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Another slow week for Cardinals news and the NFL as a whole. Organized team activites are ongoing but any news out of them is few and far between. At this point, no news is good news considering most of the time the only noteworthy news concerns injuries.

  • OTA's started up again yesterday and will run through tomorrow for this week. Q and Dockett were again among the absentees and Edge kept his word by staying away from the team this week. He should return next week and finish OTAs by missing the fourth and final week.
  • As I'm sure you've already heard, Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt is handing the play calling duties over to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Whiz called all the plays at the beginning of 2007 but he gradually handed off the duties to Haley as the season went along. This should free Whiz up to coach both sides of the ball on game day. This also should be expected considering the raise that Haley got this off season.
  • From the 'weird file folder' Jose Canseco offered $5,000 to anyone who would step in the ring with him and Vai Sikahema stepped up. In case you don't remember Vai, he was a Cardinal for 5 seasons (2 in STL, 3 in PHX). He was a 10th round pick of the Cardinals in 1986 and was voted to the Pro Bowler as a return specialist each of his first two seasons. During his five year career with the Cardinals he'd play in 75 games, score 4 touchdowns (3 punt returns and 1 receiving) and accumulate over 6,000 total yards. 
  • I recently emailed Brandon Keith's positional coach at Northern Iowa in an effort to learn as much as possible about the Cardinal's seventh round pick. Here's what offensive line coach Rick Nelson had to say about Keith's strengths, weaknesses and his overall personality:

Brandon could play guard or tackle, but he played right tackle for UNI because plays best out of a right handed stance and is a much better player on the right side of the line. Brandon’s strengths include size, strength, athletic ability and his weakness would be hip flexibility. If you ever get a chance to meet Brandon you will see what a great young man you now have on your team.