’ strict e-sign compliance guidelines.””We anticipated releasing our 4506-T electronic signature option even before the IRS announced the e-sign pilot last year,”” said Veri-Tax president Michael Chon. “”Today, a process that takes lenders a few days to complete can now be completed within hours, helping to further streamline the verification process and close loans faster than ever before. The reduced time, effort, and cost savings will truly benefit all parties involved.”” Based in Irvine, California, Veri-Tax provides a full array of tax verification services. Share January 7, 2013 401 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-07 Tory Barringer Veri-Tax Launches E-Signature Solution for Income Verification
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed a rule this week that would amend financial institutions’ requirements for application and membership retention in one of the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks.The rule revision was proposed to ensure that members stay committed to housing finance and that only those eligible will have access to membership benefits and advances from one of the Federal Home Loan Banks.FHFA director Mel Watt described several issues in a recent speech at the Federal Home Loan Bank Director’s Conference, one of which was re-emphasizing the FHFA’s housing finance mission and ensuring that the banks stay focused on that mission.One of the proposed revisions to the rule requires members to hold one percent of their assets in home mortgage loans (HML) on an ongoing basis. The current rule requires members to demonstrate this only at the time of their application and not at any time afterward.Another change would require members to adhere to the 10 percent residential mortgage loan (RML) requirement on an ongoing basis. Similar to the current HML rule in place, the 10 percent RML rule affects members only at their time of application.The proposed amendments include changing the definition of “insurance company” to include only those companies that have insurance underwriting for nonaffiliated parties as their primary business. This would in effect prevent captive insurers from becoming members and keep out those entities not eligible for membership from using a captive insurer to gain access to advances from one of the Federal Home Loan Banks.The deadline for commenting is 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register. FHFA Proposes Revisions to Federal Home Loan Bank Reqs Federal Home Loan Banks FHFA 2014-09-03 Seth Welborn September 3, 2014 639 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share
Low-Income Earners Mortgages Zillow 2016-07-11 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share July 11, 2016 540 Views Low mortgage rates may be enticing new homebuyers, but Zillow reported Monday that not everyone is able to easily keep up with their payments.Zillow’s latest monthly analysis report found that mortgage payments are least affordable for low-income earners, who can expect to spend more than 30 percent of their paycheck on house payments and nearly 23 percent of their income on a mortgage payment in a third of large U.S. markets. By comparison, middle and high income earners can expect to pay 15 to 11 percent on mortgages, respectively.“Lower earners carry a heavier burden when it comes to making monthly payments,” the report stated. “Their incomes have been largely stagnant, while low-priced homes are gaining value fastest.”For perspective, there are pre-crash numbers to consider. In 2007, low-income earners could expect to spend nearly 40 percent of their income on housing. By contrast, high earners barely broke 20 percent when they hit their peak expenditure ratios in 2006.History aside, the burden on lower earners in some states is exceeding. Low-income earners in most large California markets, for example, are effectively priced out of buying a home.Los Angeles is particularly taxing on low-income earners. Homeowners there can expect to pay three-quarters of their income on mortgage payments, the report found. San Jose and San Francisco were hardly friendlier to low earners, who could be paying about 70 percent of their income on mortgages. By contrast, high-income earners in these markets are paying in the still-hefty 30 percent area.”Housing affordability is a different story for low-income Americans than for median and high-earning people,” said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell. “They are spending much more of their income on housing, even when they buy the least expensive homes. On top of that, we know that the least expensive homes are gaining value the fastest and are the most scarce, making it hard to find a home to buy even if you can afford one.”The friendliest metros for low-income earners are Detroit‒‒which also showed the most even income-to-mortgage ratios across all three earning tiers‒‒and St. Louis. In Detroit, income earners from low to high can all expect to pay around 10 percent towards a mortgage. Meanwhile, low-income earners in St. Louis can expect to allot about 14 percent of their incomes to mortgage payments; middle and high earners can expect to spend 11 and 9 percent, respectively.“From a high level view, mortgage affordability looks pretty good across most of the country,” Gudell said. “But it’s not good for everyone.” Lower-Wage Earners Spend Larger Share on Mortgages
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Low Rates Push Sales, But What About the Homeownership Rate? July 28, 2016 455 Views Freddie Mac Homeownership Rate Mortgage Rates New Home Sales 2016-07-28 Seth Welborn Mortgage rates have been hovering near historic lows for the past several months. Even with an increase of 3 basis points from last week, the average 30-year FRM for the week ending July 28, 2016, is 3.48 percent—only 17 basis points above the all-time low set in 2012, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) released on Thursday.The housing industry continues to benefit from these near-historic low rates, which fell below 4 percent in July 2015 and have stayed there since.“The 10-year Treasury yield remained flat this week in anticipation of the Fed’s July policy meeting. Mortgage rates, on the other hand, rose another 3 basis points to 3.48 percent,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “Nonetheless, home sales continue to benefit from the persistently low mortgage rates with June’s new home sales coming in at an annualized rate of 592,000 homes—its fastest pace since 2008.”The 15-year FRM also bumped up by 3 basis points from the previous week, from 2,75 up to 2.78. It is still down from the same period last year, which it averaged 3.17 percent, according to Freddie Mac.While the low rates are leading to home sales, those sales may not necessarily be improving the homeownership rate. For starters, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that mortgage loan volume application for the week ending July 22 was down by 11.2 percent from the previous week.Also, HUD and the Census Bureau reported on Thursday that the U.S. Homeownership rate declined from 63.4 percent in Q1 down to 62.9 percent in Q2—its lowest level since 1965.Although the homeownership rate is now at its lowest point in more than five decades, Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said, “the drop isn’t statistically significant from a year ago. However, if the decline is real, it is more likely due to a large increase in the number of renter households than any real decline in the number of homeowner households. While the millennial homeownership rate continues to decline, it’s important to note that the decrease could be just as likely due to new renter household formation as it is their ability to buy homes. Certainly low inventory and affordability isn’t helping their efforts to own, but moving out of their parents’ basement and into a rental unit is also a good sign for the housing market.” Share
The Federal Reserve has adopted a final rule requiring the country’s largest bank holding companies to hold more long-term debt in order to reduce the systemic impact of bankruptcy on the U.S. financial system and therefore protect taxpayers.The final rule will apply to those bank holding companies the Fed has termed as “globally systemic important banks” or GSIBs—JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, State Street, Bank of New York Mellon, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs.Under the new final rule, investors and not taxpayers would bear the losses if a bank should fail, according to the Fed. The long-term debt can be converted in to equity, a source of private capital, should one of the banks fail.“The rule is guided by common sense principles: bank shareholders and debt investors should place their own money at risk so depositors and taxpayers are well protected, and the biggest banks must bear the costs that come with their size,” Fed Chair Janet L. Yellen said.In addition to the new long-term debt requirement, the new rule implements a new “total loss-absorbing capacity,” or TLAC requirement, for the banks. The rule sets minimum levels for the GSIBs for both long-term debt and TLAC; the long-term debt can be used to recapitalize a company’s critical operations, and both regulatory capital and long-term debt can be used to satisfy the TLAC requirement, according to the Fed.“While equity is far and away the best form of capital to ensure the resilience of a firm, the whole point of resolution planning is to prepare for the eventuality, no matter how unlikely, that the firm might become insolvent in some circumstances,” Fed Governor Daniel K. Tarullo said. “By definition, at that point equity capital will either be totally lost, or at least below the level markets have historically required for a financial intermediary to be credible. The long-term debt required by this proposal would survive the disappearance of a bank’s equity and resultant failure, and would be available for conversion into new equity.”According to the Fed, the new long-term debt and TLAC requirements will strengthen the resiliency of the covered institutions and “improve the prospects of an orderly resolution of a failed GSIB.”These same eight GSIBs were required to submit “living wills” (plans to show how the companies would enter bankruptcy without disrupting the U.S. financial system) to the Fed and FDIC last year. In April, the plans of five of the bank holding companies (Bank of America, BNY Mellon, JPMorgan Chase, State Street, and Wells Fargo) were determined by either the Fed or FDIC (or both) to be not credible or they would not facilitate an orderly resolution under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. While four of those companies have since submitted revised living wills deemed acceptable by the two federal agencies, Wells Fargo made headlines recently when their plan was rejected for the second time,Click here to view the final rule as published in the Federal Register. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Banks Federal Reserve Long-Term Debt. 2016-12-16 Seth Welborn Share December 16, 2016 510 Views Fed Rule Aims to Protect Taxpayers from Bank Losses
The U.S. Senate Committee of Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs’ top-ranking member, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has called for the resignation of Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This was in reaction to comments made by Mulvaney at a recent industry event, where he alluded to meeting with lobbyists if they contributed to his campaign.Speaking of his time as a Congressman, Mulvaney is reported by The Hill to have said, “If you were a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you were a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you. If you came from back home and sat in my lobby, I would talk to you without exception, regardless of the financial contributions.”“Deciding who you will meet with based on campaign contributions is the kind of ‘pay to play’ that understandably makes Americans furious with Washington, D.C.,” Sen. Brown said. “Mr. Mulvaney should resign, and The White House should quickly nominate a permanent CFPB Director with bipartisan support and a moral compass.”Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, and a House Appropriations Committee member was reported by Bloomberg as saying that he had no reason to question Mulvaney’s integrity despite the remarks. Cole noted he “wasn’t exactly a lobbyist’s favorite when he was here.”Defending Mulvaney’s speech, OMB spokesman John Czwartacki said that Mulvaney’s comments were being taken out of context. “Director Mulvaney’s speech today made it clear that being from “back home” is “without exception” more important than money when visiting congressmen. Read the transcript for yourself,” Czarnecki said.Referring back to Mulvaney’s remarks to lenders that they should press lawmakers hard to pursue their agenda, Brown said that banks and lenders didn’t need any more lobbyists. “Banks and payday lenders already have armies of lobbyists on their sides—they don’t need one more,” he said.During the industry event, Mulvaney had also said that “We are going to do what the law says, but not what the law doesn’t say.” That sentiment has echoed Mulvaney’s tone throughout his tenure at the CFPB, where he has worked to scale back what he believes to be an overreach by the bureau and has called for changes to its oversight and overall mission. During recent testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services, Mulvaney said, “The bureau is not designed to be accountable and my work there is aimed towards one end goal: to make the bureau more accountable.” CFPB mulvaney OMB Sen. Sherrod Brown Senate Banking Committee 2018-04-25 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sen. Brown: “Mr. Mulvaney Should Resign” Share April 25, 2018 690 Views
March 21, 2019 1,091 Views The Millennial Home Shopper—Booming and Buying Cheaper Millennial homeowners are growing fast, and buying cheaper, according to a recent report. According to the latest Down Payment Report from Down Payment Resource, younger homeowners, aged 44 and younger, were the fastest growing demographic of homeowners in the past quarter, and these younger homeowners are choosing more affordable areas with lower down payments.Data from Realtor.com suggests that millennial homebuyers are choosing areas not typically regarded as “desirable”, such as Buffalo, New York.“The stereotype that millennials primarily choose to buy homes and live in large metro areas isn’t the reality,”said Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at Realtor.com. “Results show millennials’ expansion is more heavily conditioned by affordability than in prior years, so their eyes are set on less traditional secondary markets where homes and jobs are now available and plentiful.”Corelogic data backs this trend up: the highest number of millennial homebuyers are buying in traditionally more affordable regions such as Midwest, Mountain West and Northeast markets. More expensive areas such as coastal California and Florida have seen the lowest rate of millennial homebuyers.Millennials, as first time buyers without the added equity of previous homes, are seeking places with lower down payments, according to Realtor.com.“Given that the majority of millennial homebuyers are searching for their first homes and do not bring equity from a previous home, it’s no surprise they are putting down smaller down payments,” wrote Realtor.com. “This is likely a driver of their activity in more affordable markets, where their money goes further.”Millennials have consistently made lower down payments than any other generation, according to Realtor.com. The average down payment for millennials was 8.8 percent of the purchase price in December 2018, compared to 11.9 percent for Generation X and 17.7 percent for baby boomers. Millennials are also buying cheaper in general.“Within the last year, millennials have moved to affordable areas with strong job markets where they have more buying power,” Realtor.com said. “At the end of 2018, the median price of a mortgaged home purchased by millennials was $238,000, $26,000 less than the median price of a home mortgaged by baby boomers and $51,000 than Generation X.”Find more from Down Payment Resource here.here. Down Payments Homebuyers Inventory Millennials Prices Regional 2019-03-21 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Share
American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall said in a statement on Monday: “China’s announcement that it will not buy any agricultural products from the United States is a body blow to thousands of farmers and ranchers who are already struggling to get by”“In the last 18 months alone, farm and ranch families have dealt with plunging commodity prices, awful weather and tariffs higher than we have seen in decades.“Farm Bureau economists tell us exports to China were down by $1.3 billion during the first half of the year. Now, we stand to lose all of what was a $9.1 billion market in 2018, which was down sharply from the $19.5 billion U.S. farmers exported to China in 2017.”From 2017 to 2018, U.S. agricultural exports to China fell more than 50%, dropping to US$9.1 billion, the Federation said. And from 2000 to 2017, U.S. agricultural exports to China increased by 700%.Volumes of key U.S. fruit exports to China – including cherries, table grapes, citrus and apples – have already fallen sharply since China first implemented tariffs on a range of U.S. agricultural products last year. China: apple prices soar, concerning Beijing … China’s Commerce Ministry said on Tuesday that Chinese companies have stopped buying U.S. agricultural products.The move comes after U.S. President Donald Trump last week signaled he would set new tariffs on US$300bn more of Chinese imports from Sept. 1.“Related Chinese companies have suspended purchases of U.S. agricultural products,” China’s Ministry of Commerce said in an online statement posted shortly after midnight in Beijing on Tuesday.China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency called the Trump’s proposed tariffs a “serious violation” of an agreement reached in June with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Agricultural products, especially soybeans, have been at the center of the escalating US-China trade war, with the U.S. insisting that China must make substantial purchases of the crop as part of any trade deal. Chinese market suffers payment delays, diminishing … You might also be interested in Huge increase in Chilean D’Agen plum exports to Ch … August 05 , 2019 Chile scores access to Chinese pear market …
Account managers from Corporate Traveller enjoyed in a product familiarisation day with Delta Air Lines in January, hosted at Gate Gourmet’s airline catering centre in Sydney.Partnering with Gate Gourmet, Delta is conducting a series of educational days to introduce Australian TMCs to the benefits executive travellers receive when flying with the American carrier.Corporate Traveller team leader – account management Kelly Thomas said the day helped her account managers better understand the Delta experience.“Traveller experience is key to a successful travel program. Getting to see and taste what customers enjoy when travelling with Delta truly helped my team put themselves in the traveller’s shoes. As account managers we want to align our customers with the right travel partners – partners who understand the value of the traveller experience, and deliver on this.”National account manager for Delta Air Lines Jamie Bunn said: “The day was about helping our travel partners describe and sell the Delta experience by knowing what our point of difference is, compared to other carriers.”The education day included a tour of Gate Gourmet’s catering facility and lunch served from Delta’s inflight menu.L-R: Corporate Traveller’s Scott Crane, Tore Bruce, Solinda Person, Laura Weatherstone, Jamie Bunn (Delta), Cate Moodie, Joe Hall, Kelly Thomas, Louise Larsson, Felicity Habgood and Olivia Leon Corporate TravellerDelta Air LinesGate Gourmet
airlinesfear of flyingflyingInsureandgotipstravel insurance New data from a survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1000 Australian adults who have travelled in the last six months, commissioned by InsureandGo has found an increase in the fear of flying for over half of the surveyed participants, with 59% of under 30s afraid of flying, and that anxiety is growing. Despite statistics suggesting that air travel has become measurably safer over the past three decades, 37 per cent of Aussies who admitted to having fears about flying experienced anxiety when taking off, landing or due to turbulence. For 56 per cent of Aussies who fear flying, the fear has increased in the last five years, which contradicts a decrease in the risks posed by flying over the same period.The survey results found that the younger the traveller, the more likely they are to fear flying internationally, with 17 per cent of under 30s declaring their fear, followed by 17% of those in their 30s, 9 per cent of 40-49 year olds, 6 per cent of those aged 50-59, and only 4 per cent of over 60s.However, the results show at least half of respondents, regardless of age group, reported they have come to fear flying more now than they did five years ago. Fear of flying has increased for 50 per cent of under 30s, 70 per cent of 30-39 year olds, 58 per cent of those in their 40s, and 51 per cent of those over 50 years old.“While the findings reveal a large proportion of Aussies, particularly young people, fear flying, flight-related accidents are a rare occurrence. When accidents do occur, however, they are widely reported and gain a great deal of media attention, which can contribute to travellers’ heightened fear,” explained InsureandGo spokesperson, Jonathan Etkind.Which planes do we fear the most?The survey respondents were asked which types of planes they fear flying with the most. Surprisingly, there was negligible difference between the proportion of travellers who fear flying on small planes and large planes. Among travellers who fear flying, just over one in three (35 per cent) fear small planes with exposed double propellers used for regional flights. Thirty-one (31) per cent fear flying most on medium sized passenger aeroplanes, normally used for domestic flights. Thirty-three (33) per cent most fear large passenger aircraft, like those used for international flights, such as the Boeing 747 or Airbus A380s.What causes our fears?The estimated worldwide air traffic last year was 37.8 million flights, with the accident rate being one fatal accident per 2.52 million flights. Despite these statistics, when accidents do occur, they are widely reported and gain a great deal of media attention, and this is reflected in the findings. Hearing news of plane accidents heightened the fear of flying among 39 per cent of respondents – and 56 per cent of under-30s respondents. In contrast, 73 per cent of over-60s and 66 per cent of those in their 50s weren’t affected by such news.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals signed Brett Brackett, Andre Hardy and Christian Johnson to future contracts, the team announced Tuesday.Brackett, a tight end who spent last training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars, originally joined the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Penn State in 2011. While in college, Brackett played in 52 games and tallied 56 receptions for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. Also a tight end, the 6-6oot-6, 245-pound Hardy played college basketball at Cal State Fullerton. He signed with the Oakland Raiders in April of 2012, but was released a month later. The Big West Conference Newcomer of the Year as a junior, he averaged 10.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Top Stories Johnson was in the Arena League the last three seasons, including 2013 when he was with the Philadelphia Soul. He played collegiately at Kentucky, appearing in 36 games (15 starts) at guard.
0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was sentenced to one year of supervised probation Wednesday in an aggravated assault case.After originally pleading not guilty, Washington entered a guilty plea on March 24. He was arrested in May 2013 and charged with two counts of assault following a conflict with his ex-girlfriend. According to the police report, Washington had paid a visit to the accuser’s apartment to see their baby, which was not out of the ordinary. However, at some point Washington left to take the baby to Dairy Queen, which upset the woman. Upon Washington’s return with the baby, the report states he and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument, which continued as they reached the top of the apartment complex’s stairs. The report states that from there, as the woman asked Washington to return the baby to her, he pushed her away and would not allow her to get close enough to him to take the baby. The report goes on to say Washington, at some point, “extended his hand and grabbed” the woman by the neck before pushing her over to the landing railing while choking her.The report says Washington eventually let loose of his grip and the woman was able to take the baby from him, but as she tried to close the apartment door behind her he shoved it open and “pushed his way in.”The report says the woman’s injuries were consistent with her account of the events.It was later found that Washington and his ex-girlfriend had cases in Maricopa County’s family court system.Washington was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2012 after finishing the season with 134 tackles and nine sacks. The former second-round pick out of TCU has tallied 319 tackles, 15 sacks and four interceptions as an Arizona Cardinal. He signed a six-year, $32 million contract extension prior to the 2012 season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Cardinals hope that’s enough to help Palmer build on his success … and to keep him healthy. Carson Palmer may not be the best quarterback in the NFL, nor the most skilled.He’s not the most durable, and to the Arizona Cardinals, that point is most painful. But after acknowledging that, there is a very valid argument to say Palmer is the league’s most indispensable quarterback.MMQB’s Peter King backs that argument.In his column Wednesday, King took a look at a few of the NFL’s best quarterbacks and compared their teams’ records when they are healthy and when they were out of action. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Unlike most teams that go deep out of running formations with extra blockers, Arizona is especially likely to go deep off empty sets — that’s a spread formation without a running back in the backfield. Leaving the quarterback susceptible in an empty set is risky enough, but overcoming the lack of blockers can be done with a quarterback who knows what defense he’s looking at and where his receivers will be, Benoit writes.Palmer is the reason the Cardinals can flourish in empty sets. It’s not that he’s a superstar quarterback (those days are past), it’s that he’s a very professional one. He’s tough and fundamentally sound in the pocket. He’s smart and works smoothly from one progression to the next. Progression reads are the nexus of Arians’ system—Arians calls it a “scratch where it itches” system, meaning it’s not tethered to any one player. Instead, it’s tailored to exploiting a defense’s specific weaknesses via aerial concepts. It’s clear that general manager Steve Keim attacked the offseason hoping to build around this idea.He signed Mike Iupati (who is out to start the season with a knee injury) to strengthen the offensive line. He drafted receiver J.J. Nelson to play next to the equally speedy John Brown, which should give Palmer the opportunity to get rid of a deep throw sooner — as in, before he’s hit by a blitz. Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires By record, it’d be easy to say the Cardinals suffer more than a number of teams — the Packers without Aaron Rodgers, the Patriots without Tom Brady — when their starter is out. The Cardinals are 13-2 when Palmer starts and 5-6 when he doesn’t since the midpoint of 2013 — that includes a 2-6 record once the quarterback when down after tearing his ACL last year.Writes King:It’s possible Palmer is the most indispensable quarterback on a playoff contender in the league. I always wonder what that kind of pressure—from a locker room, from a coaching staff, from an organization, from a community, from a state—feels like for a quarterback. Boomer Esiason once said that he loved that for three hours a week in the fall, he controlled how a region felt. He just loved the power.And the less bombastic Palmer?“I actually love that,” Palmer said while Arizona’s locker room cleared out after the Aug. 22 game against San Diego. Scheme-wise, evidence to answer why the Cardinals suffer without Palmer can be found in another MMQB piece, this one by Andy Benoit.Head coach Bruce Arians is well-known for his aggressive, down-field attack, and it’s clear that relies quite a bit on Palmer taking the snaps.
Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones celebrate during the Arizona Cardinals’ 23-20 win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 12,2016. (Associated Press) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Bruce Arians on Jan. 2: ““The guys we have – Coop is great. I think Coop’s a hell of a player. I think Brandon’s (Williams) going to be. Those guys will fight it out if we get Coop signed.”The 2013 draft classSome fruit from Arians and GM Steve Keim’s initial draft class is still around, and one member of the haul — third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu — has already received a new contract. Second-round pick Kevin Minter, fourth-round pick Alex Okafor, fifth-round picks Earl Watford and Stepfan Taylor as well as sixth-round pick Andre Ellington are all free agents, however, and there are legitimate questions if any will be back.Minter was solid in 2016, posting 81 tackles along with a career-high 3.5 sacks; Watford appeared in 15 games, seeing time at right guard and right tackle; Taylor contributed on special teams while adding four runs for 12 yards; Ellington saw his role diminish as the season went on, finishing with a career-low 34 carries for 96 yards and 12 catches for 85 yards.Minter, on Jan. 7: “I love the community, I love the team, I love the guys upstairs — the organization as a whole. They took a chance on me, they drafted me in the second round. They groomed me. I would love to finish my career here, but that’s obviously wishful thinking; I know they’ve got some decisions to make this offseason, so regardless of which way they go, I can’t fault them for either. But I would love to be here. Phoenix has been home for the past four years and I would like to continue that.” Watford, in a tweet, on Jan. 2: “Most love to the guys I came through those doors with in ’13 as rookies. No matter what is next its all been fun & Ill have yall back always”OthersD.J. Swearinger: The safety who signed with the Cardinals late in 2015 was an integral part of the defense in 2016, finishing with 63 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and eight passes defensed. As hard a hitter as you will find in the NFL, the 27-year-old former second-round pick’s career was reborn in Arizona.Frostee Rucker: A veteran defensive lineman, Rucker did not make the kind of on-field impact in 2016 as he has in the past, as he posted just 25 tackles with no sacks, one forced fumble, four QB pressures and five QB hits. The 33-year-old provides valuable leadership, however, and if Campbell walks, may be brought back to help with stability.Chris Johnson: Johnson was a late pickup in 2015 training camp and went on to lead the team in rushing before a leg injury landed him on IR. He came back on a one-year contract in 2016 only to see his role fluctuate early on before a sports hernia ended his season. The 31-year-old is not likely to find a guaranteed starting role elsewhere, but may look for another fresh start that could conceivably offer him more reps. Jefferson on Jan. 2: “Of course I want to be here. They know that.”Calais CampbellThe second-longest tenured Cardinal behind Larry Fitzgerald, Campbell has been a mainstay along the defensive line since 2009, his second season in the league. An at times dominant player who has moved from defensive end to defensive tackle, Campbell finished the season with 63 tackles, eight sacks, 18 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and a team-leading 26 QB pressures. The 30-year-old just wrapped up a 5-year contract signed in 2012, and may see this as his final chance to cash in with another big contract.General manager Steve Keim on Dec. 19: “The one thing the public does not generally know is we have spoken to many agents regarding players whose contracts expire after the season, some whose contracts do not expire after the season that we would just like to try to extend. So it takes two sides, but those are conversations that I’ll keep to myself and we don’t generally talk about through the media. But there are several players that we’d like to have back, and it takes two sides.”Campbell on Dec. 7: “I feel like I’m wanted around here, so I wouldn’t say I made it harder. Maybe I feel like we have a good relationship with the guys. We’ll see what happens, but honestly, I think they know who they have as a player, as a guy in the locker room, I go out there, I give it my all every time I’m on the football field.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bruce Arians began his press conference on Jan. 2, the day after the Cardinals’ season officially came to an end, by acknowledging a simple truth: things will be different for the team next season.“This is always a tough day, because when it comes to an end it comes to an end, and when you’re not putting a ring on your finger, saying goodbye to some players is hard,” he said. “Obviously you never have the same team back.” Head coach Bruce Arians on Jan. 2: “Oh yeah. I would love to have A.Q. back because he brings that mental toughness and physicality that you want. He comes back, he’s going to fight with Evan, and Evan could be our starting right guard. We’ll wait and see how that all plays out.”Shipley on Jan. 2: “I’d love to be back. Hopefully upstairs liked what they saw this year enough to bring me back. We’ll see what happens.”Tony JeffersonAn undrafted rookie free agent signing in 2013 out of Oklahoma, Jefferson has steadily risen up the depth chart and improved his game to the point where he was an impact player in 2016. Though he missed essentially the final two full games with a sprained MCL, he still led the Cardinals with 96 total tackles to go along with two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five passes defensed. The 24-year-old was with the Cardinals on a one-year contract after being given a low-level tender as a restricted free agent last season, and is no doubt looking to make up for that with his next deal.Defensive coordinator James Bettcher on Dec. 29: “Disruptive; a guy that made a bunch of plays for us. One of the most consistent guys that we had defensively. Week in and week out, you could count on Tony. He was going to make plays that are going to change the game. He’s going to cover tight ends, and I thought he did a really great job when we put him in one-on-ones with tight ends this year. I think he had a really, really good year. I was disappointed for him from a Pro Bowl standpoint that he didn’t get voted. I thought this is a guy that is one of the top players at his position in this league.” Jermaine GreshamGresham has been a Cardinal for just two seasons, and his impact is somewhat difficult to determine. Statistically speaking, this season the tight end caught 37 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns, though he has been lauded for being an excellent blocker and motivating personality for a team that needed as much of each of those traits as it could muster. The 28-year-old made a habit of running over and through defenders, and after taking less money to return to Arizona on a one-year contract, may decide it’s time to cash in a bit.Carson Palmer on Dec. 28: “Just starting in the run game and with the intensity he plays with, the passion he plays with. He’s a physical specimen; he can block defensive ends, he can catch the ball, and you’ve seen him run people over and stiff-arm people. He just brings a fire and a passion. He loves the game, he loves practice, he loves being out there, and it’s contagious.”Gresham on Dec. 28: “Most definitely (would come back). I still have faith in this team. More than anything, just a couple situational things this year that didn’t go our way. We didn’t play our best football but that doesn’t have anything to do about how we play.” Chandler JonesJones was acquired in March for guard Jonathan Cooper and second-round draft pick with the idea that he would improve Arizona’s lackluster pass rush, and he did exactly that. The former New England Patriot finished second on the team with 11 sacks, to go along with 49 tackles and four forced fumbles. Jones started fast with four sacks in the first four games, but then notched just four over the next 10. He finished strong, though, with three sacks in the final two games. The 26-year-old figures to be one of the most sought after and highly paid players in this year’s free agent crop.Bruce Arians on Jan. 2: “That’s exactly what we set out to do was create a pass rush from the edge. Chandler’s not going anywhere because if we have to, we will franchise him. Hopefully we will get it all done and be able to move on.”Chandler Jones on Dec. 30: “I would love to be here, for sure.”Marcus CooperThe Cardinals brought Cooper into the fold the week before the season opener, and he stepped into the lineup Week 2 against Tampa Bay with a pair of interceptions — one of which he returned for a touchdown — and was a starting cornerback the rest of the way. The 26-year-old led the Cardinals with four interceptions while adding a team-best 11 passes defensed. While he was burned at times, he proved to be a sure tackler who did well enough to be named a Pro Bowl alternate. Top Stories No kidding.The Cardinals are set to have more than 20 players — many of whom played key roles for them — enter free agency, and it would be naive to assume all will be back. Some, the team will probably decide to move on from, while others will likely receive a more lucrative offer to play elsewhere.“It’s so many guys,” one of those free agents, linebacker Kevin Minter, said. “To be honest, I haven’t seen this many key guys up for contracts on a team, like, to be honest, ever.”The trick, of course, is for GM Steve Keim and his staff to figure out which players should be kept and which are not worth the money they will be asking for, all in an effort to rebuild a roster that underachieved to a 7-8-1 record this season.With that in mind, here is a look at some of the team’s more notable free agents:A.Q. ShipleySigned to a two-year contract before the 2015 season, Shipley started all 16 games at center for the Cardinals in 2016, making him the only offensive lineman on the team to do so. The 30-year-old believes he did enough this season to prove he is a capable starting center in the NFL, though the Cardinals chose Evan Boehm in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft likely with the idea of him being the team’s center of the future. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals are still a few days away from their first of five preseason games, yet there is already concern about the depth at one position.The cornerback spot opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson is that position. It was a question mark entering camp, and has become a bigger one so far.The position has been hit by the injury bug. Starter Justin Bethel has been on the sideline for a few practices after hyperextending his right knee. Reserve Elie Bouka hasn’t practiced since early in camp and veteran Jumal Rolle reached an injury settlement with the team. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “He’s got really good feet, he’s got great quickness. And the one thing I really liked was his understanding of leverage and route combinations. The way that he can jump those things is really what it’s all about.”Williams spent the last two seasons with the Browns, starting a total of 22 games in that span. His best years came in Green Bay, where he spent eight seasons after latching on as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Williams’ best year was 2010, when he made the Pro Bowl on the strength of a career-high six interceptions and 20 passes defensed while helping the Packers to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. 3 Comments Share Top Stories That left the door open for Ronald Zamort, and he walked through it, earning first-team snaps heading into Saturday’s annual Red and White Practice, but he suffered a torn ACL during the session and is lost for the season.General manager Steve Keim acted quickly, signing free-agent Tramon Williams to man the position. But Keim said the move had been in the works for quite some time.“It’s been a few weeks, so it wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to the injury,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “As you know, when we approach camp, it’s always been my philosophy to start attacking that free agent market that has some of those players who are unsigned that we liked in the spring and are out there because of injuries or contract demands or those sort of things.”Keim believes the 34-year-old former Pro Bowler will fill a need and offer quite a bit to the Arizona defense.“Really liked what Tramon brought to the table in terms of leadership and the kind of guy he is in the locker room,” Keim said. “The tape that I watched on him, he’s got great positional versatility. He played a little out of position, in my opinion, at safety when he was in Cleveland, but then go back and see him at perimeter corner in Green Bay and played some nickel. He just really has a good feel for the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) catches a pass in front of Cleveland Browns cornerback Tramon Williams (22) during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Cleveland. Arizona won 34-20. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Fitzgerald has 14,716 career receiving yards & needs 16 yards to surpass Steve Smith Sr. (14,731) for the seventh most in NFL history.Bruce Arians needs to get Fitzgerald the ball early and often to get the crowd into the game. He has been targeted 52 times in the last five games. As I mentioned in the past, with good pass protection, you should take your shots down the field with Fitzgerald.The Cardinals’ sellout streak at University of Phoenix Stadium currently sits at 118 consecutive games. Arizona has sold out every game played on their home field (including preseason and postseason). Having a sellout crowd on hand has given the Cardinals one of the NFL’s most distinct advantages.According to the NFL, the Cardinals rank sixth in home win percentage since 2013, with a record of 24-9-1. In 11-plus seasons at University of Phoenix Stadium, the team’s home win percentage is .517 while it was a lowly .347 in their 18 seasons at Sun Devil Stadium.Linebacker Chandler Jones aims for his third game in a row versus Tampa Bay with a sack. In the past seven games, he has eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He has 28.5 sacks since 2015, tied for the second-most in the NFL. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact PHOENIX — After losing to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. the Cardinals return home to University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 6 to face Tampa Bay. Arizona looks to improve its record to 3-3 on the season.This week, the Cardinals and Buccaneers meet for the 20th time and Arizona enters the contest with a 10-9 advantage in the all-time series. The Cardinals enter this week’s game on a two-game winning streak against the Buccaneers, which includes a 40-7 victory in Week 2 last season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments Share Even with Beckwith’s play as a rookie, the focus has been on veteran linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, who are both thumpers. Alexander, though, was ruled out of the game.Cornerback Brent Grimes has two interceptions and 12 passes defensed in his past nine games on the road. He has 18 tackles in two meetings at Arizona. Since 2013, he leads the NFL with 70 passes defensed.Grimes, 35, is playing like a Pro Bowl player while his counterpart Vernon Hargreaves is off to a slow start in his second season. The Cardinals should attack Hargraves and the safeties.Some numbers are courtesy of the NFL Media and the Arizona Cardinals. Following this week’s game, the Cardinals won’t play again in their home venue until Week 10 when they host the Seahawks.Arizona is 5-3 all-time at home against the Buccaneers, who are making their third-ever visit to University of Phoenix Stadium and second in two seasons.The Cardinals’ newest addition All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson will make his Arizona debut this week. Peterson was acquired in a trade with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. With adding Peterson, the Cardinals now have two — Larry Fitzgerald and Peterson — of the three active players with 100-plus career touchdowns.Here are some of the key statistics heading into the matchup.CARDINALSCarson Palmer passed for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 124.9 rating in the last meeting between the two teams. In the past four games at home, he has 1,300 passing yards (325 per game), eight touchdowns and one interception for a 97.6 rating. He is aiming for his seventh game in a row at home with 300-plus passing yards. He has 291 career touchdown passes, tied for 12th most all-time (Hall of Famer Warren Moon).Per Pro Football Focus, Palmer is ranked 20th overall at the position with an overall grade of 74.8. He is 30th in short passes and eighth overall at getting the ball out at an average time of 2.45 seconds. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson led the team with 106 receiving yards last week, his 33rd career 100-plus yard game, and fourth most among active players. Has 174 receiving yards (87 per game) and a touchdown in the last two meetings.Jackson has excellent speed that allows him to rack up yards after catch. The defense cannot let him in behind them or it will be trouble.Tight end Cameron Brate is looking to have his fourth game in a row with a touchdown. Since 2016, he leads all NFL tight ends with 11 receiving touchdowns.There is a lot of talk about rookie tight end and first-round pick O.J. Howard. Brate has become a weapon in the Buccaneers offense despite being an undrafted player.Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a sack in Week 5. He has 34.5 sacks since 2013, the most among NFL defensive tackles.He’s a beast on the inside and because of his explosion, you are often forced to put two bodies on him. He’ll exploit the middle of the line.Defensive end Robert Ayers has four sacks in past five games against the NFC West. He’s familiar with the division and is a situation player rusher who can disrupt the pocket.Linebacker Kendell Beckwith leads NFL rookies with 36 tackles. If he were to reach eight-plus tackles Sunday, it would be his fourth straight game doing so. He led the team with a career-high 14 tackles in Week 5. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now that Markus Golden is out for the remainder of the season, it puts more pressure on Jones. The Cardinals would like to see more impact plays when the game is on the line. Going forward, he’ll be seeing more double teams and running backs will chip off the edge. The Cardinals’ defensive coordinator should move him around more to keeps teams guessing.Cornerback Patrick Paterson has three interceptions in two career meetings. He’ll cover wide receiver Mike Evans, a big, physical receiver.Per Pro Football Focus, Peterson’s effect on wide receivers in 2017 through five games is clear:Lions’ Marvin Jones: Two receptions, 37 receiving yards, one touchdownColts’ T.Y. Hilton: Four receptions, 49 receiving yardsCowboys’ Dez Bryant: Two catches, 12 receiving yards49ers’ Pierre Garçon: Four catches, 36 receiving yardsEagles’ Alshon Jeffery: Three catches, 31 receiving yardsSafety Tyvon Branch led team with 10 tackles last week. He has 21 tackles and two passes defensed in two career meetings. He is shooting for his third game in a row at home with nine-plus tackles. He is tied for the NFL lead with 46 tackles.Through five games, Branch has been the most consistent player on defense. On last week’s long touchdown, a miscommunication in the secondary was the mistake. Justin Bethel was playing zone and thought he would have over the top help. BUCCANEERSQuarterback Jamies Winston passed for 334 yards and a touchdown for a 86.7 rating last week. Winston is trying for his fourth game in a row with 300-plus passing yards. In his past three games versus the NFC West, he has 894 passing yards (298 per game), eight touchdowns and three interceptions for a 102.4 rating.Last year, Winston had four interceptions against the Cardinals. He has more talent around him with the skill and talent at receiver and tight end.Running back Doug Martin rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. He has a rushing touchdown in three of his past four games.The next player up is expected to be covered by Patrick Peterson in the marquee individual matchup of the game.Wide receiver Mike Evans has four receiving touchdowns in his past six games. In the past 11 games on the road, he has 65 catches for 976 yards (88.7 per game) and six touchdowns. Since 2014, he is fifth in the NFL with 29 touchdown catches.He’s been targeted 40 times this year with 24 receptions and two touchdowns. In the last three years, Evans has 361 targets and 184 catches for 2,803 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns.Peterson will play the cat and mouse game with Evans at the line of scrimmage. Top Stories The offensive line is shuffling the deck again this week with left tackle D.J. Humphries, left guard Alex Boone, center A.Q. Shipley, right guard Earl Watford, and right tackle Jared Veldheer. We could see other options because of the concern with Humphries and Boone’s conditioning. If they get the running game going, it would go a long way in getting the right field position and scoring touchdowns in the red zone.Adrian Peterson has looked very good in practice the last couple days. I spoke to some players in the locker room and they were impressed. I also contacted a scout and gave me a scouting report on AD. “Tireless worker, runs angry, given the right opportunity he’ll excel,” he said. Also mentioned that he “loves football.”Peterson should get the start and could get about 15-20 touches, with more carries than receptions.Running back Andre Ellington led the team and tied a career-high with nine receptions last week.He’s been targeted 24 times in the last two weeks, including 15 receptions for 151 yards. He’s become the third-down back and upgraded the passing game as another weapon for it.Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 17 catches for 217 yards (72.3 per game) and four touchdowns in the past three meetings. He is trying for his third game in a row at home with a touchdown catch.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, recovering from a wrist injury he suffered in Week 1, is anxious to get back on the field.The Cardinals are probably looking forward to having him back, too.So are fantasy owners.“I’m hearing that the most,” he said of fantasy football. “Social media, I can’t really go on too much, especially when I first got hurt. The first couple weeks, I wasn’t on social media a lot, just because fans were letting me know how mad they were or how disappointed they were that I wasn’t able to be on the field and wasn’t able to help out their team.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 16 Comments Share A real-life football team has gone without the All-Pro running back, eventually making a move to acquire Adrian Peterson in Johnson’s absence. But Johnson could potentially make a return this season, should the Cardinals choose to designate him for return from IR.“I hope I do get back, but I really don’t know,” he said. “The wrist is a complicated limb and it’s tough to say, just because I still have this cast on. I haven’t even started rehab so I don’t know yet.”The 25-year-old led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns last season and was a Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selection. In Week 1 of this season, he had 23 rushing yards on 11 carries and was 6-for-9 on pass targets with 67 receiving yards.He left that game in the third quarter.Johnson spoke further on the injury in an interview with 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki on Thursday evening while at an event in Scottsdale for SOHO. You can see the interview in its entirety at the top of this page. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact