Cardinals get back on the field

Posted by Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 – 1:26 pm

It’s a holiday. Kind of. And not Cinco de Mayo, but instead that day in the offseason when the players officially return to the field for football. It’s called Phase 2 in the parlance of the collective bargaining agreement. The rules are simple: Coaches can finally talk to players on the field. Offense can work with offense, defense with defense. No mixing. No helmets. The hour allowed on the field looks a lot like the first chunk of a regular practice, with individual drills and walkthrough-type situations with each unit.

There will be two weeks of this before organized team activities — the ones with the helmets and portions that are offense versus defense — begin May 20. Had the draft happened 10 days ago as usual, the rookies could have been out here but instead, they must wait. It also remains a voluntary situation, so while there was good participation, some players were not here. Interestingly — and not surprisingly — it was Paul Fanaika at first-unit right guard and Bradley Sowell at first-team right tackle to open things up.

We’ll have a photo gallery and a video up later today.


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29 Responses to “Cardinals get back on the field”

  1. By cardsfollower on May 5, 2014 | Reply


    Anyone of any significance missing?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    cardsfollower —

    RE: Missing

    There were a couple of guys not here today, but again, voluntary. I’m not big on calling guys out when they don’t have to be here. Life happens.

  3. By Jerry on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Its always nice to hear that football is starting soon. How long after the draft do we have to wait for our picks to hit the field?

  4. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Jerry —

    RE: Rookies

    I’d anticipate them coming in right away.

  5. By lolo on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    That’s interesting having Sowell at RT.

  6. By 2liberal on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    I assume Massie and Watson were there. How far along is Cooper – is he lining up ?

  7. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    2lib —

    RE: OL

    Yes and yes. You can see it in the photo above.

  8. By Austen on May 5, 2014 | Reply


    What are your thoughts on TE Andre Hardy?

  9. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Austen —

    RE: Hardy

    I’ve seen him for one Phase 2 workout. Not exactly something to base anything on.

  10. By jim_vh on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    i meant watford, not watson. I blew up the picture, not seeing #70. maybe standing to the left of watford, behind someone ?

  11. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    jim —

    RE: Picture

    I was referring to Cooper playing when I was talking about the picture.

  12. By steve on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: Do you expect OLB Alex Okafor to have a good shot at starting this this season regardless of who the Cards draft at the postion?

  13. By Darren Urban on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Okafor

    Start? I don’t know if I’d say good shot. Depends on how he looks in the offseason. It’s early.

  14. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Out on a limb: suspect DWash gets one game or none, extended good bahavior with this hanging over his head could just carry day with Commish…any vibes or thoughts?

  15. By Coach K on May 5, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, have you heard any coaches comments regarding Sowell at right tackle, as far as a good fit? I feel he will be a better fit at right tackle athletically.

  16. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: Sowell

    Just that Arians and Keim have already said he’d be in the mix at right tackle. And that’s where he played as a rookie in Indy.

  17. By Brad on May 6, 2014 | Reply


    What was the attitudes and vibes from the players on the first day?

  18. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Brad —

    RE: Attitude

    Seemed fine. It’s the first day. Arians was pleased, at least according to what he told them at the end of this video:

  19. By shannon robinson on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    I see Antonio got his number 31 – cool that Bethel made the trade – can you dig up the terms of the deal? Great pictures of the practice and video – felt like I was there. Thanks so much, what a lift! Fly birds!

  20. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Shannon —

    RE: Number switch

    Justin declined to say what it was. He did say he got something.

  21. By Austen on May 6, 2014 | Reply


    It’s early but any chance you that know of any new player who the coaching staff is keeping under the radar? Like in 2003 when no one knew who Anquan Boldin was he popped out of no where in the first game. Did the coaching staff let you know this guy is special or was it clear in practices?

  22. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Austen —

    RE: Nowhere player

    Early? Try way way way early. Let’s get the whole team in with helmets.

  23. By K-Dub on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Man that left side looks so promising.


    Two photos stood out to me. So this offseason starting O-line would be Veld, Coop, Line, Paul/Earl and Brad/Mass? Also seeing Okafor lining in the starting defense. Starter on depth chart or just running a scheme during the photo?

  24. By Darren Urban on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Okafor

    Not sure when I took the picture.

    Also, don’t forget, not everyone is here. It’s voluntary.

  25. By Coach K on May 6, 2014 | Reply


    1. Calvin Pryor, SS
    2. JaWuan James, OT
    3. DaQuan Jones, DT
    4. Robert Herron, WR
    5. Logan Thomas, QB
    6. Jon Halapio, OG

    Write these down and check them off in order as the draft
    unfolds Thursday. No more mocks for me. Enjoy.

  26. By MikeinMesa on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    2 more days. Can’t wait.

    Here’s my draft picks.
    1. D’Marcus Williums
    2 .T.J. Juckson
    3. T’variusness King
    4. Tyroil Smoochie-Wallace
    5. D’squarius Green, Jr.
    6. Ibrahim Moizoos

  27. By j on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    i say HaHa at SS first pick

  28. By Coach K on May 6, 2014 | Reply

    Mike in Mesa

    I love those picks. Although I heard T.J. Juckson had a knee injury from a jail break last year. You may want to consider Levonnel DeSalami Muhammad ecole – Francisco for your second round pick.

  29. By MikeinMesa on May 8, 2014 | Reply

    I about died laughing the first time I saw Key and Peele do this routine. They did a follow up one too I think. They were on a talk show explaining how they came up with this.

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