Arizona Cardinals: Training Camp Day 2


Jul 26, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5), quarterback Ryan Lindley (14) and quarterback Carson Palmer (3) take the field during training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Disappointed Darnell Dockett did not bring his Tiger to practice on Saturday, getting to see some football even though it was practice made up for it. Saturday had some bright spots, but you could clearly see the kinks that needed to be worked out. Fans are anxious for this team to start playing some real games even though only two days of training camp have passed. You would automatically know when fan favorites such as Dockett, Larry Fitzgerald, and Calais Campbell would come out onto the field because fans let out a big roar throughout the stadium.

Jonathan Cooper missed another day, and according to things are at a total standstill with neither side budging a little. With that said, the offensive line looked really overmatched to me. Actually the whole offense was dominated by the defense throughout the entire day. Ryan Williams had a good day carrying the ball and looked like someone who wants the starting job bad. LaRon Byrd made some great athletic catches in the two-minute drill.

With Ryan Swope out of the picture Byrd now has a position with his name written all over it. It showed that he wants that spot today, but can he prove it every single day? On another note John Abraham who just signed two days ago was running with the first team defense while Sam Acho ran with the second team. It’s still way early in camp, but it really surprised me to see Abraham on the first team as I believed he was brought in to be a situational player.

Also running with the first team defense was Antoine Cason on the opposite side of Patrick Peterson. Cason picked off Carson Palmer in the two-minute drill, and boy did some fans let Palmer hear it. One fan in my section kept yelling “This isn’t Oakland!”, and others even booed.  In the two-minute drill the defense held the offense to one field goal and no touchdowns. Palmer looked real lost in the two-minute drill, but it’s only day two lots of time to adjust.

Drew Stanton looked real sharp in the two-minute drill firing darts all across the field. Him and Byrd looked like they had been playing together their whole career.  Rob Housler is looking like Palmer’s favorite target so far he went to him very often which looks like a very good sign for all who are predicting Housler to breakout this year.

My favorite moment of practice today was the end of practice. Larry Fitzgerald was the last person on the field still practicing his famous no look over the shoulder catch. Then the crowd started chanting as one Larry! Larry! Larry! Literally gave me goosebumps.

Around the league, Dennis Pitta of the Baltimore Ravens and Jeremy Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles are both out for the year. Pitta dislocated his hip and had surgery last night and Maclin tore his ACL. O’Brien Schofield was picked up off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks as well.