No Dobermans here, and other camp-open notes

Posted by Darren Urban on July 25, 2014 – 2:35 pm

Here’s how you know it’s time for football again — Bruce Arians is on top of his game. Asked if the change in strength and conditioning coaches to Buddy Morris meant Arians’ stance had changed in terms of incorporating stretching into practice, the Cardinals’ coach gave a definitive no. Stretching still must be done by players before practice is scheduled to start.

“If a Doberman jumped out of a car with a gun, you wouldn’t be stretching,” Arians said. “When the horn blows, we’re practicing.”

And away we go.

Some other notes and quotes from the first day of camp, which was essentially multiple 60-yard sprints and about 30 minutes out on the field:

— Everyone passed. “I thought (314-pound nose tackle) Dan Williams looked as sexy in a run test as he’s ever looked,” Arians said. That’s Williams below, second from left (with Frostee Rucker, Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.)

— Everyone was at University of Phoenix Stadium except for veteran linebacker John Abraham. Abraham was excused, Arians said, and would be back as soon as possible.

— Tyrann Mathieu, on the PUP list, isn’t close to returning although Arians said the safety would be ready in “a day” if he needed to be. Mathieu said he figures he’s still more than a month away, noting that oft-discussed bye week after three games but hopefully before that.

— Arians said Andre Ellington’s weight isn’t up that much but the running back’s strength has improved and he is ready to be both a leader and the “bell cow” of the offense.

— Per CBA rules, the Cardinals won’t wear pads this weekend. First padded practice is Monday.



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7 Responses to “No Dobermans here, and other camp-open notes”

  1. By Tucson Card on Jul 25, 2014 | Reply

    I literally LOLed. By far my favorite Arians quote. Doberman with a gun riding in car…instant classic.

  2. By John on Jul 25, 2014 | Reply

    Wow, that’s a real far cry from the days when Williams would show up out of shape to camp. I’m really glad that he’s put it all together.

  3. By Marty on Jul 25, 2014 | Reply

    Hi Darren, have I missed it or has there been no news on Fitz’s camp? Did he had one this year and are there any posts, videos or photos from it, or at least info on who attended? Thanks

  4. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2014 | Reply

    Marty —

    RE: Fitz camp

    He did it this year. Not much has changed. Good turnout he said.

  5. By azcardzblogger on Jul 25, 2014 | Reply

    Here’s how I know it is FOOTBALL season, there are multiple articles about the Cards on the website. Thanks Darren for keeping us up to date with what’s happening with our Cards.

  6. By LadyBird04 on Jul 26, 2014 | Reply

    Carson Palmer ran two “receiver’s camps” this year – one in January when he had Floyd out in California for a couple of weeks and just recently he had John Brown out there with him before camp opened. Now that is personalized tutoring/training for both qb and receiver!

  7. By clssylssy on Jul 26, 2014 | Reply

    With a major Card’s storyline and focus being the defense and how it will shape up w/o our two major ILB playmakers from last season (LOL), I am wondering a bit how our run game will stack up as well. While Mendy seemed to be the designated target for trashing by the fans last season, he was, in fact, a very effective battering ram and wore down opponents so that the smaller guys like Ellington could get their shots in and make the big glory plays. BA has said he wants to use Ellington more, but given his size, is not an every down back and whether Stephan Taylor (smaller than Mendy) can assume the role vacated by the more seasoned vet, leaves me with doubts. I know BA has said that Taylor is “like” another Darren Sproles but he’s not Sproles, who was never used by the Saints rotating RB scheme as any kind of battering ram. Our run game was better than it has been in years last season and since we do have to play the Eagles who have a MUCH faster offense this season with the addition of Sproles in combination with LeSean McCoy and Foles, anything less may cause us a problem. Seems we have some interesting and critical stories on both sides of the ball to be addressed, just hope everyone gets out of camp healthy.
    Kenny Stills didn’t even make it to 1:00 yesterday at Saints camp without having to leave the field with an injury, so my biggest interest is in our guys making it to regular season healthy and intact! Pre-regular season injuries can be ugly as we saw last year with Cooper. GO CARDS, PLAY SMART & STAY HEALTHY!

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