Sunday afternoon the Cardinals got back on the field for the first time since the Oakland game. It was, coach Ken Whisenhunt said during his lunchtime presser, a chance to go over the mistakes the Cards made against the Raiders.
What was noticeable in the work that just lasted over an hour (in the Walkup Skydome, after it rained — hard — most of the afternoon) was the intensity that crept in by the final 11-on-11 work.
“The energy was pumped up,” defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. “I think everybody knows where we are about to go this week.”
That’s Green Bay for those who aren’t sure, and the defending champs will be playing a game at Lambeau for the first time since winning the Super Bowl. Preseason or no, that’ll be a big deal. So it wasn’t a surprise when the volume got loud, when tight end Jeff King and linebacker Paris Lenon scuffled (tight end Stephen Spach as peacemaker and not instigator? Imagine that). The offense went crazy when running back Ryan Williams juked and broke an ankle or two (not literally, for anyone concerned) to get loose down the field. The defense did the same when safety Matt Ware came from centerfield for a nice on-the-run interception and return.
Some other moments/notes:
– Didn’t seem to be any changes on the depth chart. That’s not a shock right now. One game does not an evaluation make.
– RB LaRod Stephens-Howling did a good job blocking linebacker O’Brien Schofield on a blitz pick-up.
– RB Beanie Wells made a fantastic one-handed catch — left-handed — in traffic.
– CB Patrick Peterson did a good job ranging over to make a leaping interception at one point.
– Learning from mistakes was one thing QB Kevin Kolb kept stressing. He showed it tangibly Sunday. One play Andre Roberts beat Greg Toler deep on what looked like a skinny post, but Kolb didn’t get enough air under the ball and over threw Roberts. A couple plays later, same scenario, except Larry Fitzgerald was the receiver. This time, Kolb put it on the money.
– Speaking of Roberts, that he got open deep was to be noted, especially with all the wonder/speculation about the Cards “needing” a No. 2 receiver. Both Kolb and Whisenhunt said after the Raiders game Roberts got open deep a couple of times, just that the passes didn’t work out. That’ll be something I’m sure everyone will be watching going forward.
Tags: Andre Roberts, Beanie Wells, Darnell Dockett, Greg Toler, Jeff King, Ken Whisenhunt, Kevin Kolb, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ware, O'Brien Schofield, Paris Lenon, Patrick Peterson, Ryan Williams, Stephen Spach
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