Coach Steve Wilks plans to talk with special teams coach Jeff Rodgers to figure out the best way to adjust.

Wilks believes the new rules will allow teams to use smaller, faster players to cover kickoffs because there is no longer a wedge to break up, and thinks it could lead to more returns.
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What I’m seeing right now is like a glorified punt return, Wilks said.

Players who kneeled last year were not punished because the act didn’t break any rules, and safety Antoine Bethea doesn’t think there should be any monetary ramifications for a similar gesture in 2018.

I really do think fining players for expressing what they believe, I think that’s kind of overboard, Bethea said.

(It’s) no different from in the past, when we’ve rewarded players like Pat Peterson, Chandler Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, just to name a few. There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past.

There are a lot of moving parts here. In terms of a new deal, there are the arguments that he nearly went 1,000-1,000 in 2016 and Kirk Gibson Jersey that he’s expected to be the driving force of this offense in 2018. There are the arguments that he missed almost all of last season with a wrist injury. There is zero question that both sides want to get a long-term deal done. This, as it does most of the time, will come down to the dollars within that deal.

Quarterback Sam Bradford said multiple times this week he already has chemistry with Johnson and that Johnson’s minicamp absence — since Johnson was at virtually every other voluntary workout since the Cards came back in early April Johnny Hekker Authentic Jersey — doesn’t hurt anything.

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