Cardinals: Training Camp Roundup

Quarterback competition, intensity highlight camp entering the second week of action.


  • The Cardinals likely will begin to seriously talk with defensive end Darnell Dockett's agent about a contract extension once the season starts. The two sides already have had preliminary talks, but the team wants to see where its budget stands after final cuts are made.

  • Levi Brown appears to making a smooth transition from right tackle to left. After a recent practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt asked outside linebacker Joey Porter for his opinion on Brown.

    "He said he's going to be fine," Whisenhunt said. "When you have a veteran player like Joey who's gone against some good tackles, when he makes that assessment it certainly makes you feel good about the progress Levi has made."

  • The club already has had more fights in training camp than in any of the previous three under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

    "I think it's kind of good," tight end Stephen Spach said. "At some point, yea, you do have to be able to regulate that. You don't want it to hurt the team, so as long as it's not hurting the team, I don't think it's that bad of a thing."

  • Training camp can get monotonous for veterans, and 10-year safety Adrian Wilson is struggling to break up the routine. He wears No. 24 in games but has been wearing No. 9 in practice, in honor of his high school number. One day he recently wore "53", with the "3" covered up on the front and back.

    "Camp is monotonous, you got to do something," Wilson said. "I can't grow a (expletive) beard."

    Wilson does have some hair on his chin, but that's been the case "for about 30 years," he said.

    He made the number change because, "I just wanted to feel like I was still a DB (defensive back)," he said. "I had the '5' showing, but I had the '53' on the shoulder because I hit like a linebacker and cover like a safety."

  • Offensively, the personnel changes seem to be working. LT Levi Brown appears comfortable after moving from the right side. RG Brandon Keith has looked solid in his first chance at a starting role.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's humbling but I also know that I'm a product of a lot of different situations. I had two blue-collar parents that kind of taught you family values. I grew up in a small town. I had teachers in high school that worried more than just about A's and B's. They taught you more about life. I had coaches that cared a little bit more than X's and O's. I'm the result of a lot of different people." -- Assistant head coach Russ Grimm on his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


  • QB Matt Leinart has been inconsistent so far in training camp. He had three solid days in the first week, but slipped a bit with an uneven performance in the scrimmage.

  • OG Alan Faneca has struggled in one-on-one pass-rushing drills, but coaches don't seem concerned. Such drills favor the defense because the linemen don't have to worry about the threat of the home. However, end Calais Campbell has consistently beaten Faneca.

  • CB Greg Toler improved late in the first week of training camp and is making a serious push for the starting right corner job. Trumaine McBride has been running with the starting unit.

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