Red-White aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on August 8, 2015 – 5:48 pm

There was a pretty big crowd for Saturday’s Red-White practice, to wrap up the first week of training camp. The crowd was announced at 23,750, the largest crowd the Cards have gotten on this Saturday practice — which has always been the biggest draw of camp. They got to see the first live goalline work, and a few nice throws by Carson Palmer.

It wasn’t all good. The Cards lost cornerback Jerraud Powers early in the practice and cornerback Darren Woodard later. Woodard went down with a non-contact injury, although he did walk off in a manner that maybe it was a groin or hamstring more than a knee. There won’t be any injury updates before Monday — the Cardinals get Sunday off.

As for the football, some things I noticed:

— Palmer looked sharp yet again. He found J.J. Nelson on a nice out pattern early, putting the ball in a perfect place, and Nelson may have made and even better catch. Later, Palmer hit Jaron Brown with a bomb of 45 or so yards, beating Patrick Peterson over the top. With Michael Floyd out and Larry Fitzgerald limited, Nelson and Brown getting a real chance to shine. They are doing a pretty good job of it.

— Kerwynn Williams, who had a tough practice Friday with a couple of fumbles, had a pair of tough moments again Saturday. He dropped a pass when he was wide open on third down, and that’s an area Bruce Arians said Williams needs to improve to get on the field. Later, Williams took a shot in that place that a guy would rather not get hit, and he had to come out for a few plays while he recovered.

— In the goal line drill, the defense looked stout. With the ball at the 1, the first-unit kept Williams out of the end zone on two of three plays. Ed Stinson blew up Jonathan Cooper on one play so Kevin Minter could make the tackle for loss. Williams did score going over the right side on the final play, helped by a pulling Mike Iupati. On the second unit, Paul Lasike was deemed just barely in the end zone on the first play, but he couldn’t break the goal line in the next two, Paul Lasike was stopped short in all three tries, although just short of the goal line. (On the first play, the official on my side of the field called touchdown, but watching the video it was clear he was just short, just like the official on the opposite side called.

— The defense won the “live scrimmage” of the third units to end the practice. Linebacker Edwin Jackson, whom Arians had just praised at lunchtime, slammed into Lasike for a big tackle that was probably the highlight of the practice. Then the practice ended when tight end Gerald Christian made a catch but fumbled when linebacker Alani Fua drilled Christian and the ball, and the defense recovered.

It’s been a long week. Time for a day off.


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12 Responses to “Red-White aftermath”

  1. By Richard L on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply

    “It’s been a long week” .You go that right Daren, a long week of injuries for the Cards.

  2. By Big Ken on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply

    Sounds like good depth on defense.

  3. By AzCard1898 on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply

    Would rather see all the injuries before the 3rd preseason game. Gives them time to heal before the Saints.

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By shane on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply


    Do you have any indication on what kind of injury powers has?

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 8, 2015 | Reply

    Shane —

    RE: Powers

    I do not.

  6. By Andy Kw on Aug 9, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Did Okafor lose weight? He looks a bit thinner

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 9, 2015 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Okafor

    Not that I know of.

  8. By JohnnyBluenose on Aug 9, 2015 | Reply

    Cooper got “blown up”. I know you are only talking about one play and Cooper may yet become the player we hoped for when he was drafted early in the first round (7th overall?) but it sounds like he has a way to go….maybe quite a way. Anyone who was at the game care to comment on how Cooper looked?

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 9, 2015 | Reply

    JohnnyBlueNose —

    RE: Cooper

    You are right, it was one play. And I knew when I wrote that people might want to seize upon it. I actually like what Cooper has looked like — there was one play early in practice where Cooper pulled and got down the field and looked like the guy who was so promising before his broken leg.

  10. By cards62 on Aug 9, 2015 | Reply

    Darren thanks for your input on Cooper, and how has Massie looked to you?

    Make or break year for the both of them. Rooting for both of them and worried about both of them and especially our center position. Hopefully first team oline will get a few more reps in the preseason so they can gel and we can get a really good look at a few of our question marks.

    Hope Powers is okay as I am also really looking forward to watching him play this preseason.

    Go Cards

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 9, 2015 | Reply

    cards62 —

    RE: Massie

    He’s looked fine to me. I still think it’ll be hard for Humphries to beat him out, at least at the beginning of the season.

  12. By Chris on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    those guys i would love to hear more about:

    1) Jaron Brown

    Got it really going late last year, thought he would only get better, but BA said he struggled in camp

    2) Gerald Christian

    Thought he would be a great pick for BA type of TEs (e.g. PFF raved about his blocking) , but yet not mentioned too much.

    3) Ed Stinson

    Got lost after his injury, how does he look?

    4) Kareem Martin

    Does the move to OLB pan out? last year everyone talked about his pysique and how he could still add a lot more muscle. how did his first professional off-season program effect his shape?

    5) Josh Mauro

    Heard about his switch to OLB and some nice results at that position. true? why?

    Thx Darren!

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