Javarris James has long admired his
uncle cousin, Edgerrin. He followed in Edge”s footsteps when he attended the University of Miami, and did it again when he played in 2010 with the Indianapolis Colts and now — at least potentially — has a chance to follow him with the Arizona Cardinals.
Javarris James is one of 16 players working with the Cards during minicamp on a tryout basis. The Cards could probably use another running back this offseason, with both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams coming back from leg injuries. He gained 112 yards on 46 carries for the Colts a couple of years ago in 10 games, and even if he were signed would be an incredible longshot to make the roster.
But right now, that’s not what he’s thinking about.
“I feel like I’ve been through worse,” James said. “I’m just happy to have this opportunity. The decision isn’t up to me. I need to study my playbook and execute my assignments, and that’s all I can do.”
Edgerrin James’ time in Arizona ended bittersweet. Edge was benched for a chunk of 2008, although he was the main running back in the playoffs as the Cards made their memorable Super Bowl run. James was then released the following offseason when Wells was drafted. Still, Javarris said “when we have talked, he had nothing bad to say about Arizona.”
Javarris James said it was “kind of crazy” how he has followed Edgerrin to college and then to the Colts and now the Cards. “I’m just happy I have someone like that I can get advice from,” Javarris said. “I just want an oppotunity to showcase my skills and hopefully take advantage.”
— Normally, it’s the undrafted rookie free agents that are on the fringe of the minicamps, and the Cards do have 16 of those. But with 16 tryout players for the rookie-only minicamp, it’s the tryout men who are on the very outskirts. The UDFAs will at least be around this summer. The tryout players could be done after Sunday.
“You can sympathize with what they are going through,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime. A lot of guys don’t ever get this chance. Sure there is nervousness and some worry but I give them credit because they are working hard.”
— Besides James,the other 15 players trying out are: K/P Ricky Schmitt, QB Tyler Lantrip, WR Keenan Burton, K/P Brody McKnight, LB Liko Satele, CB Randall Burden, RB Keola Antolin, S Danyae Coleman, S Eddie Elder, LB Richetti Jones, CB Larry Parker, S Kenji Jackson, DE Everrette Thompson, DE Tom Nardo and DE Tevita Finau.
— The Cards will wrap up the minicamp Sunday morning. The rookies will get a day off — Monday is the Cards’ annual charity golf tournament — and then the players who don’t have to return to school will be part of the offseason conditioning program going forward.
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