Coach Bruce Arians wore thick white sunscreen on his nose even though indoors at night — thanks to the cancerous cells he had to have scraped off earlier — and also wore a smile. The Cardinals finished their workout right around 100 minutes after getting started, and Arians was satisfied with the first full day of the Cards’ mandatory minicamp that was capped by the Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium.
“We had a little too much contact for my liking, but I knew it would happen, it always does when the fans come around,” Arians said. “I’m anxious to have training camp in this stadium with this many people every day, so we can have that kind of excitement.”
— Not a ton happened in the night practice. A deep catch by Larry Fitzgerald riled the crowd and Arians said the many deep throws weren’t an anomaly but how he wants to run his offense.
— Cornerback Patrick Peterson, who had been absent from voluntary OTAs for a month taking care of personal business, returned to the field.
— Wide receiver Michael Floyd sat out with a tight hamstring. Arians said it wasn’t serious. “We’ll be very cautious with him because he’s had a great spring,” Arians said.
— Arians said in terms of the training camp announcement that it would be at the stadium that the team will also have a separate 50-yard field in the dome to help in getting the work done.
— Nate Potter has gotten some work at right tackle and Bobby Massie at left tackle. Arians said he will continue to rotate the tackles so they get used to playing both sides.
— The Cards have two more days of minicamp before the veterans scatter for the summer. The walkthrough and the practice, which used to be separated into a morning and afternoon work, will instead both be in the morning because of the heat.
Tags: Bobby Massie, Bruce Arians, Fan Fest, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Nate Potter, Patrick Peterson
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