While rookie Tim Hightower
stole the show on offense, there were other impressive performances that took place. Although seventh-round pick Brandon Keith
was being groomed to play tackle, he was forced to line-up at guard on Thursday night. Keith further proved his versatility with an adequate performance along the interior of the Cardinals offensive line.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive ends Calais Campbell
and Kenny Iwebema
continue to excel. However, undrafted free agent Ali Highsmith
may develop into the steal of this year's draft class. Highsmith, once thought to be a first-day pick, slipped badly after a poor performance at the Combine. His biggest fault took place in the 40-yard dash, which caused teams to shy away from drafting the former LSU standout.
Unlike other teams, the Cardinals haven't fell victim to the contract demands of WR Anquan Boldin
and DT Darnell Dockett
. While players and agents are requesting new deals at an alarming rate, the demeanor of the Cardinals front office has been steady.
Although Boldin and Dockett have voiced their displeasure throughout the process, the organization proved that they are willing to reward their players by signing WR Larry Fitzgerald
to a four-year $40 million contract. Boldin and Dockett must be patient and continue to perform on the field if they hope to have their current contracts restructured.
CB Antrel Rolle
On the injury front, FS Antrel Rolle
is the latest player to be held out of practice. Rolle is on the sidelines with an ankle injury, mostly for precautionary reasons at this point. Meanwhile, rookie WR Early Doucet
continues to be hampered by a hamstring injury while Pro Bowl WR Anquan Boldin has returned to practice.
After dropping game one of the preseason, the Cardinals now set their focus towards the Kansas City Chiefs
. Arizona travels to Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night in hopes of securing their first win of the year. While the preseason is mainly used to evaluate new faces and young players, it's important for the team to develop a winning mentality.
Look for the starters to see an expanded role in preparation for the regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers
on September 7. Furthermore, Cardinal fans should get their first look of the season at veteran QB Kurt Warner
and previously injured players such as Boldin and Doucet.
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With the Cardinals still recouping from Thursday's loss against the New Orleans Saints, it was a quiet day in Flagstaff. While multiple players were held out of today's practice with minor setbacks, there are no significant injuries to be reported. Brad Wilbricht wraps up the day from training camp in this AZRedReport.com exclusive.