Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians held his media session after the team's morning walkthrough. Here are some of the highlights from the presser, before I put together a story or two on specifics.
Arians announced the signing of tackle Max Starks, saying that it was a move to improve the depth. He spoke of how you give young guys a chance and then, if they aren't helping you, you get vets that are available. This doesn't seem anything like when the team added Eric Winston last year, as Arians is very pleased with how Bobby Massie is doing.
Arians said that Starks will be competing with Bradley Sowell and Nate Potter. Arians noted that Potter is having a good camp and that Sowell is doing all right, but "not as good as he should." That sounds like words being written on the proverbial wall.
On the injury front, receiver John Brown will not practice Friday afternoon, as he has a sore hamstring. He should return to practice on Saturday for Fan Fest. Other players previously missing practice -- Dan Williams, Andre Ellington, Christian Tupou and Lorenzo Alexander -- will all be back on the field Friday afternoon.
Arians noted the improvement of sixth round draft pick Walt Powell.
He also said that, with Danny Hrapmann released, the kicking competition between Jay Feely and Chandler Catanzaro will probably go through the third or fourth preseason game.
Tyrann Mathieu is doing a great job coaching Deone Bucannon.
John Abraham will be back "soon," and when asked what soon meant, he said five or six more days.
Rob Housler's consistency level is better than last year.
I asked about Alex Okafor and Sam Acho and what each brings. Arians talked about Acho's pass rush game is about speed and motor. His motor "always runs hot." Okafor need to improve his motor and develop some counter moves in the pass rush.
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