After practice: No hanging heads, and TWill pick

Posted by Darren Urban on August 8, 2017 – 5:10 pm

Early in practice Tuesday, J.J. Nelson dropped a touchdown pass from Carson Palmer in the red zone. The wide receiver was clearly bothered, and walked slowly behind the line of scrimmage where the extra players stood — the second unit’s turn had come up — with his head down. Immediately, Palmer found him. What was said is unknown, but the message was clear, especially when Palmer imitated Nelson’s hanging head: Keep your head up, Palmer was saying, because it’s on to the next play.

Indeed, the next time Nelson was on the field, he caught a pass and Palmer — who this time was not the QB — made sure to seek out Nelson for the congratulatory slap. It’s one of the underrated parts of Palmer’s game, the leadership in such situations.

— It was an eventful practice. The defense was into the battles given that the No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense faced off. Linebacker Markus Golden, who loves to talk, was talking quite a bit when the defense was winning its plays.

— The Cardinals slid rookie safety Budda Baker into the first unit in their dime package. One time, both he and Tyrann Mathieu blitzed. Afterward, Baker talked about how much he loved to blitz — another parallel between he and Mathieu.

— Phil Dawson easily drilled a 58-yard field goal among his attempts (without a miss).

— This is how you cultivate a fan base. After the first unit got through part of one period — and Patrick Peterson knew he’d have a few minutes on the sideline — he sent an equipment intern to the sideline where a man and his two boys were sitting. All had Peterson jerseys. The intern fetched the jerseys and took them to Peterson, who quickly signed them all. It was such a brief moment, but the fans were thrilled.

— Interestingly, quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich got to call some offensive plays into the walkie-talkie during one period. It really shouldn’t be a surprise. Bruce Arians likes to groom his young coaches, and getting Leftwich a few reps in the middle of a practice is a good start. Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin called the plays in the Hall of Fame game, and I’m guessing he’ll do at least one other game in the preseason.

— The practice ended with a special situation: Offense on the defense’s 8-yard line, 6 seconds left, third down. The first unit started with David Johnson drawing a pass interference in the end zone and then a fade to Larry Fitzgerald for a TD. The second unit was stopped when rookie Chad Williams couldn’t hang on to a pass at the goal line. The third unit scored on a laser from Blaine Gabbert to Carlton Agudosi.

— Newcomer Tramon Williams also got his first interception as a Cardinal, playing zone and jumping on a Drew Stanton pass. “Was able to kind of see the whole picture,” Williams said. “Read the quarterback and just kind of came off. I had a good jump on the ball.”

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11 Responses to “After practice: No hanging heads, and TWill pick”

  1. By TucsonTim on Aug 8, 2017 | Reply

    Are we going to keep throwing fades in the end zone to the shortest receivers in the NFL?

    They haven’t worked for….ever. So, who keeps calling them?

  2. By Big Ken on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    Carlton Agudosi that’s an intriguing player.

  3. By joe holst on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    my Mom could pick off Drew Stanton.

  4. By sdcardfan on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    Darren, Thank you for including the bits on the interaction between JJ and Palmer and PP. It’s great reading these and other stories that we won’t read anywhere else. You, Kyle and your team do an awesome job keeping Card fans up to date, especially those of us that don’t live in AZ.

  5. By Scott H on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    Oh, great….Stanton threw an INT during practice. The Gabbert people are gonna love that. Of course, QB’s have INT’s during practice all the time….because there are these guys on the other side of the ball called defensive backs and they get paid to make plays, too. I hear some of them are actually pretty good. But when Drew Stanton does it….it’s just un-acceptable and clear proof that he is a lousy QB, right?

    Good lord….

  6. By Scott H on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    joe hoist –

    Dude, if your mom could pick off Drew Stanton, then that means she can play CB. And if that’s the case, then let’s get her in here! We need depth at that position.

    Get that lady some pads!

  7. By Scott H on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    Despite any criticisms of Palmer I have ever had ( and there have been a few ), I do respect and appreciate his leadership. That really takes a special kind of person, I think. Because when you play QB in the NFL, you play the position that lends itself to making more mistakes than any other. That means you have to be able to over-look your OWN mistakes and pick yourself up, move on – let alone being the guy who has to do it for others as well.

    I’m hoping to see Nelson pick up where he left off last year. Because it seemed like Palmer and him were really starting to cook. I see no reason that shouldn’t continue. I’m sure Palmer would do that for any of his WR’s but I’m guessing he knows that Nelson is gonna have to be one of his play-makers this year.

    Anyone else have a feeling we are gonna be REAL happy with Dawson this year?? He might turn out to be the best FA addition we made this off-season. For real. This guy seems like a machine! I’m hoping to enjoy a season of not having to hold my breath every time we line up for a FG attempt.

    It’s the simple things, ya know? 🙂

  8. By jwoodaz on Aug 9, 2017 | Reply

    just wanted to add on with the ty’s for all you and your team does to bring us a view we would otherwise miss, Kyle doesn’t seem as shy as a couple years ago and your patience with people is truly awesome( dealing with risiculous questions sometimes or statements) please keep it coming the season is still a month plus away…

  9. By Amy M Hart on Aug 10, 2017 | Reply

    I Would love to see the Cardinals sign free agent C. Nick Mangold. I think he would improve our O. L
    I think he has a lot of good football left in him. Have the Cardinals shown any interest in him at all. Do you know what kind of money he is looking for and number of years
    Thank You

  10. By Darren Urban on Aug 10, 2017 | Reply

    Amy —

    RE: Mangold

    The Cardinals are not looking at him and as far as I can tell, he hasn’t gotten any run around the league.

  11. By joe holst on Aug 10, 2017 | Reply

    my mom is 80 and can run a 4.4 forty

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