Notes from the Nest: Arizona Cardinals training camp – Aug. 13

Aug 13, 2015, 6:49 PM | Updated: 7:15 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Thursday’s practice was the last time we’ll see the Cardinals before their first preseason game of 2015. The team was in shells once again, and also without quarterback Carson Palmer, who was being rested by the coaching staff.

The Good

Cornerback Cariel Brooks intercepted a Logan Thomas pass after it bounced away from the receiver. Safety Tony Jefferson also came down with a pick, as did Tyrann Mathieu (on a ball that was batted away at the line of scrimmage).

The Cardinals seemed to get pretty good pressure throughout the day, with rookies Rodney Gunter and Markus Golden each spending some time in the backfield.

John Brown came down with a touchdown catch on a Drew Stanton pass, out-timing Jerraud Powers on the play.

Stanton also hit Andre Ellington for a touchdown on a third-down play.

Phillip Sims found Jaxon Shipley on a nice deep ball during 11-on-11 play. Logan Thomas hit Ifeanyi Momah for a 30-yard touchdown strike along the sideline.

The Bad

Though he threw a nice touchdown pass, Thomas also seemed to struggle. He threw one screen pass at the running back’s feet and missed on a handful of other throws.

While it was nice to see the Cardinals get a pass rush, that also means the offensive line was having protecting issues.

Early in practice, penalty flags were flying pretty regularly. Offsides on the defense was a common infraction.

The Injured

Matt Shaughnessy landed himself on the “did not practice” list, though the reason is unknown. Here is the full list of non-participants, who also will not be playing Saturday.

WR Michael Floyd (hand)

RB Marion Grice (hamstring)

CB Darren Woodard (groin)

S Chris Clemons (groin)

RB David Johnson (hamstring)

CB Jonte Green (hamstring)

LB Shaq Riddick (hamstring)

LB Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring)

LB Darryl Sharpton (hip flexor)

DE Matt Shaughnessy (unknown)

OT Rob Crisp (knee)

LB Zack Wagenmann (foot)

Notable

With Shaughnessy out, Ed Stinson received some reps with the first-team defense. Josh Mauro did, too.

Arizona’s quarterback depth chart remained the same without Palmer. Drew Stanton was first up, and he was followed by Thomas and then Sims.

Powers saw an increased workload, but still ceded most of the first-team reps to Justin Bethel.

Though out with a hand injury, Floyd spent time after practice going through exercises with conditioning coach Roger Kingdom.

Quotable

“I’m just going to make sure I show that I can rush the passer. Just know what I can do and do my job. Do my assignment and do whatever I’ve got to do to help the team win and help the defense get better.” – Markus Golden on his goals for Saturday’s game

“About 20 of them. It’s hard to name. All those inside backers, a couple of tight ends, all the young receivers, that whole second and third defensive line, a couple of young corners — there’s so many battles going on that it would hard to just name one or two.” – Bruce Arians on if there is anybody in particular he’s looking forward to seeing play Saturday

“We’ve been putting in a lot of work, and getting in this week I feel a lot more comfortable with the offense and I feel a little bit more a part of the team since I’ve been practicing, so I’m real excited to get out there.” –Troy Niklas on being ready for Saturday’s game

Not video, but cool pictures

Up Next

The Cardinals (and I) have Friday off before getting back at it Saturday. I’ll be on the air co-hosting Arizona Sports Saturday on, well, Saturday from 11-1 p.m. on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The team will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

Life Changer Loans
Rookie D.J. Humphries  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive backs Patrick Peterson (21) and Tyrann Mathieu (32)  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Coach Bruce Arians directs a player  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) QB Phillip Sims calls for a timeout  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver John Brown makes a leaping catch over Jerraud Powers  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Tight end Darren Fells is unable to make the catch as Tyrann Mathieu applies the coverage  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Drew Stanton drops back to pass while Bobby Massie tries to block Alex Okafor  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Calais Campbell (93), Alex Okafor (57) and Kevin Minter (51) ready for the snap  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Members of the Cardinals defense watch  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Defensive backs Tony Jefferson, Tyrann Mathieu, Jerraud Powers and Patrick Peterson  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Quarterbacks Logan Thomas (6) and Phillip Sims (1) throw passes while Carson Palmer (3) watches  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald tiptoes the sideline  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Jaron Brown turns the corner  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Larry Fitzgerald walks around  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Drew Stanton (5) and Logan Thomas (6) throw passes  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Drew Stanton drops back to pass while Larry Fitzgerald begins his route  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Receiver Jaron Brown checks his hands  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) D.J. Humphries (74) and A.Q. Shipley (53) go through a drill  during training camp Aug. 13. (Photo by: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Head coach Bruce Arians at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald waits for the snap at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) A close-up of Patrick Peterson's gold Under Armor cleats at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Head coach  Bruce Arians at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Defensive tackle Xavier Williams at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) J.J. Nelson (14) lines up against Patrick Peterson at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald can't come up with the catch at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson heads back to the sideline at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) and tackle Cameron Bradfield await the snap at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Running back Andre Ellington at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Tyrann Mathieu (32) defends Larry Fitzgerald at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Cornerback Patrick Peterson looks on at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gets stretched out by strength coach Buddy Morris at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Defensive end Frostee Rucker in pursuit at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Drew Stanton delivers a pass downfield at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Center Lyle Sendlein prepares for the snap at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Thursday, August 13, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) Arizona Cardinals' John Brown (12) and J.J. Nelson (14) join teammates Larry Fitzgerald (11) and Ifeanyi Momah, left, as they break a huddle to run a play during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson, right, breaks up a pass intended for John Brown during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' John Brown (12) and J.J. Nelson (14) wait on the sidelines during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receivers J.J. Nelson (14) and John Brown (12) arrive in the huddle behind quarterback Drew Stanton, left, during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.  The two receivers (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu (32) reaches out for a pass intended for Larry Fitzgerald, right, during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Drew Stanton, right, gets off a pass as he is pressured by Rashad Johnson during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Cariel Brooks (35) runs with the football after intercepting a pass during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Catanzaro talks to other special team players during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals players and staff meet on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium at the end of NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald, right, gets stretched out by strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Jon Halapio waits to get onto the field during an NFL football training camp practice Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Frostee Rucker (92) tips the ball away on a pass intended for Andre Ellington (38) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Newly signed Arizona Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein (63) hikes the ball to quarterback Logan Thomas, second from left, as Earl Watford (78) prepares to block Ed Stinson (72) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Bobby Massie (70) blocks against Alex Okafor (57) during NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwill gestures as he speaks during an NFL football practice at University of Phoenix Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' J.J. Nelson, right, catches a pass in front of defender C.J. Roberts (36) during an NFL football training camp practice, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals' Andre Ellington (38) tries to find running room as Bobby Massie (70) blocks Alex Okafor (57) during an NFL football training camp practice Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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