The Arizona Cardinals held their annual Red and White (Don’t call it a scrimmage) Practice.
The highlight is typically the game like situations that they utilize, but today’s had a little bit of a different feel.
There were a number of players held out or worked lightly, then removed. Instead, there was a chance for a lot of the young players to work, for some veterans to strengthen their hold on positions.
While this is just a singular practice in a training camp full of practices, let’s highlight some of the winners and losers from the practice.
Offensive Line 1 - They controlled the line of scrimmage and made huge holes in the running game while giving Carson Palmer time to work. It is exactly what you wanted to see with some uncertainty on the line and with Karlos Dansby out.
Chad Williams - With Larry Fitzgerald out to preserve him and John Brown out injured, it was on the other guys to really step it up. Chad Williams was the main guy for Drew Stanton and looked comfortable doing it. Jaron Brown and Krishawn Hogan also looked good in spots. It was a good sign.
Robert Nkemdiche - While the defensive line as a whole didn’t look great, Nkemdiche continues to make splash plays.
Brandon Williams vs the run - While Williams is still really, really raw in coverage, he showed his athletic ability and willingness in the run game. You want to find the positives because the negatives are apparent, and the depth at corner is... not good.
Running Backs - They looked good with no David Johnson.
Blaine Gabbert - Onlookers saw the Gabbert that has floundered in the NFL, with an inability to make reads and live and hang in the pocket. On the plus side, he showed an ability to move and run. It is what we have been waiting to see, now the real live bullets begin on Thursday, let’s see if he can make some strides.
Arizona Cardinals Corner Depth - It is still Patrick Peterson and then a bunch of guys, but those guys are really, really unknowns or unprovens. This is not the way you want to go through in your first week of training camp.
Who did you think were the winners and losers?