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8-6-11: Bird Droppings - Training Camp Moves Along

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As another day of training camp goes on and we get even closer to the beginning of the Preseason, here are some links.

Arizona Cardinals News:


Arizona Cardinals content with their wide receivers
The Cardinals expressed interest in free-agent receivers Braylon Edwards and Malcom Floyd, who ended up signing with other teams. Steve Breaston, one of last year's starting receivers, signed with Kansas City, prompting speculation the Cardinals would make a move to replace him. The team did, but coaches don't seem to view the position as the serious weakness critics do.

Siblings support each other at Arizona Cardinals training camp
Undrafted rookie safety Jared Campbell always has had the luxury of knowing that his 6-foot-8 brother, Calais, would have his back if anyone tried to mess with him. But when it comes to rookie hazing, Jared is on his own. "I'm going to let the hazing happen; everyone has to go through it," starting defensive end Calais Campbell said of Jared, who is trying to earn a spot on the Cardinals' roster. The Campbell brothers aren't the only siblings at Cardinals training camp. Just like their college days at Fordham, undrafted rookie tight end Stephen Skelton will be catching balls from his older brother John, who started four games at quarterback for the Cardinals a year ago. blogs - Kent Somers - Evaluating training camp practices
It's easier to jump to conclusions about players in training camp. We all want to identify the unknown who will make an impact. We're all quick to criticize. And we're all quick to annoint someone as the next all-Pro. Patience is required to make an accurate judgment, but, heck, what's the fun in that? blogs - Kent Somers - Some notes from Flagstaff
The organization is warning fans attending the Red & White practice on Saturday to arrive early. Coach Ken Whisenhunt is warning fans that what they see Thursday against the Raiders in the first preseason game might not be suitable for young audiences. "I'll tell you in advance, parts of it are going to be pretty ugly," Whisenhunt said.

Word From the Birds Blog - Washington wants to look the part
It was out of necessity, but inside linebacker Daryl Washington started as a rookie last season right away, pairing with Paris Lenon (pictured below, with No. 58 Washington) when Gerald Hayes couldn’t start the season. And by the end of the year, when Hayes fell out of favor, Washington and Lenon again were the starters.

Word From the Birds Blog - Dockett’s potential menagerie
Darnell Dockett’s pet alligator Nino didn’t make it to training camp. Dockett is OK with that, leaving the animal in Florida. He wants to make a YouTube episode of Nino having lunch, like the other day when one of Dockett’s friends fed Nino a rabbit that was eaten in one bite, according to his owner. Then there was an anecdote about Dockett’s Florida neighbor who has a small dog for her pet.

Cousins Reunited
When Vonnie Holliday started in the NFL, one of his second cousins was just 11, a hopeful athlete who looked at Holliday and another of their cousins, wide receiver Bobby Engram, as role models. The young cousin even attended some of Holliday’s football camps. And when Holliday was traded to the Cardinals earlier this week in exchange for running back Tim Hightower, he suddenly was teammates with his young cousin – linebacker O’Brien Schofield.

A Welcome Return
Cards get 24 players back for physical practice

Levi Trying To Find Fit
Tackle still working on bettering self off and on field

Keeping an eye on Cardinals' Ryan Williams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' decision to draft a running back in the second round came as a surprise. The team wasn't hurting for prospects at the position. One week into training camp, it's easier to see why the Cardinals made Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams the 38th player drafted this year.

Word From the Birds Blog - Not the fourth time, but the first
Here is the reality of camp: The Cardinals walked through their two-minute offense at the end of the morning workout, because they are going to work on the two-minute offense this afternoon at practice and coach Ken Whisenhunt realized they had yet to go over it on the field. Whiz wanted to make sure they went through the concept before trying it at full speed. In a normal year, with a normal offseason, this would be the fourth time the offense would have been going over the two-minute offense.

Kevin Kolb's quick impact in Arizona - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Leave it to Darnell Dockett to capture Kevin Kolb's immediate impact on the quarterback position for the Arizona Cardinals. "It's like night and day from last year," Dockett said following practice Friday afternoon at Northern Arizona University. "I don't want to disrespect nobody, but I mean, he's good." No disrespect taken. It's not like he mentioned Derek Anderson by name.

Cross another receiver off the Cardinals' list -
Braylon Edwards signed with the 49ers, leaving San Diego's Malcolm Floyd as the top wideout on Cardinals fans' wish lists. Well, about that...

With options dwindling, Cards still looking to add receiver -
It's no secret -- and if it were it'd be the worst kept one ever -- the Arizona Cardinals would like to add another wide receiver after losing Steve Breaston to the Kansas City Chiefs. While they may have missed out on Braylon Edwards and Malcom Floyd, there are still a few quality receivers available.

Word From the Birds Blog - The growth of Andre Roberts
This time last year, then-rookie wide receiver Andre Roberts, a third-round pick, was struggling. Mightily. The coaches preached patience. And by the latter part of the season, Roberts looked like he finally "got it." All the feeling he would end up a bust looked, in hindsight, ridiculous, and he became a prime example of evaluating prematurely.

Larry Fitzgerald Sr.: 'I never said Larry Jr was going anywhere' -
Just because they have the same name doesn't mean that Larry Fitzgerald and his father Larry Fitzgerald Sr. share the same thoughts.

Cardinals fixed their defense by adding a quarterback -
The Arizona Cardinals were a sieve on defense last season, allowing 434 points and 373.6 yards per game. So, one of the priorities in the off-season was to improve on that side of the ball, and it appears they have. Adding Ray Horton as defensive coordinator was a start, and bringing in players like Patrick Peterson, Stewart Bradley and Richard Marshall should help. But the final piece to solving the defensive puzzle?

Cardinals have begun talks with Larry Fitzgerald's agent -
When the Arizona Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb many believed it was done to ensure that all-everything wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would remain in the Valley. With the dust settling from the free agent and trade frenzy that engulfed the NFL over the last week, Cards general manager Rod Graves is letting everyone know his focus has shifted from adding new players to the roster to keeping Fitz on it.

Prepare yourself for a new-look defense in Arizona -
The Arizona Cardinals hired Ray Horton as defensive coordinator to improve a unit that allowed the third-most points in the league last season while surrendering the fourth-most amount of yards. Horton, who has promised his defense would blitz on its first play in the season opener, has some interesting ideas in mind of how to get the most out of some players who may have underachieved last year.

Are screen passes in Arizona's future? -
Ask almost any Cardinals fan and they'll tell you the team has not run a successful screen pass since, well, ever. Often times tried, rarely pretty, the Cardinals seemed to do more harm than good with the play that is designed to suck the defense in before neatly dropping the ball off to the running back who, in theory, runs for a nice gain. Other teams can do it, have done it. Just not Arizona. That may change this season because of who the Cardinals will line up under center.

One practice in, Kolb is surprising (in a good way) -
Kevin Kolb practiced for the first time with the Cardinals Thursday, a moment that was as anticipated as any in recent history for the team. With expectations galore, the new QB faced quite a bit of pressure. He didn't disappoint.

Should Moss be growing on the Cardinals coaches? -
The Arizona Cardinals missed out on signing both Braylon Edwards and Malcolm Floyd, but there is still a dynamic playmaker without a team. And, former Cardinal-turned-NFL Network-analyst Kurt Warner says the team should go get him.

Dockett already impressed with Cardinals new quarterback -
Training camp for the Arizona Cardinals has only been going for a couple of days, but defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is already liking what he sees from new quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Big Red Rage - Campbell and Heap
Calais Campbell and Todd Heap join Paul Calvisi, Ron Wolfley, and Dave Pasch for the Big Red Rage from Flagstaff. Heap takes us behind the scenes and describes how the Cardinals secured his services.

Cardinals Daily: Defensive Install, RB Emotion
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Camp Unfiltered: Raw Practice Footage
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Arizona Sports News:

Josh Collmenter roughed up again as Diamondbacks lose
Has Josh Collmenter lost his touch as a reliable fifth starter? Or are his past two appearances - his shortest stints of the season - an aberration? Those are questions that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson will have to ponder as his club remains in a dogfight for the National League West lead. Collmenter (6-7) suffered through a crushing third inning, allowing six runs and seven hits, and the Diamondbacks fell 7-4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in front of 27,215 at Chase Field to start a 10-game homestand.

NFL News:

Roger Goodell, NFLPA's DeMaurice Smith sign CBA at Hall of Fame's steps - ESPN
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith have signed the new collective bargaining agreement on a makeshift table on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Poll: Which team will win the NFC West? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
It's about time to turn in my first power rankings ballot of the 2011 season.

NFL Free Agency Winners And Losers, Starring Kyle Orton And The QB Apocalypse -
Now that we can step back from the 2011 NFL free agency frenzy, we can take a look at the Kyle Orton phenomenon among quarterbacks, plus check in with free agency winners and losers, including the Vikings, Bears, Redskins, and the poor, poor, Buffalo Bills.

ESPN’s QB special undermines QB stat | ProFootballTalk
ESPN unveiled its new Total Quarterback Rating statistic with a TV special on Friday night, and the odd thing about it is that the people featured on the special didn’t seem to buy into the stat.