Brandon Williams went through a trial by fire on Friday afternoon, and it started with Smoke.
The Cardinals’ rookie cornerback was burnt on an 80-yard touchdown pass from quarterback
“I’ve got a long way to go,” Williams said afterward. “The speed of the game is way faster than college.”
That was the low point, but Williams otherwise handled himself pretty well in repeated matchups against Brown,
As Williams spoke with reporters after the practice, star cornerback
“That kid, he’s got it,” Peterson said.
Peterson and Williams have developed a quick chemistry. After minicamp was over, Williams asked if the pair could work out together during the summer break, and Peterson enthusiastically agreed.
“He saw that there were some things he needed to get better,” Peterson said. “He always told me he wanted to learn from the best in the game, and I love taking young guys under my wing, because that’s what it’s all about.”
The second cornerback position is perhaps the biggest question mark on the team, and the Cardinals have a plethora of options after drafting Williams and
Bethel filled in last season when Jerraud Powers and
“It sucks that I couldn’t do anything in OTAs, then not being able to do anything right now kind of sucks,” Bethel said. “We’re bringing guys in and we’ve got young guys that are looking great. I just want to go out there and be with those guys.”
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There are very few starting position battles on the offensive side of the ball, and the one expected to be the fiercest may not develop.
Arians continues to tout veteran
“It’s A.Q.’s job to lose,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s the veteran. I was really pleased with what Earl did. I’m anxious to see him play that position in pads and with real live bullets. Evan can prove me wrong. A lot of rookies have.”
MORE DATA TO STUDY
The Cardinals added a virtual reality system which quarterback Carson Palmer really embraced a season ago, and now will get more reams of information heading their way. Arians said footballs with data-chips are coming to the Cardinals, and they will be able to monitor every single throw at practice.
The team will be able to tell if Palmer’s velocity is dipping as he fatigues, and other useful nuggets. While every sport continues to add technology, Arians isn’t going to rely on the data much for player evaluation.
“Some guys timed at 4.7 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) come out here and play like they’re 4.5,” Arians said. “I don’t put a lot of stock in that. It’s still how you play the football game. It’s not a video game yet.”
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