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Williams, Grimm and Whiz

Posted by Darren Urban on August 3, 2010 – 12:37 pm

Not only did we get coach Ken Whisenhunt for a lunchtime presser today, but also Russ Grimm — the man is going into the Hall of Fame this weekend — and newcomer Dan Williams. Bits and pieces from all (although I will have Grimm and Williams stories up later today):

– Williams passed his conditioning test, although Whisenhunt said he was told by Justin Casey — the Cards’ front office man who drove Williams up to Flagstaff — the Williams must have brought up the test “at least 25 times” on the two-and-a-half hour ride. Williams was fine, and he weighed in at 325 pounds, which is actually a little lower than his max allowed weight.

– Grimm is set to leave after the night practice tomorrow to go to Canton for the Hall of Fame induction. He has to stay through the game Sunday night, so he will have to return next Monday. I’m sure he isn’t thrilled having to be gone that long, but duty calls, and you’re only inducted into the Hall of Fame once.

– Whisenhunt said he likes the work he has seen from fullback Nehemiah Broughton and fellow FB Charles Ali is in the mix, but the Cards are also using tight end Dominique Byrd in the backfield some and Whiz likes how that has looked. If Byrd can do well there, it would go a long way toward helping him stick on the roster.

– Whiz, asked about Brett Favre, you know, if Favre really is retiring, what his thoughts were. “We talked about this last year,” deadpanned Whisenhunt. The coach talked about how much respect he has for Favre, noting “I know (retirement) is a decision he has to make. This game and this league will miss him if he doesn’t play.” Whiz was then asked if that meant he was one of those out there that thinks Favre still hasn’t made up his mind. Quipped Whisenhunt, “Like I said, we had this conversation last year.”


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13 Responses to “Williams, Grimm and Whiz”

  1. By Ben on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    I for one am pulling for Byrd!!!

  2. By Eazy E on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    I like dominique byrd in a h-back/tight end role. I think he’s a good fit in that role.

  3. By Jared on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    Just wondering what the cardinals conditioning test was and what the time were allowed.

  4. By Scott on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Have they made the roster move needed to add Williams yet? If not, how long till they have to?

  5. By darrenurban on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Jared –

    It’s two 300 yard shuttle runs. Times vary for position. I think defensive linemen have something like 75-80 seconds for each run.

  6. By darrenurban on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Scott –

    I think they have already made the move, but nothing has been announced yet. Williams can’t sign unless they cut someone, so they had to have done something. I hope to have info soon.

  7. By Aaron on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a fan of Byrd’s as well, and from what I’ve read his athleticism could make for some interesting fullback pass options. Whiz has done a good job at keeping teams guessing with various options over the years, and I see this as another one of those opportunities.

    As a side note Darren, who else on the roster has talents outside of their position? We’ve seen Boldin and Rolle play QB the last two years, and DRC play receiver. Who do you think might be able to do gadgets, on either side of the ball, now that we don’t have Boldin or Rolle?

  8. By darrenurban on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron –

    I think Rhodes could be a wildcat QB maybe. Dockett and Watson can play a mean FB too.

  9. By Scott H on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Glad to see Williams in town, VERY glad to see Russ Grimm going into the Hall of Fame…it’s all good!

  10. By andy on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    I think Tim Hightower is the backup field goal kicker.

  11. By Gage on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Atta Boy Williams… go fight beanie and lets get these attitudes where they need to be!!! BOOOM 3 Peat

  12. By Aaron on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Good point! The way they open a hole when teams aren’t expecting it, I could walk into the endzone. Beasts!

    Lookig forward to some fun gadget plays from Rhodes and maybe Byrd. They are few and far between usually more for the players and fans as opposed to assuming they’ll work as a part of the game plan, but as a fan they’re awesome.

  13. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    How about Breaston in the “Braddock”? I believe he was Gatorade Pennsylvania HS Player of the Year at QB.

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