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Delving into the first Arians minicamp

Posted by Darren Urban on April 23, 2013 – 4:42 pm

The Cardinals are done with the first day of their three-day voluntary minicamp. The tempo for the almost two-hour work in the afternoon was crisp. Coach Bruce Arians said there were fewer mistakes than might have been anticipated. The only player not there was Larry Fitzgerald, but Arians knew that he wouldn’t be and said Fitz would be back on Wednesday. A couple other tidbits:

– T Levi Brown and LB O’Brien Schofield weren’t taking part as they continue their rehab from 2012 injuries. Arians said there was no reason to push it. Schofield should be back soon. Arians just wants to make sure Brown is available by the Fall. Arians said he might consider putting Nate Potter at guard at some point, but there is plenty of time to figure that out. Arians said a player should be able to play either guard or tackle on the same side.

– QB Carson Palmer said 75 percent of the offense has been introduced to the players, although there is a long way to go to make it work in practice. This is the teaching/learning phase, clearly, although the pace of the workout was noticeably quick.

– With Schofield out (and for all we know, even if Schofield was available) it was free agent linebacker Lorenzo Alexander lining up on the outside with Sam Acho. Daryl Washington and Jasper Brinkley were the inside linebackers. The first string secondary was Jerraud Powers with Patrick Peterson at cornerback and Rashad Johnson and Yeremiah Bell at safety.

– Washington obviously won’t be able to play the first four games because of his suspension. Arians said it was too early to know who will be the starter in Washington’s absence. “We will get Daryl ready to start just like I did with Ben Roethlisberger (before his suspension in 2010) and whoever was taking his place in September was more than ready to,” Arians said.

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5 Responses to “Delving into the first Arians minicamp”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 23, 2013 | Reply

    Darren -

    So does Washington get less reps this preseason to make sure his replacement is ready for week one? How do they get two guys equally prepared to play one position when there are only so many reps to go around, especially with the new CBA?

  2. By djjackson81 on Apr 23, 2013 | Reply

    FYI if and I believe AZ is gonna add a pass rushing OLB at least it will create competition for both OLB starting spots.

  3. By philly cards on Apr 23, 2013 | Reply

    Those safteys have me worried. Of course practice was crisp.with one defensive back.
    Potter inside?If there is a tackle drafted he would be force to move somebody inside.and the smart move is to do it sooner than later.

  4. By Darren Urban on Apr 23, 2013 | Reply

    Ottis –

    RE: Washington

    I don’t think it’d be an issue. Washington wasn’t going to play a ton in the preseason anyway, was he? Probably not.

  5. By DontTakeLosses on Apr 23, 2013 | Reply

    1. Like that the practice was crisp;
    2. Like that there are more active coaches coaching these guys;
    3. Heard there was a lot of cussing by the coaches, indifferent but contrast with prior regime may demonstrate sense of urgency and lack of tolerance with mistakes.

    Guess we know where “BadAss” nickname comes from ;) lol.

    DTL

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