One more OTA week, one more minicamp

Posted by Darren Urban on June 3, 2013 – 10:28 am

The Cardinals are out to start their final week of organized team activities today. Unlike the previous two weeks of OTAs, this week features four workouts — today through Thursday — instead of three, bringing the team to their maximum 10 OTAs total. After the weekend, the Cards will then wrap up their 2013 offseason work — with the veterans at least — with their mandatory three-day minicamp next week beginning Tuesday.

(Tuesday’s second workout will be the night practice at University of Phoenix Stadium for Fan Fest. Details are coming — I expect the full info page on the event to be posted on on Wednesday.)

The rookies will remain around after the veterans leave to get in a little more work on their own. That’s always valuable time, as that group can catch their breath a little bit. But with the simultaneous practices going on for OTAs, this rookie group is ostensibly the most prepared at this point than any Cards’ group before them.

This will clearly be the warmest week of OTAs yet. The bubble construction continues, but that was never going to be available this offseason. That will change next offseason.

I’ll have more this afternoon after the workout is over.

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8 Responses to “One more OTA week, one more minicamp”

  1. By AzDesertRat1953 on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren is everyone still showing up at the OTA’s that can be there? Rookies and Vets?

    GO CARDS!!!

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    AzDesert —

    RE: Showing up

    It’s not 100 percent for one reason or another, but attendance remains high.

  3. By sbrown on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    looking forward to Fan Fest on the 11th, hopefully the organization have planned for a big crowd, a lot of fans want to see all the “new” Cardinal players and coaches..

  4. By andystandsup on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Think all rookies will be signed by minicamp, Darren?

  5. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Andystands —

    RE: Signed

    Possibly. I’d expect more signings this week.

  6. By wilyb on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren – What has changed to make you offer the opinion that “this rookie group is ostensibly the most prepared at this point than any Card’s group before them.”? Is it attributable to the approach taken by the coaching staff or NFL rule changes that allow for more work with the rookies?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    Wilyb —

    RE: Rookies

    That’s in large part because the younger players are getting way more reps because there are two practices going on, instead of the rookies having to stand and watch. But the approach and the extra work doesn’t hurt.

  8. By DON CHRISTENSEN on Jun 4, 2013 | Reply


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