Anderson working on touch, Lutui back at home

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--After a tumultuous offseason, Deuce Lutui is back as his usual spot --starting right guard.

A restricted free agent this offseason, Lutui didn't sign his one-year qualifying offer until June and reportedly weighed nearly 400 pounds. Coaches were not happy but Lutui wasn't sweating it.

"It's not the first time I've been called fat," he quipped.

Lutui weighs about 365 pounds now and beat out Reggie Wells for the starting job. Wells was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

--The Cardinals had just three outside linebackers at practice Monday, creating extra work for starter Clark Haggans, 33. Help is on the way. The team claimed Cyril Obiozor off waivers last weekend but he didn't arrive in time to work on Monday.

--QB Derek Anderson met media Monday for the first time as a starter in Arizona. He naturally was asked about his time with the Browns, who released him earlier this asked. A reporter prefaced a question by saying, "this Cleveland stuff seems to stick with you."

Anderson smile and replied: "Then quit reading it and writing it."

Coaches have worked with Anderson on developing some touch. He's a career 53 percent passer, partly because he tends to throw everything at the same speed: very fast.

"I haven't noticed anything that's stood out over the past few weeks so, hopefully, we've made progress with that," coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

--Coach Ken Whisenhunt admitted the move involving Matt Leinart was a risk. "That's always a dicey thing, when you're talking about a rookie in a backup role," Whisenhunt said. "But I've been very impressed with how both of those young men have handled themselves. You are going to have to understand that you have to live with some things with those guys, but where we are right now, I definitely feel more comfortable with those guys being on your regular season roster than maybe I would have at the starting training camp."

--WR Larry Fitzgerald stayed out of the quarterback controversy and wasn't been asked for his opinion. "I'm just a hired hand, man. I'm just a pawn on the chessboard."

--Steve Breaston caught Matt Leinart's first TD pass of the preseason. But Breaston questioned his own intelligence after diving in the end zone and taking a hit. Breaston was hit on the play, and with fellow starting receiver Larry Fitzgerald out with a knee injury, the Cardinals can't afford to lose Breaston, too.

"I don't think that was a smart move, but it was just instinct," Breaston said. "Just being the playmaker I am, I wanted to make plays. You still have to show the NFL that you are still a playmaker. I got to put a little bit of fear out there."



BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- The Cardinals won four times as many playoff games the last two years as they won the previous 61 years.



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