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    TEMPE T.J. Hockenson Jersey , Ariz. — said he will adjust his system to the abilities of whoever winds up being the team’s quarterback.He also said he has reached out to Larry Fitzgerald and talked to the wide receiver — who ranks third all-time in NFL receptions — about the offense McCoy will bring.Fitzgerald hasn’t publicly said he is returning for a 15th pro season but McCoy sure sounded like the receiver is a big part of the plans for the inaugural year under new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks.“It was great to talk to him,” McCoy said at an introductory news conference Monday. “He’s excited.”McCoy, who served four seasons as head coach at San Diego, inherits an offense that has no quarterback on its roster. General manager Steve Keim and Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said they will be aggressive in finding one — or more — through free agency, trades and the draft.“It’s a great challenge,” McCoy said, “I’m excited for it, come in here and figure out who that quarterback’s going to be and build the system around those players that we have here.”The Cardinals were left without a quarterback when Carson Palmer announced his retirement, one day after head coach Bruce Arians also retired.McCoy repeatedly said he would build the offense around the abilities of the players.“The key thing I think as a coach and as the offensive coordinator is to find out what our players do best,” he said, “and we’ll adjust accordingly.”McCoy said he wants a quarterback “that’s going to win a lot of games.”“That’s one thing you always look at when you evaluate the quarterback position is his win-loss record or does he make a team better,” he said. “There are certain quarterbacks that are great quarterbacks, but aren’t on very good teams.”The quarterback needs to be a leader and be tough.“It’s all about winning,” McCoy said. “We want to get a guy that’s going to win a lot of games for us and be a leader, because they’re all different shapes and sizes. That doesn’t matter to me.”Wilks Justice Hill Jersey , who was defensive coordinator at Carolina last season after five years as the Panthers’ secondary coach, said he felt a connection during the offensive coordinator’s job interview.“I think it’s important that you have a coach that understands the vast range of players that he may have to coach,” Wilks said, “and most importantly understanding that we may teach a certain way but we have to communicate with these guys differently based off their talent level, the number of years they may have been in the league, whatever.”McCoy was offensive coordinator in Denver from 2009 through 2012. He interviewed for the vacant Cardinals head coaching position in 2013 before taking the Chargers job. McCoy was fired by the Chargers after the 2016 season and spent last year as offensive coordinator with the Broncos again.He will inherit one of the league’s best running backs in David Johnson, who broke his wrist in the opener and missed the rest of last season. Johnson led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns in 2016.McCoy said Fitzgerald reminded him that Johnson is more than a ball carrier.“It’s not just going to be running it with him,” McCoy said. “When I talked to Larry the other day I made a comment and he said, `Coach, hold on now, this guy can run some routes for us, too, so let’s make sure we take advantage of that.’”Wilks’ entire coaching background is on defense but McCoy said the two of them will always be in close communication, especially during games. COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP)If it was up to Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/ben-powers-jersey-cheap , his training camp debut would have happened before Thursday.The Chargers decided to be cautious with their first-round draft pick as he recovered from a minor hamstring strain and delayed James’ first workout in pads.”I feel like I was ready Monday, but you know it’s an ongoing process.” James said. ”You never know with those soft tissue injuries, so I know they got my back. They only want what’s best.”James sustained the injury one week prior to the start of training camp while working out on his own, but there was no hint the former Florida State standout was limited in any way. During a position drill, James even joined his fellow defensive backs in an impromptu dance party.In the team period, James was smooth and explosive in limited repetitions to earn praise from head coach Anthony Lynn.”He looks good,” Lynn said. ”He looks good in his uniform. I mean, he’s a good-looking safety, but it’s just good to see him back out there because he had such a good offseason.”The decision to be cautious with James was understandable after cornerback Jason Verrett sustained a torn Achilles tendon during a conditioning test last week before the start of training camp. Trevor Williams, a possible replacement for Verrett, sustained an ankle injury on Tuesday, but Lynn said it was not a high-ankle sprain and that Williams could return in a week.James acknowledged some frustration at missing the start of his first training camp, but recognized why the Chargers would not want to risk having the injury linger into the regular season. Instead, he is focused on making the most of his time going forward.”They know what I can do,” James said. ”They drafted me in the first round for a reason. Just really come out here and become a master of my craft Iman Marshall Jersey , learn my movements and be where I’m supposed to be on the field.”With James on the field, the Chargers can start to figure out their safety pairings in earnest. Tre Boston started 15 games last season, but was not re-signed in free agency. James was drafted No. 17 overall to fill that vacancy and play next to incumbent Jahleel Addae.James is learning how to play as both a free safety and a strong safety right now, but Addae said differentiating between the two positions can be overblown in coordinator Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defense.”Coach always says it best,” Addae said. ”We don’t have no strong safety, we don’t have no free safety. We just have safeties. All of us are interchangeable.”James credited Addae and the other Chargers defensive backs with helping him adjust quickly to the NFL.”I sit right behind him in the meeting room and I try to pick his brain, and he don’t mind helping me,” James said. ”He’s a great guy. Adrian Phillips, he helps me. Our whole DB room and our coaches that we have are great people to be around, and they only want what’s best.”Still, James compared the learning process to feeding a baby.”They give me a little spoonful, and then I got to wait a little bit, and they give me some more,” James said.NOTES: The Chargers signed receiver Marcus Peterson and cornerback Channing Stribling on Thursday after placing Verrett and tight end Austin Roberts (torn ACL) on injured reserve.—

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