Depth spills on two fields (and other OTA notes)

Posted by Darren Urban on June 1, 2015 – 10:52 am

The Cardinals opened the final week of OTAs Monday (the mandatory minicamp is next week, and then the players are off until training camp.) Nothing eventful, although the rising temperatures played into some mistakes late, coach Bruce Arians said. Some tidbits from the day:

— The depth on the front seven — or maybe the uncertainty — has been on display because of the second practice field. Nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, defensive end Ed Stinson and newly crowned linebacker Kareem Martin are all taking reps on the second field even though all figure to be a part of the rotation.

“I wants those guys to get more reps too,” Arians said of having them on Field Two. “But that is the depth we have. Those positions right now, it’s a dogfight.”

— The Cardinals were working on the no-huddle a lot Monday, and Arians said he thinks the offense will use it more often this season. (More on the subject soon in Kyle Odegard’s notebook on the homepage.) At this point, with Carson Palmer still not taking part in 11-on-11, he can’t work in that facet of the no-huddle.

— Arians was asked about Larry Foote’s timetable if he wanted to give up coaching and try to play again. Arians said Foote would have to make a decision by the time training camp were to begin. Foote said the other day he was only thinking about coaching at this point.

— RB Kerwynn Williams is out right now with a hamstring issue, joining the same rookies who have been out: OLB Zack Wagenmann (foot) OLB Shaq Riddick (hamstring) ILB Alani Fua (foot). Riddick tried last week one day to give it a go but ended up sitting out again. Arians said there is no question the fifth-round pick is falling behind. “You can’t make any progress in the training room,” Arians said.

— Arians clarified his comment that first-round pick D.J. Humphries was a little immature at this point. “You’d like to see steady improvement,” Arians said. “He’s only 20, 21 years old. He’s a college kid still and this is a professional league. But he’s figuring it out fast.”

— A couple of quality Arians quips today. On whether he can wide receiver John Brown has added some muscle. “I don’t know. He’s still little.” And when he was asked how much rookie running back David Johnson might take off the plate of Andre Ellington, Arians said “Dave is not in the picure yet,” adding, “he ain’t getting s*** yet.”



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6 Responses to “Depth spills on two fields (and other OTA notes)”

  1. By D on Jun 1, 2015 | Reply

    Darren-do you know of a study or place that has kept track of success/failure for players that attempt and succeed or fail who have changed positions from college to the NFL. You hear of DE players trying to switch to OLB’s or OLB’s switching to ILB’s. Or a Safety trying to play CB, I bet the success rate is not all that good due to the fact the best of the best are in the NFL that last over 3-5 years. It’s easier for the big boys on the OL and DL to do it but just being a rookie trying to learn a NFL playbook is difficult enough, couldn’t imagine also trying to learn a fresh position.

  2. By Darren Urban on Jun 1, 2015 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Position switches

    I only have heard anecdotal evidence. Do not know of statistics.

  3. By krehbieo14 on Jun 1, 2015 | Reply

    The two field concept is great. It gives rookies and other players needing development more reps and opportunities to strut their stuff. It gives all players an opportunity to compete and perform at the highest level. With Arians, he creates a level playing field for everyone and I love it.

  4. By lacardinalsfan on Jun 1, 2015 | Reply

    Any truth to the news that Frostee Rucker signed a 1 year extension?

  5. By Darren Urban on Jun 1, 2015 | Reply

    lacardinals —

    RE: Rucker

    Yes, confirmed. I am writing a post on it right now.

  6. By beltramiscott on Jun 2, 2015 | Reply

    Frostee is a beast. A get after it Beast, a great vet to have on our team. He played great last year, he still has it all. A leader, and he teaches the rookies. Frostee plays smart. I love to watch him play and very proud he is a Cardinal.

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