The Arizona Cardinals are finishing off round two of OTA’s on Friday
The second of three rounds of OTA’s are just about complete for the Arizona Cardinals as we end the month of May. The third and final round of OTA’s will run next week from June 3rd until the 6th.
Not much newsworthy has come out of this round of OTA’s this week as the team wraps up the annual offseason workouts. There were a few items of interest, albeit slight in some areas.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson was absent again. Linebacker Terrell Suggs was missing as well. Peterson was expected and Suggs gets a pass, although it would have been nice to see him out there.
Receiver Andy Isabella is showing how hard he is willing to work to be the best he can be. According to a tweet this week from azcentral.com’s Bob McManaman, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Isabella spent the holiday weekend at the team facility running routes.
To have a rookie come in and show that kind of dedication and hard work is very pleasing to hear. It will also endear him to his teammates not to mention help once the regular season starts as well.
The team made a switch at linebacker as well. They signed former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Pita Taumoepenu and released James Folston. As promised, they are always looking for the next man up.
Taumoepenu comes in with little fanfare however. He has very limited NFL experience. He played in two games in 2017 and four games last season. He has three career tackles.
Also, from the we already knew this was going to happen files, it was reported this week by Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk the Cardinals were going to use the shotgun formation at lot this season. While the Air Raid offense lends itself to that very formation, it still had to be reported.
There is so much the Cardinals can do from that formation. It should also allow quarterback Kyler Murray more freedom to scramble away from pressure at times.