Michael Bidwill impressed with Cards off-season progress

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As the Arizona Cardinals wrap up their off-season workouts, the coaches apparently aren’t the only one’s impressed with the progress being made on the field by both the rookies and veterans.

Count President Michael Bidwill among those in the front office who’s liked what he’s seen as the Red Birds wrap up mini-camp later this week at the team facilities in Tempe.

“All these young players, they’re great kids,” Bidwill told Brad Cesmat Tuesday on ‘Big Guy on Sports.’ “They’re almost inspirational because they’re at the beginning of their career. They’re fired up and ready to work hard. It’s great being around them. We’ve got a lot of great young men that are Cardinals now.”

One player Bidwill mentioned was first-round pick Michael Floyd who, along with third-round cornerback Jamell Fleming, agreed to terms with the club on Monday. The Cards have all seven members of their 2012 draft class under contract and ready for training camp next month in Flagstaff.

The biggest storyline both locally and nationally surrounding the Cards is at quarterback where incumbent Kevin Kolb split time with the first-team offense during organized team activities with third-year pro John Skelton who spelled Kolb last season.

Bidwill says the team’s philosophy of who starts won’t waver at any position, including quarterback, but he isn’t ready to predict who will start the season opener September 9 against Seattle.

“[Head Coach] Ken Whisenhunt has been clear since Day 1, he is all about competition at all the positions,” Bidwill explained to Cesmat. “I think we’ve seen both players play better and he’s able to make a good decision at the end of that process. Obviously, we’re going to have that this year. I’m looking forward to seeing that develop over the coming weeks and throughout the pre-season.”

The Cardinals will play five exhibition games this summer, starting with the Hall-of-Fame Game August 5 against the New Orleans Saints in Canton, Ohio.