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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 9:11pm

Wednesday observations from Cardinals training camp

By: Doug Franz
PATRICK PETERSON:

I didn't see anything out of the ordinary from Patrick but there's no way around the fact that his contract is an attention-getter. For the remaining 25 people still saying "same old Cardinals," can we finally put that to bed?

LOGAN THOMAS:

I have been to four of the five practices. I have never been to a practice where someone left the field after Thomas. Scores of players leave the field before Thomas. At the very least, he puts in an extra 20 minutes throwing routes after every practice.

LARRY FITZGERALD:

Practice ended at 4:20. Larry worked for an extra 10 minutes. He went over to the crowd and signed autographs for 20 minutes.

CARSON PALMER/ ENTIRE OFFENSE:

Much better practice. Everything was very crisp. He threw touchdown passes to Fitz, John Carlson and Ted Ginn, Jr. Good reads. Good throws. Competitors come back strong after a rough performance. Tuesday was very bad. Wednesday was very good.

BOBBY MASSIE:

Everything he does is just quicker than the past. His actions are more authoritative. He doesn't seem to be thinking about what he's supposed to be doing. He's just doing.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 9:11pm

Wednesday observations from Cardinals training camp

By: Doug Franz
PATRICK PETERSON:

I didn't see anything out of the ordinary from Patrick but there's no way around the fact that his contract is an attention-getter. For the remaining 25 people still saying "same old Cardinals," can we finally put that to bed?

LOGAN THOMAS:

I have been to four of the five practices. I have never been to a practice where someone left the field after Thomas. Scores of players leave the field before Thomas. At the very least, he puts in an extra 20 minutes throwing routes after every practice.

LARRY FITZGERALD:

Practice ended at 4:20. Larry worked for an extra 10 minutes. He went over to the crowd and signed autographs for 20 minutes.

CARSON PALMER/ ENTIRE OFFENSE:

Much better practice. Everything was very crisp. He threw touchdown passes to Fitz, John Carlson and Ted Ginn, Jr. Good reads. Good throws. Competitors come back strong after a rough performance. Tuesday was very bad. Wednesday was very good.

BOBBY MASSIE:

Everything he does is just quicker than the past. His actions are more authoritative. He doesn't seem to be thinking about what he's supposed to be doing. He's just doing.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 9:30am

The Floyd Factor

By: Ron Wolfley
Michael Floyd is getting ready to explode. I love it when young guys get it.

I had a great moment in the dining room Tuesday -- and it had nothing to do with the awesome food they serve at Cards Camp -- and everything to do with something Michael Floyd told me.

But let me start by offering you some background. On our Cards Daily hit for azcardinals.com we were going to talk about the impact of Antonio Cromartie and whether or not Michael Floyd was going to have a breakout year in 2014.

For the record, I believe last year was Michael Floyd's breakout year (65, 1,041 5). And it wasn't just his numbers. Floyd earned the respect of opponents. Defensive coordinators noticed he was growing and gaining confidence. The response was predictable. By the end of the year Floyd was garnering a lot of attention.

Now back to my brief conversation with Floyd. As I was making a beeline to the chow line, I saw Michael Floyd walking toward me. I thought it would be prudent to ask Michael himself if he thought he had a breakout year in 2013. So, I stopped him and said, "Michael, would you say last year was your breakout year?"

Without hesitation, he looked at me and said, "No."

I smiled and walked away. That's all I needed to hear. What a great answer. This guy has worked harder this offseason than at any point in his football career...and that's why I smiled. His answer of "no" was the truth. I know it was truth because of how hard Michael has worked this offseason. You don't work like he's worked unless you're hungry. Michael Floyd is hungry.

And this is great news for Big Red fans.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 8:38pm

Tuesday observations from Cardinals training camp

By: Doug Franz

LOGAN THOMAS:

Two things just jump out at me. One, I can't believe how good he can be. I bet his sweat has talent. Two, I don't see how any of that talent will ever translate into production.

From everything I've heard, this is a really solid young man. As it appears society continues to crumble around us, I really root for good kids and this is one. However, you can pick your cliche to describe his lack of accuracy. With his arm strength, I think he could throw the ball into the ocean from Phoenix. If I'm grading accuracy, I'd only bet on him to throw it in the ocean if his feet were wet.

I want to be wrong. I just don't believe you can teach accuracy. You can re-fine it. Coaches can enhance it. Coaches cannot create it. Bruce Arians said after the draft that it's simple things that Thomas needs to work on. He knows more than I do but I'll believe it when I see it.

CARDS OFFENSE:

Carson Palmer threw three interceptions. There's no way I can tell you who's at fault standing on the sidelines of practice but on the second INT Palmer immediately went to Michael Floyd and started discussing the route. On the other two, Palmer reacted like he had a job to help make a tackle.

Obviously, if there's a time to throw picks and use them as teaching moments, it's day four of camp. Yet, we went through an off-season as fans being told how much further along the offense is than it was last year. We've all bought into the optimism of the offensive growth that ended 2013 would quickly translate into 2014 success. Right now, the offense has some hiccups.

DEONE BUCANNON:

He was a hitting machine Monday. Tuesday he had a highlight-reel interception.

Dropping back into coverage, running with his back to the quarterback from the left hashmarks to the numbers, Bucannon stops and pivots. Now facing Palmer, he starts heading back to the hashmarks. As Bucannon turns his chest, Palmer tries to throw it behind the rookie DB. As Bucannon's body heads to his left, his eyes and right hand ignore momentum. Borrowing the neck of an owl, his head follows the ball's flight. His right hand jumps from his hip. As he stabs the air, the point of the ball bores into his hand. Without hesitation or a juggle, the play of camp to this point is smothered against his chest.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 10:30am

John Brown is like…

By: Ron Wolfley
Watching John Brown have a stellar practice at University of Phoenix Stadium is starting to become redundant. He stands out by making plays but there has been something else, an itch I have not been able to scratch: who does this guy remind me of?

From a body type and skill set perspective, John Brown is Marvin Harrison. Watching him run, move and cut, watching him catch the ball effortlessly, makes me think of the longtime Colt that tormented the league with Peyton Manning.

Brown is small at 5-10, 179 pounds, just like Harrison (6', 180). He jogs back to the huddle like Marvin Harrison; he dead legs like Marvin Harrison; he accelerates out of the break like Marvin Harrison; he's quiet and soft spoken like Marvin Harrison; after all this time it finally hit me like bricks: he's like Marvin Harrison.

This was bothering me so much that I went up to Bruce Arians after practice and asked him if he thought Brown reminded him of Marvin Harrison.

Without hesitation he said, "absolutely." And then he said, "There are some people that compare him to T.Y. Hilton...and I looked at Tom Moore and said who does he remind you of, Tom? And he said, ‘Marvin.'"

I felt better…now we need him to play like Marvin Harrison.

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