Missing rookies no longer an issue

Posted by Darren Urban on June 15, 2012 – 10:45 am

Once, the end of offseason work for the Cardinals wasn’t just a beginning but a much bigger deal, specifically when coach Dennis Green used it in his first season as a time to announce his starting lineup for the season. (That was a crazy time. It really was.)

Now, coach Ken Whisenhunt emphasizes competition and ongoing competition. Nothing up for grabs was going to be settled in a month’s worth of work in May and June. But there was one thing settled that is a significant step for the Cardinals — every draft pick was signed before the work ended. Michael Floyd and Jamell Fleming (below) signed on the dotted line, and just like that, a headache that had shrunk in recent years (yet still existed) was gone.

It’ll be league-wide, and it’s thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement. No longer will players be holding out. I’ve never thought, if a player missed a day or two of camp, it was a huge deal, but looking at the last 10 years and the number of picks that have missed at least some time in camp, this is a welcome change:

— 2011 Patrick Peterson, missed 1 day

— 2010 Dan Williams, 3 days

— 2009 Beanie Wells, 3 days

— 2008 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 2 days

— 2007 Levi Brown, 6 days

— 2006 Matt Leinart, 15 days

— 2005 Antrel Rolle, 8 days

— 2004 Larry Fitzgerald, 1 day

— 2003 Calvin Pace, 3 days; Bryant Johnson 4 days

— 2002 Wendell Bryant, all of training camp and two weeks of the regular season

“Knowing the first day of training camp you will have everyone there is a big deal,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “When they miss those first couple of days, it seems like they are always playing catch-up. It’s good we had all our guys here. It’ll be good to have everyone there from Day One. It’s great that our organization, (president) Michael (Bidwill) and (general manager) Rod (Graves), have been so proactive.”

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8 Responses to “Missing rookies no longer an issue”

  1. By Kurt on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    Wendell Bryant, would have been content not to hear that name again…

  2. By brad oneill on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    amazing how well days missed correlates with eventual success. antrell rolle being a possible exception.

  3. By azfancolo on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    Amazing that Matt worthless Leinart missed 15 days you would think that he missed the entire camp the way he never grapsed of being a NFL player.

  4. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    Wow 2002, who would’ve thought then that in 10 years, all the Drama would be gone from rookie’s signing there contracts.

    Jamell Fleming. Is it only me that sees the Fitz gleem in his eyes, and that smile?

    I think the exception(s) should be the two that only missed only 1 day, they both are kinda working out.

    Back on subject; It is nice to see that there is one more thing the media can’t blow up into news/info no body really wanted to hear, and was a distraction for most of the team. About like the start of the ’02’ season, such Crazy days, weeks, Months!


  5. By BIG RED on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’d say that Jamell Fleming looks more like Aresenio Hall.

  6. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    I will have to agree with you there Big Red, but I was talking about the Gleem in his eyes and how his smile is, like when Fitz was signing his contract(s), just Darn Happy to be here.


  7. By Scott H on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m liking what this organization is doing these days! Got Campbell signed to a new deal…drafted a big-play WR with their first pick…and got that big-play WR signed before many other teams signed their first rounders…got ALL draft picks in the fold well in advance of training camp…Along with winning, of course, that is the stuff that changes the culture. Don’t really like that cliche, but when it’s appropriate, it’s appropriate.

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