John Abraham would have liked to be signed sooner than he was last year, on the eve of training camp, but there was one benefit.
The linebacker didn’t have to go through the offseason work – work he figures as a 15-year veteran he needs little. Abraham did show up for the first day of the Cardinals’ organized team activities Tuesday and dressed, but after running as one of the first-unit outside linebackers while defensive coordinator Todd Bowles ran through the plays, Abraham took up as a spectator once the offense faced the defense.
“It’s about wear and tear,” Abraham said. “I don’t want to wear and tear now and when the
“I’m here because I want to learn the plays. But on Sundays you don’t have to worry about me. I’d rather waste it during the year rather than be exhausted by Week 8.”
A lack of a team-oriented offseason didn’t hurt Abraham last year. He finished with 11½ sacks even with his late start.
Acho got plenty of work rotating with Shaughnessy and
“I think I’ve already proved that so I don’t need all this stuff,” Abraham said. “It’s been going on 15 years. If I still have to prove myself, it’s a damn shame.”
COOPER CONTINUES HIS RETURN PATH AT GUARD
The OTAs are different, however, with a helmet and limited contact.
“It is just another step, but it is very different,” Cooper said. “It’s been a while since I’ve had the contact, the movement. I’m just grateful my ankle is able to hold up when I lean on somebody. In the previous phase we were just running around so there wasn’t much pressure on it.
“I am getting close but I definitely have work to do. Sometimes there is a hobble or a little misstep.”
Arians smiled at the notion Cooper is back in the lineup.
“Don’t jinx it,” Arians said. “He’s battling.”
SECOND FIELD MEANS MORE REPS FOR STANTON
Arians again has broken much of the team work on to two different fields – the first- and second-units on the main field and the remaining players, including many of the rookies, on a second field. That’s why it caught the eye that
The explanation was simple from Arians, however. He wanted Stanton, his No. 2 QB, to get a lot of work, just like he wanted Palmer to get most of the work.
“Right now it is 3 (plays) to 1,” Arians said. “Drew took 3-to-1 on the far field and Carson took 3-to-1 on this field. Thursday we will go 50-50 and switch them. (Drew) leads that group well. He needs 3-to-1 right now to get to where we need to be.”
The Cardinals are expected to have about 15 tryout players for this weekend’s rookie minicamp. Any player that signs after a tryout would have to come with a corresponding release since the Cards already have 90 on the roster. …
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