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Needy Jefferson gets help from Fitz

Posted by Darren Urban on August 12, 2013 – 5:25 pm

Long after most players had cleared the field after Monday’s practice — indeed, the University of Phoenix crew in charge of breaking down the field and rolling it back outside for the night were getting antsy — rookie tight end D.C. Jefferson and Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were catching balls launched from a JUGS machine.

Fitz probably doesn’t need the extra work. Jefferson, the quarterback-turned-tight-end-in-college who has been hit-and-miss catching the ball, does. Fitzgerald saw Jefferson Monday, and decided to give him some pointers. Maybe it was just to be a good teammate and maybe it was Fitz remembering that Jefferson dropped a key pass in Friday’s game — something that can’t happen when games count.

“I normally stay out there and catch balls anyway,” said Jefferson, the Cardinals’ seventh-round draft pick. “I guess Larry saw me catching the ball, and he brought me to the side and showed me some extra drills to help me out.

“Anything from Fitzgerald is worth having. It is good to have his techniques and ways to be great.”

It’s been an up-and-down camp for Jefferson. He no question looks the part and his attitude is right. But he has struggled with mental errors at times and has dropped the ball too. Coach Bruce Arians also made a comment after the Packers game about Jefferson dropping a touchdown pass, but further review showed that Drew Stanton’s pass was off-target enough that Jefferson would have had a hard time pulling it in.

“I haven’t been perfect but I’m getting better every single day,” Jefferson said. “It’s coming along.”

Jefferson has been aided by a ton of reps, thanks to tight end injuries that have cleared the way for playing time. Whether that is enough to eventually get him a roster spot, or if he might be a practice squad candidate, well, that’s one good reason for Fitz to try and teach Jefferson what he can now. The job interview is ongoing.

“There’s pressure every day,” Jefferson said. “This is the NFL. Going against guys that are trying to kill you every day. You have to make your plays. There is definitely pressure. But it’s something I embrace.”

– Right guard Daryn Colledge (leg) basically practiced the whole way Monday and was dropped right back in with the first-unit offensive line. Paul Fanaika returned to the second unit.

– There were a couple of noteworthy catches. Fitzgerald made one in traffic between two defenders early in the practice. Patrick Peterson, helping double cover Fitz with Tyrann Mathieu later in the practice, made a pretty over-the-shoulder interception.

– The injured list included TE Jeff King (knee), TE Kory Sperry (ankle), LB Karlos Dansby (hamstring), RB Andre Ellington (concussion), RB Ryan Williams (knee), S Jonathon Amaya (knee), DT Dan Williams (ankle), DT Ricky Lumpkin (ankle) and LB Dan Giordano (PUP – toe.)

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13 Responses to “Needy Jefferson gets help from Fitz”

  1. By Mike Hadzinski C.M. PUNK on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Is dansby taking the summer off until week 1?

  2. By david on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Not to long till T.M. takes over at FS

    Prove them wrong.

  3. By lg on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Yea Jefferson did drop three passes friday night. that would have made him look real good. one was a good deep ball that he drop. but him being open and not catching the ball made him look real bad. i hope fitz can help him out so he can show us what he got when we play dallas.

  4. By Steve on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Darren: Just want to say I like the “Daily Report” videos hosted by you, Wolf and Paul, this website is getting better and better for Cards fans.

  5. By Cactus jeff on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    In regards to Jefferson at TE. He just looks stiff in his movements, another Leonard Pope,

  6. By Dan on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    I think he really only had one drop………….the one in the endzone what out of his reach and another one he would have caught but he got hit kinda weird and he just lost the handle. He shouldn’t worry.

  7. By Eazy E on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    The goal-line ball is what I remember vividly, but Stanton put it out there a little too much.

  8. By red bird of death! on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    All those catches were close as hell, he’s just gotta get his sea legs or whatever .I think DC will bounce back, him and Housler will be awesome this year look out!!!!

  9. By georgiebird on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    All the stories make for interesting reading. Injury updates and revised depth charts show that the season is really coming fast. But bottom line the major questions remain the same:
    1) Can the Cards run the ball to keep the defense honest ?
    2) Can the Cards stop the run and make the opponent one dimensional ?
    3) Can the Cards stop the 3rd and long (10+ yards) ?
    These are the real stories that will be played out in a few weeks. Arians seems to be doing most things right. Hopefully, the questions will all be answered “Yes”.

  10. By lg on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    In other words what i ‘m saying is make the play. the pass ain’t gone always be perfect but its your job to look good and make your QB look good.

  11. By jasonc on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Georgiebird-

    The major questions?!? I’d say the major questions are still QB play and pass protection given our weaknesses from last year. I agree the question you posted are still pivotal questions just think you need to remember that QB play is the engine that drives teams.

  12. By ored on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    just the number of down field throws is encouraging,take our shots and don’t leave em on the field,that and the players confidence tells me the QB play is heading in the right direction.

  13. By Bruce Arians on Aug 15, 2013 | Reply

    this teams going to win the superbowl boys i guarantee it. im the best coach threre is.

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