No new running backs and lunch notes

Posted by Darren Urban on August 12, 2013 – 12:31 pm

The running back health is improving. Rashard Mendenhall is back to practicing fully and Andre Ellington (concussion) has been cleared but will be worked back in slowly. Ryan Williams, said Bruce Arians, remains day-to-day with his knee issues. One thing is for certain: Arians said the Cardinals are not considering bringing in another running back, so the concern for numbers there (Alfonso Smith and Stepfan Taylor are the only ones to have avoided dings) can’t be that great.

Other stuff from Arians’ presser:

— WR Jarrett Dillard has a concussion. He’s out until he’s cleared. G Daryn Colledge (leg) will practice limited today and is expected to practice fully starting Tuesday. He is champing at the bit to return after serving as Twitter analyst watching the Green Bay game from home. “That was a tough spot to be in,” Colledge said. “It was hard. I want to be out there next week against Dallas.”

— Arians said he expects DT Dan WIlliams (ankle) and TE Kory Sperry (ankle) back next week, so neither sounds possible for the game against Dallas. TE Jeff King (knee) is day-to-day.

— Is the 5-foot-9 Tyrann Mathieu big enough to play free safety in the base defense? “No doubt,” Arians said. “He plays bigger than he is and plays faster than he is.”

— Arians said rookie linebacker Kevin Minter played “extremely well.” “Sideline to sideline he was better than I anticipated,” Arians said. “He’s a thumper, exactly what we are looking for as a middle linebacker. Really bright.”

— The young receivers made mistakes about 50 percent of the time, Arians estimated. Because of that, nothing has been sorted out yet there.

— Arians had the same thoughts on the close cornerback battle, even mentioning solid play not only from Justin Bethel but Bryan McCann. It’s why Jamell Fleming, who was finally back at practice Sunday following a hamstring injury, needs to get on the field, he said.

— Arians wants to play his starters at least 20 plays against the Cowboys, but he doesn’t want them to go the full first half. He also is happy to have the Cardinals going up against a 4-3 defense for the first time after spending an offseason and a first preseason game against mostly 3-4 looks.

— As for the many mental errors, Arians admitted he was disappointed in part because he thought many would be avoided after the Cardinals essentially had the young players with their second-field practice during the offseason just so they’d get reps. “I would have bought into some of these mental errors had they not got all that practice time,” Arians said.

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19 Responses to “No new running backs and lunch notes”

  1. By rod on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    I am really digging Arians as our coach ! He is so in tune with everything that is going with his team. I also dig Keim and have to thank the owner for starting fresh. I know it’s super early but I really feel we are all ready turning this thing around…great to be a Cardinals fan again after 3 years of crud and having to eat comments from other teams fans.

    Go Cards!!!

  2. By Mike G on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is good! Do you think Arians will carry 5 RB’S this season given that he does not use a fullback and how patient can he be with Ryan Williams health given that he may miss multiple preseason games????

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: 5 RBs

    He already said that was possible. We will see.

  4. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    I thought Bryan McCann had a very good game on special teams. I am sure that will help him. We all know what Bethel can do on STs too.
    Fleming seems like a long shot at this point.

    With PP, Cason, Powers, and Arenas ahead of them, can both or really either Bethel and McCann make the team? Or do you think Cason or Arenas is in danger?

    I guess I look at our logjam at Inside and Outside LBs and got to figure 4 CBs 4 safeties. Could see Bethel as a swing guy and 3 safeties, but that is risky.

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: CBs

    I can’t see Arenas going anywhere. Played too well and is a return option. Bethel is on this team. McCann is uphill, but we’ll see. I could see 6 CBs, 4 S, depending on the rest of the roster. Probably 9 total, though. I don’t see fewer than 9 DBs.

  6. By joe holst on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    If they keep 8 offensive lineman, 5 starters, reserves are Massie, Potter, and who Darren? Seems like they could trade a guard, you have Fanaika, Colledge, Watford, Kelemete, even mike Gibson for for 2 spots, Release Colledge? Put Watford on practice squad?

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Holst —

    RE: OL

    Decisions will have to be made. And that’s assuming they don’t like anyone on the waiver wire at the end of the preseason.

  8. By joe holst on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    also Chilo Rachal. Dallas needs a guard, Carolina needs Tackles. I lover there Depth

  9. By ored on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    could be that ryan stays while nursing the knee,then later in the season is fresh and the line is settled he has a last chance to show his skills,afterall BA will lean on one rb most the time still leaving 2 rooks and alfonso before ryan would be called on,just can’t see him here next year without showing a reason,so this is probably his last chance.

    nice to hear that colledge is excited tp be back,tyrann tore it up,and minter is impressing-now if okafor plays to his potential,we will have BIG upside.

  10. By dieselbomb on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    I know what Arians said about RWilliams before Camp. But three years, three injuries. RWilliams might be “hurt” just to extend the paycheck, at this point.

    His heart is in the NFL, but not his body.

    Honestly, I don’t think Whisenhunt/Grimm did him any favors with repeated failed attempts between Guard and Tackle; and the Off-Tackle plays – just pounding away with no gains. Then Williams turns up hurt.

    He an Beanie Wells are the Keven Kolb of Cardinals Running Backs.

    I had high hopes …

  11. By sbrown on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    RB’s last season, week 1. Cards had four RB’s ( Wells, Williams, Stephans-Howling and Powell ) and listed two FB’s, ( Sherman and Dray ). IMO in this offense, I think BA will only keep four RB’s this season ( Mendenhall, Smith, Taylor and Ellington ). He needs the extra roster space for his TE’s which is featured in his two TE formations. Could see Cards keep five TE’s ( had four last season). Remember this staff has no connection to Williams. Just like Schofield, when your team drafts two players and signs a FA that all play your position, you better be able to get on the field to make the team.

  12. By cardsalltheway on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    The don’t think some of the “starters”(Levi/Colledge/Mendenhall etc…) would be fit enough to play as much as those on the “2nd team” anyway. It’s a no-brainer.

  13. By Dennis on Aug 13, 2013 | Reply

    Not holding out much hope for Ryan Williams to make the team. Career could be over before it has a chance.

  14. By cardinal meech on Aug 15, 2013 | Reply

    Thank God for Micheal Bidwell finally bringing in the the perfect coach for this franchise. Things are looking up in Cardinal country. Im so excited about all the changes and signings that Steve Keim and Jason has pulled off.

  15. By cardinal meech on Aug 15, 2013 | Reply

    It’s time to get back to the top and rule the NFC like were capable of doing. ” There is no party like a Cardinals party babe”

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