The Cardinals are done with the first week of training camp, culminating in this dreary day in Flagstaff where the rain shoved everyone inside the Skydome for the Red-White practice. The crowd was estimated at somewhere between 10,000 and 11,000, a nice turnout anyway and especially considering the weather. So takeways:
– Rookie WR Stephen Williams shined again (more on that in my notebook later). I know it’s early and I know we have to see him in games, but right now, I say he makes this team, with third-round WR Andre Roberts, to team with veterans Larry Fitzgerald, Early Doucet and Steve Breaston.
– Doucet is dinged again. He sat out Saturday with an abdominal strain that coach Ken Whisenhunt said not a big deal. Doucet had not done much the last couple of days.
– It was Beanie Wells’ 22nd birthday. For a present, the defense got him stuffed at the goal line on the last play of the workout, with safety Matt Ware leaping into the gap and hitting Beanie as Beanie tried to leap over the pile of bodies. “It’s a pride thing,” Ware said. “You want to show your manhood.”
– Speaking of the defense, a few of them waved their arms to get the crowd riled up at the end. “I can’t ’t recall a practice where I saw the defense getting the crowd up like they did,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. Maybe it was to be expected though. Said Ware, “(The quarterbacks) get cheered for throwing balls in the trash can, and we tag them off (instead of tackling) and they still run for touchdowns. Sometimes we get annoyed with that. Today, we got the crowd into it a little bit.”
– Overall, there were a bunch of drops or near-misses from receivers, in both drills and the controlled scrimmage. Even Williams dropped one early in the practice.
– CB Greg Toler looked better, although he was beat deep by Breaston on a pass that was simply overthrown by QB Matt Leinart. Even though it landed incomplete, Toler did a penalty of push-ups on the sideline after.
– Whisenhunt said Leinart “did good,” blaming some issues on protection problems. To the naked eye, it wasn’t Leinart’s finest hour. He didn’t get into the end zone (Derek Anderson’s pass to Williams for a 10-yard score was the lone touchdown), threw one interception to Toler on an underthrown jump ball to Fitz and had another interception dropped by CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Anderson played better. Whisenhunt said the Cards just need to correct mistakes and move forward.
– QB Max Hall looked better than John Skelton, to be expected given Hall’s college polish compared to Skelton.
– Leinart did have a two-yard TD run (shown below) but it was called back because of holding.
– The Cards are now off until practice Monday morning.
Tags: Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells, Derek Anderson, DRC, Early Doucet, Greg Toler, John Skelton, Ken Whisenhunt, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, Matt Ware, Mx Hall, Stephen Williams, Steve Breaston, training camp
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