Arizona Cardinals DE John Abraham makes early impact with new team

Aug 13, 2013, 3:12 AM | Updated: 3:13 am
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It didn’t take long for John Abraham to make an impact with his new team.

Wearing an Arizona Cardinals uniform for the first time last Friday night, Abraham sacked Green Bay quarterback Graham Harrell and caused a fumble which was recovered by Sam Acho.

The Cardinals scored eight plays later to extend their lead to 14-0. They went on to win their preseason opener 17-0 over the Packers at Lambeau Field.

But that’s what the 14th-year veteran does — he sacks quarterbacks and forces fumbles. Abraham is the NFL’s active sack leader with 122 and has forced 44 fumbles during his storied career.

Abraham, who signed with the Cardinals right before the start of training camp after spending the last seven season with the Atlanta Falcons, can’t wait to bring that pressure to a regular season Cardinals’ win.

“Yeah, I like to open (things) up for my teammates,” Abraham told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 Monday. “A lot of times, I get doubled, here and there. I think this year, it’s going to be the same because we’re in a 3-4 and I’ll have a lot more matchups on backs and tight ends.

“Having (Darnell) Dockett and Calais (Campbell) and a lot of young outside linebackers that can get to the quarterback, so I think it’s going to be a totally different scheme for me.”

Abraham racked up a franchise-record 68.5 sacks during his Falcons career. In March of 2012, the former South Carolina Gamecock signed a three-year extension to stay in Atlanta — a signing he thought would ensure he’d end his career with the Falcons.

“That was my gut instinct, but it didn’t work out at all,” Abraham said. “It was a hurtful thing — probably one of the hardest things in my life I’ve ever had to deal with, I mean, there’s been personal things outside of football that definitely hurt, but me signing that contract last year, I thought that was going to be my last rendezvous.

“Being 34 at the time and knowing that I’d pretty much made a home in Atlanta for the last seven years, you know, I thought that was it. But I’m happy where I am right now.”

Despite the fact that Abraham was hurt by Atlanta’s decision to move on and sign former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, he’s focused on his new team and new home.

“I don’t care if they made a mistake or not, it’s over. I’m worried about the Cardinals,” he said.

It should be noted that the Falcons visit University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale October 27.

Running back Stepfan Taylor takes a hit from defensive lineman David Carter during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Kerry Taylor tries to make a grab during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Drew Stanton receives a snap during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Drew Stanton throws a pass to tight end D.C. Jefferson during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cardinals specialists talk during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Andre Roberts and quarterback Carson Palmer chat during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Alex Okafor rushes the passer during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Members of the offensive line wait during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Rob Housler makes a catch over cornerback Jerraud Powers during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald goes up in traffic during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Ryan Lindley surveys the field during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Rashard Mendenhall wait during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Rob Housler makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer throws a pass to receiver Jaron Brown during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson lines up during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Rob Housler turns and runs with the ball during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Charles Hawkins makes a catch in the corner of the end zone during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Ryan Lindley lets a throw go while defensive end John Abraham watches during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald watches during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Alex Gottlieb makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald reaches for the pylon during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Lineman Joe Caprioglio battles with defensive tackle Padric Scott during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Offensive lineman Deveric Gallington runs through a drill during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Rob Housler makes a touchdown catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Playing on offense, Patrick Peterson runs with the ball during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Dan Buckner makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald tries for the one-hand catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Lineman Daryn Colledge is in between drills during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Jay Feely kicks a field goal during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians is in the background while receiver Larry Fitzgerald is in the foreground during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Nicholas Edwards makes a catch during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett and guard Jonathan Cooper battle during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linemen Daryn Colledge, Eric Winston and Joe Caprioglio run through a drill during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald dives into the end zone during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Guard Daryn Colledge leads the way for Patrick Peterson during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians share a conversation during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive end John Abraham prepares for the snap during Arizona Cardinals training camp Monday, Aug. 12, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

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