Rookies wrap up camp

Posted by Darren Urban on May 13, 2012 – 12:20 pm

The final rookie minicamp practice of the weekend just ended. As usual, it’s too early to tell much.

“It’s hard,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Everybody looks good in shorts. You don’t want to get too excited. (At first glance), you like what you see. We had a number of guys look good. Everyone is on the same playing level today. We’ll have a better sense when they go against the veterans. But the first stage of the test, they passed.”

Whisenhunt said there was something missing without veterans, where a coach could grab a vet and have the vet show the newcomer how to execute something. But no veterans also meant more reps for the players who need it most. “It was a new experience with just rookies,” Whisenhunt said. “We’ll judge how productive it was once we get to OTAs and see how they respond.”

As for a final message for the group, Whisenhunt kept it simple. “I thanked them for their effort and their work,” Whisenhunt said. “I think for three days and five practices, we kind of knew what we were doing, so that was impressive. The credit goes to our coaches and the players. … For the guys who are going to be here, (I told them) ‘Be ready to work.’ ”

— As Whisenhunt said, the draft class was noticed. Quarterback Ryan Lindley and wide receiver Michael Floyd hooked up on a nice downfield pass Friday, and both clearly looked more comfortable as the weekend went on. Cornerback Jamell Fleming had some impressive pass breakups over the days. Tackle Bobby Massie looks right, but again, so hard to tell how a lineman will really be when it counts. It’s the same for all of them really.

— You’d expect the guys who have already been in the league to stand out at least a little. A couple did, at least from my perspective. Linebacker Quan Sturdivant looked comfortable out there in his first offseason, while new tight end Martell Webb made impressions on a couple of catches, including a nice one-handed grab down the seam Sunday.

— The Cards officially have 85 on the roster. The remaining five spots should be filled before OTAs start a week from Tuesday. Linebacker Clark Haggans and defensive end Vonnie Holliday remain viable options for two of those spots.

— Whisenhunt did offer blanket Happy Mother’s Day wishes to everyone. “When you get into these camps, you can lose sight of the real world, you can forget today is Mother’s Day,” He said. “We were sure to tell the guys, ‘Be sure to call and thank your Mom.’ We wouldn’t be out here if it weren’t for our moms.’ ”

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22 Responses to “Rookies wrap up camp”

  1. By Peter in Canada on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Darren –

    Your story about Lindley is the same as the one about Skelton two years ago. Baseball and hockey have farm systems, even basketball has a D-league. The NFL has nothing. Until something like NFL Europe is revived there will always be a very narrow window of opportunity for F.A. QB’s or those drafted in the lower rounds.

  2. By cardfancolorado on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    I for one would like to see Lindley in the pre season games, the only problem would be the fact that he is facing rookies himself. I know they have to share reps and all but it would be nice to see this fall. Seems like the only real question is who is our starting QB and one more where will Massie be.

  3. By Secret on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, I love the mini-update on the website. Anyways, since it is to early to tell who looks good, was mini-camp just to work on and improve fundamentals? It seems like mini-camp was only a service to the rookies to improve their chances in training camp. Would I be correct thinking this?

  4. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Secret –

    RE: reason of minicamp

    That’s probably a fair assessment.

  5. By Travis McCollum on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Any words on how Nate Potter, Justin Bethel, and Senio Kelemete did. Not really heard anything about them.

  6. By Jzoully on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Bobby Massie is very freakin fit, oh my… I like Jeremy Bridges but I hope Massie wins the job, he looks like an offensive lineman who is going to put us over the top. Darren I have a question,
    Do you know it Jamell Fleming will be competing for a starting job or is he just another corner on the roster

  7. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jzoully –

    RE: Fleming

    I know you won’t like the answer but ask me again in training camp. Haven’t even seen him vs vets, nor where the vet CBs are in their play.

  8. By justin on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    hey Darren how has Colin Parker been looking

  9. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Justin –

    RE: Parker

    He looks fine right now.

  10. By cowboyssuck on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    darren, great job with the write ups & photos this week on rookie mini camp. couldn’t wait for the next subject or article.

  11. By Mark on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, Is Bobbie Massie Keeping #70 Or Change Number’s? he should get Keith’s Old Number (#72)

  12. By Darren Urban on May 13, 2012 | Reply

    Mark –

    RE: Massie number

    Why would he change?

  13. By Darren on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Did yoiu get to see nay of WR Keenan Burton? If so, any chance he could make the team?

  14. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Darren —

    RE: Burton

    I didn’t see a ton of him. I don’t expect him to be signed.

  15. By Scott H on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Not related to this story, but I haven’t even been on the computer for over a week and JUST FOUND OUT TODAY that a deal for Campbell was done back on the 10th. That makes me happy. Didn’t want to see that be a distraction for anyone. Wanted to see that get done and, well…it’s done.

    Geez, maybe I should stay away more often ( no wise-ass comments supporting that, please! ).

    So…are we down to about 3,000 days until the season starts or does it just seem that way???

  16. By Gman on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Speaking of numbers…was kind’of hoping Floyd would put “81” on and literally run with it! I’m sure he will make a name and number for himself.

  17. By cardsalltheway on May 14, 2012 | Reply

    Jeremy Bridges is Bad(meaning good). I see Massie moving to LT after our QB(s) get blindsided and knocked out of a game(s).

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

    Vonnie and Clark should come back for at least next year. Vonnie came on at the end of the year and played well in calais’s spot against seattle in the last game of the season. Clark needs to come back for depth and veteran presence, leadership, and some production at OLB.

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

    I also love the comment by Coach Whiz about Mother’s Day. A very down to earth and real comment.

  20. By Ernie on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren, Do you have any dates for players first day at flagstaff camp, or red and white scrimmage? Im trying to plan ahead and Id appreciate any news. Thanks.

  21. By Darren Urban on May 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ernie —

    RE: Camp dates

    Those still have not been released.

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