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After Practice: Breaking up isn't so hard to do

The Cardinals will finally put on the pads Monday morning, a practice that will be open to the public. Sunday's work was the last where the Cards couldn't be in pads, but there was a lot going on -- work that looked a little more sharp as the players get into the swing of camp. Some quick thoughts:

-- The defense was very active, breaking up a number of passes on the day with a number of different people, whether it was linebacker Haason Reddick or defensive backs Antoine Bethea, Lou Young III and Chris Campbell. Young particularly has seemed to stand out throughout the offseason and early in camp. (It's fair to say that's in part because Young clearly likes to celebrate after he makes a play, which tends to get you noticed. But you have to make the play in the first place, and he has.)

-- Vontarrius Dora got more first-team reps at defensive end, but so did Benson Mayowa, and it's pretty clear that spot -- as long as Markus Golden is sidelined -- is very much open.

-- With Jermaine Gresham still out, it sure looks early like the blocking tight end is going to be Gabe Holmes, and given how much this team might want to run, that could give Holmes the edge as starter. Ricky Seals-Jones is still your primary receiving tight end, though.

-- We know the first-unit offensive line (from left tackle, Humphries, Iupati, Shipley, Pugh, Smith). The guys lining up at second unit for now are Will Holden, Evan Boehm, Mason Cole, Josh Allen and John Wetzel.

-- Defensively, the top line is Dora, Peters, Nkemdiche, Jones. Second unit is Mayowa (who obviously got work with the first string too), Pierre, Gunter, Albright.

-- At cornerback, Jamar Taylor is working across from Pat P on the first unit, with Young and Brandon Williams the backup cornerbacks. As promised, Tre Boston is working with Bethea and Budda Baker in nickel as a trio of safeties, with linebacker Josh Bynes in for Boston in the base defense.

-- Earlier in the day, coach Steve Wilks had praised veteran receiver Greg Little and undrafted rookie receiver Trent Sherfield as having stood out on Saturday. In a room in which much is up in the air beyond Larry Fitzgerald, it was notable.

CB Lou Young III
CB Lou Young III

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