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
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.
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