So much has been made about Larry Fitzgerald’s work at all the receiver positions, but in truth, Bruce Arians likes testing out all his receivers. When he talks about young wideouts making errors half the time in the Green Bay game, part of that has to be attributed to what is on their plate. It’s part of the process.
“Coach Arians wants to see guys do things they may not be comfortable with, he wants to see what everyone is good at,” Fitzgerald said. “He wants to see you uncomfortable to push you, to get the best out of you. Everybody is on edge, on their toes. There are plays off the script that you’ve never been prepared for, but he wants you to be thinking, to be studying.”
It goes past the receivers. Arians thinks of camp — especially the early time — as a time for “experimentation.” That may have been one reason, for instance, that the Patrick Peterson-as-receiver scheme picked up steam as the days went past and the Cards saw on the field that he could flourish in such a role.
“Right now you have to press the element to figure out what guys can do,” Arians said. “You have to take them out of their comfort zone too, because they don’t know what their comfort zone is until they try something else. The more tricks you can learn, the more you can do. Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts, Larry Fitzgerald, they’re all learning all three (receiver) positions. You keep pressing the envelope. That’s how you find special niches — (for instance,) this guy is an outside player, but he’s a hellacious inside pass rusher. You won’t know it until you put him in there.”
– Forbes came out with its latest valuations of each NFL teams, with the Cardinals ranking 24th in the league at a worth of $961
billion million (Oops. Man, if it was billion, I better ask for a raise) in 2012 and an operating income of $9.7 million. The team with the biggest value? Saturday’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, at more than $2 billion. For the full list, go here.
– The Cardinals are off today. They resume practice tomorrow at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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