Cardinals: Training Camp Update

Find out the latest training camp news as the Cardinals enter their final week of practice.


CAMP & PRESEASON NOTES

  • QB John Skelton passed for the winning touchdown against the Texans, a team he grew up watching. One of his uncles, Javier Loya, is a minority owner of the Texans.

    "To get my first action against them was a pretty cool feeling," said Skelton, a fifth-round pick. "I'm sure in the first half, he (Loya) was rooting for the Texans, but I'm sure in the second half he might've been calling my number a few times."

    Skelton said the most nerve-wracking moment of his NFL debut was entering the game and then waiting for the TV timeout to end. At Fordham, he played on television only two or three times.

    "That was my first time actually being in (University of Phoenix Stadium)," he said. "To come from Fordham, which seats about 8,000, maybe, to coming here, that was a big difference."

  • The Cardinals are finalizing plans to practice at Arizona State's indoor facility when they return to the Phoenix area at the end of the month. The Cardinals don't have their own indoor facility. They have one more week in Flagstaff and then will practice in Nashville the week after playing the Titans. After playing Chicago on Aug. 28, they will return home and practice at ASU a few times a week.

  • Right tackle Brandon Keith is starting for the first time in his career, so every game will be a learning experience. He gave up a sack to Mario Williams on the third offensive play of the game against Houston.

    "That was my wake-up moment," Keith said. "I was very angry. I expected to be tested but being a big guy, you didn't think he was going to just bull (rush) me."


    QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I am feeling down and bad and bruised and nicked up, sore hamstrings, sore neck, I think about other guys in the league, my competition that's getting better. It's like, instantly, gone. Prime example, I was sore as hell the other day. I went into the room, ice packs on my ribs, ice on my knees, and I'm going to watch ESPN. There you see Patrick Willis (49ers linebacker) say, 'we're going to win the division.' Instantly, ice pack gone, ready to go to work. It's easy to trick me into going and doing (expletive) I really don't want to do." -- Darnell Dockett.



    PLAYER NOTES

  • QB Matt Leinart has been inconsistent in training camp. He had three solid days in the first week, but slipped a bit with an uneven performance in the scrimmage and in the season's first preseason game.

  • G 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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