The Arizona Cardinals have a couple of team activities remaining before they break until training camp
On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals come together for the third round of OTA’s at team headquarters in Tempe. As with the first two rounds, these OTA’s are voluntary.
It is important to note that because some veterans have skipped some or all of the OTA’s up until this point. Cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Terrell Suggs skipped the sedonc round of OTA’s last week.
Peterson already announced he wouldn’t return until the mandatory mini-camp in mid-June. He told the media that at his benefit event right after being suspended for the first six games of the NFL season.
Despite his being suspended, that should make it more important for Peterson to acclimate himself with his new coaching staff and teammates. However, he’s not happy with the team and the Cardinals can’t force him to attend.
As for Suggs, not sure why he skipped last week but again, it is voluntary. It’s too bad some don’t make the voluntary activities more of a priority.
With a new staff in place, you’d think players would want to get as much work in as they can. The summer break is coming up, then it’s non-stop football for the rest of the year.
You can’t be too worried about a guy like Suggs missing out though. I’d say he’s earned it based on his 16 years in the NFL. Still, it is important for the team to have as many participants as possible given all the changes.
After the OTA’s this week, the Cardinals will finish off with the aforementioned mini-camp. Mini-camp will take place next Tuesday June 11th- Thursday June 13th.
Expect the training camp schedule to come out as soon as this week sometime. Likely they will start the last week of July at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
For now, let’s all continue to hope the Cardinals just play it safe but continue to learn from one another. They will need all the healthy bodies they can get come training camp.