The first day of practices of training camp in Flagstaff began for the Arizona Cardinals with their run test, to see if all the players were in condition. As it goes, if you don't pass, you don't practice, which is bad news.
Ken Whisenhunt told reporters after the workout that everyone was good on their run test, which is a very good start to camp.
There was one other bit of good news that Arizona Cardinals fans will be glad to hear -- nose tackle Dan Williams is where he needs to be with his weight.
NT Dan Williams, said he weighed 314, wants to play season between 315-320. He was at team facility often in offseason on eliptical machine.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) July 25, 2012
Last season he reported at 337, but was only three pounds over his playing weight from 2010. However, despite being close on his weight, he was not conditioned for playing.
This season looks to be different. As Urban tweeted, Williams worked his conditioning a lot this offseason while rehabbing and recovering from his broken arm.
The team is counting on him to anchor the middle of the defensive line. If he is productive in occupying offensive linemen, then the linebackers will be able to make plays and the defense will look like they did at the end of last season.
It is a tall task to ask of a young player, but it looks at least for now that he gets it and is ready to become the player they drafted in the first round.
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