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The work at the end of the week

Posted by Darren Urban on July 27, 2012 – 6:41 pm

I’m not a big fan of doing any play-by-play or recaps of practice, because in the end, it just doesn’t matter. Each play is a snapshot, with little or no context. But, with the Red-White practice tomorrow — which will basically be a series of drives, offense versus defense, with play calls like it’s a game — the Cards worked on red zone and two-minute drills today. It provided some highlights.

– Tight end Rob Housler made a couple of nice catches at the back of the end zone, one time banging into the pad on the lower upright. Michael Floyd couldn’t haul in a high jump ball in the end zone, but later in the two-minute drill caught a pass while tippy-toeing toward the sideline. DeMarco Sampson beat Greg Toler in the end zone for a touchdown.

– But on the defensive side, Patrick Peterson broke up one pass over the middle, while Kerry Rhodes managed to control a bouncing, tipped pass to finally nab it for an interception.

– Interesting that, in the two-minute drill in the defense’s dime package, the defensive backs were Rhodes and Adrian Wilson at safety, and then four cornerbacks: William Gay, Peterson, Michael Adams and A.J. Jefferson. Toler worked with the second dime unit. It’s early, but these are the things you notice.

– The second unit of the offensive line during the two-minute drill were, from left tackle to right tackle, D.J. Young, Senio Kelemete, Ryan Bartholomew, Chris Stewart and D’Anthony Batiste. Eventually, Bobby Massie was put in at right tackle, Batiste slide to right guard, and Scott Wedige at center. I’ve said it a few times, but I think the wait for Massie to start will be awhile.

– Running back Alfonso Smith blew up linebacker Sam Acho on a block during the two-minute work. Smith has worked hard to earn a spot on the team, which I think is pretty assured at this point.

– If you are coming to the Red-White, don’t forget to come early. All the details are here, but last year, there were about 13,000 fans on hand.


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9 Responses to “The work at the end of the week”

  1. By David on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Enough already with the fitz pics , show some other players trying to make the team,

    thank you darren good reporting.

  2. By tucsteve on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    awsome picture

  3. By Born n Bred on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Massie can ajust to all thats coming to him now in life and take control of that spot cause we need him to be something other than your run of the mill backup or low end starter.. i would say alot of one on one mentoring and love to help.. Cant wait for the season

  4. By GACardFan on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Watched that practice highlight video. Of course it is practice and alot is scripted right now but both QB’s looked pretty good. Skelton may have looked a touch better I really look forward to this season I think either QB will be much improved and the team may prove to have an outstanding season.

  5. By Dustin Whitlock on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    watching practices and games last year, and just noting who is who at qb. i think skelton has his fundimentals down more. with foot work throwing motion and his progression. while kolb looks and has always look too crazy and completely unstable. i think the only real thing going for kolb is the money and quick feet to move. look forward to skelton winning that job and given the time to start and growing on the offense and getting better.

    – darren please let me know what your thoughts are on the comments above.

  6. By Darren Urban on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Dustin —

    RE: QBs

    I think I’ll leave those evaluations to the coaches. I’ll say that neither player did as well with the fundamentals as the coaches wanted. I think you are off on the Kolb assessment, in terms of “the only real thing going for him.”

  7. By brad oneill on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    the only thing Kolb has going for him. ha haha, ok where were we, oh yea 2 days into practice.

  8. By chris on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Darren
    Will you be putting up a video from the R/W practice?

  9. By Darren Urban on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Red-White video

    http://www.azcardinals.com/videos-photos/videos/Cards-Daily—2012-Red-White-Practice/4998f0aa-35f0-40a6-bc00-16f76c39a8f5

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