Arizona Cardinals: Sunday belongs to the offense


The Arizona Cardinals held their second practice of training camp on Sunday

The second day of training camp practice for the Arizona Cardinals found that the offense is a little ahead of the defense.  Given the weapons on each side and how much of the offense remains the same this season, that really comes as little surprise.

Cardinals receivers J.J. Nelson and Brittan Golden both made some great plays.  Quarterback Carson Palmer looked strong and rookie running back David Johnson had a long run.

The good news is the guys who had previous problems, like safety Tyrann Mathieu, Palmer, and cornerback Patrick Peterson all looked good.  The not so good news is the number of minor injuries that have already started to mount on just the second day of practice.

Held out on Sunday was linebacker Sean Weatherpsoon (although coach Bruce Arians said he was expected back on Monday after a hamstring issue on Saturday), tight end Darren Fells (cramps), and rookie linebacker Shaq Riddick (hamstring).  Linebacker Daryl Sharpton also did not practice (hip flexor).  Johnson also left practice early after pulling up after his long run, so we’ll hopefully get more information on him on Monday.

Speaking of Andre Ellington, Arians also talked about him on Sunday.  As for his practice day, most weren’t sure why he didn’t practice as much but there was no injury news on him so like Kent Somers said, it was probably just managing his workload.  Arians though said on Sunday morning he’d hoped that Ellington would again get around 20 touches per game this season, something that was a goal last season as well.  If that’s the plan, managing his training camp and preseason workload is probably for the best.

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