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Camp, Big Blocking Style
No opposing quarterback wants to look across the line of scrimmage and see linebacker Clack Haggans lined up at defensive end. Brought in during the off-season to get sacks, Haggans was not fooled by Matt Leinart's play action fake during full-team scrimmage. Lucky for Leinart, quarterbacks aren't live at practice. If they were, he would still be digging himself out of the ground. Haggans was also able to get to Kurt Warner a few times, showing tremendous speed all day coming off the corner.
Day and Night
It appears the Cardinal quarterbacks have begun choosing favorites. In the morning practice it was Leinart airing it out to Steve Breaston who is still filling in for Anquan Boldin. Leinart connected on two 40-yard passes with Breaston during the early session.
Under the lights it was Kurt Warner hitting rookie wide receiver Early Doucet deep twice. Warner threw a strike to Doucet, who used his speed to exploit the seem. Doucet also showcased his route running abilities a few plays later, catching a bomb up the right sideline on a wheel route.
Unit Under Control
With center Al Johnson still out, second year center Lyle Sendlein has been forced to step up. Sendlein has done a solid job so far filling in. The offensive line appears to have great chemistry and the depth and experience to withstand injuries. Working one-on-one pass blocking with top notch defensive linemen like Darnell Dockett, Bertrand Berry and Antonio Smith is helping the offensive line get ready for the tough competition they are going to see all season.
The Cardinals should have a lot of success on offense this year when they put two tight ends on the field. Lenard Pope has showed he can still be the player he was before breaking his ankle last year, however, at times today he had trouble adjusting to balls being thrown in his direction. Still recovering from his injury, the daily grind of training camp looks to be taking a toll on Pope.
Picking up the slack is Ben Patrick, who filled in for Pope at the end of last year. Patrick continues to have an outstanding camp and is making a real run at the starting job. During 11-on-11 he released up field and caught a Warner lob 30 yards down field, surrounded by 4 Cardinals defenders. His hands are a real asset to the already potent Cardinals' passing game.
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