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The benefit of the camp walkthroughs

Posted by Darren Urban on August 8, 2015 – 10:09 am

Bruce Arians has never made it much secret — crystallized with his “Camp Cupcake” line — that he would prefer to have a couple of practices a day, instead of the one lengthy one and a walkthrough in the morning, as mandated by the CBA. But there is one big benefit of the walkthrough. Injured players can take part.

Arians pointed out that he wasn’t that concerned with the time missed by veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, because Weatherspoon is able to go through all the plays on defense every day. The same goes for running backs Andre Ellington and David Johnson, who can learn the playbook even though they aren’t stressing their problem hamstrings. The walkthroughs are a big reason the Cards had no problem activating tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas from their respective lists even though they aren’t quite ready to participate much in practice. On the list, no walkthrough. Activated from the list and those guys can do just as intended — walk through the plays.

Ellington, for instance, is still the first-string running back on some plays in walkthrough. It’s not perfect. Guys still have to play football to get better at football — Arians pointed out he still needs to see Johnson in pads, for instance — but knowing that injured players aren’t completely shut out is important to Arians and his coaches.

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2 Responses to “The benefit of the camp walkthroughs”

  1. By Dr. G. on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply

    Darren – – Is there any restriction in the CBA that prevents players from being required to arrive a bit early for the trainers to guide their stretching in the work out room? Or is that considered practice time? Arians needs max field time. Some fans are critical of this.

    Surely they could do this voluntarily if the trainers were asked to be there to help. Activities such as what Palmer does off season with the WRs shows real leadership. No real reason the men cannot prep the hammies if in fact there is some doubt of their prep work ethic. Some need a little hand-holding!

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Field time

    Coaches — which includes strength and conditioning coaches — interacting with players on field is considered practice time. Players can’t ask, even if they wanted.

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