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Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Tuesday Observations and Notes

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News from today's Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

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With another day of training camp in the books the Arizona Cardinals are inching ever closer to their first pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders.

Day five of Arizona Cardinals training camp brought a scheduled day off for Carson Palmer, so Drew Stanton was at the helm for the practice.

JJ Nelson, Ed Stinson and Alani Fua join a growing list of players missing time with different ailments and even though his day off yesterday was framed as a veteran's day off, Evan Mathis was again absent from Cardinals on field work.

Evan Mathis Out

Mathis was one of the key free agent signings of the off season, but after having ankle surgery in the off season he has missed two practices in a row.  Mathis' absence has been a nice little opportunity for Earl Watford and Antoine McClain.

Yesterday was Watford's day, today McClain was able to run with the first team offense.  Neither players was highlighted having made any mistakes, which is about all you want from your offensive lineman in camp.

Drew Stanton Gets First Team Reps

Carson Palmer had a scheduled veteran's day off today, which meant Drew Stanton was elevated to the first team offense.  

The offense was said to flow nicely and Stanton threw a nice goal line pass to Jaron Brown over Patrick Peterson in coverage.

The Stanton touchdown pass to Brown was set up by a beautiful 20 yard seam route to David Johnson, something I am sure we will see a lot this year.

David Johnson and DJ Humphries Looking Good

No player is being expected to do more than David Johnson and through the first five days of practice he hasn't disappointed. He continues to excel as both a runner and receiver, with the highlight of the day being a 30 yard touchdown run through defense.

Meanwhile, DJ Humphries has been praised for his attitude and mean streak throughout camp. Humphries play will be highly important to the success of the Arizona Cardinals, so hearing that he's playing well is good.

No Dwight Freeney

Freeney signing with the Atlanta Falcons does two things:

It forces the Arizona Cardinals into trusting the young pass rushers they are trying to develop.  The chances of another Freeney type veteran being available is slim.

It means that one of the young guys who was fighting for a spot, probably is getting to keep that spot.  Meaning the competition will be more for playing time and less about whether or not you can hold off Dwight Freeney's impending arrival.

Defensive Line Continues to Have Injury Concerns

Corey Peters, last years signing to become the starting nose tackle, left practice with an apparent leg injury, as he limped off with the trainers.  Robert Nkemdiche remains sidelined with an ankle injury, but he is out of the walking boot, which usually signals progress in recovery.

Here's hoping there is nothing serious with Corey Peters, based on what Calais Campbell is saying, Peters should be okay.