Good news on Williams and DL tap outs

Posted by Darren Urban on July 30, 2013 – 12:27 pm

Bruce Arians likes the depth he’s built in the defensive line, and it’s necessary. “We want to be able to tap out and play fast,” Arians said, and staying fresh is important to production. Can guys balk at coming out? Maybe. But “the guy knows when to come out,” Arians said. “Some guys won’t come out. Other guys like to play fresh.”

Then sometimes there is the issue Arians had last season with the Colts. “I had a problem last year in Indy,” he said. “(Pro Bowlers Robert) Mathis and (Dwight) Freeney tapped out in the same time, I was , ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. You can’t both come out. I just learned the two guys’ names behind you. One has to stay in there.’ ”

— It turned out RB Ryan Williams did not have the precautionary second opinion he planned on yesterday. Arians said he was feeling better and decided just to rehab at the stadium. He will sit out today, but with the off day tomorrow, Williams is hoping to return to practice Thursday.

— The new injuries are TE Kory Sperry (ankle) and CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring). That’s a tough one for Fleming, who is battling in a very competitive secondary. Sperry, way under the radar after signing late last year, is playing well enough that Arians is bummed out he is out. “I’m a little ticked because Kory is having a heck of a camp.” Sperry can play in the backfield too, which is key.

— TE Jeff King is sitting because of fluid on the knee, which after offseason surgery isn’t surprising. Arians said the Cards just want to be cautious.

— G Daryn Colledge is still out. Arians said it is an unknown with the nerve issue. He could be back Thursday, he could be out another week. No way to know.

— Arians said he wants to play David Carter at nose tackle, not end.

— That battle for fourth and fifth receiver is open. LaRon Byrd is dealing with the concussion. But it should be noted that when Arians was asked about undrafted guys who have caught his eye, he said Jaron Brown and Charles Hawkins¬† have “done really well. Really well.” Something to keep in mind.

— And here are some highlights from yesterday:

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5 Responses to “Good news on Williams and DL tap outs”

  1. By Big Ken on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    La Ron Byrd another one had a great camp last summer but disappears during the regular season. Cooper squaring up against Dockett, makes a little extra spit flow into my mouth. Go Cards!

  2. By Scott H on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry to say but this just does not seem to bode well for Ryan Williams, who has thus far played, what, 4 games (??? ) in two seasons??? Don’t get how / why people are so psyched about this guy. he may have all the potential in the world. Doesn’t matter worth a damn when that potential can’t get on the field. And for his two seasons in Arizona, he hasn’t been able to get / stay on the field. Yes, of course, I hope he DOES get AND stay on the field this year. But his history is not in our favor. Isn’t this kinda where we were with Beanie Wells last year at this time?

    Sure hope Mendenhall is ready to carry the load this year.

    Even more, I hope one of these rookie RB’s turns out to be this year’s Alfred Morris. Because that’s what we need. Someone who can carry the ball early, late, and everywhere in between. And who can do it every week.

  3. By Eric G on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    August 9 can’t get here soon enough. Can’t wait to see what the first teamers do against the Packers.

  4. By clssylssy on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Saw the Palmer interview with Kurt Warner and was a little more impressed with Palmer, who seemed much more sincere and less like he was resciting a cue card.
    I thought he showed great insight in stating that the biggest issue was to stay healthy, a critical ingredient that is key to the success of any team and was the key factor in the turn in the Cards season last year. At the end of the fourth game we were 9-0 then the team was plagued with injuries and we went another 9 without a win. This team has always had the talent just a lack of staying power by the fans and franchise when these injuries occur. Let’s hope that we’ve learned something in all of this and Palmer will be able to help steady the ship so we can get back on a winning track. In a related interview Michael Irvin pointed out that to be a playoff team three things were necessary, a QB, a run game and a pass rusher. While Palmer is a step up in experience and health, our run game is still weak with Williams being chronically injured and Mendenthall fighting old man age. I see we just signed a pass rusher but we’ve never been big here, and the results remain to be seen. In the latest Training Camp analysis of “32 of 32”, there are still doubts about the Cardinal defense with it noting the losses at the Safety position of Wilson and Rhodes and I’m wondering how Keim plans to address this. We certainly seem to have a lot of young talent currently and it will be interesting to see who makes the cut. It seems that the Seahawks, while having a bad week with injuries are thrilled to have been able to pick up O’Brien Schofield, Pete Carroll commenting he was shocked to see him available on waivers (groan)…have a feeling that is going to come back to bite us! Loved your articles on Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu and am excited to see these two tearing it up on the ffield! Getting Interesting…finally!

  5. By jason on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply


    Mendenahll is 25 years old…FYI

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