Cardinals Training Camp: Weekend Roundup
During fan friendly quarterback drills, Leinart and Anderson, along with rookies Max Hall and John Skelton, took turns tossing passes at an empty trashcan. Anderson struck pay dirt first, prompting a big response from the crowd. Leinart took a few more attempts before hitting home, while Hall and Skelton missed the mark entirely. During wideout drills, Anderson completed a pass underneath to a well covered Larry Fitzgerald, and would have connected on a beautifully thrown bomb over the middle, but Steve Breaston dropped the pass at the goal line.
Meanwhile, Leinart completed long passes to Breaston and Early Doucet, as well as connecting with Fitzgerald on several throws underneath. Skelton outperformed fellow rookie Hall for the second straight day, completing nicely thrown passes to WR's Darren Mougey and Stephen Williams. Hall looked overwhelmed again, throwing a pass that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie should have picked off, having one deflected at the line of scrimmage, and fumbling a snap that was recovered by DT Keilen Dykes.
RB Beanie Wells looked impressive and powerful once again on Sunday, breaking three nice runs against the full defense. Wells twice broke through the line, bounced outside, and streaked up the sideline. Towards the end of practice he took a handoff up the gut for a nice gain. Leinart connected with RB Tim Hightower on a short pass underneath, suggesting a balanced backfield attack that featuring Wells pounding the ball and Hightower rolling out for screens, blocking, and misdirecting opposing defenses. Hightower fumbled once and caught another pass from Skelton.
With the opening weekend of training camp coming to a close, Leinart finally stepped up during the final sequence of the practice. Facing heavy pressure, Leinart stepped out of the pocket and rolled left, checking off his wideouts and eventually dumping the ball off underneath to FB Nehemiah Broughton. Broughton made the catch and thundered up field for ten yards or so. While not the prettiest play or throw of the day, seeing Leinart manage the offense under pressure without making a mistake is more encouraging than seeing him complete a long pass. If Leinart can continue to be a leader and improve his decision making, Anderson will have to make some very impressive throws to supplant him as the starter at quarterback.
Chat with Cardinals fans in the Message Boards by clicking HERE.
CardinalFootballTalk.com Recommended Stories
Giants Strike First In Game One Rout
The San Francisco Giants came out swinging in Game One of the 2014 World Series, scoring three times in the first inning and never looking back.Read More
Three of earth’s best ingredients combined into one succulent strip. Tailgaters will bow in appreciation.Read More
National Anthem Played with a Gun!
Musical targets? Yes, this guy plays the national anthem while shooting musical targets.Read More
Late Season Eastern Steel
NAFC friend, Frank Scalish, is best known for his achievements as a professional bass fisherman, but when the weather cools, the tourneys are over and the last bass has been weighed, he dons waders,…Read More