The Cardinals did a lot more on their final OTA day than they had in a long time — in years previous, the team would often get excused after the opening special teams period (or, under Ken Whisenhunt, after a stretch). There was full work today, although a Chandler Catanzaro field goal clipped the end about 30 minutes earlier than normal. The Cards had also eschewed the two-practice-field work the last few days of OTAs. Next week is the last work of the offseason — mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
— Bruce Arians said he was happy with the competition, although again, with no pads, it’s hard to know exactly where anyone is. That won’t change next week, because the rules are exactly the same for minicamp.
— In particular, Arians said the final roster for both the defensive line and outside linebackers will be “interesting” in terms of the numbers kept. “We are going to keep the best 53.
— Arians passed over the chance to say Bobby Massie has a strong hold on the right tackle job right now, instead pointing out how good of an offseason Earl Watford has been having at multiple positions — including right tackle. (We’ll have more on Watford later on the homepage.)
— Michael Floyd has been sitting out this week with an undisclosed ailment and Larry Fitzgerald missed the last couple days of the voluntary work, leaving lots of reps for John Brown — who Arians said has been “great” in OTAs.
— Arians said rookie running back David Johnson looks very good as a receiver. As for being a running back, that evaluation can only come when the pads are on, Arians said.
— Quarterback Carson Palmer briefly appeared in 11-on-11 work although it was in a walk-through drill. Palmer could get more no-huddle work in minimcamp, Arians said, “depending who’s on defense.” That means Arians has to trust the defenders to stay well away from Palmer and his knee. The vets know what’s what.
— The final OTA opened with the big boys of the offensive and defensive lines catching kickoffs. It’s always a sight to behold (and yes, there should be video on it later today.)
Tags: Bobby Massie, Chandler Catanzaro, Earl Watford, John Brown, OTAs
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