A rookie weekend and other stuff

Posted by Darren Urban on May 9, 2015 – 7:03 am

The Cardinals are going through rookie minicamp this weekend. They started Friday, it goes through Sunday, and it’s a chance for the draft class and the undrafted rookies to get some work on their own before being thrown in with the veterans. That’s a good thing — it was hard to go through two consecutive plays Friday without having a coach at some position verbally blister a player for a mistake. The Cards will come together as an entire team next week. There is one more week of Phase 2 work, and then OTAs start May 18.

— There are a lot of questions about Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly. Kelly is here as one of the quarterbacks (as is Phillip Sims of Winston-Salem State) because to have a practice you have to have quarterbacks. But both are only here on a tryout basis and I do not expect Kelly to be with the Cards beyond this rookie weekend.

Click here for the entire rookie minicamp roster. You can see who is here on a tryout basis.

— It was interesting to hear Bruce Arians say first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries would be a backup as a rookie “in a perfect world.” It’s certainly a possibility with veteran Bobby Massie around at right tackle. We’ll see how this plays out.

— Arians praised cornerback Jimmy Legree on the first day. For those who don’t know Legree, he actually spent last season on the practice squad after making the roster through just this process — he was a tryout player at the 2014 rookie minicamp. So it can happen. Arians even thinks Legree has a chance to be in the mix at cornerback, although we’ll see what opportunity is there once the Cards figure out where, how and if Alfonzo Dennard fits.

— He may not have made any official decisions on his future, but Adrian Wilson was at practice Friday helping coach the safeties.


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22 Responses to “A rookie weekend and other stuff”

  1. By Rugbymuffin on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    My goodness!

    A-Dub looks like he could play right now!

    Hey Urban, is A-Dub any easier to talk to now that he is not a player? LOL!

  2. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    Rugby —

    RE: Dub

    We’ve always been good. Just got to talk to him for a long stretch at a wedding both of us attended over the weekend.

  3. By Richard L on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Great to see Wilson out there with the Safeties. I think he can mold Bucannon into an all star.

    On another note: Dallas signed La’il Collins. I think they should rename the team; Dallas Correctional

  4. By cards62 on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Wow Darren checked the list of rookies and was surprised that there were so many. I think I counted 51. Most of these guys chances of making a roster has to be near zero so why do they do this?

    What are the Cardinal Coaches trying to look for in these guys over such a short period.

    As always thanks for your input and enjoy your time before preseason starts.

    Go Cards

  5. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    cards62 —

    RE: Rookie camp

    The only way to actually run a minicamp is with bodies. So you bring in a lot. And if you are a tryout guy, you also never want to let an opportunity pass.

  6. By krehbieo14 on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Typically, you’d hope your first round pick makes an immediate impact as a starter. However, it is difficult for a rookie offensive lineman to play with the necessary consistency on first team. Humphries will be good competition for Bobby Massie. IMO, we are not patient enough with our draft picks. They will learn and develop.

  7. By Steve . on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: In light of the injury to Jaguars rookie Dante Fowler, would you say the Cards err on the side of caution more than most teams when it comes to toning down practice intensity to avoid injuries early in training camp? if D.J went down or Golden that would be tough.

  8. By Darren Urban on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Caution

    Not really. The Jaguars weren’t even going all out. It was a freak thing. Injuries happen.

  9. By azdesertrat1953 on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    That’s Real nice to see.

    A-Dub intently watching with note pad in hand.

    GO CARDS!!!

  10. By Crow on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    glad to see A-dub out there coaching the young guns, he was once a great player for the cards i could see as an even better coach

  11. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Rookie camp roster, mind boggling. Gotta be a few golden nuggets. Having lots of coaches (and extra coaches, like Foote, ADub) real advantage rhrn. Really enjoyed the video walk thru the facility as rooks met, got equip, etc. David Johnson quite the stature.

  12. By SteveG on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Good to see AW in his natural environment……

  13. By Richard S on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Yo … Adrian

  14. By rod on May 9, 2015 | Reply

    Darren –

    That ON AIR – Mini-camp for for rookies 8 AM MST link is broken on the home page of

  15. By lhcflagfootball on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    I love seeing Adrian Wilson helping out at practice. GO #24!!!

  16. By Dynosoar on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    I like Adrian Wilson.

    In everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Adrian is a perfect example of a professional. And a perfect example that life is what We make it, not what’s been handed to us.

    If anyone has a doubt that we are the captians of our destiny, Adrian Wilson’s life and example should clearly erase that doubt.

    Kurt Warner is another. Pat Tillman is another. Tyraun is another. From the article the other day, Markus Golden is another. Our team has been and is staffed with incredible examples.

  17. By jwoodaz on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    Wilson doing work with the safeties has a warm fuzzy feeling to it. Looks like the perfect influence for the crew Card’s Roster is showing right now. Thanks again Darren this is an awesome post.

  18. By Cody Zarr on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    Good to see Adub back in red for sure.

  19. By Brian on May 10, 2015 | Reply

    Good to see Adrian Wilson out there with the rooks. They could learn from no one better.

  20. By Scott H on May 11, 2015 | Reply

    Darren –

    RE: A-Dub

    Knowing him as you do, if a team called him tomorrow, do you think he would be out the door to give it a shot? Or do you think he is at peace enough with retirement that he would say no thanks? Just wondering. GOTTA be hard for these guys to give up their playing careers.

  21. By Darren Urban on May 11, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Wilson

    I can say with certainty he is at peace with where he is.

  22. By William Barry on May 16, 2015 | Reply

    Great to see A-dub helping out with the coaching….

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