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Updated Aug 6, 2014 - 7:52 am

Tuesday observations from Arizona Cardinals training camp


Practice has been played at a fast and physical tempo. Tuesday was the first practice where the pace was gone.


Every year I pick a player that I love to watch and believe he'll surprise. Within a few days, Fells was my guy. This pick was difficult because it appeared Fells had no chance to make the team. With each passing day, his opportunities increase and he's continually impressing coaches. The problem is he's 28 with only one year of experience. I spoke to a member of the Cardinals front office who told me that Fells has "an outside shot" at making the team. Although that doesn't sound like much, that's a dramatic difference from the beginning of camp.


He's the fullback. Twenty years ago, he'd be considered a great player because he does everything. In Bruce Arians' offense, the fullback doesn't exist but Hughes has forced the hand of the organization. He was a star of blitz pickup during the first few weeks of practice. Tuesday, Hughes was in a two-back set with Andre Ellington, something we didn't see last year.


Out with knee trouble. Earl Watford did well but didn't have a "WOW" moment as Cooper's replacement. You'll know how Cooper stands with the coaches at the beginning of the Texans/Cardinals game. I love Cooper's potential. He'll be fine eventually, but the Cardinals don't have "eventually" to wait.

About the Author

School: Ohio University...Go Bobcats!

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: 1st Doug & Wolf Show: 1/2/07

Favorite sports memory: Goldschmidt's triple icing the 2011 NL West title because it was a daddy-daughter day at the ballpark and Bellbrook vs. Dunbar '89 when I hit my one varsity HR.

Favorite all-time athlete: as a kid, an adult, Grant Hill

Favorite sports movies: Field of Dreams

Best sports road trip: My Saturday...Braves vs. Reds Sunday Night...Cooperstown Monday through Thursday morning...Jennifer sings the Anthem Thursday night at Fenway... Sox/White Sox triple play and cycle in the same game for only the second time in baseball history...Saturday night Clemens strikes out 9 through 7 but the bullpen blows it and the crowd is furious.

Best game I've ever seen live: Suns/Spurs Game 5 2007 Western Semis (the game w/o Amare & Boris). Hated the outcome but loved the experience.


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