Williams to play, King coming back, and other notes

Posted by Darren Urban on August 13, 2012 – 12:37 pm

After two games missed, running back Ryan Williams should get his first preseason action against the Raiders Friday night, coach Ken Whisenhunt said during the lunchtime update today. Tight end Jeff King officially came off the PUP list with his quad injury, and Whisenhunt said he will be treated conservatively like Beanie Wells has been. King said the more realistic return to game action for him would be in Tennessee a week from Thursday.

— The game is a possibility for Wells as well, but Whiz said he wants to see Wells in a padded practice and how he reacts. Beanie sounded like he felt the same. “I don’t know if it’s this week,” Wells said, but “I went through warmups last week and it felt great to be out there just preparing for a game.”

Wells added, “I definitely need preseason. Maybe one game, maybe two games, but I definitely need it.”

— Whisenhunt reiterated the starters will play a lot Friday. “As of now there’s no reason to save anybody.” Whiz said he told young players there is no guarantee they will play. “I’m not going to be crazy, but I’m not concerned with the number of snaps this week.

— It was important to bring in a new fullback in Reagan Maui’a to be able to run some of the offense. The injured Jared Crank (neck) is still stiff and sore, Whisenhunt said. Wide receiver LaRon Byrd is day-to-day with a sore shoulder, but the hope is that Byrd will be back this week and play Friday.

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23 Responses to “Williams to play, King coming back, and other notes”

  1. By Jason Zumwalt on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Alright Darren that’s two for you today. Where’s the new guy? Come on rookie! Step it up!

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Jason —

    RE: New guy/blog

    The blog is going to remain my domain. Sorry. Josh’s articles will be on the homepage.

  3. By BIG RED on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    It’s about time to put the whole force in. The hell with time, time is NOW!

  4. By Andy Kw on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    I know our team got a lot of Wide Receivers already but do you think the cards will be interested in signing Chad Johnson or Lee Evans? I know Chad Johnson was arrested but he still has a lot of potential. Lee Evans has his ups and downs but I feel that he is a force to be reckoned with. What do you think Darren?

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Johnson/Evans

    No and no.

  6. By Brent on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    It’s time to look like an NFL team. So far that hasn’t been the case. Hopefully being home and adding Ryan Williams to the mix makes the whole thing look better.

  7. By Andy Kw on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Out of all Quarterbacks that are competing or already the starter that has thrown an interception, Kolb has to be the worse. He completed only 2 passes out of the last 2 games. Who cares if he threw that 21yd to DeMarco Sampson or that 4 yarder to Sherman, those are the only passes he completed. He never even got the 1st unit offense to even get a first down. The only time he got a first down was when LaRod ran that 15yds in the first play of the Cards HOF game. Skelton led at least 1 scoring drive against the Saints defense. He completed 4/6 for 32yds in his first game and 3/6 for 35yds and an interception in his second. That means he got 7/12 passes for 67yds and an interception. It is better than 2/9 passes for 25yds and an interception. I believe the NFL is right, the next preseason game decides if Kolb will still be in the competition or not. If he completes more than 5 passes or at least gets 4 passes with no interceptions and can lead a scoring drive, then he is still in it. Skelton still has a chance all the way to the end but Kolb is in his last chance. If Kolb can’t even get through the Chiefs defense, how will he fair against Seattle or San Francisco. Seattle got a 6-4 Browner and all of these other Elite and tall Defensive Backs. Kolb will probably lead this team to a 5-11 team at best. Skelton at least gives us another chance to have a winning season. He would probably bring the team to an 11-5 at best. Our defense gives us a chance to be a 7-9 team at best looking at how we played for the past 2 games. If Skelton works his magic like he did last year and the defense does the same as last year as well, our team will be a contender. STL didn’t look like a team to fear looking at how they played against the LUCKy Colts. Seattle looked like a Super Bowl team against the Titans. SF looked like a team that can stop any offense in its tracks. ARI looked like a team that needs a better OL and DL with better pass coverages. When Kolb losses his job next week, he will realize what he had done to this franchise. He will realize that he had potential before but now, he is just another bust like Jamarcus Russell. Kolb was once good no doubt about that but he needs to understand that he can’t just throw the ball directly to the receiver. He throws the ball so low that any DB can catch it. Skelton knows that there is a 50% chance or a 33% chance that his receiver can catch the ball when he throws it high into the air until in falls to the receivers hand. Look at Kolb in his first pass in the HOF game, he threw it right at the DB not even coming close to Andre Roberts. I had faith in Kolb last year when he played well against the Panthers and when he led all of those other close games but now, look at what he had done to the franchise. Whiz’s job is on the line and all of the other coaches of this team are on the line. I was so positive that you can lead this team to at least a 9-7 or 10-6 records this year but now, i’m not even looking forward for this upcoming season because our teams sucks when you are around. OL sucks, you throw the ball so slowly, you hold on to the ball to long, you can’t escape the pocket, you can’t out run DL, you can’t even complete a game to prove to the ARI staff that you are a franchise QB. I thought you came to Arizona to be a leader, not a person who just wants big money and doesn’t give a darn about this teams success. I know you are serious about this organization but I think Pro Football is just not in your league yet. Just have an offseason for this entire year and just practice more. You got potential but I think it can be used elsewhere. I got faith in you if you can have a good game in the next preseason game. If not, I wish you the best and good luck with the rest of your career. You lost your magic after Chris Miller left. I think he was a factor in our teams success. Don’t get frustrated or try to make a big play. Just play the game normally. I think you have been so focused on making a big play that you lost your train of thought for this team. This team isn’t all about you Kolb, it is about teamwork. Look at Skelton, he made short passes that became first downs. He didn’t launch long passes to impress coaches, he knew that it could have easily been intercepted because no one was open. I have analyzed your plays since the first snap of your AZ career. When no receivers are open, just run for a first down and don’t waste anytime looking for a receiver that’s not open or else you will get sacked or you will fumble. If you can address the issues with my advice, then you will be back on top but as of now, your career with the Cardinals are coming to a close and if it doesn’t work out in the next game, be proud that you had a chance to be a starter for this organization and to work with future hall of famers in Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Wilson, and Darnell Dockett. If I am wrong, you better bring this team to a good season or be a good backup when Skelton is injured. Skelton is young and tough and I think he can learn a lot from you. Skelton all the way and I wish the best for Kolb in the future if he even has a future in this team.

  8. By JT on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Great to hear Jeff King is on track to play a couple preseason games. He plays tough and with physicality. And the guy’s business is blocking. I’m really missing him out there after two games in, playing with such weak fortitude for blocking. King is exactly what the Doctor’s orders for the team this early. Plus that Titans game should be the Cards most physical challenge they will face before the season opener with the Hawks. As things look as of right now, they do not look prepared to face Marshawn Lynch. Or the most physical defense in the NFC West that stands right up there with the 9ers. I would prefer the Cards have their eyes opened BEFORE the meeting with our division rivals. Jeff King’s mentality is most welcome! He should help them lead the way. Block party!

  9. By in fitz we trust on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    i have it 2-1 skelton, kolb has not threw one legit pass as of yet. the raiders game is what will determine who will start imo. its not looking really good, our lineman we drafted flat out suck. and the qb problem is still there. i hate to say it, but the holes we had last year are still voids that need to be filled.

  10. By NYCardinals212 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply


    With all this talk about Maui’a and Crank, I am curious about the fullback situation. I noticed Sherman got banged up in the first game, but I also noticed that he ran all the way down the field with his helmet off to make a tackle. I see #35 in on a lot of special team plays as well as his role of run blocker. He also seems to have good hands. Am I mistaken? Has he underperformed? Or is it just that a good fullback doesn’t get attention unless they are injured or making mistakes?

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    NYCardinals —

    RE: Sherman

    He’s done a fine job. He’s going to be the fullback on this team. When you say attention, are you talking story? At some point.

  12. By Laird on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see Williams in the mix! Someone has to light a fire under this offense! Very disappointed in Q.back results ; thus far!

  13. By Dan on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    “As of now, there’s no reason to save ANYBODY.” Amen to that, brother Whisenhunt. I’d like to see Eddie Elder start at Free Safety, at least he’ll be looking for every opportunity to lay the wood on any silver and black thing that moves! Has Kerry Rhodes’ helmet touched a single opponent these last two games?

  14. By Rio on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    how in the hell can coach tell which quarter back is best when he only gives them a few snapes per game, Wiz let them play a quarter each or more. less get this thing settle once and for all.

    So far i like the 3rd and 4th guys, they seem to be better.

  15. By CreditCard on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    Raiders have a short week, and having to travel. If the Cards stink again this week — it will be a woeful yer.

  16. By john the draft guy on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    So Batiste is now starting at right tackle. What a disappointment our 2 rookie tackles have been. Massie has an injury, but was playing poorly prior to his injury.

    So, we entered the off season with needs at tackle, and we will enter the season with the same concern. ugh.

  17. By NYCardinals212 on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply


    No, I didn’t mean to suggest that you weren’t giving him attention. I was just curious about his status. I was going with the thinking that fullback is an often thankless job. If he does his job well, nobody talks about him. If people are talking about him, he probably did something wrong. At least, I was hoping this was the case with Sherman.

  18. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2012 | Reply

    NYCardinals —

    RE: Sherman

    Well, no. They like him. He’ll be here.

  19. By Ernie on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Where is Brandon Keith. Did he sign with another team. We are woefully thin at offensive line. Lutui looked good with Seattle and is the starter. I really wonder what the cards are thinking when it comes to offensive line. We have little experience if someone goes down, Hope the waiver wire provides some depth at Oline.

  20. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Ernie —

    RE: Keith

    Keith has not signed anywhere.

  21. By allen on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    we need to package up [ beanie wells, kolb, and l. brown ] trade them for a some one who can block .

  22. By scott023 on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    Allen, beanie ran over a thousand yards last year with a bad leg. This guy is a beast. He is well and my bet is, he is going to have a great year for us. Why trade him? I agree with clssylssy on kolb redo the contract if he stays, it’s only fair. He is not what was promised! He is not even close to it. Not his fault, just the truth.Now let’s fix it.

  23. By Luger griff on Aug 14, 2012 | Reply

    im from bmore n im one the biggest az fans there is(mainly because of fitz since the departure of edggerrin james) n i cant see how ppl are sayin go with lindley or bartel…u do realize these guys are playing against third stringers,were talkin bout guys that have lil to no chance of makin the team! honestly i could prolly go out there n sling it for some good yardage against nobodys! i think n hope skelton gets the job. Although neither qb is very talented,skelton is a winner! i think his mechanic,iq, n arm strenght for sure is better than kolb..Kolb arm is noodle,that 5 n out he threw vs. the saints was sooooo azz,but i wasnt surprised! from day one i didnt like the kolb move… BTW ,im still mad at A.J jefferson for gettin honey roasted repeatedly but Boldin n that cards ravens game i went too! not only did i have to decline bout 15,000 calls n texts from friends,lol,but i had my girl take pics of my face n post n the living room n also had to wear ravens apparel for a week! I hope aj jefferson never,ever sees live action…his talent is wayyyy below sub par!

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