After practice: Zamort time at cornerback

Posted by Darren Urban on July 28, 2017 – 5:09 pm

There is no new veteran cornerback yet. But who knows, maybe one will become inherently necessary sooner rather than later. Justin Bethel ended up sitting out practice Friday — he had a brace on his left knee — and interestingly, Ronald Zamort was the one in his place with the first unit and not Brandon Williams. Zamort actually had a decent camp a year ago, but he was cut and not brought back to the practice squad. (The Cardinals ended up bringing in a bigger defensive back, Trevon Hartfield, for the PS.) Zamort was re-signed to the practice squad later in the season after injuries. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in preseason games, and how Williams does as well.

(Not sure how Bethel was hurt. Bruce Arians didn’t mention anything at the lunch presser. Bethel did have a play Thursday when he and tight end Jermaine Gresham collided and seemed to bump knees/legs, but Bethel finished practice after getting up slowly.)

— Carson Palmer was technically back at practice but he threw little. Very little. He didn’t go in during any of the 11-on-11 work, and he didn’t throw much before that either. (Again, as Arians said earlier in the day, given the early start, all this work is “bonus” time for Palmer. I wouldn’t read too much into the inactivity.)

— Tyrann Mathieu had another pick in a drill, grumpy at one point that he was flagged for a hold he didn’t think he should have. Mathieu is trying to be more low-key, but he’s playing better and better.

— Practice ended with a pair of situational periods. The first started around the defense’s 30 with 22 seconds left and the offense down 6. That ended up all offense: A David Johnson TD catch for the first unit, a Troy Niklas TD catch for the second unit, and a clutch fourth-and-10 TD catch down the seam by tight end Ifeanyi Momah for the third unit.

— The other sequence started on the offense’s end of the field needing about 15 yards for a long field goal try and 19 seconds left. First unit’s possession ended with a interception by Antoine Bethea. The second ended with a Josh Mauro sack. The third unit succeeded, with a Carlton Agudosi catch setting up a 56-yard field goal by the ageless Phil Dawson.

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18 Responses to “After practice: Zamort time at cornerback”

  1. By JTDG on Jul 28, 2017 | Reply

    And thus the long debate about the failure by Keim to bring in a quality CB2 continues another year…….

    Is Ronald Zamort this years Brandon Williams ?

    Stay tune next July as fans are promised that Brandon Williams is getting better and the answer to CB 2 in 2018 while they add no CBs to the roster..

    Meanwhile, Keim is holding on to 12 mil in cap room, knowing Palmer, Fitz, and BA could walk at the end of 2017. Way to stick to your guns Stevie.

    Maybe, just maybe, cave in a little and sign a vet to come in. How much are we apart? 1 mil ? 2 mil? How much will it matter that you saved 5 million, 10 million, while you are sent home from the playoffs and the window closes.

    This story line has been so puzzling for the past 3 years.

  2. By jeffrsn on Jul 28, 2017 | Reply

    Keim has proven year in and year out that he has no ability to recognize talent thus the need to try to fill voids with washed up free agents that are sitting home on the couch waiting for an opportunity. Bidwell is the next in line of a family that has inherited a franchise. By luck they hired a truly great coach but they have deprived him of an opportunity to achieve greatness by giving him underachieving talent that Keim mistakenly thinks have talent, ala B. Williams. Wake up Bidwell and get a GM that can recognize talent. Very frustrating to the fans!

  3. By chris on Jul 28, 2017 | Reply

    It is the first week of an extended camp…He brought in crow 2015, cooper 2016 and I think he got powers for the team in 2013.. Give him a chance. Plus the team has crazy depth at safety, ILB, WR, RB, DL and might have the best back up QB in football. Why are you hating so much. Save it for the regular season… 7 days into the year. You need a little release cause your running hot.

  4. By Jon Elder on Jul 28, 2017 | Reply


    I agree. There has been a few strange mysteries on this team. CB2 is starting to rank right up there with the Drew Butler fiasco on the completely inexplicable list

  5. By Martin on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    I can only totally agree to @JTDG. Bring a veteran CB. Neither of our CB’s outside of PP21 is a viable solution for the 2nd CB spot. Zamort was horrible the last preseason as I watched every game and every time something bad happened, Zamort was involved in some way. It’s funny, but last preseason I was really hoping that Zamort will be cut. It was exactly that name. I thought with him on CB it would be a horrible season. It didn’t end up much better but my hopes are that Keim will bring a vet to the CB2 spot. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against young players learning from making mistakes, but please just don’t give the full, crushing responsibility to a learning young human being. BA does a great job developing his rookies. He knows exactly that getting crushed in their rookie season can destroy their confidence forever. Just because PP21 is SO GOOD we really need someone on the CB2 spot that can handle the preasure of being one of the most targeted CBs in the NFL. Really hoped Mike Jenkins could do the job last season. Now I really hope Keim will bring one proven vet (yes I would LOVE seeing Revis pulling that red-and-white jersey).

    Just my 2 cents

  6. By Erik on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    For real, though! Williams is awful, Bethel will never be better than below average. You are lying to yourself if you think otherwise. I still have faith they will bring in the right guy to play in that spot, but that is not based on any evidence whatsoever.

    I also found it a bit humorous reading an article about how Reddick is showing flashes and that he might be the next DWash, when the actual DWASH could still be playing for this team! Just found it a bit ironic.

    Just a little late night rant, sorry. Love all the work on this website and I of course love the Cards!

  7. By NJAzCardsFan on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    Darren- Speaking of DWash- Do you know if anyone took a chance and signed him yet

  8. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: DWash

    Washington remains a free agent.

  9. By Tucson Card on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply


    Keim brought in MCooper last year after camp, who did a fairly decent job at the position. Before that we had JPowers and ACromartie. All 3 played well enough to get contracts elsewhere, which is an indication that the scouting department is competent in evaluating talent at the position.

    We don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Perhaps the front office is working on a trade. Maybe Brandon Flowers didn’t pass his physical (appears to still be an FA), etc..

    I agree with you that if we enter the season with JBethel and BWilliams, CB2 will be an exploitable weakness on our defense. Maybe those guys will show marked improvement during the preseason. Based on what we know today, JBethel can’t stay healthy, and TMathieu or maybe even BBaker are better suited for CB2 than BWilliams.

  10. By shannon robinson on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    I think this is a great Roster going into Camp. The Cards Front Office has reduced Dead Money to ‘negligible’ and we’re 13 million under the Cap this fall. The Cards have drafted very few “busts” if any since 2013, cutting only Jonathon Cooper from the Que Balls’ first year. In ’13 we also got full use of Minter, Watford, Okafor, and Steph Taylor through their rookie contracts. In ’14 we kept all our top draft choices and the same with ’15 and ’16. I can’t find that many programs that have kept 90% of their draft choices on the roster through all of their rookie contracts like the Cardinals have. Keim has also added free agents in the secondary who have brought us compensatory draft picks for next year. Who should we have not drafted in order to get the ‘holy grail’ cornerback so many fans are crying for. How do you know for sure, for sure he’s not on the team now? ‘Failure’ is a pretty harsh view of an incredibly successful program.

  11. By Erik on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    I have an issue pointing to the Cooper trade last year as proof of keim pulling brilliant last minute signings. He has done that, for sure, but Cooper actually was not that good. He was just better than bethel and williams.

  12. By Big Ken on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    Is Ron Zamort showing something or is Brandon Williams that bad? I hope Zamort is showing a little promise. I think he’s been around a couple of years, developmental guy.

  13. By JTDG on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    To address a few of you;

    In 2013, Powers was brought in with the idea to be CB2. After a year, the cards like Powers but better as a slot CB

    In 2014, Bethel was thought to be the CB2 as Powers moved to the slot. Bethel was unable to step up and Cromartie was signed.

    But in 2015, Bethel again was thought to take over as Cro left and no one was brought in. Bethel did not claim the spot and the cards were forced to move Powers from the slot to CB2. This was disappointing since the cards already knew Powers was better inside.

    Bethel got his chance after a Powers injury and was torched by GB. Luckly, the cards won only to have Cam throw for 335 yards against a team with Bethel as CB2.

    2016, the cards let Powers go and for the second year in a row, do not sign a CB. They decide to see if Bethel can finally be the guy. Bethel is injured and a RB turned CB in Williams is touted as the answer. When it becomes obvious Bethel is not progressing, the cards are looking at cuts. The Chiefs are ready to cut Marcus Cooper and a trade happens.

    Cooper has a couple good games off the bat, but then his play cools and the cards are looking at not resigning him and looking to upgrade.

    2017 is the spring of CBs. Not only one of the best drafts for CBs but FA also has some pro bowl CBs available. Surely this void at CB would finally be addressed somehow.

    Nope. Then fans want to know why in week one I am questioning Keim about this? Some of you say wait, he will address it. Why, for the love of God, has he not addressed this for 3 years ???? I get thinking in 2014 , Maybe Bethel would step up.But year after year hoping the same thing only to have to grab someone late is horrible.

    Why not just find a CB2 and end this madness?

  14. By Leroy on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    Is Shelton making any progress at CB?

  15. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    Leroy —

    RE: Shelton

    Unfortunately, yes, he’s moving up the depth chart as guys are injured.

  16. By Steve88 on Jul 29, 2017 | Reply

    One of the biggest surprises of the year will be the play of Justin Bethel. I don’t buy “the sky is falling” mentality of most individuals that have commented on this website as it relates to the Cardinals’ cb2 position. A lot of you are complaining about Steve Keim’s ability to evaluate talent,and as it relates to this topic, the cornerback position. Keep in mind that a lot of you are complaining so much about the cb2 position and Keim’s supposed inability to identify CB talent for what I can only assume is the fans’ frustration with this football teams’ “pass defense”. Last year Arizona’s defense was 2nd in the entire NFL against the pass!!! It’s a well known fact that Bethel was injured and therefore limited the last 2 years. Arizona’s defense will be fine with Bethel at cb2.

  17. By Scott H on Jul 30, 2017 | Reply

    Steve88 –

    If we’re being honest, let’s realize that we are hoping for TWO things to happen with Bethel , and we’re on shaky ground with both – we’re hoping he can actually play CB effectively AND we’re hoping he can stay healthy.

    Never mind what you refer to as a “sky is falling” mentality. Let’s just deal with reality. Because, right now, the reality is that Bethel was wearing a knee brace yesterday.

    We will not be “fine” with Bethel at CB if he’s hurt.

  18. By Larso on Jul 30, 2017 | Reply


    2016 was Bad luck with injuries trough camp @cb

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