Flush the Pocket: Local shines for Cards

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top storyline from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

TEMPE, Ariz. – Every year on every NFL team, there’s a story -- at least one -- that captivates the fan base.

This year, the first one for the Cardinals is Kerry Taylor, a local product who went to Arizona State and then caught on with the hometown Cardinals, for whom he pulled in his first NFL passes on Sunday.

It’s a locally made Hollywood story.

Taylor’s opportunity arose because Larry Fitzgerald was hampered by a hamstring injury. Taylor was promoted from the practice squad Saturday afternoon, although he’d been practicing all week as if he would play. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the local hero went above and beyond his preparation, and was ready to fill in at positions where he never practiced before.

All it takes is one snap in the NFL for a player to write his own script, and Taylor’s looks like it’s just starting Chapter 1.

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com followed the long and winding path Taylor took to his first NFL catches.

Bob McManaman got to know rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu.

Terrance Harris of NOLA.com breaks down Sunday’s Cardinals-Saints matchup.

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com blogs about Taylor’s chance at the big time.