Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden Jersey (left) and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald share a laugh on the first day of offseason work.

The past half-decade was memorable.
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Bruce Arians brought the Cardinals three double-digit win seasons, two playoff appearances and countless one-liners. While the team came close in 2015, it never ultimately won a Super Bowl.

It’s Steve Wilks’ turn to try now, but his first message to the team did not center on the pursuit of that ring.

This is the start of it all, as the players reconvened at the Braden Smith Jersey team’s practice facility in Tempe after months apart. There was plenty of smiling and laughing in the weight room as the group reconnected. Defensive end Chandler Jones was asked if he dreaded the return of offseason work, knowing the time for relaxation was over.

I didn’t actually dread it, Jones said. I was more excited than anything, just to get back in the facility with the guys.

The newest batch of Cardinals rookies will face that pressure-packed situation this weekend. They will arrive at the Cardinals’ facility on Thursday and then hit the field Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Draft picks like quarterback Josh Rosen and wide receiver Christian Kirk hope to get off on the right foot, but either way, their roster spots are secure.

It’s the recently-signed undrafted free agents and the tryout players who have the most to gain – or lose.

When you make a mistake, in the back of your head you’re like, ‘Could this one play be it?’ Seals-Jones said. Every time I messed up I’m like, ‘I’m going home.’

While negative thoughts pervaded Seals-Jones’ mind, Derrick Nnadi Youth Jersey he didn’t let it affect his preparation. The workdays are long for rookies, but that didn’t stop him from studying the playbook after getting back to his hotel each night.