If you have not yet learned, there are two things Carson Palmer loves -- his family and football. He is a football junkie. He admittedly loves practice, something not every NFL player will say. Of course, as a quarterback, he doesn't get hit, so it is much less physical stress. He is now in California holding his own camp of sorts, according to AZCardinals.com.
Which Cardinals are there?
Receiver John Brown is there. Tight ends Troy Niklas and Ofeanyi Momah are there. Palmer's backup, Drew Stanton is there. Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald might show up. He has a few other NFL defensive backs show up.
It isn't intense. It is about timing and protections and routes. It is like the work the QB and receivers do in OTAs and mini-camp, when there is no hitting.
Darren Urban wrote this:
What is done on the field depends on the day, Palmer said. The first couple of days are about a focus on pass protections, and how certain plays might "break hot" and the quarterback and receiver must make sight adjustments. Another day is about the no-huddle, two-minute drill and formations. Then there might be a focus on schemes and route concepts.
For team that has championship aspirations, this is something you have to love seeing. The leader of the team -- Palmer -- is working with players to knock out all errors in the offense. He is setting the example and the tone for the season. Once training camp starts at the end of July, he and those he has worked with will not have the mental rust others might.
When you feel like your team is that close to being that good, every day counts. It's good to see.