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Camp in Full Swing, DRC Impresses

The first weekend of training camp is in the books and a little rain couldn’t keep the Cardinals from getting their work in.  There’s plenty to report, so let’s go. 

We’ll start with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, from whom we haven’t heard in a while.  Darren Urban reports that DRC had a sparkling weekend of work, reportedly making “play after play after play.”  DRC stated that working against Fitzgerald gives him all the motivation he needs.  DRC explained that “it goes back to Fitz.  Anytime he is on that side, I am licking my lips.  I am ready.  If he is out there, I have to be that much better … when I am out there, I want to work.  I want to make a statement it’s not going to be easy.  Usually they can catch me sleeping, but this year I want to be focused on every play.”  You definitely don’t like to hear that DRC used to be caught napping, but that’s the truth of the matter.  Cardinals fans already knew that he would take some “mental breaks” throughout his first and second year as a starter.  At least it’s nice to see that he’s addressing the issue and correcting it.  His physical abilities, however, are off the charts and he’s apparently getting better and better with respect to the finer points of the position.  This high praise comes with DRC only 85% recovered from his knee surgery, so it’s pretty scary to think what he’s going to look like at 100%.  Fellow CBs Greg Toler and Trumaine McBride, however, apparently had their share of foul ups according to Urban.

Next, Urban reported that safety Rashad Johnson got into it a bit with TE Steven Spach.  It’s reported that the scuffle was no big deal and was attributed to training camp over-anxiousness.  Johnson downplayed the incident by remarking, “that’s football.  It’s been a long time without pads on.  The first day we had them on, it was expected someone was going to get a little excited to have them on.”

Darnell Dockett put his stamp on camp early by causing all kinds of problems in the backfield.  Darren Urban reports that during one play, Dockett blew guard Reggie Wells so far off the ball that he ran Wells back into Leinart, knocking the QB to the ground.  Coach Whisenhunt remarked that the team is discussing a contract extension for Dockett for this season.

If you’re looking for a Leinart vs. Anderson update, there’s not much.  Anderson, however, did have this to say regarding quarterback competitions and their affect on a team if they’re conducted the wrong way:

You don’t want dissention in the locker room, guys wanting to play for another guy.  You can’t have that.  I have been through that, guys trying to get guys on their side.  That’s not how I go about it, that’s not how you should go about it.  You let your play talk and that’s all you worry about.”

Anderson went through some pretty intense competitions with Brady Quinn in Cleveland, so he’s absolutely speaking from experience.  In addition, it doesn’t seem like Anderson is conceding anything to Leinart.  Does that matter?  Probably not in terms of the depth chart because it’s definitely Leinart’s job to lose, but it’s nice to know that Anderson will be pushing Leinart to be a better quarterback than he otherwise might be.

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