Offseason work is always a tricky time for analysis. There’s nothing else to talk about in the days of non-contact and no pads. Heck, even coach Bruce Arians made that clear as he gathered the team together for a huddle at the close of the final minicamp practice.
“There are no decisions or judgments made on anybody on this team right now,” Arians told the players. “All those judgments will come later. You may be listed in a spot right now, third or first. It don't matter. We haven't played football yet.”
Still, after a handful of Phase 2 workouts, 10 organized team activities and three minicamp practices (OK, so the third one was abbreviated), there were some things that stuck out to me through what was seen on the field and what was said off it.
-- THERE IS A CONFIDENCE IN THE OFFENSE. Last year you could hear it in
-- JOHN CARLSON LOOKS VERY, VERY GOOD. The veteran tight end hasn’t put on pads. And in the end, his career has been less about an inability to perform as much as the injuries that have stopped him from performing. But as a receiver, he’s more impressive that I expected. Blocking is a big part of the job, and that’s a pads thing, but if Carlson is healthy, they could have a find there.
-- BOBBY MASSIE IS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Massie will be with the first unit to start camp. The Cardinals aren’t going to stop looking for roster upgrades. But Massie might just be ready to take that step the team hoped he will take. Bottom line, when you look at Massie and right guard
-- MICHAEL FLOYD IS QUIETLY SETTING UP AN EXCELLENT SEASON. Floyd has gotten constant praise from coaches. He’s
-- JOHN BROWN MAY OR MAY NOT BE T.Y. HILTON, BUT HE'LL MAKE AN IMPACT. The rookie was compared to both Hilton, the Colts’ wideout, and Antonio Brown, the Steelers’ wideout, by Arians when he was drafted. And he looked solid all through the offseason. He did make mistakes sometimes, and there were multiple times when Palmer took Brown aside for a teaching moment. The quarterback doesn’t make that kind of effort unless Brown is going to play a role in what he is doing.
-- ANTONIO CROMARTIE LOOKS HEALTHY. I know he told me training camp, with pads and contact, will be a better test. But the veteran cornerback looks fine to me and an excellent complement to
-- THERE WILL BE SOME INTERESTING CHOICES FOR PLAYING TIME IN THE SECONDARY. Once
-- IT'S HARD TO TELL WHERE THE CARDS ARE AT LINEBACKER.
-- LOGAN THOMAS IS EXACTLY AS EXPECTED. He’s got a giant arm and looks the part of a superstar. But he’s learning the offense and is inconsistent. It’s still hard to believe he isn’t on this team come September but everyone involved continues to insist