Arizona Cardinals Training Camp: Notes From Red And White Practice

Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams (34) runs the ball during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Cardinals held their annual scrimmage on Saturday, known as the Red and White practice. If you weren't there, you should know that it was crazy. A record 14,500 fans (approximate number given by the team) showed up for the pregame autograph session and subsequent practice and scrimmage.

As has been noted by a few sites, the defense by far outshined the offense, which at this point in camp is to be expected, but it may actually give optimism for the season, as the defense is expected to be very good.

The biggest question for the team is the quarterback situation. Neither Kevin Kolb nor John Skelton played particularly well. Unofficially, Kolb was 9/16 for 91 yards. He threw for a TD and two interceptions. Skelton was 2/10 for 25 yards.

How did I see it? Skelton was off target and would have had at least one other completion, but Jim Dray dropped a pass he should have caught. Skelton overthrew a lot of receivers, including Larry Fitzgerald, who was wide open down the field.

Essentially, Kolb had more positives, but also more negatives -- as he threw two picks. The last of the two was a bad throw that Larry Parker. He threw the only touchdown of the scrimmage -- to Rob Housler. Kolb, though, did look better overall. He moved around and in the pocket. As he was working mostly with the second team line, he did end up pressure very quickly a few times.

Skelton was "sacked" one by David Carter and on the play where he overthrew Fitz, it could have been called a sack, as Calais Campbell got a hand on him. Honestly, he likely would have caused a fumble on the play.

Ryan Williams broke off a 44-yard run, which was the highlight of practice. He unofficially gained 61 yards on eight carries.

Michael Floyd had a nice afternoon, making some good catches.

Jay Feely had to be the winner of the afternoon -- he hit three field goals in the scrimmage

Other observations:

Linebacker Daryl Washington laid a pretty good hit on Larry Fitzgerald in drills. He's ready to make some plays this year.

Adrian Wilson also had a nice (but held back) hit on Ryan Williams.

On the 44-yard run by Williams, there was some "controversy" as to whether it should have gone for that long. Cornerback Patrick Peterson believed he touched Williams down at the line of scrimmage.

Running back William Powell scored two touchdowns in the goalline session. But don't think that he's going to be the back of the future.

Keep up with Cardinals news and opinions when you are not on the site. Follow Revenge of the Birds on Twitter at @revengeofbirds and "like" us on Facebook. You can follow me individually at @senorjessroot.

SB Nation Featured Video
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.