Fitz’s camp

Posted by Darren Urban on June 15, 2010 – 11:50 am

Calais Campbell was talking about the end of OTAs when he added that he wasn’t talking about the end of work. In fact, Campbell was going to spend some of his down time in Minnesota, where teammate Larry Fitzgerald spends his post-OTA offseason and where Fitz has a burgeoning workout group of NFL players.

The workouts started, Fitz said, with fellow NFLers he came into the league with – wide receivers Greg Jennings and Lee Evans, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Those are the guys with whom Fitz organizes the work. But so many others have started to come.

“Whoever comes, they come and we will get it in,” Fitzgerald said. “Everyone else has just heard word of mouth. I will get a text here and there.”

Fitzgerald said most players don’t come until after July 4, although he has already retreated to his summer home. He’s managed to work out a deal with the University of Minnesota, which allows use of their facilities. The majority of players come and go. “NFL guys, they come to work out one day and you don’t hear from them again,” Fitzgerald said, although he added, “it’s intense.”

Jennings told The Northwestern newspaper “It’s more than just running routes. That’s the perception a lot of people have. (But) you’re working. It will almost break you down. It will take you to that edge to see if you’re going to push through it or you make an excuse why you have to go home.”

And that’s one way to spend a summer vacation.

“Look at Fitz and the success he’s had,” Campbell said. “Why wouldn’t you want to do the same thing?”

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28 Responses to “Fitz’s camp”

  1. By Cardsfan209 on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz is a beast!

    Can’t wait to see what he does this year!


    Think we’ll see more long bombs this year? I believe we didn’t see many last year because of Warners shoulder…

  2. By darrenurban on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Cardsfan —

    I’m not sure what the gameplan will hold when it comes to long passes. I’d think the coaches know they have a weapon in Fitz.

  3. By Aaron on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Leinart has an average NFL arm, he’s not a nasty deep threat. Warner wasn’t in 2008 either, but I would guess we won’t see it a ton. If anything every time a player is leaping backwards like that to make a grab it’s a huge opening for an injury due to the awkwardness.

    Then again, once Matt gets injured Derek certainly has the arm strength to use that more often. Darren, what was your rough opinion on Skelton and his progression thus far?

  4. By darrenurban on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron —

    I think Skelton is a long way from being ready from the NFL.

  5. By Cardsfan209 on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I think they do too

    Thanks Darren

  6. By Nikko on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    I think EVERYONE is coming down too hard on Leinart, he looked pretty good vs. the Titans last year when Warner went down, it was the defense that let us down that game. There wasn’t many deep ball’s by Warner last year & Leinart will do just fine with the short pass game because that’s where he’s better at, plus we have the receivers that can turn short pass’s to big plays like Fitzgerald, Breaston, & yes Doucet!

  7. By cardattac on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Man I’m so glad we have players like Fitz. He has been here through alot of bad years and games… Yet he always plays his best and does it unselfishly. But most of all wants to be here….. He wants to retire a card… I hope.. haha.. But most of all, he wants to bring home the trophy for the organization, for us as fans and put that big fat ring on his finger that says….. SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS BABY!!!!
    Except for the BABY part… LOL

  8. By AndyStandsUp on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    With Campbell, Dominique Byrd, Beanie Wells and former Cards Antrel Rolle and Tyler Palko going to Fitz’s camp wouldn’t it behoove Matt Leinart to make an appearance also?
    Are the players covered by insurance?

  9. By darrenurban on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    Don’t know about insurance.

    How do you know Leinart isn’t going?

  10. By cardsfan1 on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Any idea when the training camp schedule will be released?

  11. By darrenurban on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Cardsfan —

    Should be soon. I’d guess by the end of the month.

  12. By Nick Pepe on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    We are so lucky to have a class act like Larry Fitz on our ball club. He makes you proud to be a fan.

  13. By Darthcard on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    C. Campbell had a nice year. But I felt the day we drafted him he could be special. Hall of fame special. Tear them up big show.

  14. By MIKEFLORIO on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply


  15. By latch on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Maybe you should have been working on the offensive edition instead of PR work for Fritz

  16. By darrenurban on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Latch —

    Well, gosh, so glad you’re looking out for me.

  17. By Ryan on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    I like the story you did on here as well as the other stories you do. I wrote a blog about the cardinals on my blog and was wondering if you could take a look and see if im right on target. Thank you

  18. By steve on Jun 15, 2010 | Reply

    mikeflorio, if you think Fitzgerald is overrated, you’re probably the only one who does, which ought to tell you something when you’re alone in your opinion. It’s always amusing to me when someone posts junk like that, mostly just because they don’t like a player or a team. Then again, if you’re so eager to show off your lack of knowledge, by all means, keep giving people someone to laugh at!

  19. By James Wine on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Florio isn’t who you may think he is… I believe we have been over this before…
    If you know who he pretends to be, you would know the true Florio has better things to do.

    I may as well be DarthVader.

  20. By DarthVadeR on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    There we go, then.

  21. By Beauchamp on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Loving the blogs as always. Glad to see Calais is working hard this offseason our defensive line could be very very special and w/ the young and old OLB we are stacked with we have a chance to be something incredible. Too bad there’s probably a workstoppage next yr because it’s the year we’d be making a serious run for it. Well all my true fan peers minus the haters and to your Mr Urban I’ll be seeing you at training camp.

  22. By cardattac on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Dudes….. This is a football web site…. Not a game of clue! Larry is probably one of the most classy guys in the NFL. On and off the field. Hes never cocky, big headed or rude. He even re-structured his contract for less MONEY to help his team. How many other players at his skill level, above or under, have done that in the passed. Mike and Latch…. This is a sit for cards fans. And cards fans dont bash on their own players unless they are really screwin up or getting in trouble. And never bag on our very own Darren Urban ether. He does all kind of cool stuff to keep us informed and entertained. You two dudes can keep your opinions to yourself!!!! Thank you. GO CARDS!!!

  23. By Scott H on Jun 16, 2010 | Reply

    Mike Florio – you are living proof that you can’t stop stupid.

    Nikko – I’m with you, bro. I just don’t get how down so many people are on Leinart. Fact is, he’s just very much unproven at this point in his career. Yet, so many so called experts are pretty much writing the Cardinals off because they are confident that Leinart can’t play. I find in interesting that Kevin Kolb is even more unproven that Leinart, yet so many of the same experst feel the Eagles are better already with him than they were with McNabb. At the same time, EVERYONE is picking the 49ers to take over the NFC West ( I haven’t seen ANYONE pick the Cardinals yet ) with Alex Smith at QB??? He’s been in the league longer than Leinart, has played a good bit more, and has had very little success. Where is the logic? How are the arrows pointing up for the Eagles with Kolb and the Niners with Smith, but just plain down for the Cardinals with Leinart? Ya know what? It’s making me want to see Leinart succeed even more! And I think it will be pretty damn sweet when he does!

  24. By cardattac on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H

    I’m a big believer in Matt as well. I think he is in a perfect position to have a good productive year behind a beefy front line and a powerful running game. He is much more focused and mature. He has been here every day sense the last game of the year getting ready. Lets give him a team and see what he can do man!!! GO MATT!!!!

  25. By Billy Thomas on Jun 17, 2010 | Reply


    What is the ruling on Leinart’s arm strength? How far can he throw it in relation to his accuracy, and in relation to Derek?

  26. By darrenurban on Jun 18, 2010 | Reply

    Billy —

    There is no question Anderson has a stronger arm. I don’t know how far Leinart can chuck it. I remember Leinart throwing a bomb to Fitz against the Steelers in 2007 that worked pretty good on the game-winning drive and it had to be about 40 or 50 yards.

  27. By Scott H on Jun 19, 2010 | Reply

    By the way, I LOVE the photo of Larry that is attched to this blog! Somehow, it just seems to tell you everything you need to know about this guy!

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