Mike Jurecki’s Birdseed Observations: Sunday, July 24

Jul 24, 2017, 11:24 AM | Updated: 4:03 pm
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) takes the field during the first day of NFL f...

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) takes the field during the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 22, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Glendale, Ariz. — Bruce Arians addressed the media on Sunday:

Where is Blaine Gabbert in terms of picking up the offense?

B.A.: “Way ahead of where I thought he’d be. To be able to come in — having been a part of so many systems it’s obvious he’s a very bright guy. But changing protections, seeing ‘hots’ and ‘sights’, he’s way, way ahead of where I thought he’d be and very, very pleased with that.”

If Gabbert continues to impress, is there a chance he can compete to be the No. 2 quarterback?

B.A.: “Yeah, anybody can. It’s going to be a tough one to get but yeah, that’s why he’s out there.”

What have you seen from Scooby Wright at inside linebacker?

B.A.: “He had a hell of a spring. If he’d just quit tackling them wide receivers and tight ends going over the middle. He’s very aggressive. He has a knack to play the linebacker position. He’s trimmed down. It’s going to be a big camp for him.”

What are you seeing from punters Richie Leone and Matt Wile?

B.A.: “It’s early. They both picked kicked really well this spring. They’re both holding solid, so the kickoff part will play into it, too. That’s going to be a nice battle all the way through.”

Monday will be the first padded practice at University of Phoenix Stadium and Arians said of who he is looking forward to seeing them in pads: “Every one of those offensive and defensive linemen, for sure, A couple of young tight ends, outside backers and see how that goes.

“Even the running backs in blitz pick-up. See where they’re at and their technique is usually bad but the courage factor is the thing you want to see.”

The official depth chart will be released before the first preseason game when the Cardinals play on Aug. 3 in the Hall of Fame (Canton, Ohio) against the Cowboys. My unofficial depth chart:


QB: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert, Trevor Knight

RB: David Johnson, Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams

WR: Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, J.J. Nelson

TE: Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas

LT: D.J. Humphries, Urlick John

LG: Mike Iupati, Kaleb Johnson, Will Holden

C: A.Q. Shipley, Cole Toner

RG: Evan Boehm, Tony Bertstrom, Dorian Johnson

RT: Jared Veldheer, John Wetzel

Defense first and second unit (Base defense)

DT: Josh Mauro, Robert Nkemdiche

NT: Corey Peters, Rodney Gunter

DT: Frostee Rucker, Olsen Pierre

OLB: Markus Golden, Kareem Martin

ILB: Haason Reddick, Gabe Martin (PUP Deone Bucannon)

ILB: Karlos Dansby, Scooby Wright

OLB: Chandler Jones, Alani Fua

CB: Patrick Peterson, Jumal Rolle (ankle day-to-day)

CB: Justin Bethel, Brandon Williams

S: Tyrann Mathieu, Budda Baker

S: Tyvon Branch, Antoine Bethea

Punt Returner

Patrick Peterson

J.J. Nelson

John Brown

Andre Ellington

Chris Hubert

Jeremy Ross

Kick Returner

J.J. Nelson

T.J. Logan

Running back rotation

David Johnson

Chris Johnson

Kerwynn Williams

Andre Ellington

Elijhaa Penny

James Summers

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Mike Jurecki’s Birdseed Observations: Sunday, July 24