OTAs end on a high note (and other notes)

Posted by Darren Urban on June 4, 2015 – 10:35 am

The Cardinals did a lot more on their final OTA day than they had in a long time — in years previous, the team would often get excused after the opening special teams period (or, under Ken Whisenhunt, after a stretch). There was full work today, although a Chandler Catanzaro field goal clipped the end about 30 minutes earlier than normal. The Cards had also eschewed the two-practice-field work the last few days of OTAs. Next week is the last work of the offseason — mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

— Bruce Arians said he was happy with the competition, although again, with no pads, it’s hard to know exactly where anyone is. That won’t change next week, because the rules are exactly the same for minicamp.

— In particular, Arians said the final roster for both the defensive line and outside linebackers will be “interesting” in terms of the numbers kept. “We are going to keep the best 53.

— Arians passed over the chance to say Bobby Massie has a strong hold on the right tackle job right now, instead pointing out how good of an offseason Earl Watford has been having at multiple positions — including right tackle. (We’ll have more on Watford later on the homepage.)

— Michael Floyd has been sitting out this week with an undisclosed ailment and Larry Fitzgerald missed the last couple days of the voluntary work, leaving lots of reps for John Brown — who Arians said has been “great” in OTAs.

— Arians said rookie running back David Johnson looks very good as a receiver. As for being a running back, that evaluation can only come when the pads are on, Arians said.

— Quarterback Carson Palmer briefly appeared in 11-on-11 work although it was in a walk-through drill. Palmer could get more no-huddle work in minimcamp, Arians said, “depending who’s on defense.” That means Arians has to trust the defenders to stay well away from Palmer and his knee. The vets know what’s what.

— The final OTA opened with the big boys of the offensive and defensive lines catching kickoffs. It’s always a sight to behold (and yes, there should be video on it later today.)



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10 Responses to “OTAs end on a high note (and other notes)”

  1. By Eric G on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    That would be awesome to see Calais run back a kickoff! He’d run right at people and knock the cr*p out of them.

  2. By Scott H on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Hey, after what we got from Tedd Ginn last year, putting Calais back there could only be an improvement! 🙂 But he’s entirely too important to the operation on defense. Shoot, we could put Madonna back there and get better returns than we got from Ginn.

    I expect John Brown to be a BIG breakout player this year. Cardinals fans got to know him pretty quick last year. This year, I think the rest of the NFL is going to know him a lot better. Love this kid!

  3. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Cards seem to have a deep, deep roster. Can’t wait til they line up and hit. So ready for some football.

  4. By D89 on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Yes just like he did with Peyton in sever after his int…. Oh wait… What?

    No just kidding, that would truly be a sight to see, Calais running the ball while the rest of the d- and o-line are blocking 😂 slowest kick return td in nfl history!

  5. By carlo milano on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    he couldnt run over payton manning after his interception

  6. By carlo milano on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    did u record the video about the scuffle

  7. By Darren Urban on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Scuffle

    No. And it was truly no big deal.

  8. By Eric G on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    Actually, the problem was that Calais tried to finesse his way around Peyton rather than run over him.

  9. By Coach K on Jun 4, 2015 | Reply

    I would like to see Logan getting some work at Tight End. I think he could be another Jimmy Graham. He could be the modern day “Slash”, and short yardage read option quarterback.

  10. By Scott H on Jun 6, 2015 | Reply

    I gotta ask – has Logan Thomas ever actually played TE during his career to this point? ’cause it sure seems like more than a few people think he could become one, just like that!

    And, honestly, even if he COULD play TE with any proficiency, what good is that doing the Cardinals? They don’t even use their TE’s who really ARE TE’s! If Thomas wanted to switch over to playing TE, I would advise him to go anywhere but here to do it.

    But, seriously, I’m not interested in Thomas as a TE or a Slash or a read-option guy. I just want to know if the kid can play QB. Period. If he can, great. If not, we find someone who can!

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