It was early in today’s OTAs. The quarterbacks and pass catchers were going through the drill in which five receivers go out in patterns and the four QBs (plus a coach) throw passes to each. I have no idea who threw the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, who was running half-speed down the right sideline, but it was a bit back over the wrong shoulder. Without a pause — and looking like he had planned it the whole way, Fitz reached back with his right hand, twisting his body, and snatched the ball from the air one-handed. No fuss, no muss and certainly no bobble. Incredible.
I was furiously scribbling down the play to note when the director of pro personnel T.J. McCreight came walking down the sideline on which I was standing asking if I had indeed seen it. Turns out McCreight was equally impressed and wanted to talk about with someone — yet it seemed almost everyone on the sideline was deep in their own conversation or looking elsewhere.
Note to self: Don’t ever become jaded at some of the marvelously athletic plays I get to see often.
Back with OTAs today after the long weekend:
— Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Onrea Jones has, at least early on, established himself as the leader in the fight for the fourth receiver spot. “O.J. has done a great job of working hard, made a lot of plays in the OTAs and did a good job for us last year on the practice squad,” Whisenhunt said.
— Under the category of this-is-what-OTAs-are-for, the Cards worked Brandon Keith some at left tackle today (Keith has been working as first-string right tackle) and Jeremy Bridges got some work at right tackle. Versatility is what the Cards are looking for, and it helps with the offensive line depth they have built.
— Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie tried to give it a go on his sore toe today, but he had to shut it down after awhile. Linebacker Gerald Hayes remains working on the side with his back issues.
I’ll have more in a notebook I post this afternoon on the home page.
Tags: Brandon Keith, DRC, Gerald Hayes, Jeremy Bridges, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, T.J. McCreight
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