All-Access with Cole Toner — Aug. 9: Getting ready for the Raiders
During training camp, Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Cole Toner will join Doug and Wolf every morning on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station, to give an inside look at the daily grind of camp and a personal view of how his 2017 preparation is coming along.
The Arizona Cardinals continue preparation for their second preseason game, which is Saturday night against the Oakland Raiders.
For Cole Toner and the rest of the Cardinals, that means working against the Raiders’ schemes in practice.
“Yes, we did a little bit (Tuesday),” Toner said. “(Wednesday) we actually have, we were told, like a carded period at the end of practice. Part of the period, the Raiders’ offense will run the cards against our defense and then the second part of the period, we’ll run plays against the Raiders’ looks on defense.”
The Cardinals may be at an advantage Saturday, at least from a preparation standpoint. They’ve been in camp since July 22 and have a preseason game under their belt. Oakland veterans reported six days later and this will be the Raiders’ first preseason tilt.
Toner said the Cardinals have been doing some studying on Saturday’s opponent.
“I have,” he said. “We have, a little as a group, too.
“They’re different than the Cowboys in that they have bigger guys on the inside. The Cowboys, it seems, they like lankier, quick-twitch guys on the inside. Not small, but quick-twitch, quick foot-speed, get penetration guys. The Raiders, on the inside, have these big guys, larger individuals above 320-ish, which presents a different challenge.”
The Cardinals and Raiders kick off at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. You can hear all the action on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station with pregame coverage starting at 3:30.