I will have much more later on after the Cards’ first full-team practice of training camp — one of the most physical I have seen since I began covering this team in 2000 — and the debut of quarterback Kevin Kolb. Let’s just tap the brakes a moment and remember it’s just the first practice. Kolb and other newbies admitted to making mistakes, and there were errors here and there. But the energy, considering we are a week into work in Flagstaff, was incredibly high.
The offense “won” the live goal-line drill at the end. The first team offense scored in three of four possessions — after Kolb and Beanie Wells fumbled a handoff exchange, Kolb threw a play-action TD to new tight end Jeff King, who spiked it through his legs. Beanie then ran it in a couple of times. The second team did OK too, with rookie running back Ryan Williams getting stuffed on first down and then bulling over some people on second down and saying something about it (Williams then swept in for another score).
Generally, Kolb looked pretty good. The play of the day was Kolb’s 20-yard back-pylon TD throw to Larry Fitzgerald, who snared it with one hand while fending off rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Smiles all around.
“You see our goal line performance today?” Fitzgerald asked the media throng with a huge smile on his face. “I haven’t seen us that dominant at the goal line in a long time.”
Fitzgerald praised Kolb. So did tight end Todd Heap and offensive linemen Lyle Sendlein and Daryn Colledge, and even though Kolb said his head was swimming, it was clear that — for the first day — everyone was happy.
And in exactly a week and 48 minutes, this team will be playing in a real (albeit preseason) game in Oakland.
(P.S. I know everyone wants video. We will have a bunch up as soon as we can. Patience.)
Tags: Beanie Wells, Daryn Colledge, Kevin Kolb, Larry Fitzgerald, Lyle Sendlein, Ryan Williams, Todd Heap, training camp
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