The details of camp

Posted by Darren Urban on July 19, 2013 – 9:57 am

In a week, the Cardinals will hold their first practice of training camp out at University of Phoenix Stadium. Now the details can be found all right here. It’s going to be strange, as many have noted, to not be driving up into the mountains and moving into a dorm after I had done such the last 13 years. Will it be different? Certainly. The Cards will have a 50-yard portion of field in the building along with the normal 100-yard field they play on in order to get work done. They will have their normal locker room.

There will be autograph chances, there will be a Red-White practice Aug. 3 and in all, 17 open practices. (No, walk-throughs aren’t open anymore, but with the CBA taking all the interesting parts out of that time of the field, I don’t think that’s a big deal.) I understand the people disappointed not to be in the cooler temps up north, but there’s no argument more fans will have a chance to come to camp now because it’s simply easier to access from the Valley.

One thing that has gotten somewhat lost in the Cards’ transition from Flagstaff to the stadium is the fact camp was going to change anyway. This is Bruce Arians’ first camp, and he was never going to do it exactly like Ken Whisenhunt, regardless of the location. It’s also Arians’ first camp ever as the man in charge, and he’s probably been building up a laundry list of things he would want to do should he ever have this opportunity. That too will be interesting to see play out. It’s hard not to picture Fan Fest on steroids. Certainly it will be more intense. Let the hitting commence.

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8 Responses to “The details of camp”

  1. By rod on Jul 19, 2013 | Reply

    T-minus 1 week for Cooper to get signed. Is time yet to be concerned? Do the Cardinals think he could get cut or something and don’t want to be stuck with the full guaranteed money to pay him if that does happen?

  2. By Darren Urban on Jul 19, 2013 | Reply

    Rod —

    RE: Cooper

    No. He’s not here. I was told from the end of the offseason work it wouldn’t happen until right before camp. This is not a surprise. He’s not even here right now to sign anything. I’ll be concerned if he hasn’t signed by Thursday.

  3. By G Witt on Jul 19, 2013 | Reply

    Yea, I’m happy to have camp so close. Never could make the trip up north. Now I’ll be able to go and enjoy my self, watching the veterans and rookies. I’m so excited.

  4. By sbrown on Jul 20, 2013 | Reply

    like the chance this year to see the Cards here at UoP. Only wish they had one or two later practice times, for the fans that have work / family commitments in the early afternoon times.

  5. By ored on Jul 20, 2013 | Reply

    c’on,he’s our 1st pick and you don’t think he’ll sign or play?listen to the guy,he’s happy to be here,was happy to be an early draft pick,he’s good from a signing standpoint and as a player,he knows we need him all he has to do is play his game and the city(state)will show him love.contract issue for draft picks is no longer an issue,be more concerned with playing and health than contracts.he’s a good guy,will be a good teammate,he’s likeable,intelligent and well spoken,don’t start getting down on him for no reason,nfl needs more like him and the cards do also,wish every player had his upside and also his character,some do,others are a work in progress,which is ok as long as they come around.loving our team,booya!!

  6. By Steve Drumm on Jul 20, 2013 | Reply

    Darren: Whats the biggest position battle in your mind that the fans should look forward to this camp?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jul 21, 2013 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Position battle

    I think the one that is most wide open is the secondary/cornerback situation. Who comes out after Peterson will be interesting.

  8. By cardsalltheway on Jul 21, 2013 | Reply

    At least Arians won’t feel like an alien going to Flagstaff. He won’t have to listen to people chewing in his ear about Flagstaff this, Flagstaff that. Nonetheless, people still probably do, have, and will.

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