Deuce gets creamed — and his spot back

Posted by Darren Urban on September 6, 2010 – 12:59 pm

Deuce Lutui still has to fend off Rex Hadnot to stay the starting right guard, but Lutui is the guy for now, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. So everyone wanted to talk to Lutui after practice today, and while Deuce was holding court in front of the cameras, fellow O-lineman Jeremy Bridges nailed him in the face with a shaving cream pie.

(I think everyone should have known the “pie” was shaving cream, although Deuce admitted after, “I thought it was a cream pie until I started licking my lips.”)

It’s been a long offseason for Lutui, taking criticism from everyone because of his weight. He shrugged it off. “It’s not the first time I’ve been called fat before,” Lutui said. He insisted he was working out on his own and was thinking about other things, like working on his U.S. citizenship, so “It’s not like I was just standing in one place.”

“I came back in shape,” Lutui added. “Maybe not the weight they wanted, but I passed the condition test.”

He said he was surprised Reggie Wells was in his starting spot when he returned, but he kept working with the backups and the starters. Lutui played a lot in the preseason, deep into games unlike previous years, but he was OK with that. Now Wells has been traded and Lutui has his job back. “I just became that hungry dog, fighting to get my position back,” Lutui said, adding it helps him if he is in a constant battle to fight for his team. But he also never thought he’d be anything but a starter.

Among other things as the Cards returned to practice today:

— No injury report, because the Cards don’t need to put one out yet. Whisenhunt did say WR Larry Fitzgerald is still on pace to to return although he is working on his conditioning after missing so much time. I am guessing that won’t be an issue. RB Beanie Wells’s knee “is not 100 percent,” Whisenhunt added, and “we will see how he progresses during the week.” I still think Beanie plays.

— The Cards are slowly putting together their practice squad. None of the players reportedly claimed yesterday were here yet, but I still expect all three to show. G Tom Pestock, T Herman Johnson and WR Isaiah Williams were brought back to the practice squad, so there are five spots left. I still think CB Marshay Green is a possibility.

— Speaking of Green, Whisenhunt was asked what it was about fellow undrafted rookie CB A.J. Jefferson that kept him on the squad. Many, including me, thought Green was ahead of Jefferson. But Jefferson got the nod. It doesn’t hurt that A.J. is 6-feet, plus there were a pair of plays Whisenhunt noticed. One was Jefferson’s raw speed when he chased down a Redskins’ kick returner. The other was a deep pass Jefferson defended and “didn’t panic” on, which can happen with young corners. My guess is that Jefferson will still be a project.

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39 Responses to “Deuce gets creamed — and his spot back”

  1. By JoeVero on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Any chance on signing Tony Richardson? Or is he really going to be resigned by the Jets soon?

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Joe —

    I expect him to stay a Jet.

  3. By EricJB on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply


    How serious a threat to Lutui is Hadnot? Hadnot was impressive in the last game. Is Whis still not 100% comfortable with Lutui for some reason?

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    EricJB —

    I expect Lutui to be the guy. Whiz is never going to let Deuce be comfortable because of the weight issue.

  5. By Dylan on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Is LaRod Stephens-howling still on the roster?

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Dylan —


  7. By Bryce on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Do you expect any additional roster moves today? Also, he doesn’t seem to fit the Cardinals, but do see them taking a look at Adalius Thomas?

  8. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Bryce —

    Yes and no.

  9. By Steve on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, does Max Hall have enough arm strength in your opinion, to be a starter in this league? Or is that not an issue with Whiz?

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Steve —

    I think the staff thinks Hall can be a starter in this league, so my opinion doesn’t matter (although it seems like Hall, while not Skelton, can throw hard enough).

  11. By Richard S on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Wow all those rules I read about on who’s eligible for the practice squad. I wonder if any of that is thought about during the regular season as to who might be eligible for the practice squad next year. Kind of like thinking several moves ahead in chess.

  12. By josh on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Did we add Ian Johnson to our PS?

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Josh —

    That’s a safe assumption.

  14. By Modavaysean on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    On a rate scale of 1 – 10, 1 being badly and 10 being great ~ how would you rate Brandon Keiths Performance at RT this preseason.

  15. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Modvay —

    Considering I didn’t focus on him, I’d say a 6 or 7.

  16. By Dima on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    So, assuming Fitz can start week 1, is there a chance Stephen Williams will be #3 receiver (assuming Fitz #1 and Breaston #2)? Or is Doucet our #3?

  17. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Dima —

    Doucet will be No. 3.

  18. By Flood on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Saw an article about Big Ben losing Captain status. Any idea if we have picked ours yet or will be soon?

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Flood —

    Usually it’s by the end of the week.

  20. By Flood on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    My guess on team captains would be A-Dub, Fitz, Dock, and Timmy. I love the way Timmy carries himself although an extra defender in Bryan Robinson and being the true teammate in how he has taken Dan Williams under his wing would be cool too. If they pick Derek though it would not be surprising sort of the team saying “hey, after all this, we got your back.” The Cardinals have a nice problem in that a lot of their players are worthy of the “C”…

  21. By redseafan85 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply


    So does that mean that Stephen Williams is the #4 receiver? Who is his competition and do you see him being a star in this league like I do?!

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Redsea —

    He is No. 4 right now yes. He has good potential for sure.

  23. By Catfish on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply


    I expect DA to do well, he seems to be driven with the second chance motovation; however, will he have a long leash? We cannot afford to be 1-4

  24. By Fatdog on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Darren will the Cards go after Dre Bly

  25. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Fatdog —


  26. By Ryan on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply


    Do you expect Lutui to get a new contract that he was holding out for that brought all this?

  27. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Ryan —

    I think the Cards want to keep him.

  28. By Jones from IL on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Off the subject.
    Darren would it be possible in your blogs to place your responses directly under the writer’s comment? That way we could more easily connet the question with your answer.

  29. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Jones —

    I will try. Not always efficient when I am trying to crank through as many responses as I can.

  30. By dre on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply


    I haven’t heard a word on Roberts. Do you know what is up with him? I see he didn’t play in the last two preseason games. If he is available, how does he fair along side the playmaker Steph Williams and out of the two who will be on the field in our 4 wide receiver set? Who is better in the slot?


  31. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Dre —

    Roberts was hurt in the second preseason game. He is just coming back. I will guess Williams is ahead on the depth chart.

  32. By mike on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    What do you think about Samkon Gado.He has always impressed me with the way he attacks the hole and runs down hill.He was released by Tennesee. Couldn’t we use a guy like that, or is there charactor issues?

  33. By Darren Urban on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Mike —

    They don’t need a running back.

  34. By mike b on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Is it safe to say Baggs won’t be returning (last I heard he was being shipped back off to Canada)

  35. By Darren Urban on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Mike B —

    Yes, that’s safe to say.

  36. By badreligion on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Will we actually be able to run the ball this year? It has always been a lack of fan interest, or investment of an O-line in an other-than-aerial attack with the Cards, but now seems to be our best attempt at ground-and-pound whilst controling the clock. But, are we even capable?

  37. By pipapiko on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    -Darren my friend I’am back. This is exactly what I told you what would happen about the o-line. I do not see hadnot taking lutui’s job unless he gets injured! Reggie was an awesome player that was some loyalty they showed him Wow!

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