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Housler on call with Heap, Spach out

Posted by Darren Urban on August 19, 2011 – 3:59 pm

Tight ends Todd Heap (thumb) and Stephen Spach (calf) are sitting out tonight’s game in Green Bay. Heap would’ve played if this was a regular-season game, but there is no reason to rush it. That opens the door for more playing time for rookie Rob Housler (as well as Jim Dray, fighting to make the roster). Housler did have a touchdown catch last week, so he was of to a good start.

The others sitting out are guard Floyd “Pork Chop” Womack (shoulder) and, of course, safety Adrian Wilson (biceps) and cornerback Michael Adams (knee). Tackle D.J. Young, who missed some practice time with a knee issue, was not ruled out.


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A night at Coconino

Posted by Darren Urban on August 16, 2011 – 11:31 pm

The Cardinals held their one night practice of camp at Coconino High School. It was a little different than the ones of last season. With only a few days before the next preseason game, coach Ken Whisenhunt didn’t do a live goal line session at the end. In fact, there was no tackling. The practice ended with a series of plays starting at the 10-yard line with first-and-goal, but it was tough to tell exactly what would have happened — linebacker Clark Haggans was particularly vocal in protesting where the ball was spotted.

— Linebacker Joey Porter was sitting out on a veteran’s day off. O’Brien Schofield is next on the depth chart behind Porter at ROLB, but it was rookie Sam Acho who was in Porter’s place Tuesday night. Interesting. Schofield is the guy who needs to make the big step forward as pass rusher this season. Although it might have been just to balance out the position — with Will Davis a LOLB, the Cards could go Acho-Schofield at ROLB and Haggans-Davis at LOLB.

— Tight end Stephen Spach (calf) and offensive lineman D.J. Young (knee) were also sitting out. So too was guard Deuce Lutui, for what I would expect to be a continuing conditioning issue.

— Cornerback Greg Toler made a nice interception in front of Larry Fitzgerald at the goal line, ripping the ball away from Fitz. (Fitz did make a spectacular Willie Mays-style over-the-head grab earlier in the practice, but really, that’s no surprise, not the way he makes the spectacular routine.)

— Wide receiver Isaiah Williams made a fantastic touchdown catch from John Skelton, making the grab in the back of the end zone just over the outstretched hand of cornerback Richard Marshall. Williams, who scored the game-winning touchdown in Oakland, has looked good in camp — one of many receivers that have shown well.

— One of those receivers, rookie DeMarco Sampson, pulled down a deep pass early in the practice despite good coverage by cornerback Marshay Green. Sampson needs to continue his work but he’s got a real shot to make this roster.


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Undrafted rookie class includes two brothers

Posted by Darren Urban on July 27, 2011 – 11:13 am

Tight end Stephen Skelton of Fordham and safety Jared Campbell of Miami — brothers of current Cards John Skelton and Calais Campbell — are among the 21 undrafted rookies the team has signed for training camp.

The rest of the lengthy list includes:

  • Northern Arizona WR Daiveun Curry-Chapman
  • Fresno State CB Desia Dunn
  • Baylor P Derek Epperson
  • Wofford S Tommy Irvin
  • Elon WR Sean Jeffcoat
  • Florida LB Duke Lemmens
  • Kentucky DT Ricky Lumpkin
  • Oklahoma T Eric Mensik
  • Syracuse CB Da’Mon Merkerson
  • Oregon State WR Aaron Nichols
  • UMass G Greg Niland
  • USC C Kris O’Dowd
  • Kansas State RB William Powell
  • BYU S Andrew Rich
  • Florida State LB Kendall Smith
  • BYU T Jason Speredon
  • Kansas T Brad Thorson
  • N.C. State G Jake Vermiglio
  • Michigan State T D.J. Young

As has been mentioned before, all rookies are going to have an uphill climb this season because of the lack of offseason work. Undrafted guys usually have a tougher time anyway.


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