The Cardinals have benefited from having veterans give some help to younger players, a subject Steve Breaston touched on at the end of his chat today and I wrote about earlier this offseason. It’s not always automatic, coach Ken Whisenhunt said, but it is part of the reason the Cards are successful.
“I don’t know if it natural,” Whisenhunt acknowledged. “I know it’s always been a part of the good teams I have been around. It’s something we have encouraged. It’s not something that always takes off because there are veterans who are worried about their job. But I think the way our team has changed over the years, we have gotten a lot of the right guys here. Look out there now and see the older guys working with the younger guys, that’s an important part of your team chemistry and becoming a good football team. That unselfish quality will help you win.”
– The Cards continue to mix and match in the secondary. Justin Miller now was taking reps with the first unit with Greg Toler (DRC remains out with his sore toe). Whisenhunt said using multiple players in the first unit is both a reward for players playing well and an opportunity for coaches to check out players.
“Whenever you see someone who does something you like, you want to put him in positions with the first team or different situations inside in the sub-defensive packages where you can get a look at them,” Whisenhunt said. “That will continue through training camp. I think what I am more encouraged with now is feeling we have good players there (in the secondary). We have more depth than I thought. It was an area of concern coming in and we have a comfort level there now.”
– The play of the day today (at least, the one I noticed) was Breaston going up and over Toler — who had good inside position — to steal a bomb after quarterback Max Hall’s deep throw came out of his hand a little wobbly.
– The Cards had another (and probably final) team competition at the end of the workout — punt catching out off machine. Gabe Watson was the hero, making the final catch for the defense (seen below) after they had gotten out to a slow start and fallen behind, two catches to none. Guard Reggie Wells couldn’t pull in his try in the bottom half of the inning, and the offense was on the hook for a little extra work. There definitely was some intensity on the line (and a video upcoming later today on the site).
Tags: DRC, Gabe Watson, Greg Toler, Justin Miller, Ken Whisenhunt, Reggie Wells, Steve Breaston
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