Rookies on their way this week

Posted by Darren Urban on May 6, 2013 – 4:28 pm

The majority of rookies (i.e. everyone but No. 1 pick Jonathan Cooper) have yet to come to the Tempe facility yet. That changes later this week. They will show up Thursday for physicals, and then the first rookie minicamp will be held Friday through Sunday (and before you ask, no, it’s not open to the public.)

That begins a couple straight weeks of on-field work, with the first of six organized team activities on May 14-16 and then May 21-23. Strength and conditioning work remains through the on-field time. After a week off after Memorial Day of on the field, the final four voluntary OTAs come June 3-6. Mandatory minicamp is June 11-13.

— A couple of ex-Cardinal notes from today. Ex-tackle Brandon Keith, allowed to walk away as a free agent after the 2011 season and who didn’t hook on with anyone in 2012, signed with the Vikings today.

Meanwhile, offensive lineman Adam Snyder, cut last week by the Cards, signed a new two-year deal with the 49ers Monday. If you remember, Snyder was allowed to leave as a free agent last year by the Niners and he signed a five-year contract with the Cardinals. He was cut and now goes back to his original team, although if he makes it now, it’ll be as a backup.

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11 Responses to “Rookies on their way this week”

  1. By truths4all on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    Snyder was once a starter with the 49ers, but by the time his contract with the 49ers had expired, he had steadily worked his way down to being the 3rd and 4th stringer and even inactive on some games. Unless he found a way to raise his level of play, he will either be cut or retire as a 49er as he may not be 100% healthy at this point.

  2. By Travis on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    So who the Qb going to be for the rookie mini Camp

  3. By craig on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    So how much of BA’s offense did Synder learn before he got cut and goes to 9ers?

  4. By Credit Card on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    The secret to this season will be first qualit QB play, but after that, on how well the O-line operates. I believe the crux will be the second year development of Massie and Potter. If both continued to develop over the off-season — the Cards have a chance. I still believe they’ll move Brown to RG, based upon his lack of quickness. The development of Cooper and Wartford will also be an interesting story during pre-season. Sendlein is one of my more favorite players, but his job might be in jeopardi. More or less, the O-line will have a completely new make-up, especially in the interior.

    Some of our rookies should be able to compete for playing time. Quality coaching will be key — hopefully the additional coaches can help develop the players.


  5. By Dynosoar on May 6, 2013 | Reply

    Andy KW,

    regarding your post on the last blog, thanks. I needed a good book to read tonight. HaHa.

    Seriously, I appreciated your in depth analysis and projections. I think that except for the one or two suprises that always occur, this may very well be the 53 men on field next September.

    One question, you mentioned Wartford possibly beating out Colledge for the starting spot, but left him off the 53 man roster. I was curious why you left him off?

    Again, I enjoyed the analysis, it was a good read and was well thought out and written. Almost as good as Darren, almost. HaHa.

    (To all, I recomend reading Andy’s post on the last blog. Even with my joking, it’s well thought out. Well written.)

    Go Cards!

  6. By WhoTHCares on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren, thanks for the update
    And i was last wondering about this topic with the rookies, Sando posted this on the NFCW blog:

    Does this mean that Tyrann, Okafor, Taylor and D.C. Jefferson will not be able to attend the first initial minicamp? and a part of the first OTA?

    not sure if i understood the article correctly. Up to a +.500 year! time for our WR corps to blossom under Arians and Palmer, still wish Kevin K. the best!
    Go AZ

    Grtz from Belgium!

  7. By Darren Urban on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    WhoTH —

    RE: Rookie dates

    If Sando’s research holds up, and I’m sure it will, all rookies will be at minicamp, but those names you mentioned (other than Taylor) will miss a few early OTAs (but he will be at minicamp too). Taylor will miss them all. It can be overcome. Stanford always finishes late. It didn’t hurt Andrew Luck.

  8. By jason on May 7, 2013 | Reply


    FYI, Snyder started 13 of 16 games in 2011 his last year with SF. He started 13 straight regular season games and thier 2 playoff games. I’m not defending him just wanted to let you know that you are wrong about his depth chart status in 2011.

  9. By clssylssy on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    It always amuses me the way fans look down their noses at the backups with remarks like, “he’s JUST a backup”. Good backups are the heart and soul of the road to the Superbowl with the other guys go down with injuries and it comes down to who has the best men left standing. Anybody to makes it to the NFL at all is a leaps a head of Joe critic, the armchair player/coach and I wish Synder and Keith good luck as they continue their football days with some teams who aren’t too shabby, Even if they were playing for the Jets or the Jags they would still be in the league and doing the job they love, which is more than I can say for most who just go to put in their time each week for a paycheck. Good luck guys!
    Too bad the rookies weren’t around for the golfing event. That really looked like a fun, team building activitiy. They should be here just in time for the normal 100 degree plus weather!

  10. By alec on May 7, 2013 | Reply


  11. By jkellogg on May 7, 2013 | Reply

    First year following the Cardinals, keep me posted

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