At quarterback, Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson were on the mark for most of the afternoon. The same can't be said for rookies John Skelton and Max Hall but they did improve as practice went on. Leinart struggled on some deep throws and still depends primarily on finesse passes.
Hall doesn't throw the prettiest ball but he has a quick release and is usually accurate, two vital characteristics of a backup quarterback. Meanwhile, Skelton effortlessly floats the ball 50-plus yards with the flick of the wrist. Skelton was less than impressive during individual drills but improved when throwing to wide receivers.
Other notes from the Cardinals' signal callers include Hall taking snaps before Skelton and both Hall and Anderson fumbling snaps at the line of scrimmage. Pass protection became an issue for the offensive line late in practice as Leinart was forced to flush the pocket multiple times. One of those times resulted in a completed pass in the flat to fullback Nehemiah Broughton.
Arizona is counting on big things from the running game this year and it hasn't disappointed up to this point in camp. Beanie Wells continues to display dominate traits all over the field and Tim Hightower isn't far behind. Highlights of the day included Wells exploding off right tackle to break free while Hightower displayed excellent elusiveness after reeling in a screen pass from Leinart.
The wide receivers had another impressive afternoon as they routinely got open in the secondary. However, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie more than held his own, including on several occasions matched up with Larry Fitzgerald. The wideouts did have some issues handling the ball, particularly rookie Andre Roberts. Roberts' hands were inconsistent throughout the day.
Although Leinart looked shaky on some deep throws, he did connect on long completions with Steve Breaston and Stephen Williams. Breaston also dropped an easy touchdown pass from Anderson after getting two steps clear of the defense. In addition to Rodgers-Cromartie, safety Rashad Johnson broke up several passes in the secondary.
Furthermore on the defensive side of the ball, reports that rookie linebacker Daryl Washington needs to bulk up are accurate. Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett continues his dominating performance in the trenches. Dockett collided with Leinart in the backfield late in the day, inadvertently leaving Leinart on the ground looking up.
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