"We're excited and looking forward to getting on the field with our players," he said. "The biggest thing, when you see guys like we have right now that have put a lot of effort and energy into making themselves better players, at all different levels of their playing careers - meaning guys like James Burgess, (Keith) Kelsey and (Sheldon) Rankins - continue to try to develop their craft and continue to get better. Then you see young guys like James Hearns, (Duke) Culver and Jaire Alexander, those guys have really worked hard to improve themselves. Now we really get to enter the next phase of our season, which is to go out and perform on the field."
With a multitude of talent returning on the front seven, Grantham anticipates utilizing the depth throughout the season.
"My philosophy has always been to play a lot of guys on the front," he said. "I think we have created a little bit of depth with the guys that have worked hard to improve themselves."
Much of the buzz around the defense is the addition of former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end DeVante Fields.
"DeVante looks good and he's excited to be here and be part of our team," he said. "We have a lot of good players in our front and by getting him here will create competition for everybody and I think competition makes everyone better."
"They are obviously excited to be able to play this year," he said. "They are going to mesh with the other players on our team. Both guys have worked hard to develop their craft as players. They've done an excellent job in the classroom and off the field for us - I'm very proud of what they've done there. They've been a positive addition to what we are trying to do here."
The Cardinals will hold four practices that will be open to the public, beginning on Saturday and Sunday. The veterans will work out first at 2:30 p.m., while the newcomers hit the field at 6:30 p.m., on each of those two days. The final two practices open to the public are on Monday and Tuesday at 4:20 p.m.