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Bertrand Berry (Getty)

Posted Sep 22, 2009
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Here are the latest Arizona Cardinals' player updates.

WR Anquan Boldin looked much better in his second game than he did in the opener. Boldin isn't 100 percent recovered from a hamstring injury, but he's regaining his bust.

OLB Bertrand Berry has two sacks, on in each game, and remains the team's most consistent rusher.

DE Calais Campbell has batted down two passes and blocked a field goal in two starts.

OLB Chike Okeafor (shoulder) didn't play last week but coaches are hopeful that he'll return to the starting lineup for the Colts game.

RB Beanie Wells has made several nice runs in two games. But he needs to learn to hang on to the ball. He fumbled at the end of two runs last week, and both mistakes could have cost the team dearly. He won't play more if he can't stop fumbling.

QB Kurt Warner got back in rhythm last week, using a short, controlled passing game to pick apart the Jaguars. He completed 92.3 percent of his passes, an NFL record for a single game.

WR Larry Fitzgerald routinely caught long passes at the end of last season, but his longest catch this season is 25 yards. Teams are keeping a safety deep on his side, refusing to let Fitzgerald make plays downfield.

WR Larry Fitzgerald's body language suggested he wasn't happy with catching only four passes for 34 yards last week against Jacksonville. His brother, Marcus, confirmed that by tweeting that Larry texted him at halftime to say he wanted the ball. But Fitzgerald is not about to do a T.O. imitation and go public with his demands to get the ball more. That's never been his style. Fitzgerald is very careful about what he says publicly. The Cardinals, however, have had a hard time getting the ball deep to Fitzgerald in the first two games. Opponents are double-teaming him and Fitzgerald's longest catch is 25 yards. He has scored touchdowns in each game, and against the Jaguars, the Cardinals were able to move the ball with a shorter passing game. Coaches will continue to try different things to free Fitzgerald in coverage. He will move around the formation more, and the team would like to see if it can get its play-action schemes working in order to get the ball deep to Fitzgerald. Quarterback Kurt Warner is conscious of keeping his Pro Bowl receivers happy, but he has a strong enough personality to stand up to the lobbying. Warner set an NFL record for completion percentage in a single game (92.3) last week, so it's hard for anyone to complain about not getting the ball.

S Matt Ware, who plays in dime packages, didn't play last week because of a stinger in his shoulder. It's questionable if he'll be back this week.

K Neil Rackers missed a 48-yard field goal last week and hasn't been called upon to make a late-game kick in recent years. He's kicking the ball well, however.

TE Stephen Spach isn't going to be a very big part of the passing game. He might have a pass or two thrown his way every game, but the tight ends don't figure into the passing game much.

WR Steve Breaston makes a big difference to this offense. He is a solid third receiver who runs well after the catch. His speed makes him a deep threat.

RB Tim Hightower is a productive runner and receiver, but he needs to learn when to cut up the field. He tends to bounce too many runs outside. But he's a tough inside runner who will lead the club in rushing touchdowns if he stays healthy.



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