Sep 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams (34) is tackled by New England Patriots outsidelinebacker Donta Hightower (54) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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Arizona Cardinals Training Camp 2013: Highlights, Lowlights from Day 1.

Two who impressed

Ryan Williams looks healthy, quick

 On more than one occasion Friday afternoon, running back Ryan Williams did something that brought a smile to my face. These were not highlight-reel plays, as it’s difficult to have those during an unpadded practice.

But little things like cutting upfield on his once-ruined knee, or galloping at a dead sprint — if only for a second — with no limp or hitch means he is healthy and ready to go.

It was a solid first day of work for Williams, and it’s a good sign for the oft-injured back who has had many fans give up on the promise he showed coming out of Virginia Tech.

Carson Palmer sharp from the start

 Early and often, quarterback Carson Palmer delivered lasers to running backs and receivers on his way to a positive beginning in Arizona. His deep ball — which was featured often during the team scrimmage that ended practice — was on point the majority of the afternoon, with only one or two floating long.

He left none short and was not picked off.

Palmer said after practice that this opening day of camp was better than most he had experienced throughout his career.

“There was some good, some things that obviously we need a lot of work on,” Palmer told Tyler Nickel of BreakthroughSports.com. “I think overall, it was a very typical first day. Some of the rust is coming off for some of the guys. The one good thing you look at is guys are flying around, guys are excited to be out there and excited to get going. There’s not the attitude of, ‘Let’s get through camp.’ There’s the attitude of, ‘Let’s get better.'”

The crowd of reportedly 8,100 fans erupted in a fervent roar on nearly every strike to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. A great thing to see when watching Fitz catch Palmer-thrown footballs is that he does not have to contort his body to adjust to the pass or jump through the building just to get to it.

Palmer leads him perfectly far more often than not, and that is refreshing to see after what happened the last three seasons.

Shaun Church, Yahoo Sports.

Cardinals Get Eric Winston, John Abraham.

It was a simple opening to training camp Thursday for the Cardinals – a conditioning test that coach Bruce Arians ended up cutting short.

But for the front office, the day was anything but simple, as General Manager Steve Keim churned the roster and added two big-name veterans for not such a big price.

The Cards brought in offensive tackle Eric Winston on a one-year contract and linebacker John Abraham with a two-year contract. Reports have Winston getting the veteran minimum plus incentives if he wins a starting job, while Abraham’s deal is worth about $3 million a season.

Darren Urban, azcardinals.com.

 

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