Notes from the first practice

Posted by Darren Urban on April 30, 2010 – 12:44 pm

We’ll keep some blog items coming, but here are a few key highlights after the first (quick — they were only on the field about 90 minutes) minicamp practice:

— Everybody but G Deuce Lutui was on hand. Lutui has yet to sign his tender offer. Only LB Gerald Hayes (back) and rookie LB O’Brien Schofield (knee) sat out. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was in the lineup, and while he didn’t look 100 percent, it was a great sign to see him playing after his playoff knee injury.

— Coach Ken Whisenhunt passed on talking about Lutui, but did talk about how important it was for the team to be together right now. QB Matt Leinart said he hasn’t talked much to his long-time teammate. “Obviously Deuce has been a big part of this team and we hope he comes in,” Leinart said. “But you’ve got to keep moving forward. Deuce understands that. Hopefully Deuce takes care of his business and we can get him back in here.”

— Leinart seemed at ease with his first chance to be the starter at this time of year in a couple of years. “My accuracy wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but for the first day, it was good,” he said. “This is fun. This is an opportunity I’ve been waiting for for a long time.”

— Some interesting lineup points from the first run-through (with an emphasis that this is still way early in terms of worrying about the depth chart). Michael Adams was running at starting cornerback across from DRC, with Greg Toler as backup. Whisenhunt again emphasized Toler would have to earn any starting job. Rashad Barksdale is backing up DRC for now. The first five offensive linemen, from left tackle across, were Levi Brown, Alan Faneca, Lyle Sendlein, Reggie Wells and Brandon Keith. The second unit from left to right were Jeremy Bridges, Rex Hadnot, Ben Claxton, Jonathan Palmer and Herman Johnson.

— The rookies, as usual, have to fight their way up. Dan Williams is behind both Bryan Robinson and Gabe Watson, although as Robinson noted, “I told (Williams), ‘If I’m playing a lot more than you this year, that means you’re not doing your job.’ ”

— New secondary coach Donnie Henderson has no problem making sure his point gets across, even if it is to DRC or Adrian Wilson. That’s for sure.

— Larry Fitzgerald, joking around about all the new faces at the beginning of the practice, yelled out to rookie tight end Jim Dray — who is wearing No. 81 — “I see you, Q!”

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34 Responses to “Notes from the first practice”

  1. By MikeFlorio on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    ARE we gonna get a depth chart for minicamp????

  2. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    “Mike” —

    So glad to hear from you again.

    The coaches do not put out a depth chart until the first preseason game. I’ll put out some information like what I did above, but in terms of an entire chart, no.

  3. By Matt on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    haha seriously Mike chill out.

  4. By Brandon on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I have a feeling even if Deuce comes that starting o-line that you have listed up there will be the starters in the season. Unless they bump reggie to RT and deuce at RG

  5. By K-DUB on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply


    Was the “Q” comment from fitz caught on camera?

  6. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    K-Dub —


  7. By 949Cardsfan on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply


    Whats up with Hayes’ back? anything to worry about? Anyone or anything stand out at the first practice?

  8. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    949 —

    It’s the same thing he’s been dealing with since last season. There isn’t a whole lot of concern. It just makes no sense to push anything in April.

  9. By Rick on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply


    When do contact drills start typically? Very much looking forward to the kind of running push on our left side with Levi and Alan in the mix.

  10. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Rick —

    The true “contact” doesn’t happen until training camp.

  11. By PCF on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I like B-Rob’s quote!!!

  12. By Ditship on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    It would be really interesting to see where they’d have Wells/Deuce at if Deuce showed up. I wonder if Wells would be on the 2nd team? That would be my guess.

    Adams playing 2nd CB was pretty obvious going into this Practice. I get this feeling that won’t last or less Toler has some major setbacks. It’ll be interesting to see if Adams can stick it out for the Nickle spot (or if we’ll bring in some more depth at Corner which is what I’m assuming). I for one don’t hate the guy like a lot of people on here. I also think McFadden was a much greater laibility on the field for us in the playoffs then Adams.

  13. By jzcardinal on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Are there going to be any pictures/videos from minicamp posted soon?

  14. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    jzcardinal —


  15. By Sittin in the Sun at Sun Devil Stadium on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Dang, reality just set in… I wish it was Boldin

  16. By Boondock on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    So Toler has to earn the starting gig, but Adams gets it handed to him? I’m sure this is just Whiz making sure Toler keeps working.

  17. By TheRobot on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Adams at CB instead of Toler.. you think that could last Darren? I mean.. Adams is a great guy with a ton of heart but his coverage problems were pretty evident last season.

    Fingers crossed that Toler steps up and becomes DRC squared.

  18. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Boondock, The Robot —

    Somebody has to “start” for now.

  19. By Tyrelle on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mr.Urban, did you see a WR by the name of Juamorris Stewart out there?

  20. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Tyrelle —

    I did. Nothing stood out though.

  21. By Joe-B on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    What were the accuracy problems Leinart had? Was he still throwing a little bit too high, or was he missing his targets too much?

  22. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Joe-B —

    To be honest, I didn’t notice. It was his own assessment.

  23. By Tyrelle on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Keep watching him. He is going to be a baby Boldin. (Stewart) Give him time.

  24. By Matt on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply


    ZERO chance the cards go after Pacman? we need CB help bad, and desperate teams need to do desperate things. More of a chance we wait to see who gets released?

  25. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Matt —


    Really, you want Pacman, who has barely played the last couple of years and was worthless when he did play in Dallas? Really?

    It’s not desperate. Desperate is when you’re trying to make the playoffs 10 weeks into the season. There is no reason to be desperate in April.

  26. By Matt on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    I’ll take that as more of a chance we wait. I just think Pacman> Barksdale.

    all im saying…

    Maybe we go after Ty Law, or some other veteran FA that is available NOW?

  27. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Matt —

    Ty Law was done two years ago. At least.

    Curious, though — how do you know Pacman is better than Barksdale? Maybe once upon a time, but when was the last time you watched Barksdale? Or scouted Pacman?

    All I’m saying …

  28. By christian on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    what up darren, off topic but i cant find the cardinals new roster like to buy cards u know anywhere??? foobtall cards this store i always gotem at says they dont gotem no more i know there lyin lol

  29. By darrenurban on Apr 30, 2010 | Reply

    Christian —

    The roster is right on the website:

  30. By mo on May 1, 2010 | Reply


    Could you elaborate on Donnie Henderson and how he’s able to ‘get his point across’?

  31. By darrenurban on May 1, 2010 | Reply

    Mo —

    I only watched part of the drills with the DBs, but Henderson is clearly vocal, and he doesn’t look like he plays favorites. He was riding Adrian Wilson about running a drill correctly as hard as he was with the undrafted rookies.

  32. By Doug B on May 1, 2010 | Reply

    What’s the latest with Cody Brown? Injury? Knowing his OLB position? Teams expectations going into this season?

  33. By darrenurban on May 1, 2010 | Reply

    Doug B —

    Cody is running behind Joey Porter at ROLB and is healthy. I think the team wants him to progress, but with Porter here there isn’t a lot of pressure for him to star.

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