Another year, another former first-round linebacker for the club that is apparently testing the waters on numerous positions to begin summer workouts. Zaven Collins, the 16th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, was originally selected by general manager Steve Keim as the heir-apparent at MIKE linebacker to Jordan Hicks. Entering year two, even without the threat of Hicks on the roster, Collins still isn’t cemented as the man in the middle to call the defense.
Johnny Venerable grew up in Bloomington, Illinois and attended Illinois State University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism. Since then he has spent time with ESPN Chicago as well as SB Nation's Revenge of the Birds, covering the Arizona Cardinals on a consistent basis since 2016. Catch him on a plethora of PHNX programming including "PHNX Cardinals Live", "PHNX Bets Daily" and the "PHNX Sunday Tailgate."