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Arizona Cardinals training camp:10 observations from Sunday practice

Just a quick write-up on what I saw.

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

Sunday's practice is in the books. There was a decent crowd. It did not appear to be as large as the more than 10 thousand that reportedly attended Saturday's practice and it was not as lively.

What were things that stood out?

1. There were a pair of injuries. Tight end Jake Ballard sat out with a thigh bruise and Dan Williams was out, at least for part of practice with a sore knee. I thought I saw him at the start, but he definitely was out later. Christian Tupou stood in at nose tackle on the first team, as Alameda Ta'amu is still out. Rob Housler stood in for Ballard, showing that he is ahead of rookie tight end Troy Niklas.

2. There was a change on defense. Through OTAs and mini-camp, it was Alex Okafor who got first team snaps in place of an absent John Abraham. It was the case again on Saturday. However, on Sunday, it was not Okafor. It was Sam Acho on first team.

3. In the kicking competition, Jay Feely did not kick. It was Feely and Chandler Catanzaro on Saturday. On Sunday it was Catanzaro and Danny Hrapmann. Catanzaro "won" the competition again. He was 5/5, hitting from 33, 40, 45, 46 and 47 yards out. Hrapmann was 3/4, hitting from 33, 45 and 46, but missing from 40.

4. Something I did not notice, but was made aware of, in base defenses, Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie seem to always stay on their side -- Peterson on the left (like Richard Sherman) and Cro on the right. But when Cromartie came out, Peterson would move around. That would lead one to believe, at least initially, that Cromartie is much more comfortable on the right side.

5. One play late in practice made me laugh. Andre Ellington ended up in space being covered by a nose tackle. Talk about a mismatch. You want that every single time.

6. Anthony Walters made a nice interception of a tipped ball in the end zone.

7. Jaron Brown made a very nice sideline catch where he had to extend himself.

8. Kareem Martin gets in the backfield very quickly.

9. You can tell that Jonathan Cooper's leg at times is in his head. After one play, I saw him limp for a moment and then shake his previously broken leg.

10. For something fun, while the other two kickers were actually kicking, Jay Feely was working on fake plays. On the one I saw, Drew Stanton, who was holding, threw a pass to Jared Veldheer for a touchdown. Don't expect to see that in a game.

I'll be back on Monday, when the players will finally wear pads. That should be fun. For those in attendance, was there anything else that stood out?