Cards bring back FB Maui’a

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2012 – 1:42 pm

He’s the fullback that just keeps coming back. The Cardinals have once again signed Reagan Maui’a, after a neck injury suffered by fullback Jared Crank in the Hall of Fame game sidelined him indefinitely.

And that makes seven times he has signed with the Cards all told, starting in 2009. To make room on the roster, the Cards released guard Chris Stewart.

Maui’a played in 15 games in 2010 and three games last season for the Cards, having spent training camp with the team for all or part of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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The work at the end of the week

Posted by Darren Urban on July 27, 2012 – 6:41 pm

I’m not a big fan of doing any play-by-play or recaps of practice, because in the end, it just doesn’t matter. Each play is a snapshot, with little or no context. But, with the Red-White practice tomorrow — which will basically be a series of drives, offense versus defense, with play calls like it’s a game — the Cards worked on red zone and two-minute drills today. It provided some highlights.

— Tight end Rob Housler made a couple of nice catches at the back of the end zone, one time banging into the pad on the lower upright. Michael Floyd couldn’t haul in a high jump ball in the end zone, but later in the two-minute drill caught a pass while tippy-toeing toward the sideline. DeMarco Sampson beat Greg Toler in the end zone for a touchdown.

— But on the defensive side, Patrick Peterson broke up one pass over the middle, while Kerry Rhodes managed to control a bouncing, tipped pass to finally nab it for an interception.

— Interesting that, in the two-minute drill in the defense’s dime package, the defensive backs were Rhodes and Adrian Wilson at safety, and then four cornerbacks: William Gay, Peterson, Michael Adams and A.J. Jefferson. Toler worked with the second dime unit. It’s early, but these are the things you notice.

— The second unit of the offensive line during the two-minute drill were, from left tackle to right tackle, D.J. Young, Senio Kelemete, Ryan Bartholomew, Chris Stewart and D’Anthony Batiste. Eventually, Bobby Massie was put in at right tackle, Batiste slide to right guard, and Scott Wedige at center. I’ve said it a few times, but I think the wait for Massie to start will be awhile.

— Running back Alfonso Smith blew up linebacker Sam Acho on a block during the two-minute work. Smith has worked hard to earn a spot on the team, which I think is pretty assured at this point.

— If you are coming to the Red-White, don’t forget to come early. All the details are here, but last year, there were about 13,000 fans on hand.

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Cards sign veteran guard Hochstein

Posted by Darren Urban on July 26, 2012 – 6:15 pm

With a roster spot open after waiving the injured undrafted rookie Blake DeChristopher, the Cardinals signed veteran guard Russ Hochstein. Terms were not disclosed, but Adam Caplan reported it is for one-year and that makes sense. Hochstein is going into his 12th season, having played with the Broncos, Patriots and Buccaneers. He had been with the Denver the past three seasons.

Hochstein, who can also play center, will be a veteran to throw into the mix that includes a ton of youth after the Cards drafted linemen Bobby Massie, Nate Potter and Senio Kelemete. His versatility could give him a shot to stick around, although again, the Cards want to get younger. Right now, though, the backup guard choices are Kelemete, Chris Stewart and undrafted rookie Braeden Clayson, all of whom are unproven.

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Adding bodies for the offseason

Posted by Darren Urban on January 5, 2012 – 2:36 pm

The Cardinals added nine players to the offseason roster Wednesday, signing them to “futures” deals. That included six from the Cards’ practice squad: C Ryan Bartholomew, CB Korey Lindsey, DT Ricky Lumpkin, RB William Powell, TE Steve Skelton and LB Quan Sturdivant (WR Jaymar Johnson, the seventh member of the practice squad, was not signed).

The Cardinals also brought in three new players: G Chris Stewart, who spent a little time with the Jets last season;, pass-rushing linebacker Antonio Coleman, who spent time with the Bills and Giants (and is pictured below); and tight end Martell Webb, who was briefly with the Eagles, Jets and Bucs.

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