It’s raining again here in Flagstaff. Hopefully it will stop soon and clear up enough for what is supposed to be the first fully-padded practice of camp later this afternoon. Otherwise they’ll have to go inside, which usually means less contact. The Cards had a quiet morning, with players working out on their own and without meetings. It’ll be the last day like that for a while.
In the meantime:
— We are still looking for Cardinals’ fans to send in pictures in which you are wearing Cardinals’ gear. You could have been anywhere. The top pics will go into a special page in the game program for each of the 10 home games. Send your shots to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must put your name and town from where you are from, and the photos will be chosen based on size and photo quality.
— I know a lot of people are looking for daily opinions of how this guy or that guy looked. I will make mention of specifics I notice but for the most part, I’m not a big believe in the what-did-he-do-today report. These guys are human. If John Skelton overthrows a couple of receivers, it doesn’t mean he has no hope of developing into an NFL QB. If it’s a pattern — or if guys already on the hot seat are doing really well or really not — I’ll make note. But I’m not going overboard here.
— Until we have a chance to catch up with everyone later, here is this anecdote from Matt Leinart on his role in getting Terrell Owens to play for the Bengals (Let me explain). Seems Owens and Leinart have known each other for a few years, and obviously Leinart knows Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer from their days at USC. Leinart got both to attend a charity event this offseason and then let T.O. know he and Palmer, among others, would be working out together in California. Owens decided to take part, he and Palmer hit it off, and Palmer went to bat for Owens to be signed with the Bengals.
“I really do feel partly responsible for that,” Leinart said with a grin. “The rest is history. I think I started the friendship there.”
So for now, get your popcorn ready … for practice this afternoon. As I have been writing this, the rain is letting up. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. UPDATE: No such luck. Wet fields are forcing the Cardinals to practice inside this afternoon.
Tags: Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Terrell Owens, training camp
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