Running back Tim Hightower plunges into the end zone with the help of linemen Mike Gandy (69) and Deuce Lutui (76) during Saturday's Red-and-White practice.
FLAGSTAFF – One play, Larry Fitzgerald was the all-world wide receiver, pulling down a Kurt Warner pass in the back corner of the end zone, getting his toes just inbounds for a score and frustrating cornerback Travarous Bain in the process.
On the next play near the end of Saturday's Red-and-White practice, Fitzgerald was blocking safety Aaron Francisco, helping clear the way for running back Tim Hightower to score a five-yard touchdown on the first and only "live" play
between the starting offense and defense.
"You know why Larry came to me about (the blocking)?" coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Because he thinks he can catch more touchdowns down there. I said, 'I have to see you block first.' He said, 'I'll block.' "
There is little question what part of the game with which Fitzgerald sees his strength, however.
"That's definitely the power run game we want to have near the goal line," Fitzgerald said, before breaking into a grin. "We don't want to do it too much in the field. We want to make sure we keep getting it outside to me and Q (Anquan Boldin) as much as possible.
"But it's good to run in there every once in a while."
The Cardinals completed the first 10 days of training camp with the offense having an efficient goal line battle with the defense. After Hightower needed one play to get in the end zone, the second unit also needed one play for running back Steve Baylark to plunge off tackle for a score.
"The offense scored both times in one play, so that's an improved running game, hopefully," Whisenhunt said.