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Keim’s first-week analysis of #CardsCamp

Posted by Darren Urban on August 10, 2015 – 8:16 am

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim reiterated today that there could be a trade or two for the Cardinals as the regular season approaches and the team tries to figure out what they do with a couple positions of depth — in particular, the quality group of defensive linemen the team has compiled. He also said, during the first of his weekly appearances on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, that a trade usually comes down to a focus on positions of need rather than the best player available.

As for the Cards’ own positions of need right now, Keim named three spots, all of which have been impacted by early injuries: Running back, inside linebacker and offensive tackle. Running back and tackle, Keim said, are OK when the Cards are healthy and he added Andre Ellington should return to practice this week. (The Cards are also missing David Johnson and Marion Grice, while young tackles D.J. Humphries and Rob Crisp are also out.)

One position Keim is bullish on is tight end. He praised Ifeanyi Momah a ton, which just falls in line with what has been easy to see on the field. Momah has been OK blocking — he’s definitely missed a couple during 11-on-11, but he will be a receiver-first tight end, and he does that well — while Keim also is happy with Darren Fells and is excited about Jermaine Gresham. Now, if Troy Niklas can get back and going …

— Keim, like Bruce Arians, wouldn’t put a timeline on Michael Floyd’s return, but he noted how focused Floyd was before he got hurt and reiterated what a big season this is for Floyd and his future in Arizona.

— The defensive line is deep and talented. Rookie Rodney Gunter is flashing what the Cards had hoped, and there is a belief Gunter can work at nose tackle as well as defensive end. Keim also said Corey Peters is having a good camp.

 

— Keim believes guard Jonathan Cooper has lost the “hitch” he developed after breaking his leg and looks like he did when he was trending up in his rookie training camp. He also praised the camp of inside linebacker Kevin Minter and outside linebacker Alex Okafor.

 


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3 Responses to “Keim’s first-week analysis of #CardsCamp”

  1. By LadyBird04 on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    Keim was vague regarding timeline for Floyd’s return. It was a gruesome injury and IMHO it would be close to a miracle if he made it to 1st season game against the Saints. Also of note, he was neither asked or mentioned injury to J. Powers. We really need Powers on the field either as our #2 CB or in packages. Hope Arians addresses what happened with Powers on Saturday when he speaks to the media later today..

  2. By Mike T on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    I was at practice on Friday and Momah really stood out to me. The kid is tall and was a matchup nightmare for the LBs and DBs who tried to cover him. Didn’t get to see his blocking so I’m not sure how his game is in that respect.

  3. By D on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    I wonder what kind of draft pick Mr. Keim could get from dealing Shaughnessy. They do have much depth on the Dline.

    Any word on if J. Powers injury is serious?

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