There is nothing better in sports than day one of pads in football. At every level, it is a joy to behold the first day of hitting, because adrenaline is at its peak.
Now, for the Cardinals, day one of hitting is out of the way and it is time to get to work.
Although, there were some great sites from day three of camp, let’s get to the recap.
Drew Stanton, Jaron Brown will have scheduled day off today.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) July 24, 2017
Getting Blaine Gabbert reps and taking it slow with Jaron Brown it seems.
Arians, "He has been disruptive" re: Nkemdiche; he learned "what pro football is all about" last season#CardsCamp— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) July 24, 2017
Spoke to a couple of players abt how Robert Nkemdiche has looked in practice "disruptive & is practicing with "energy" Off to a good start.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) July 24, 2017
It is always fun to see the coach highlight a player before practice, then watch him kick ass in practice:
Rob Nkemdiche having some nice moments. Consistently penetrating into backfield on run and pass plays, albeit against backup OL.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) July 24, 2017
While we wait for the games to start, there may not be a single player with a bigger spotlight on defense than Nkemdiche.
Everyone knows what Tyrann Mathieu can do, they just want to see him healthy. Most have given up hope on Justin Bethel and are just waiting for the cavalry to arrive. Nkemdiche couldn’t get on the field in 2016, now he’s a second stringer, but if he keeps winning like this, he could make the hole that is Calais Campbell disappear.
Great to see Boehm continuing to grow as a player.
Speaking of Bethel he had a nice end to practice apparently.
CB Justin Bethel caps a nice practice with two end zone stops in 11-on-11 two-minute drill.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) July 24, 2017
NFL Network was at practice and had a couple of nice looks as Carson Palmer hits John Brown and then goes deep to Aaron Dobson over Antoine Bethea:
Now, to be fair to the defense, I do think in a live game, both of those plays result in a sack, but this is about coverage right now. Palmer’s throw to Dobson was a thing of beauty.
Only injury note today:
Undrafted S Ironhead Gallon heading to locker room with trainer. Hurt his left knee in a collision.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) July 24, 2017