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#1 12-10-2018 08:20:24

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The way first-year coach Steve Wilks sees it Womens Landon Collins Jersey , that deluge of turnovers by Arizona opponents 鈥?16 in three games 鈥?this preseason is no happenstance.

It's the result, he said, of heavy emphasis in practice.

"I think it's really the standard that we've set," Wilks said Monday. "It's what we emphasize and what we teach and what we preach as coaches, taking the ball away."

The Cardinals benefited from four turnovers apiece by the Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints and a whopping eight by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Cardinals have one turnover 鈥?a pick thrown by Mike Glennon 鈥?so are plus-15 in takeaways.

All of which means nothing in preseason as far as wins and losses (Arizona is 3-0 but picked by many to finish at the bottom of the NFC West) but it is an eye-popping number. It's hard to lose when the opponent forks over the ball eight times.

"We create drills for that," Wilks said. "Coach Holcomb (defensive coordinator Al Holcomb) and the staff work on that daily. The things we do in practice, picking up loose balls. When we do get interceptions, it's the mindset of scoring, so you see guys run all the way to the end zone."

As an example, Wilks used Patrick Peterson's interception and return 30 yards untouched for a touchdown against the Cowboys.

"I just finished showing the team the interception that Patrick had and I backed it with the interception that he had in practice on the exact same sideline," Wilks said. "So I always say in order to do something in the game you have to first do it in practice."

By breakdown, Arizona has six interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.

"I mean, turnovers, it might look exciting out there," said linebacker Gerald Hodges, who had a forced fumble against Dallas. "But for us Authentic Eric Berry Jersey , it is normal because that is what we are preaching all throughout camp, all throughout practice 鈥?turnovers, turnovers. Run to the ball, get to the ball. When you run to the ball, when you get to the ball, you are going to create turnovers."

Peterson had a big day, returning that interception for a score, high-stepping the last few yards with the ball palmed in one hand. He also forced a fumble, stripping the ball away with a tackle.

"This is what I envisioned," Peterson said. "What I have been talking about the whole spring, up until this point. This defense is really opportunistic. It is really set up to make plays at any position. From the linebacker position, from the front four, to the back seven. We are out and we are flying around. We are playing fast football. We are playing together. Communicating. It is fun to see us flying around, playing the type of football that we are capable of playing."

Of course, the Cardinals have yet to see a legitimate starting NFL quarterback. Philip Rivers, Drew Brees and Dak Prescott sat out those games. The starter won't be playing for Denver in the preseason finale Thursday night Jack Doyle Jersey , either.

But make no mistake, forcing turnovers is designed to be a big part of the Cardinals game plan this season.

After making headlines much of his first two seasons after the Cowboys made him a first-round pick, Ezekiel Elliott mostly has laid low since his six-game suspension.

He did show up in photos on TMZ, along with quarterback Dak Prescott, during a fishing trip to the Keys when the two purchased, um, provocative water guns that Elliott wore to a nightclub. But that was Zeke being Zeke, having a little, innocent fun.

The Cowboys have insisted Elliott has learned his lesson and expect him to stay out of trouble. Owner Jerry Jones reiterated that Saturday night, saying the running back has a “new sense of awareness,” Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jones said he trusts the running back as much as “he trusts himself.”

He added, though, that Elliott still needs “a talking to” — sometimes daily — to remain on the straight and narrow. But the Cowboys have no concerns about Elliott between now and training camp.

In less than a year, Elliott has gone from sometimes being a migraine for the Cowboys to being a team leader, who has preached to his teammates the importance of working the next five weeks.

It’s why many in the organization are predicting a big year for Elliott.

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