The first of three rounds of OTA’s for the Arizona Cardinals takes place starting Monday
We many not learn much new this upcoming week about who the Arizona Cardinals and who they will be. However they will gather together on the football field as a whole for the first time this offseason at team headquarters in Tempe this week.
The first round of OTA’s will take place May 20-22. There are a couple of things we know already about who and who won’t be there.
We do know rookie quarterback Kyler Murray will be there. He had a decent rookie mini camp by all accounts.
One player who has said he won’t be there is cornerback Patrick Peterson. He was suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. That does not exclude him from any other team activities prior though.
These OTA’s are considered voluntary, so technically his presence is not required, although it certainly looks better to be there than not. Most everyone showed for OTA’s during Bruce Arians’ and Steve Wilks stints as Cardinals head coach.
Peterson said on Thursday night he would not be attending because he is a father. Well he isn’t the only one, so there is definitely much more to that. He’s not happy with the team right now.
It would be a surprise if he shows for any of the three rounds of OTA’s. There is a mandatory mini camp in June but he is likely to find a way to get out of that as well. We’ll see if anything changes over the next four weeks before that comes to fruition.
Also at OTA’s are two players the Cardinals signed from the rookie mini-camp tryouts. Running back Dontae Strickland and safety Tyler Sigler. Strickland played at Syracuse and Sigler played at Wheaton College.
After this round of OTA’s, the Cardinals will be back on the field for round two May 29-31 after Memorial Day. Round three will take place June 3-6. Then the mandatory mini camp June 11-13 before breaking for the summer.