Brittan Golden stood on the University of Phoenix Stadium turf about 30 minutes after practice Sunday, waiting to head to the locker room. He had just been able to spend a little time with his young daughter, and she didn’t want Daddy to go — so while his wife shepherded her up the stairs, Golden wanted to remain in view to make the departure easier.
It was a good day for Golden, a wide receiver. Not only did he get to see his family, but he was excellent in practice, making several impressive catches for an offense that seemed to win the day. It was a good showing — but ultimately, Golden knows that only means something for so long.
“I try not to think about it, because as fast as you have a good play the very next play could be just as bad,” Golden said. “Whatever you last did. This league is what have you done for me lately, so …”
Each of the last two seasons, Golden has started the season on the practice squad, only to be later elevated to the 53-man roster. With the top four receiving positions all but set with Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Michael Floyd and Jaron Brown, a fifth spot would seem to come down to Golden or fifth-round pick J.J. Nelson (it is possible, but unlikely, the Cards could keep six receivers.)
It would be difficult to let Golden go if his practices are like Sundays. But with the experience of a player cut multiple times (He’s also spent time with the Bears and Jaguars), the 27-year-old Golden wasn’t about to overvalue what he had done.
“I feel more confident in myself and I think the first couple camps, I came in a little skittish,” Golden said. “I don’t really know, maybe I’m not made for this. But going through it enough times, you have to forget about it and just play.”
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