But this is about talent ceilings and quarterback

first_imgBut this is about talent, ceilings and quarterbacks who can start revolutions and win the Super Bowl. I’ll bet on the incoming rookie. The one with a Wonderlic score that ranks among the worst of the incoming prospects, with a score that only excites at the Blackjack table.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Lamar Jackson scored a 13 and become one of the most dynamic rookies in 2018.But the difference in brainpower between Rosen and Murray is a serious question. Over the sweep of history, some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks have ranked among the immobile and least athletic (Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, etc.). They won games between the ears. They won plays before the ball was snapped. They reduce a violent sport to simple algebra.But great quarterbacks also make plays because they feel the game with their feet, possessing an arm that doesn’t need advanced warning. They see, they throw, they win. IQ is great. But DNA is even better.And if the Cardinals wanted to make a bold declaration, stage a grand reopening and commit to a bold new vision in 2019, how can they not empower Kingsbury with a talent like Murray, a player he’s been chasing since high school?Duh.During his visit to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Monday, Cardinals icon Larry Fitzgerald couldn’t help but notice the difference in organizational tone, starting with Kingsbury.“That’s a cool cat, man,” Fitzgerald said. “He is a cool dude … he doesn’t have that, ‘I’m the head coach, get out of my way’ mentality.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kingsbury’s cool is working great because that’s how it works when you haven’t lost a game or your temper. Tough times require discipline, order, authority and credibility born from experience. That’s why the job is full of peril and potholes for Kingsbury, and why the next starting quarterback is so important to his future.That’s why drafting Murray makes even more sense.His Wonderlic score is not impressive, even though it is reportedly nine points higher than Alabama defenseman Quinnen Williams. He’s not good in a crowd of people. He seems a bit distrustful of outsiders, the type that requires the perfect kind of comfort zone. In Arizona, he’d be learning an offense he already knows, playing for a head coach who has no skepticism about his size or height. He would already know he has full organizational support, from the top down. And that would give Murray the freedom to be himself and make mistakes.Granted, Rosen has shown some of his own intelligence in the offseason. He’s shown up for work and caused no problems. It’s a hard swallow when circumstances conspire to take your job, and when you’re no longer considered the bright shiny future of the franchise. In this arena, Rosen has shown great maturity and toughness, on and off the field. 135 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The NFL draft wouldn’t be complete without leaked Wonderlic scores. Kyler Murray got a 20. The number is considered perfectly average by official test standards and a red-flag for potential NFL quarterbacks.By contrast, Josh Rosen scored a 29 in 2018.Uh oh.So, is Rosen really nine points smarter than Murray? And what does that mean on a football field?Start here:Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald says Josh Rosen handling Cardinals draft buzz wellFitzgerald: Cardinals say ASU’s Harry reminded them of Anquan BoldinLarry Fitzgerald comments on sitting in with Suns front office interviewsLate-round Cardinals NFL Draft picks to be announced from TombstoneCards on the Clock: 98.7 FM’s NFL Draft week special coverageStandardized testing can be highly deceiving. Some people can navigate 50 questions in 12 minutes. Others can’t ride the intellectual surfboard. Some have anxiety and learning disabilities. Others shine with a No. 2 pencil. Too often these scores are used for mocking purposes. Top Stories (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Researchers study broader effects of neonics on wildlife

first_imgJun 21 2018Health impacts of neonicotinoids may go well beyond bees, according to a new University of Guelph study.U of G researchers found residues of the insecticides in the livers of wild turkeys, providing evidence that this common agrochemical is being ingested by free-ranging animals.The researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College are among the first to study the broader effects of neonics on wildlife.Published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research, the study showed that nearly 10 of the 40 wild turkey carcasses tested had detectable levels of neonicotinoids in their livers. Two types of the insecticide were found in some birds.The researchers also found corn and soybean seeds coated with the insecticide in the digestive system of some birds.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new study”Wild turkeys supplement their diet with seeds from farm fields,” said pathobiology professor Claire Jardine. She conducted the study with former pathobiology professor Nicole Nemeth, who is now at the University of Georgia, pathobiology PhD Amanda MacDonald, and Philippe Thomas, a wildlife toxicologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada.”There has been growing concern among natural resource managers, conservationists and hunters about whether the use of neonics may be linked to poor reproductive output of wild turkeys.”While researchers have focused on health risks of neonicotinoids to bees, studying exposure levels in larger wildlife species is critical in understanding wider impacts on migratory behavior, reproduction and mortality, said Jardine.”Our results serve as baseline data for southern Ontario wild turkeys and provide context for reference values in future analyses.”MacDonald began the study after officials with the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers called for research into the potential threat posed by neonics to wild turkeys.”A number of member hunters throughout southern Ontario had seen wild turkeys in the fields eating these seeds,” said MacDonald. “In certain areas, they noticed a lack of young birds and wanted to know if neonicotinoids had anything to do with it.”The study proves wild turkeys consumed neonic-treated seeds, but long-term health effects on the birds remain unknown, added MacDonald.Previous studies have found that neonic-coated seeds cause health risks in partridges, pigeons and quail. Small amounts of the insecticide have been shown to affect body mass, reproductive efforts and perhaps mortality in migratory white-crowned sparrows.”We need to continue to assess levels of neonics in a variety of wildlife, especially those that may feed off the ground or consume plants and insects and therefore might be more likely to come into contact with them,” said Nemeth. Source:http://www.uoguelph.ca/last_img read more