Monday Mistakes At All-time High

The high intensity at Cardinals camp is contagious and it is becoming a problem. When the energy level gets too high, players begin making mistakes that can only be referred to as mental errors. It's always been a problem and after Monday's practice, it's becoming an epidemic. Jason Harris has all the details from Flagstaff.

Every quarterback threw an interception. Starting linebackers Gerald Hayes and Chike Okeafor both got caught off sides trying to jump snap counts. Wide receivers Steve Breaston and Sean Morey both dropped catchable balls. Morey dropped his in the end zone. Rookie running back Tim Hightower was tackled by the invisible man, tripping behind the line of scrimmage on a run play. The team has to find a way to stay focused when emotions are running high. If this young team doesn't mature fast, look for the Cardinals to lead the league in penalties again.

Happy to have him

"That's the way to compete for the ball," Matt Leinart yelled to Anquan Boldin, after he ripped the ball from the defender trying to take away the slant. Leinart was happy to have pro bowl receiver Boldin back. In his second day of full practice Boldin looked like he hasn't missed a step. Fast, Strong, and Aggressive, Boldin showed he was all that and more.

Getting noticed

After a strong four-catch performance against the Saints, Jamaica Rector looks to be playing with more confidence in practice. Nobody dives as much as Rector. His noticeable hustle has been fun to watch to say the least. He is not afraid to lay out repeatedly, that's nothing new. What is new this week is his ability to catch the balls he diving for. He looks to be more focused than ever on making plays for the Cardinals this season.

Filling in

With Antrel Rolle day-to-day after injuring his ankle against the Saints, both his safety and a corner position were up for grabs Monday. Back-up corners Marcus Brown and Ralph Brown both made the most of their extra opportunities. Cornerback Travarous Bain was making noise again and safety Aaron Francisco worked his way back into the coach's good graces.

Free agent Ralph Brown was asked to step in today's practice, seeing time with the first defense as the nickel corner. At 5'10" he lacks ideal size but he made up for it with his physical play. He was repeatedly in the right position and didn't give up any big plays.

Undrafted rookie Marcus Brown showed off his hops in one-on-ones. Brown was able to out jump the Cardinals tallest receiver Jerheme Urban, on a fade in the corner of the end zone. His pass break up impressed the coaches.

"Bain. Bain. Bain," is what the players were chanting in between the hoots and the hollers. Still deep down the depth chart, Bain continues to make big plays when he gets the chance. Routinely picking off passes today was no different. Taking one back for a touchdown, the whole field erupts every time Bain does anything.

Francisco struggled in coverage this past Thursday against the Saints. Surprising for a guy who has been a top training camp performer thus far. Fear not. Francisco was back to making big plays on the practice field Monday morning. Francisco jumped in front of a Matt Leinart pass, coming up with a big interception during team scrimmage. He has been solid in practice. Look for him to do a better job translating his hard work into playmaking during the preseason.


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