On the eighth day, the center kicked

Posted by Darren Urban on June 2, 2010 – 12:57 pm

The highlight of Wednesday? How could it not be center Lyle Sendlein booting a field goal — the only player among the 10 that tried — to “win” the day’s competition for the offense at the end of today’s OTA? (To be fair, cornerback Michael Adams did have his final attempt glance off the left upright in a last chance to tie the score). Guys like Matt Leinart, Adrian Wilson and Calais Campbell need to work on their form, I think.

Otherwise, it seemed like a mostly defensive day. The defense stood out to me more often. Wilson, playing centerfield, made a pick of Leinart as Leinart tried to get a pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Adams broke up a long pass to Fitz (although Fitz looked like he was insisting afterward Adams was getting a little too physical for the rules).

Offensive lineman Rex Hadnot did tweak a knee during the workout, and while he did leave on a cart, the injury isn’t believed to be serious. Rookie tight end Jim Dray also was hobbling around and he said he too tweaked a knee, but he would be fine (it’s the knee he did not have major reconstructive surgery on in college).

As players are moved around, at one point Trumaine McBride was working with Michael Adams with the first string ahead of Greg Toler (DRC remained sidelined with his bad toe). And rookie WR Stephen Williams rallied from an early drop during drills (DRC got on his case from the sideline) to make an impressive leaping grab during 7-on-7.

I’ll have some more notes later posted on the home page.

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25 Responses to “On the eighth day, the center kicked”

  1. By Mailand on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Great pic – what grace:)

  2. By Don't Take Losses on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Lyle’s form looks pretty solid!

  3. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Yes, Calais Campbell is 6’8″.

    I also see Dan Wiliams looking over Gabe Watson’s shoulder. 😉

  4. By CMacyn on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Darren- I know I shouldn’t get to hyped up about this but I have been waiting to hear about Stephen Williams and I was curious if you have seen his youtube highlights if not i would check them out pretty compelling stuff. Thanks for all the info. GO CARDINALS!!!!!!!!

  5. By darrenurban on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    CMac —

    I will have a little more on Williams in my notebook.

  6. By MikeFlorio on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    A center kicking field goals, seriously????? What next ?? Here’s one why dont the cardinals try working on signing starting guard Deuce. Maybe that stuff isnt important to a team that has such a versatile center.

  7. By OLdude on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    JUST what we need!……an OL/kicker! lol Looks like Coach W is a devotee’ of the old saying “all work and no play……….” great to see chemistry building and fun being part of the equation. Got a feelin its gonna be good season – by the way DARREN why are the national pundits seeming to be so negative towards Matt? They all seem to think Marc Bulger is heading here…..wassupwiddat?

  8. By darrenurban on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    OLdude —

    Obviously Matt still has to prove himself. Until he does in game situations, I would expect naysayers everywhere, including nationally.

  9. By Scott H on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Look at thst fat man go!!! What would really be cool would be D-linemen handling kickoffs…imagine running into Darnell Dockett on the return!

  10. By Bob Christianson on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey all you youngsters. You are too young to remember this, but Jerry Kramer Right Guard for the Packers was a Field Goal Kicker.

  11. By Dustin D on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    I love the fact that they take time during the “OTA,s” to have a little fun. In case some people haven’t noticed, the cards front office take care of buisness a little different now days. They know whats going on and are not going to change their ways from a buisness standpoint just because Duece has not signed his offer. Whatever the reason may be. Im pretty sure he wont just sit out the whole year, so the way I see things its Duece’s move. Just saying.

  12. By kingdiamond on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    NOthing better to build chemistry and cohesion that offense versus defense. Also, knowing who can kick in an emergency may be important!

  13. By AndyStandsUp on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Anytime a player is carted off the field, it’s gotta be hard to say it’s minor. It’s the same knee that he injured last training camp and forced him to miss games.
    Good thing Luitui isn’t gone yet, he could provide depth or at least an asset to trade for depth.
    Speaking of kickers, has Feely been working on the assortment of kickoffs that Rackers had, and Whiz likes?

  14. By darrenurban on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    Feely has been working only on his own. There hasn’t been much special teams work.

  15. By Brian R. on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Haha! Go Lyle!!!

  16. By SeeingRed on Jun 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren

    I know it’s only OTA’s but do you think Onrea J leading the competition for the 4th receiver spot due more to his tenure as a Card and wanting to make Roberts earn the 4th spot or has he just shown himself to be better than the other contenders including Roberts?

  17. By darrenurban on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    SeeingRed —

    I think it’s all of that.

  18. By Boondock on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    What do you know Alan Branch still looks fat …

  19. By Alex Robertson (Boundplaya) on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    Did Hightower give kicking a shot? If so, how’d he do? I know he’s a pretty good kicker.

  20. By darrenurban on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    Alex —

    Whisenhunt did not call Hightower’s name. I am guessing he knew it would give the offense an advantage.

  21. By Mike Ellingboe on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    Florio, here’s another one. Why don’t you for once try to not be such an idiot?

  22. By TBru on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    If Lyle is the emergency kicker, who is going to snap it to him lol

  23. By Kent on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    TBRU – It would be the guy that does it normally, the Long Snapper Mike Leach.

  24. By darrenurban on Jun 3, 2010 | Reply

    Kent —

    OK, I have to say, that made me laugh out loud.

    No offense, Tbru.

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