The Cardinals held their last afternoon practice of Flagstaff, much to the delight of the players. They don’t hold much love for this place, and it’s all because training camp is here. They moved through their work pretty quickly — coach Ken Whisenhunt shut it down about 30 minutes early — and will have a final practice tomorrow morning.
— The injury list didn’t change. Still out were WR Early Doucet (abdomen), WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee), LB Gerald Hayes (back-PUP) and LB O’Brien Schofield (knee-PUP). LB Reggie Walker was suited up, but his sore hamstring continues to limit him, it looks like.
— One man on hand to watch practice was Danny White, the former Arizona State and Dallas Cowboys quarterback who has been one of the most successful coaches in Arena Football League history (his Rattlers beat Kurt Warner’s Iowa Barnstormers for the Arena championship in 1997, Warner’s last AFL game). White was there to watch his nephew Max Hall, who is battling for a quarterback job. If you are Hall, not a bad resource to have in the family. “I didn’t teach him a thing,” White insisted.
— A great moment: Steve Breaston made a catch and broke to the sideline nearest the crowd on the close field. DRC angled over (remember, no tackling) and the two burst into a short sprint, and when they did — stride for stride — Breaston let out a loud unmistakable Breaston laugh. The crowd loved it. These two have engaged on again and off again since DRC’s rookie year about who is faster. They each claim they will race to determine it once and for all. And they never quite get around to racing.
— I have mentioned rookie WR Andre Roberts many times, mostly because he has had trouble consistently catching. So it’s only fair to talk about it when he has a good day. He looked solid today. In three-receiver sets, he was running with Breaston and fellow rookie Stephen Williams. With the injuries to Doucet and Fitz, Roberts should get plenty of work Monday night.
(And as a quick P.S. to the Roberts thing, this was safety Adrian Wilson on his Big Red Rage radio show this week, taking about going after any rookies in preseason games: “No, but the kid from the Citadel we got, the third-round pick? I think all of us are gonna jump on him if he don’t start catching the ball. Period.”)
— Safety Rashad Johnson made another nice play today, picking off a John Skelton pass.
— Rookie cornerback Marshay Green (funny how the same guys keep getting mentioned) made a nice play during special teams. Ben Graham boomed a punt and Green caught it over the shoulder inside the 5 and, as he started falling into the end zone, tossed it back out where it was downed at the 3. Green really looks like he could do something on Teams. The problem is the Cards have a similar player in Michael Adams. Would they go younger? Does Green get some practice squad time?
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