Rookies take the field for the first time

Posted by Darren Urban on May 11, 2012 – 12:39 pm

One practice in — and with just rookies — it’s impossible to know what will happen with any of them.

“It was interesting,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “The enthusiasm was great, the effort was great. I didn’t know quite what they were doing all the time.”

But it was clear Whisenhunt was enjoying the idea of being back on the field, in a totally teaching aspect, knowing that games are months away. That part of his job was lost last year with the lockout. “It makes you appreciate being on the field again,” Whisenhunt said.

— There is no way to draw any conclusions after one practice. Some of the passes were misfired or dropped, but it wasn’t a shock. Some guys looked a little nervous at first. Bobby Massie, as I noted, looks the part of a tackle. Then again, all the draft picks look the part. They better. They of course have to play the part, and we are a long way from being able to tell that. I’ll have a few photos up later today and we will have a video too (later though; We have Calais Campbell’s press conference with which to deal first.)

— There are nine “veterans” taking part, guys who were already on the team’s roster before the draft. That, Whisenhunt said, is everyone on the roster who is eligible to do so. There are others that wouldn’t mind getting the extra work, Whisenhunt said (and I’m sure the coaches wouldn’t mind it either), but the collective bargaining agreement won’t allow it.

— The only “injury” wasn’t; undrafted rookie cornerback James Nixon had to come out because of dehydration. The learning curve extends beyond the playbook for some. Center Ryan Bartholomew was also sitting out after he “dinged” his knee during conditioning workouts recently, Whisenhunt said.

— The biggest name among the tryout players: running back Javarris James, who played for the Colts and who is the cousin of former Cardinals running  back Edgerrin James.

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18 Responses to “Rookies take the field for the first time”

  1. By Cards4ever on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Did Ryan Williams participate?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Cards4ever —

    RE: Ryan Williams


  3. By Travis on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Any news on the other rookie draft picks.

  4. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Travis —

    RE: Rookie signings

    This is going to be my standard answer:

  5. By Paul H on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Bet the guys are saying “man, it’s hot out here”. Just gut it out guys, drink a lot of water and find shade when you can. Hopefully if your on the team in a couple of years there may be a bubble by then.

  6. By WhySoSer on May 11, 2012 | Reply


  7. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    WhySoSer —

    RE: Videos

    Nope. We cap them at one minute exactly.

  8. By joe holst on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Rookie Tackles are typically a gamble and probably not a great idea.. Darren agree ? Disagree? thanks Joe

  9. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Holst —

    RE: Rookie tackles

    I think you have growing pains with a rookie at any position. I’m about case-by-case basis. Is Massie your best option? Then you play him. If he isn’t, you don’t.

  10. By Prop19 on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, you remind me of my fantasy football commissioner, bitter.

  11. By WhySoSer on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Everyother team site has rookie minicamp videos. Why is it we underachieve? How much input do you have on things like the team site?

  12. By Skiptim on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    Darren –

    Please try to keep the videos to 30 seconds. I’ve got places to go, people to see.

  13. By GREAT JOB AZCARDINALS.COM on May 11, 2012 | Reply

    See Above.

  14. By cardsalltheway on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    Will there be any blackouts this year?
    “Vikings get their new stadium, but fans are still subjected to ‘blackout’ rule…”–vikings-get-their-new-stadium–but-fans-are-still-subjected-to–blackout–rule.html
    “Roger Chamberlain walked off the floor of the Minnesota state senate having just watched as taxpayers went on the hook for an estimated $1 billion (at least) over 30 years for the construction, upkeep and debt service on a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. He could only laugh in frustration.

    “What the NFL wants,” the republican state senator said, “the NFL gets…”

    “And in the era of government-financed stadiums, they are all “paying” fans. “We oppose the way owners too easily manipulate the public into paying for this lavish stadium that only serves the earnings of the owner,” Frederick said. “But if it’s going to happen there should be certain caveats like no blackouts…”

    “The Eisenhower Justice Department sued the NFL in 1953, but a judge ruled in the league’s favor. The practice was made law in the 1961 Sports Broadcasting Act, part of which authorized local blackouts.

    These days though, it’s supposed to be about protecting the team’s gate receipts. While broadcast rights are approximately 60 percent of NFL revenue, stadiums still produce around 20 percent of revenue, studies show.

    In February, however, a group of leading sports economists and professors, including Roger Noll of Stanford and Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College, published an independent position paper that concluded the blackout rule doesn’t generate additional revenue for teams.”

  15. By Chris on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, you need to go ahead and end your sentences with prepositions. All your “with which” sentences just sound awkward.

  16. By DORRITO on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, you do a fine job covering and avoiding the trolls, thanks for your work!
    Also, How did Bethel look coming from a smaller school? (if you had time to watch). Why do you think they had him at corner if the Card’s see him as a safety?

  17. By Darren Urban on May 12, 2012 | Reply

    Dorrito —

    RE: Bethel

    I have watched him, not that I can tell you much of how he is doing. Horton is going to use him at corner, nickel and safety throughout the offseason and camp to see where he best fits.

  18. By Eazy E on May 15, 2012 | Reply

    It will be an interesting and fun camp, both the minicamps and training camp.

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