The Red-White practice Saturday, with a new coaching staff and with a team that is pretty banged up right now, was a little different than the Red-Whites of Whisenhunt past. But it was a big crowd — the biggest of camp — and gave the Cards a little something different as they head into a day off.
“It was a good thing for us just to see how we’ll play with people around,” linebacker John Abraham said. “A lot of times, practice gets monotonous, but to get to have a crowd and really play football, it brings the real stuff out. … Some people can’t handle big crowds. Some people are practice heroes.”
– The crowd was estimated at 17,500, topping last year’s record crowd of 14,500.
– Linebacker Daryl Washington made an impressive one-handed interception. He continues to plug away as his suspension draws closer at the beginning of the season and with another court date looming next week. “I’m a pretty strong person,” Washington said. “I always try to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive and I think in the end, (his off-field issues) are going to make me a stronger person overall.”
– I thought quarterback Drew Stanton had his best practice since becoming a Cardinal. I wasn’t the only one on the sideline with that belief. That was good to see.
– Running back Ryan Williams, who Bruce Arians already said was going to be out for another few days, was using crutches at practice. It was probably a precautionary move to take a little more pressure of his bothersome knee, but it’s still something you’d rather not see.
– We’ll end on a quote from guard Chilo Rachal, who was asked about all the trouble seem to have pronouncing his name. “You would think I’m from a foreign country,” he said. (For the record, it’s CHI-lo RA-shall.)
Tags: Chilo Rachal, Daryl Washington, Drew Stanton, John Abraham, Ryan Williams, training camp
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