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Badger and the first padded practice

Posted by Darren Urban on July 24, 2017 – 9:11 am

It’s the third practice, but today will be the big one. The pads finally go on.

“You just can’t hit ’31’ and ’11,'” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “Everyone else is free game.”

Honey Badger had a small smile as he said it, but it’s kind of true (it goes without saying Carson Palmer would join David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald in that group.) When Bruce Arians talks about wanting a more physical camp, this is where we will see it. Arians already noted that there won’t be a ton more tackling — maybe two or three scrimmage-like periods, with mostly young guys, rather than just the one at the Red-White practice we usually see — but there is a quest for a mentality upgrade from where the Cardinals came out of camp last season.

(We already know some vets will be handled carefully, which is a no-brainer. Arians already said Fitz and Palmer aren’t playing in the Hall of Fame game.)

The best part for me is always the one-on-ones: Linebackers versus tight ends and backs, offensive line versus defensive line. Those are intense short-term battles. And this is when football season feels like it has really arrived.

If you are looking for the camp practice schedule to figure out when you want to visit, check out azcardinals.com/cardscamp.


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4 Responses to “Badger and the first padded practice”

  1. By whythecardinals on Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

    I would love to be there…. Feeling the passion and intense desire of the players, fires up the old furnace…. But being in SC, I can’t make any of the camp….
    Darren,
    Would the team ever consider restricted or limited Live feeds? Nothing that would give away plays or secrets but something those of us that can’t be there can experience?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

    whythe —

    RE: Streaming practice

    We have briefly talked about it in my department. Logistically just for us, I don’t know if we can work that. And on top of it, I’d think the football side would have an issue with it. But it is something I will bring up again.

  3. By AZcardinalfaninSTL on Jul 24, 2017 | Reply

    Re: streaming

    @Darren

    Considering I have so much sway around here, I wanted to chime in and confirm that I too, would be a huge fan of this! When camp was in Flagstaff, I always thought coming out for camp would be a fun trip. Now I settle for my one regular season game annually.

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