The Cardinals’ locker room, relatively speaking, is overflowing. Because of the rule change to allow 90 players on the roster for the first time during the offseason (it happened in training camp last year too, following the lockout as a special circumstance), temporary lockers have been added this summer and it’s just more crowded as the team readies to undertake a second week of OTAs.
Not that it’s bothering Darnell Dockett.
“I put a rookie out of his locker that was next to mine, put him in the middle of the hallway,” the defensive lineman deadpanned. “Rookies are just people in the locker room. I give the rookies hell. When I come around they all just scatter.
“But,” Dockett added, “it’s good to have young guys around and I think the coaches did a good job getting young talent. Hopefully those guys will develop.”
Dockett, who once upon a time before his latest contract extension wasn’t a big fan of the voluntary stuff, not only has embraced it the last couple of years but actually sounded like he was rejoicing getting a chance to do something right now after missing all of last offseason. The defense was so far behind when 2011 started — and Dockett was one of the players who most struggled with the transition — that having a year and now a summer window to perfect the defense is welcome.
“Oh my God, this is so much fun,” Dockett said. “You can actually enjoy practice without paying attention 130 percent. It’s good. There is more work to do. We have wrinkles to add, and there are blown assignments here and there. Right now, we want to get through the process and keep guys healthy.”
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