Back from Canton, back to work

Posted by Darren Urban on August 9, 2010 – 12:26 pm

The Cardinals returned to practice after the weekend off — and the coaches are back from Russ Grimm’s induction to Canton (although not Russ quite yet; he’ll be back this afternoon). Among the highlights this morning:

— One tight end returns (Anthony Becht) just as another goes down (Dominique Byrd — hamstring). Coach Ken Whisenhunt did say Ben Patrick (knee) is coming along faster than expected. We’ll see if that really will mean anything down the road.

— DRC did pick off Matt Leinart this morning, but probably held Steve Breaston a little (or a lot?). Call it the reverse Fitz push.

— CB Greg Toler had another interception this morning. It’s good that he’s made some plays. Tru McBride is still running with the ones (he was back from his groin injury) but Toler seems to be making a push forward.

— WR Stephen Williams was on display again, catching a TD on an end zone fade from Derek Anderson in 7-on-7 and then grabbing a 50-some yard TD bomb from John Skelton on a purposely underthrown pass later.

— Leinart was optimistic on the first-team offense so far: “I think he have showed a lot of what we can potentially be.”

— Asked if he knew who No. 14 was on the team — it’s Williams — Leinart smiled and said, “The Playmaker!”

— Whisenhunt said LB Paris Lenon has distanced himself from the other middle linebackers and has shown “a lot of leadership.” That’s a good sign at a position where the Cards need good signs.

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31 Responses to “Back from Canton, back to work”

  1. By William on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply


    Any chance that Williams beats out Jones/Roberts for the #4 wideout spot?

  2. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    William —


  3. By Tom Donlan on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Sounding good, missed the reports over the weekend seems there was nothing to report aside from Russ Grimm heading into the Hall of Fame.

    Stephen Williams, he’s surely done enough to earn some extended playing time in our opening pre-season game? From what I’ve read on the blog he sounds like a great talent and getting a nickname like ‘the playmaker’ can only mean he’s making an impression.

    Paris Lenon, underrated part of our defence this year I reckon. He’ll get on with what he has to and rack up the tackles once again as he has done at previous teams.

  4. By Jason Taylor on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Good stuff!! I asked DRC last week in Flag who was going to be starting opposite of him this year and he said Toler. Either way, I like the competition at that position, but my question is what DB’s will be involved in our nickle and dime packages. Seeing Adams on the field outside of special teams just gives me nightmares and horrible flashbacks.

    After catching 3 practices last week, I feel a lot better about this season. Two questions though, who is Alfonso Smith?? He looked very impressive from what I saw. And who will be our punt returner this season? No one seems to be stepping up?

    Thanks Darren and keep up the good work!

  5. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Jason —

    Smith is a long shot running back. Don’t see him breaking into the big four. We will see for punt return in games. Best guess is Andre Roberts.

  6. By mike b on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    anything on mougey?
    or has he really not shown much?
    how bout any other unsigned draft picks?

  7. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Mike B —

    Mougey is doing OK. Don’t know if there will be a spot for him.

    The Cards don’t have any unsigned picks.

  8. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Inquiring minds want to know…
    If Leinart is optimistic about the offense so far, he must be happy with defensive pressure, trying to force the ball in and interceptions. The couple of practices I’ve seen, the defense has dominated.
    If Lenon has distanced himself from the other ILBs, where does that leave Reggie Walker, Daryl Washington and Monty Beisel?(Other than not first string.)
    Who’s Breaston’s PR replacement? When using the JUGS machine last week, LaRuSH, AJ Jefferson and Onrea Jones was returning, but that could’ve been for kickoffs.

  9. By DR on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply


    The pick by Toler today, was it Matt or DA who threw it? And I also noticed a kick returner sharing reps with hyphen. Had small dreads, Corner I think. He looked pretty good. Any comments on who he is and what you have seen? Lastly, I saw the practices on both Friday and Saturday, DA looked to be the better of the two QB’s. I was also impressed with Max Hall. Was DA mostly playing witht the two’s on defense?
    Thank you in advance.

  10. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    DR —

    Not sure on the Toler pick. Marshay Green (No. 30) is the other guy getting KOR looks. Yes, DA has mostly played against the 2s, but he has seen some 1s action.

  11. By Tinted Face Shield on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply


    What was the knock on Williams in the draft?

    I sure hope Toler is the real deal. I can’t believe the Cards didn’t do something to address that area either through the draft or free agency if they had any doubt about Toler

  12. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tinted —

    No idea how Williams wasn’t worth at least a seventh-rounder.

  13. By K-DUB on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply


    According to some reports, our defense is getting the better of our offense. Is that do to the fact the Def has gotten better or our Off is slacking?

  14. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    Great question. Probably a bit of both.

  15. By Dan on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Mougey won’t make the team, Stephen Williams is a lot better.

  16. By Scott H on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear about Toler and Lenon making strides, respectively. We need somebody to step up at both positions. The more, the merrier!

  17. By louie dominguez on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Shouldn’t matt leinart know whe offensive playbook in and out. He looks like a rookie studying the playbook and not understanding it.

  18. By el_padrino on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Darren for taking the time to reply to all our questions. I am curious as to how are nickel packages are shaping up? How do you project the depth charts after the first two and will Jorick Calvin have a role on this team. Thank you for your time.

  19. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    el_padrino —

    Hard to tell on the nickel stuff. Guys are getting shuffled in and out. The first depth chart should be out tonight; you can see how the coaches officially see it.

  20. By Peter in Canada on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply


    Isn’t it normal that in the early days of training camp that the defence will outshine the offence?

  21. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Peter —


  22. By Brad O'Neill on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    lets see team number one pick is defensive lineman, two vets whose jobs are in jeopardy come to camp playing for their nfl lives, dockett is on a mission, Campbell is looking awesome, vs Latui comes in heavy, no additional offensive lineman in draft, Faneca is acclamating, senlien is working with a new quarterback. its little wonder that the defense is dominating. give the offense a little time. ps the fact that toler is struggling is also a case of the offense succeeding. we may not score 40 points in any games this year but i dont think we will give up 35 either so training camp is coming along great in my book.

  23. By Tyler on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply


    I was listening to Gambo and Ash interview RT Brandon Keith today. They were continuously referring to him as the starting right tackle for the Cards. Any insight? I can’t see it being determined already.

  24. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tyler —

    Keith is the starting RT for the Cards. Could he eventually be beaten out? Maybe. But doubtful.

  25. By johnnybluenose on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    darren,had no idea who stephen williams was until reading your blog. just saw some stuff on him on utube. very impressive and good size too. hope he keeps it up. he brings to mind another undrafted toledo rocket who went on to have a great career even if it was in the canadian football league. chuck ealey was a quarterback who was undefeated in high school and college. at toledo from 1969 to 1971 he went 35-0, still an ncaa record. this is an interesting camp and some very good players are going to end up being cut. you gotta feel for them. a bit worried about so many injuries at the tight end position.

  26. By chad d on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    i just read revis probably won’t get a new contract from the jets this year and most likely won’t play for them, is there any way the cards go after him? with him and drc there’d be so many picks in a game

  27. By darrenurban on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    Chad D —

    Revis isn’t going anywhere.

  28. By Skiptim on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    I heard that the Jets are considering giving Revis a “life time” contract like 10 years long. Apparently 7 was the max, but there is no CBA this year or something.

  29. By Scott H on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    I tuned in to the worthless HOF game last night just in time to see Russ Grimm interviewed. Truly a great guy, the kind of guy you want to see given this kind of honor. I swear, no team has EVER done a better job of hiring coaches than the Cardinals did when they hired Whiz and then brought Grimm on board as well. The organization really doesn’t get enough credit for that. I dread the off-season every year anymore because you always hear about him being considered for a head coaching job somewhere. All I can say is – if there’s anything the Cardinals can ever do to prevent him from leaving, they better do it!

  30. By mike b on Aug 9, 2010 | Reply

    sorry undrafted guys not unsigned

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