The Cardinals finished up minicamp — and the entirety of their offseason on-field work — today a little early, with coach Ken Whisenhunt giving his players the added bonus of calling off the final gassers just as they lined up to run them.
“I am excited to start in training camp and picking up where we left off,” Whisenhunt said.
The message to the team? Don’t go backwards. “We’ve made progress,” Whisenhunt told the players. “I don’t know how much progress, and we still have a ways to go, but the important thing is that we don’t take a step backwards.”
There will be players around working out, but many will scatter for their chunk of off-time. Training camp report day is July 24.
— Whisenhunt said he fully expects RB Ryan Williams (patella tendon) to be ready for the start of training camp although the team will be smart about it. RB Beanie Wells (knee) hopefully will be ready too. “He’s got to work himself back to being ready,” Whisenhunt said of Wells. “We’ve done the right thing with Beanie as far as the offseason and making sure he is healthy. He’s got to bust his tail the next few weeks to be ready for training camp because some guys have looked good there.”
Whiz said he isn’t concerned about his rehabbing runners, though.
— TE Jeff King (partial quad tear) will probably be handled with kid gloves even if he is cleared for the start of camp. “But don’t tell him that,” Whisenhunt quipped.
— Whisenhunt said the Cards focused on their offensive system during the offseason work, as opposed to tweaking it a lot. “It was up and down the first couple of weeks of OTAs, but you really started to see it the last couple of weeks and especially last night,” he said.
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