The Cardinals finished the second week of OTAs this past Saturday (5/28) with mostly passing situations in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Darren Urban reports that Matt Leinart was a mix of both good and bad.
The Bad: Leinart reportedly missed deep to a wide open Steve Breaston by throwing over the receiver’s wrong shoulder, which prompted Leinart to throw his helmet in disgust.
The Good: Leinart, however, apparently made some nice throws as well during the 11-on-11 “competitive” third down sequence. First, he hit Fitzgerald for a perfectly timed first-down slant and then found Doucet for a deep over the middle score. Leinart commented on the “competitive” action against the defense:
It’s non-scripted. It’s full speed. That’s as fast as it gets, except when you have pads it’s actually a little easier (for the offense) because you can block them. But that’s as fast as it gets and on third downs, they give you every look you can imagine, so you have to read and react. It’s just a great competitive period, and that’s how you get better.”
Leinart also addressed how this year’s offseason is much different from last year’s:
Even last year at this time I felt good but it is different being in this position, the mindset. I am confident, I know where I am going with the ball and I am seeing the defense. Going against the first-(string) defense … you lack the experience going against the starters. You are going to throw some bad balls, you will make some mistakes. But it’s only going to continue to help me. I am so excited to play.”
Other notes from OTAs:
- Tim Hightower continues to be the “starter,” but there’s still little doubt that Wells will get the majority of the carries this season
- Gerald Hayes remains unable to participate in OTAs due to his back injury, which Whisenhunt claims is still not a serious issue. If Hayes is unavailable for any significant amount of time this season it will be a significant issue for the Cardinals’ defense. At this point, however, it seems that the team is merely being cautious with the veteran linebacker.
- Deuce Lutui still hasn’t signed his tender, but it’s practically certain that the tender offer will be extended.
- According to Darren Urban, WR Ed Gant seems to be distancing himself from the rest of the pack for the 4th wide receiver position. Gant apparently made a few nifty catches this week.