The first first, LBs and running (under)water

Posted by Darren Urban on July 22, 2010 – 3:51 pm

— One down — ESPN’s Adam Schefter (and others) is reporting the Cowboys and WR Dez Bryant have agreed to a contract, making Bryant the first first-rounder to come under contract. That leaves 31 other first-rounders and most of the second-rounders still as camp approaches. I am not sure exactly where the Cards are with Dan Williams and Daryl Washington, but I don’t think anything is imminent. I hope to catch up with GM Rod Graves at some point.

— Given the circumstances, with Gerald Hayes ailing, you’ve got to wonder if it would get Washington on the field faster (with Paris Lenon filling in for Hayes). As long as Hayes sits, there will likely be some mixing and matching early on.

— The linebacker who won’t be able to play right away, O.B. Schofield, is trying hard to shorten his time frame to return. He is in great spirits in rehab, proudly noting he is back from the 221 pounds he had dropped to after his knee injury to 238 pounds (which is easy to see in the below photo, where you can see how his underwater running is monitored by trainers. Yes, he is wearing shorts).

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24 Responses to “The first first, LBs and running (under)water”

  1. By Card's Refugee on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    What are his chances of seeig the field this year? Is he more likely to be held out the whole year? He looks huge. Would love to see him plant alex smith into the turf….

  2. By darrenurban on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Cards Refugee/Carlo —

    No way to tell right now. I think the Cards are going into it thinking he can’t help until 2011. Anything more is a bonus.

  3. By Walter on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Schofield is going to be a BEAST! And he was progressing well to OLB before his injury, definately one of the biggest steals in the draft (along with Williams). Luckily ILB is an easier transition to make in the NFL, and Lenon has shown he can give solid MLB play when he was in Detroit. Not gawdy numbers, but the tackles are impressive, and that’s all we need him to do is make tackles.

    Darren, do you think the situation with Hayes gives Monty Beisel a real shot to start (if Hayes has to miss some games)?

  4. By darrenurban on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Walter —

    Not sure. Like I said, they may go Lenon/Washington. But we will have to see how it plays out.

  5. By carlo7000 on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    darren do you think o.b.shofield with this progress can see the field this season,i mean playing

  6. By cardattac on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Man that is pretty good…. 17 LBs with a bum knee in the process of rehab!! The Cardinal Staff and its Players are impressing me more and more every day. The heart, passion, knowledge and and experience of the organization shows all the time. Look at DRC!!! I almost barley even noticed his rehab. There was talk O’Bryan would miss the whole year for sure…. now he may be ready by week 6??? Awesome!!! Keep up the hard work dude!!! See you week 7 though cuz we have a buy week 6 man. lol Cant wait!!!

  7. By R Robles on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren any good free agent MLB’s still on the market the Cardinals may be looking at? Is Odell Thurman Still suspended

  8. By darrenurban on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles —

    There aren’t going to be any guys left on the market who are anything but stopgap.

  9. By brad oneill on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    i thought i was having a flashback to the darnal dockett shower scene for a moment. don’t do that to me man.

    ha its great to see this guy working so hard and wanting to be there!

  10. By wampag on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    woo that thing is cool hey D you ever get to go in it?

  11. By darrenurban on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Wampag —

    Not yet. 🙂

  12. By Joe-B on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Man… Washington has to step up early.

  13. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Like Greg Toler and Brandon Keith, it gives Reggie Walker a chance to prove himself.
    Ought to be an interesting training camp.

  14. By Tinted Face Shield on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply


    Do you think Hayes is a goner?

    I think he was going to be a casualty even before the injury. I figure they would keep 4 ILB, right? With Washington making it unless he bust-ER DAVIS’ it. Lenon would make it because he just signed and has similar skills to Hayes. And probably Walker because he is cheap and plays special teams, and it seems everyone is high on him. Which leaves one spot between Beisel, Highsmith and Hayes. Which Beisel and Highsmith are both cheaper options and have played special teams more recently. Although, I remember when Hayes first came in the league and he was an animal on special teams. It would be a shame not to have Hayes, as he is very underappreciated on the Cards, I believe.

  15. By darrenurban on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    Tinted —

    I think many are vulnerable this time of year. That said, it’d be tough to dump both starting ILBs from 2009, considering Dansby is already gone.

  16. By DRC#1FAN on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    really wish we didnt drop the ball on the Foote deal. man, this sucks.

  17. By Jeff Gollin on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    The question of “who steps in for Hayes” depends on how Bill Davis views the role of each LB within his system.

    Since Hayes was arguably the best Cardinal run stopping LB, the CW would be that his replacement would be the next best run-stopping LB (most probably Monte Beisel).

    But Davis could also view Hayes’ absence as an opportunity to redefine the role of each of his 4 LB’s – which means we might see anyone from an undersized Ali Highsmith to the top rook, D Washington to the veteran newcomer Lenon or even rehabbing former 2nd rounder, Cody Brown lined up in Hayes’ place. (Or my favorite fantasy – Four interchangeable LB’s from down to down in order to drive the opposing QB, C and OC nuts at presnap).

  18. By Dustin on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Long, long time reader, first time commenter. Just wanted to say how much I appreciated the A-Dub story, great work. I grew up in AZ but now live in New York and read azcards daily to keep up with the birds. Thanks again, keep up the good work.

  19. By Troyboy on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    I did comment on Adub yesterday. Being the true die-hard CARDS fan, I really believe Hayes is the most under-rated MLB of the past 5-6 years. Should have been a pro-bowler 2 or 3 times. His prob was that he is a CARD. Just like A-Dub getting snubbed every year, as a fan, we will continue to get snubbed. But, we will be winners for a while. Great front office. Top 10 or better, now. The Bids’ have gotten their stuff together. Love our CARDS. Great 10 or 11 win season coming up with our schedule. Looking forward to ’10-’11 season. Biesel could be the under-rated player in the WEST this year. I’m just saying…

  20. By Jack on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    Kind of off topic, but any news about the NFL season in 2011? I heard rumors about there not even being a season due to money issues.

  21. By darrenurban on Jul 23, 2010 | Reply

    Jack —

    The collective bargaining agreement runs out in March. There is a potential work stoppage if the owners and players cannot come to a new deal on the CBA.

  22. By R Robles on Jul 24, 2010 | Reply

    If anything Darren can Wilson play ILB in different looking packages & put Ware Johnson Abdullah At Strong Safety. Adrain is over quailfied to play that position does he have any expierence

  23. By darrenurban on Jul 24, 2010 | Reply

    R Robles —

    I do think the Cards will use packages with multiple safeties and put Adrian near the line.

  24. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    Does the water in the Hydro Track turn blue if the runner has an “accident” in the pool?

    Do the trainers change the water after a guy has been running (sweating) in it for 60 minutes? Could you imagine jumping right in after Deuce had been in there for an hour?

    Inquiring minds want to know 😉 — At least I’m keeping to the thread subject.

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