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After practice: The Governor visits

Posted by Darren Urban on August 23, 2017 – 4:49 pm

It was the last regular schedule day at #CardsCamp Wednesday (as well as the last open practice.) There is a morning practice closed to the public Thursday, and then training camp is (mercifully) over. Last year, the last regular practice had visitors — the Phoenix Suns. This year, there was also a special visit — Govenor Doug Ducey, who arrived with team president Michael Bidwill and talked with Bidwill through the length of the workout.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald actually left practice at one point (the setup of practice left the starting offense and the starting defense on the sideline for extended period of time while the other side of the ball worked) to say hello to Ducey and to threaten to give Bidwill a hug despite being sweaty as hell by that point. (That, like tackling, is a favorite thing for Fitz. I speak from experience.) Later in the practice, Fitzgerald brought David Johnson over for an introduction. Then Fitzgerald had another post-practice conversation with Ducey. Fitz understands how to make all the connections.

— CB Tramon Williams did not practice, apparently taking a rest day. RB Kerwynn Williams sat again with a sore foot, after it had been stepped on.

— At one point, S Budda Baker went down after a play and hobbled off with the assistance of head athletic trainer Tom Reed. But Baker turned out to be OK and came back to practice.

— Fitz made a spectacular diving one-handed catch on the sideline. Tight end Gerald Christian made a great leaping TD catch in the back of the end zone, and fellow tight end Ricky Seals-Jones made an equally impressive grab over (literally) linebacker Philip Wheeler. Wide receiver Krishawn Hogan made an improbable catch with CB Brandon Williams in a perfect spot.

— One day left.


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16 Responses to “After practice: The Governor visits”

  1. By Adam Smith b1723 aka DTL on Aug 23, 2017 | Reply

    Dreaming Hogan makes active squad with Chad Williams, become redux version of Fitz/Boldin.

  2. By Coach K on Aug 23, 2017 | Reply

    Darren, based on recent history with injuries, I hope the Cardinals are smart enough to keep Blaine Gabbert on the roster as the #3 QB. We cannot afford another fiasco like we saw in 2015.

  3. By Patrick on Aug 23, 2017 | Reply

    Finally found someone in cardinals organization to help get Yuma ARIZONA Moved into Cardinals television territory rather than Chargers television territory. Kudos to Max Eller!!!

  4. By shannon robinson on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    I’ve got to say that watching Phil Dawson kick is a revelation. I’m working hard at my golf game now so I appreciate seeing a “sweet swing.” His mechanics are consistent. His follow through looks the same at all distances and his head stays down well after the ball is gone. Video images behind the posts show a slight little hook at the tail end of the flight of the ball, which to me indicates speed and power behind the launch. He’ a true master at work and will make a big difference for the Cards. I’ve had a couple kickers on my rugby teams over the years who were “deadly” from 40 meters out which has a tremendous effect on the opposition. I was a fan of the Catman and have to say with great respect, here’s a Tip of the Cardinals’ Wing to Phil Dawson!

  5. By mitchaz on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Key Roster Decisions/Questions (Defense and STs)

    DT/DE:

    Locks: Rucker, Peters, Mauro, Nkemdiche, Gunter, Pierre

    * This unit has been underwhelming in the pre-season thus far save some superb flashes from Robert Nkemdiche (now injured with a calf strain).
    * Xavier Williams would appear to be roster bound, but Steve Keim may need to make a move to add another player to this unit and if so, Williams might be the one to go.
    * Ed Stinson remains injured and he was on the outside looking in to begin with. The question is whether the Cardinals will reach an injury settlement with him or put him on IR (which seems unlikely given that they already would like to get T.J. Logan back from the IR in 8-9 weeks).
    * The Cardinals cannot afford to keep more than 7 on this unit as last year their STs suffered because of the decision to keep 9 (3 deep at each 3 spots).
    * Newly added Peli Anau has shown a very good motor and some splash penetration plays.

    OLB:

    Locks: M. Golden, C. Jones, K. Martin

    * Martin has been making a very good case to be the rotation DE, a la Alex Okafor last year.
    * Jarvis Jones, who was signed to assume Okafor’s role, is still out with a disc problem. What will they do with Jones? Will they keep him on the 53 until he is healthy? Will they place him on IR? Will they reach an injury settlement and release him?
    * Cap Capi and Alex Bazzie have been making some noise. Capi is the stronger of the two, Bazzie is the faster. Both are PS eligible.
    * Will Steve Keim add to the position through waiver claims or a trade?

    ILB:

    Locks: Bucannon, Dansby, Reddick

    * Bucannon is off the PUP list, but will he be ready to go versus the Lions?
    * Dansby has missed most of training camp. Will he be healthy and in good game shape come week 1?
    * Reddick is struggling and looks a little overwhelmed, understandably for a player transitioning to the NFL at a new position.
    * Scooby Wright is one of the best STs players. As a fill-in for Dansby, he’s made some tackles but has been exposed for his lack of LB speed.
    * Xaviar Gooden is much like Wright. Physical but on the slow side, especially in coverage.
    * Josh Bynes had the best game of any ILB versus the Raiders and now he is working his way back from injury.
    * Philip Wheeler is a seasoned vet working his way back from injury, and making some good plays in practice (interception).
    * Tre’Von Johnson looks like a strong possibility for the PS.

    CB:

    Locks: Peterson, Bethel, B. Williams

    * One of the brightest developments in this year’s camp has been the improved CB play of Bethel and Williams. BA&SK have gambled that this would be the case, and so far, so good.
    * Tramon Williams has been solid in the games and looks like the likely #4 CB, although he was out of yesterday’s practice. Not sure why.
    * Beyond Tramon Williams, the Cardinals could elect to keep combo CB/Ss Harlan Miller and Rudy Ford. Other than that, there are no other viable candidates to make the 53 man roster.
    * Will Keim stick with Tramon Williams or Harlan Miller or Rudy Ford? Or will he be very active during the waiver claims and trading flurry?

    S:

    Locks: Mathieu, Bethea, Branch, Baker

    * All 4 of the sure-bet safeties are interchangeable, just the way the Cardinals prefer.
    * Harlan Miller continues to make strides as a safety.
    * Rudy Ford showed the kind of speed and range the coaches want.
    * Will they keep Miller or Ford or both? Seeing as Mathieu, Branch and Baker can all play slot CB, a case can be made for keeping 9 DBs, with Miller and Ford included.

    STs:

    Locks: Brewer (LS), Dawson (PK)

    * BA said that neither punter (Wile or Leone) has separated himself as yet. Both have shown strong legs and inconsistencies.
    * BA also said that Phil Dawson “has his preference” for his holder, but that Dawson said he could make it work with either one. This being the case, the punting job may very likely come down to which player is Dawson’s preferred holder. Judging from the last couple of pre-season games, the preferred holder appears to be Richie Leone.

    Who are your top 25 on defense and top 3 on STs?

  6. By D on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Although he has been a knucklehead during his career, his talent/production is ProBowl level…Sheldon Richardson would greatly improve the front 7 of AZ’s Defense for 2017. He is in his last year of his deal, can move on from him after 2017.(8mil ) Offer the Jets a 5th rounder. Add him to the mix with Rucker, Peters, Mauro, Nkemdiche, Gunter, Pierre and this D would be a force in 2017.

    If they are “going for it” in 2017, then get aggressive on a deal to improve the club.

  7. By CARDS62 on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    mitchaz – I have not seen much of Ford this preseason. I think he has had some minor injuries. Unless he shows last 2 games I think we can get him on our practice squad this year unless we need him on special teams then 53 man roster. I do not think we can keep Harlan and Ford both on the 53 man roster. Wile is still my choice for punter based upon what I have seen so far. I always like having my backup QB hold over a punter and Blaine Gabbert is very athletic.

    D – Glad to see you and others trying to improve our team. Jets are definitely in rebuild mode and a mess and I heard Jets have offered Richardson in trade to numerous teams and that Seahawks and Redskins offered on terms of Richardson taking a pay cut that he would not do. Jets fans seem very sour on Richardson so dude is definitely high risk because of attitude and price tag. I would try to look elsewhere first, but like you I am very worried about out DL.

    GO Cards!

  8. By Scott H on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    Would like to re-visit a previous question to see where you stand on it at this point. You’ve said previously you would not be shocked if Bethel were not the other starting CB on opening day against the Lions. What say you now? Will the starting CB on opening day, opposite PP, be –

    1) Bethel
    2) Someone else already ON this roster
    3) Someone NOT currently on the roster

    If you’re going with #2, can you share the name you are thinking about?

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: CB

    Since Arians today said Bethel is the starter http://blog.azcardinals.com/2017/08/24/bethel-to-start-mccain-visits/ we can call this moot.

  10. By mal on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Patrick-

    Yes, kudos to Max Eller but also big time kudos to you, too, for sticking with it!

    I don’t live there but have been aware of this problem for quite a while, and man it would drive a fan totally crazy for them to give Yuma, ARIZONA to S.D.

    Good job!

  11. By Scott H on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    RE: My question

    Moot, indeed. But what WOULD your answer have been? C’mon, man, don’t take all the fun out it! 🙂

  12. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: My answer

    If you would’ve asked me anytime in the last two weeks, I would’ve said Bethel. It was clear he had won the job. Honestly I didn’t even think Arians needed to say anything specific today. Those of us around every day saw where it was headed.

  13. By Scott H on Aug 25, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    Your reply is very much appreciated. Onward.

  14. By Coach K on Aug 25, 2017 | Reply

    Darren,

    If Gabbert would have had B.A. as his coach for his first 6 years, do you think
    he would be starting somewhere in the league today?

  15. By Darren Urban on Aug 25, 2017 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: Gabbert/Arians

    No idea. No one can truly answer that.

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