Arizona Cardinals: Day one of camp a success
By Scott Allen
Head coach Bruce Arians liked what he saw from his team on Saturday
You expect some rust and some kinks but as far as Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is concerned, overall he was pretty pleased with the first day of training camp practice on Saturday. He called it “a damn good start” according to video shared by azcardinals.com.
Arians said he liked the intensity and although there were mistakes that was alright. He said they weren’t perfect but “set the standard” for the rest of camp.
You have to like those words coming out of Arians after the first day of practice. Arians won’t beat around the bush and he won’t lie to you. If he said he liked what he saw, he liked what he saw. That wasn’t to pump anyone up. It was just the plain truth.
There was positive news on quarterback Carson Palmer. According to reports, he looked good on day one.
That’s such good news to hear. He looked like he was coming along in mini-camp but the question was what would he look like and feel like coming into camp after a month and a half of no football activity and coming back from his ACL injury.
Also impressive on day one was J.J. Nelson, the rookie receiver and returner from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He’s the one guy I think could beat out Jaron Brown for a spot on the final 53-man roster.
On the not so positive side of news, a couple of guys had to leave practice early on Saturday, including linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who was signed as a free-agent from the Atlanta Falcons in the offseason.
As you can see from the Arians presser this morning, Fells and Weatehrspoon will both be out of practice today, as will rookie linebacker Shaq Riddick. All in all not too bad on the injury front for day one.
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