In the first OTA, breaking up the team (and other notes)

Posted by Darren Urban on May 14, 2013 – 1:12 pm

The Cardinals began OTAs today and coach Bruce Arians tried something new with his 90-man roster: A dual practice. For a good chunk of the time on the field, the main first- and second-units worked on the front field, while the younger players — including almost every rookie — went to the second field with a mirror type of workout.

“We wanted to make sure we maximized the opportunities our rookies got, to get repetitions,” Arians said. “You can’t find a diamond in the rough if he’s standing on the sideline watching. You can find one if he’s out there working. That’s our goal. Get every single guy here an opportunity to make the ballclub.”

Arians said he’s never seen it done in his time in the NFL. Usually there aren’t enough players. “Our offensive tackles got a good workout,” Arians said. “There’s only four of them.” (That’s Nate Potter, Bobby Massie, Jamaal Johnson-Webb and Paul Fanaika today. Levi Brown was limited in his rehab and UDFA Joe Caprioglio isn’t here yet because Colorado State hasn’t finished up the spring semester.)

— Arians noted the full participation and thanked his players for the voluntary work. That included Daryl Washington (who has been here the whole time, not that it is new). Washington did address the media. Here is the story right here.

— Karlos Dansby was running with the first unit with Jasper Brinkley at inside linebacker. Washington was with Kevin Minter with the second unit. That was tough not to notice. We’ll see how it progresses as we go. Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho are working as the first-unit outside linebackers. Jerraud Powers continues to work first unit at cornerback with Patrick Peterson.

— Jonathan Cooper was running second-team left guard behind Chilo Rachal. All the other draftees — save for Ryan Swope, who was pulled up after LaRon Byrd had a neck spasm — were working in the second practice.

— It was weird seeing Dansby wearing No. 55. It was more weird seeing him in Miami Dolphin blue cleats. I’m sure that’ll be fixed soon. “I told him he could have my red shoes tomorrow,” Arians said. “He looked good. He looked spry.”


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27 Responses to “In the first OTA, breaking up the team (and other notes)”

  1. By sqhead on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Keep trying to make the team better, I like everything that has happened since the Keim/Arians regime started.

  2. By azfaninwa on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    I love this approach. Everyone learns a little differently but I’ve never learned much from watching. I’m sure it helps that we have enough coaches to run a dual practice. Starting to get excited now that the roster has come together.

  3. By PotAsh on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    I’m very excited about the coming season. Can September get here quickly enough?

  4. By D on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Washington won’t be playing first 4 weeks and maybe longer, good thing he is running with second team.

    So far this offseason I have been impressed with BA and Keim. More proactive than any of the former staff’s in 20 yrs. (wonder if Mike B has something to do with that)

  5. By Chris on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Plz Darren monitor the development of CB Fleming under this new regime. I thought he could possibly step up to challenge the 2nd CB spot but it seems as if he would be fighting for a roster spot.

    I know that its way too early, but I’m curious on his case.

  6. By G Witt on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Love the newe way of thinking. Much better than in the past.
    Can’t wait until the start of the season!!
    GO BIG RED!!!!!

  7. By Mark in Chandler on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    if cooper was running as the LG behind Rachal where was College at?

  8. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Mark in Chandler —

    RE: Colledge

    Daryn is playing RG.

  9. By WhoTHCares on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Dansby and Brinkley are vets and more likely to start, but i like Wash and Minter get to work together for our future.. after game 4 etc. They will be our core for a long long time if all goes well.

  10. By Brian on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Darren – did you happen to notice where they have Colledge? Have they moved him over to the right side to make room for Cooper’s eventual ascension into the starting LG spot? Thanks!

  11. By Brian on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Whoops, just noticed the other post. Keep up the good work, Darren…

  12. By mrpeary3189 on May 14, 2013 | Reply


    What did the starting lineups look like on both sides of the ball?

  13. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Mrpeary —

    RE: Lineups

    O: Potter, Rachal, Sendlein, Colledge, Massie, Palmer, Mendenhall, Sperry, Housler, Fitz, Floyd

    D: Campbell, Williams, Dockett, Acho, Brinkley, Dansby, Alexander, Powers, Peterson, RJohnson, Bell

    Those are in flux though, and guys are banged up (i.e., King out so Sperry in, no Levi, etc.)

  14. By dan on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Why is he wearing his Dolphin cleats? LOL

  15. By PotAsh on May 14, 2013 | Reply


    Kent Somers over on AZCentral posted the following:

    “–Neither Carson Palmer nor Drew Stanton looked great on Tuesday. Palmer was better but the offense wasn’t sharp. I didn’t see much of Ryan Lindley because he was on the other field.”

    I’m curious to know what you thought of Palmer and Stanton’s performance? Do you think it’s just the initial issues that stem from the lack of playing together that will get worked out over the rest of the trainings sessions?

  16. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    PotAsh —

    RE: QBs

    I think it didn’t look super sharp, although Arians said moving guys around on offense impacted it. Palmer definitely has looked more accurate that Stanton this offseason. It’s early. Palmer himself said they have a long way to go. I’m not reading into anything in May.

  17. By Shane on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Though you may wanna high lite the Massie LOVE in a blog post maybe Darren??


  18. By AzDesertRat1953 on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    You have to admit that BA knows more about being a Teacher/Coach than most All of them we have had in AZ.

    I don’t ever remember the Team having a Dual practice for OTA’s this early and with most All the rookies too!
    Am I wrong about that Darren?

    Also was pleased to hear “World Champs” from the Rookies, when they finished. Now that’s the way to start getting a ‘Positive Mental Attitude’!

    I wonder, is Karlos Dansby now the “DoubleNickel DirtyBird”?
    Anyone else have a name?
    Or just stick with the “DirtyBird”
    I’ll bet Karlos is thinking about how he can put the name and his new number to good use.

    GO CARDS!!!

  19. By Darren Urban on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    AzDesert —

    RE: Dual

    As Arians noted, no team does it.

  20. By Eric G on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.

    I like this regime, and my hope has been restored.

  21. By BoulderAggie on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    So Swope was running with the first team for a while?

  22. By Darren Urban on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Boulder —

    RE: Swope

    Not first team. But he was working with the main group after Byrd got hurt.

  23. By sbrown on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    I like the move to split the roster and everybody gets to work, just because it has not been done before at NFL, didn’t stop BA from doing it yesterday, great move ! It only gives the players chances to be seen and produce on the field and gives the coaches plenyt of film to break down to see just what they have on the roster.

  24. By CARDINAL on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    so glad karlos back….after wiz let him fly !!

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