Fan Blog (Updated August 14, 9:00 a.m.)

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Preseason, Injury Update

Posted by Jillian Dannenfeldt
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.


Everyone at camp is excited about the Cardinals' first preseason game. Finally we'll get a chance to see our defense go all out and hit players other than their own teammates. This Saturday they will face the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Even though the game is sold out, it will air live on ABC 15 on Saturday at 5:00 PM. Then it will be re-broadcast on Sunday after the Diamondbacks vs. Nationals game on Fox Sports Arizona.

I'm not predicting anything too spectacular for this weekend. I see this as more of an opportunity for the young guys to step up and demonstrate how they handle themselves when it really counts. A few key players to watch will be wide receivers Stephen Williams, Andre Roberts, and Onrea Jones.

My guess is that the starters will take it easy, but at the same time, as the quarterback battle rages on, we'll see a lot of action from Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson over the next couple games.

Beanie Wells is still sore from the rib injury he sustained on Monday, but he hasn't missed any practices. I have not been able to confirm whether or not he will be playing in the game on Saturday. Also on the injury list are tight ends Dominique Byrd with a hamstring injury, and Ben Patrick with a knee injury. In addition, wide receiver Ed Gant hurt his foot. It is unlikely that they will play on Saturday.

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RB Beanie Wells Impressive

Posted by Jillian Dannenfeldt
Thursday, 9:00 a.m.


Beanie Wells was injured on Monday? Could've fooled me.

All eyes were on #26 this afternoon since he bruised his ribs earlier this week. With about 45 minutes left of practice on Tuesday, Wells took a hand off and was hit by safety Hamaza Abdullah. The statement released by the Cardinals said that he didn't suffer any fractures, but was still very sore.

Throughout the beginning of practice, Beanie was participating but obviously taking it easy. He took a hand off during the walk throughs. Soon he was catching some short passes. Then at about 3:30 he was doing a few individual drills and skipped the team sessions.

Later on, he started practicing in the 11 on 11 where he was looking really good, even by normal standards, let alone what one might expect from an injured Wells. As he ran the ball, he bounced off a couple defenders and it didn't seem to faze him in the least. He took another hit to the midsection and again, it didn't seem to affect him.

Overall, the offense seems to be stepping it up. Defense was definitely stealing their thunder during the beginning of training camp. Good thing too, especially since the first preseason game is just a few days away!

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WR Darren Mougey Turning Heads

Posted by Jillian Dannenfeldt
Friday, 9:00 a.m.


At today's camp, one of our new wide receivers, Darren Mougey, was turning heads left and right. He was reeling in some great passes and running the ball really well, not unlike superstar Larry Fitzgerald. While sitting on the bleachers I could hear other fans around me asking, "who's that number 85? That guy is really good." I was glad to hear that I was not the only one surprised and impressed by his performance this afternoon.

As it turns out, Darren is a local boy. He went to Chaparral High School in Scottsdale where he was a Super-Prep All-American QB. He led Chaparral to the state semi-finals as a senior and a state title as a junior. He began his career at San Diego State as a quarterback before switching to wide receiver in 2007. A shoulder injury during his time at San Diego State was the reason for the switch. After college, Darren was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in April of 2009 but was released just four months later. He was then signed by Arizona on March 23rd of this year.

Although the jersey number 85 makes me cringe, (Ochocinco isn't even how you say eighty-five in Spanish!) I'm really excited to see how Darren does during the rest of training camp as well as into the regular season.

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Day 4 of Training Camp

Posted by Jillian Dannenfeldt
Wednesday, 7:00 a.m.


Today at camp I was approached by a camera man and a guy holding an NBC channel 12 microphone.

"Would you like to be on TV?"

Not one to refuse an opportunity in the spotlight, I obliged. He told me about a recent study which suggests that women are more attracted to men who wear red and asked what I thought of the idea. Well, red is one of my favorite colors… and a guy wearing a Cardinal's jersey will always be awarded some extra points in my book. Regardless, I questioned the validity of this claim and decided to look into it for myself. Here's what I found out.

The guy wasn't kidding- the study is real! It was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, and claims that red makes men appear more powerful. Lead Author Andrew Elliot, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester writes, "We found that women view men in red as higher in status, more likely to make money, and more likely to climb the social ladder. And it's this high-status judgment that leads to the attraction."

It's hard to argue with science, but I still don't really buy into it- Matt Leinart would look hot in any color! Plus, there's so much more that goes into deciding whether or not someone is attractive to you, but the way I see it- all the more reason to wear our jerseys more often! And that is definitely not a bad idea.

Notes

  • Beanie Wells was looking really good! He seems to be a lot faster and more on point since he's trimmed down.

  • None of our QB's completed a pass to the trash can. :( I had to convince my little sister that I'd seen it done before- I'm still not sure she believes me.

  • Darnell Dockett was channeling his aggression in a much more productive way this afternoon.

  • I remember reading that the team was concerned that Duece Lutui would be out of shape and slow during training camp because he missed some of the OTAs, but during the offense vs. defense drills the guy was like a brick wall! Dan Williams could not get past him.

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    Day 1 of Training Camp

    Posted by Jillian Dannenfeldt
    Tuesday, 7:00 a.m.


    After such a tremulous offseason, players and fans alike are really hoping for a successful training camp to reassure us that the team isn't falling back into the "same old Cardinals" routine. We need to see our players making consistent, solid plays. Thankfully, after this afternoon, I'm happy to report that it looks like we're heading in the right direction.

    There was one player I had my eye on all afternoon, one who really needs a good training camp before the start of the season - Matt Leinart. He has to prove himself to be better than he was when Kurt Warner beat him out of the starting position a couple years ago. After Warner became our star quarterback, any time Leinart got a chance to play he just paled in comparison.

    It seemed folks were ashamed to wear their No. 7 jerseys to the games (or anywhere out in public for that matter). However, this afternoon was different. Fans proudly rocked their Leinart jerseys and cheered him on all through practice. It's definitely an adjustment for fans and players, but situations like this have most certainly occurred many times before - Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the 49ers anyone? Hopefully the Cardinals can produce a similar success story.

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