Photo: Rich Gray
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals put on pads for the first time in over nine months today at training camp in Flagstaff. The new CBA rules did not allow live hitting until now, and the players were certainly amped up for practice this afternoon.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt stuck to his plan of alternating reps with the first team for quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. Kolb ran with the ones yesterday, while Skelton got his snaps with the first team today. Its obvious Kolb has a better understanding of the playbook early on, however there is little separation between the two. Both quarterbacks were able to show up their arms with a couple of deep passes that were completed during practice.
During his daily lunchtime press conference, Whisenhunt talked about his coaching philosophy and how that has changed some since he was hired by the Cardinals in 2007.
Here are a few other things that stood out during today’s practice.
Rookie offensive tackle Bobby Massie ran with the third-team, though he did face-off against several starters, including getting bull-rushed by linebacker O’Brien Schofield. Massie was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round this year and giving Arizona’s lack of depth at that position, he could be a key factor in 2012.
A small fight broke out between wide receiver Tre Gray (no relation) and safety Blake Gideon. Larry Fitzgerald was able to step in before things got too out of hand. Bob Kemp and I discussed a few of the main things that we noticed in camp today.
Dr. Decade will have plenty of audio in tomorrow’s SportsZone. Expect to hear from Darnell Dockett, Todd Heap, Kerry Rhodes, Schofield and more. Remember, Bob is broadcasting live from Granny’s Closet from 10 AM to 1 PM, so be sure to stop by lunch before Friday’s afternoon practice begins.