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After the Red-White

Posted by Darren Urban on August 3, 2013 – 5:17 pm

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.)


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10 Responses to “After the Red-White”

  1. By Christo on Aug 3, 2013 | Reply

    Chilo’s name won’t matter much in a couple more weeks.

  2. By Nick on Aug 3, 2013 | Reply

    Disappointed that there wasn’t more info about the kids autograph session. We drove up from Sierra Vista and now have 3 disappointed little Cards fans….its usually the highlight of their summer.

  3. By tbru on Aug 3, 2013 | Reply

    So what is the official difference between a regular practice, and a “red & white”? I have been to two practices. They looked the same to me (other than than than the crowd).

    So far them best overheard crowd comments….

    What number is Hightower, Where is Hightower?

    #12 looks pretty good, who is he? Annnn Dray Roberts? He must be new.

    What number is Neil Rackers? you mean Jay Fielder?

    I think #14 will be the starting QB this year

  4. By luke on Aug 3, 2013 | Reply

    i was there for my first Cardinals practice, it was defiantly impressive with then numbers that showed up. I found two other guys equally passionate and had a good time. BA wasn’t kidding when he said the light came on i saw tons of 10+ yard completions, and a highlight real of amazing ones. Rob housler was a little disappointing but i’m sure he will be ready on Friday no doubt.

  5. By Chris B on Aug 3, 2013 | Reply

    Yes trbu, I often find listening to the people around me to be equal parts hilarious and upsetting. You either have the completely ignorant just making things up as they go or the “know-it-all” who often incorrectly disperses “facts” to no one in particular.

  6. By Eazy E on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    Damn I love Ryan, God I hope he can stay healthy and realize his God-given ability as a running back.

  7. By andystandsup on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    Speaking of quotes – 5 of the 7 players/coach that attributed in last year’s piece are no longer with the team.
    Less than a season later, Whiz, Kolb, Skelton, Wilson and Rhodes have moved on.
    Kinda scary, kinda exhilarating.

  8. By truths4all on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    I was not able to attend this, but find the observation that this was Drew Stanton’s best practice very interesting since all of the other Card fan blogs reported that Stanton and Lindley both looked not very good.

    I add that Washington’s highlight interception being an perfect example shown on the local TV news to back-up the other bloggers’ observations.

  9. By Nick on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    Stanton didn’t look too good to me. Some bad throws mostly waiting too long to make the throw. Some, in his defense, could’ve been miscommunication or a wrong route in the flat by the RB. Only they know that though. But if that was his best practice….yikes. But I’m not a pro coach so what do I know.

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