Cardinals rookies are getting all the reps

May 12, 2012, 9:22 PM | Updated: 11:21 pm

Tempe, Arizona — The Arizona Cardinals continued the
rookie-only minicamp Saturday, giving first-year players a
chance to make an impression on the coaching staff without
any veterans around.

That in itself makes for an interesting weekend, Cardinals
coach Ken Whisenhunt said, though it has its benefits,
too.

“It’s certainly, from the standpoint of intimidation
factor or being more comfortable it’s easier when you
don’t have the vets in here because everybody feels like
they are on the same level,” the coach said.

That said, Whisenhunt noted that with so many rookies —
only rookies — there are plenty of instances where guys
simply do not know where they are supposed to be.

“When you’ve got some veterans, that helps some of their
nervousness from that perspective,” he added. “It’s an
interesting time.”

Right tackle Bobby Massie, a fourth-round pick out of
Mississippi, admitted he wouldn’t mind having some
guidance out on the field.

“I like having a vet because I don’t have another right
tackle, it’s just me,” he said. “So I’m trying to ask the
guard and everything, what I’m doing and he doesn’t know,
he’s focused on his own position.”

Massie said he feels good about the weekend so far,
though, adding that he has enjoyed getting all the work at
right tackle.

And that’s the real benefit of this weekend, as guys who
would not normally be getting as many reps get a chance to
impress the coaching staff, including sixth-round pick
Ryan Lindley, who comes to the Cardinals out of San Diego
State.

“When you’re the fourth guy with veterans you’ve got to
take what you get in camp,” the rookie said. “Right now
I’m just looking forward to using the reps and getting
better,
just learn from your mistakes and don’t make the same one
twice.”

For Lindley, there has been plenty of opportunity to not
only make mistakes, but correct them. He and Nevada’s
Tyler Lantrip are the only QBs in camp, so if the coaches
aren’t throwing passes, they are.

Which means, if his right arm isn’t tired yet, it likely
will be.

“Probably by tomorrow I will a little bit,” Lindley said
of feeling it in the arm, “but I try to keep it loose.”

As Whisenhunt said, though, this weekend is as much about
seeing how players respond to adversity — be it soreness,
learning new schemes, working with unfamiliar players or
adjusting to the weather — as it is just making plays on
the field.

“I told these guys, this is an evaluation for you not so
much athletically — you have to have the athletic skills
to play in this league — but it’s really about who’s
going to correct their mistakes, who’s going to learn from
this process, who’s going to be able to make those plays
when they’re really tired, when they’re sore, when they’re
confused,” he said. “[Friday], at the end of practice,
some guys were so out of it they couldn’t even line up
right.

“Listen, at some point in an NFL game that happens to
everybody, and you’ve got to be able to fight through that
and focus and make your plays. The good players do that;
the pros do that, so that’s part of the evaluation.”

Running back William Powell finds the hole and 
runs through it. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Zach Nash runs through a drill. 
(Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Ryan Lindley gets a pass off under pressure. 
(Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver Michael Floyd of Notre Dame makes 
a catch. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Paul Vassallo (48) out of Arizona 
leaps in an effort to knock down a Tyler 
Lantrip pass. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Running back William Powell takes a pitch from 
QB Ryan Lindley. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) The Cardinals line up to run a play. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Marcus McGraw runs through a drill. 
(Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Assistant Head Coach/Offensive line coach Russ 
Grimm stands with Ryan Lindley. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Keola Antolin out of Arizona takes the handoff. 
(Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Michael Floyd lines up out wide. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Ryan Lindley and Tyler Lantrip line up under 
center. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Linebacker Marcus McGraw out of Houston. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Stanley Arukwe out of Troy makes a 
catch. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Offensive coordinator Mike Miller gives out 
instruction as some players look on. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Michael Floyd. (Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports) Ryan Lindley throws a pass. (Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports) Ryan Lindley out of San Diego State throws a 
pass. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver Michael Floyd makes a catch. 
(Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Jamell Fleming of Oklahoma. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Ryan Lindley and Coach Whisenhunt prepare to 
throw a pass. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Coach Whisenhunt gets a ball back from wide 
receiver Marc Wilson. (Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports) Tight end Steven Skelton. (Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports) Cornerback Jamell Fleming of Oklahoma and 
linebacker Quan Sturdivant of North Carolina 
line up while defensive coordinator Ray Horton 
watches in the background. (Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports) QB Ryan Lindley out of San Diego State. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) QB Ryan Lindley out of San Diego State. (Adam 
Green/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Larry Parker of San Diego State 
returns an interception. (Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports) Cornerback Jamell Fleming of Oklahoma lines up 
on defense. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame leaps in an 
attempt to make a catch in front of Texas' 
Blake Gideon. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Tyler Lantrip of Nevada lets a pass go. 
(Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Ryan Lindley from San Diego State lines up 
in the shotgun. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona 
Sports)

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