A 45-yard garbage can bomb and no morning practice

Posted by Darren Urban on August 19, 2010 – 7:00 pm

Yeah, it might be getting to the end of camp. It might be getting to the end of camp because, while I watched practice today — cornerback Greg Toler made a pick at one point — nothing in particular caught my eye until the quarterbacks started doing the garbage-can toss from 45 yards out after practice had ended and most players had retreated to the locker room. It was windy too, so you had to account for that, which made Matt Leinart’s rainbow that dropped into the can at one point pretty impressive. Leinart took a bow, Derek Anderson gave him good-natured grief and said “Act like you’ve been there before.”

Alas kicker Jay Feely and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were involved and by the time the competition was over — three points for in the bucket, two for hitting the rim, one for hitting anywhere on the can — Feely had won. “It’s all luck,” Leinart said afterward. How many points did Feely get? He just grinned. “The most,” he said.

— ALERT for anyone coming to Flagstaff Friday to watch the Cards. Coach Ken Whisenhunt decided to cancel the morning practice. There will still be an afternoon workout, but there will be no morning workout. He surprised the players with the news at tonight’s meetings.

— Veterans Alan Faneca, Adrian Wilson, Joey Porter and Bryan Robinson had a courtesy veterans’ day off. The injured guys remained the same: PUP linebackers Gerald Hayes and O’Brien Schofield (back and knee, respectively), Fitz (knee), WR Early Doucet (abdomen) and TE Ben Patrick (knee).

— Whisenhunt talked about a couple of young defenders today. Linebacker Cody Brown, last year’s second-round pick, hasn’t shown enough yet to make the Cards know he is ready to be a heir apparent for Porter or Clark Haggans. That’s what the rest of the preseason is for.

— As for undrafted rookie CB Marshay Green, “he’s probably earned the right to play more in these preseason games,” Whisenhunt said. To me Green is a 53-man roster darkhorse, although the practice squad may still be his most likely destination.

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8 Responses to “A 45-yard garbage can bomb and no morning practice”

  1. By phoenixraven1 on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    so far impressed with Green…think he might squeeze in the 53 man roster! Just depends how the numbers game! If he stays on practice squad and doesn’t get picked up he might see time later in the year! Go Green!

  2. By Brad ONeill on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    ok just for fun week 17 if we are in the same situation this year as we were last year 9game is meaningless because we are in and our position is set) but its against the 49ers do we just take the loss and move on to the playoffs or do we have our seconds working out with matt and his mma instructor so they can bring the pain against the 9ers?

  3. By jzoully on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Darren,

    I have 2 or 3 questions for you. Sorry I’m an insanly big cardinals fan by the way.
    1. Does Trumaine McBride look like a good starting cornerback? (Not counting out Greg Toler, but Trumaine has started before for the Chicago Bears.)
    2. Is Cody Brown ready to start as the inside linebacker job in front of Clark Haggans?
    3. Could Stephen Williams and Max Komar challenge Andre Roberts for the 4th wide reciever?

  4. By Darren Urban on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    jzoully —

    1. I think McBride has had his moments good and bad. I think Toler will end up with that starting job eventually.
    2. Brown and Haggans are both outside guys. And no, right now, Brown has not shown himself to be better.
    3. I don’t think Komar could. But Williams might.

  5. By Big Red on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Why not get rid of Roberts, he drops to many passes and keep both Williams and Komar. Nothing against Roberts but Ca’mon man. (third pick, play like one.

  6. By Mac on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Do you think that the Cardinals will carry 4 RBs (Beanie, Hightower, LSH, and Wright) without a fullback and 4 TEs? I read in a previous article that Dominique Byrd played a little FB during training camp and there are no Dan Kreider’s in this pot. It would be useful to carry 4 TEs because they are injury prone and/or possibly Jim Dray wins a spot (though I would rather have him not)

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Mac —

    The Cards will keep a fullback. I expect Broughton to be that guy.

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