Crowded locker room doesn’t bother Dockett

Posted by Darren Urban on May 29, 2012 – 9:22 am

The Cardinals’ locker room, relatively speaking, is overflowing. Because of the rule change to allow 90 players on the roster for the first time during the offseason (it happened in training camp last year too, following the lockout as a special circumstance), temporary lockers have been added this summer and it’s just more crowded as the team readies to undertake a second week of OTAs.

Not that it’s bothering Darnell Dockett.

“I put a rookie out of his locker that was next to mine, put him in the middle of the hallway,” the defensive lineman deadpanned. “Rookies are just people in the locker room. I give the rookies hell. When I come around they all just scatter.

“But,” Dockett added, “it’s good to have young guys around and I think the coaches did a good job getting young talent. Hopefully those guys will develop.”

Dockett, who once upon a time before his latest contract extension wasn’t a big fan of the voluntary stuff, not only has embraced it the last couple of years but actually sounded like he was rejoicing getting a chance to do something right now after missing all of last offseason. The defense was so far behind when 2011 started — and Dockett was one of the players who most struggled with the transition — that having a year and now a summer window to perfect the defense is welcome.

“Oh my God, this is so much fun,” Dockett said. “You can actually enjoy practice without paying attention 130 percent. It’s good. There is more work to do. We have wrinkles to add, and there are blown assignments here and there. Right now, we want to get through the process and keep guys healthy.”

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10 Responses to “Crowded locker room doesn’t bother Dockett”

  1. By cdubbbbbbb on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    If you dont love Dockett, you aint a Cardinals fan!

  2. By Steve on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Darren: Any idea when the Cards practice bubble will be built? I heard Whisenhunt wants one.

  3. By Darren Urban on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Bubble

    It’s been talked about, but there are no set plans that I am aware of.

  4. By carlo milano on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    could you please tell me what is this hard knocks

  5. By Darren Urban on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Hard knocks

    It is an annual reality show by HBO and NFL Films that goes behind the scenes of a single team during a month of training camp.

  6. By AndyStandsUpalltheway on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    Speaking of practice bubble, if it comes to fruition how would that effect training camp in Flagstaff, IYO, Darren?
    Seems a majority of teams are getting away from getting away.

    What’s the contract length with NAU?

  7. By Darren Urban on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: NAU/camp

    Not sure what the contract status is right now. You make a valid point, although there are parts of NAU the Cards can’t get with a bubble.

  8. By Sir60 on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    This defense should absolutely shine this year. I hope Horton trains a replacement for next year. I expect there will be many offers for his services.

  9. By carlo milano on May 29, 2012 | Reply

    quentin groves is partecipating at OTAs..i didnt read about the terms of his contract

  10. By Ed-MichCardsFan on May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta 2nd that BIG-TIME cdubbbbbbb!…DDockett, by buying into Ray Horton’s defensive scheme, has sacrificed individual stats for team “D” perfomance, where he’s basically absorbing punishment (and dishing it out, too!) from opposing offenses in order to free-up linebackers and safeties to make plays. DDockett is emblematic a what a “team player” is. He may not make the glamorous “Top 100” NFL players…but, anyone who really knows something about football knows DDockett is easily well within that company–and, HE and WE don’t really need anyone to tell us so. We know the truth, which is plenty good enough–and we’re all just lookin’ forward to the 2012 season to prove what true Cardinals fans already know! The “D” will be strong, solid–if we gotta win a couple games 6-0, 10-7…then, so be it.

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