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The Last Minicamp Practice Vanishes As The Offseason Ends

The Cardinals were supposed to have a final minicamp practice Thursday, but coach Kliff Kingsbury -- one of many coaches around the league to do such a thing -- decided to cancel the last workout and only hold morning meetings. It means the veterans are done for the offseason, returning in late July for training camp. Rookies remain at the Dignity Healthy Arizona Cardinals Training Center for another couple of weeks for meetings and weight room work.

With Kingsbury's first offseason finished, the Cardinals still are figuring things out. Kingsbury said as much when he was asked about why he has been willing to say so little about the offense.

"Because I don't know," Kingsbury said with a laugh. "I have a feeling how it's going to go, but we're going to do what we are good at. If we can run the football a ton, we're going to do that, and if we are going to throw it more, we'll do that. We're working through it with the offensive staff and we will build this thing when we get to camp."

Kingsbury said he likes how the players have handled the installation of the playbook in all facets, buoyed by good reports from defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers. "They like where we are at, handling the information and taking it from the classroom to the field," Kingsbury said. Then again, it's rare a coach will say the players handled things poorly in the offseason work. Pads will be the proving ground, ultimately.

With the temperatures scheduled to be north of 110 degrees today and a stretch of 12 practices over the last month or so complete, ending a little early wasn't a surprise. It's something Cardinals coaches over the years have usually done, in some version.

CB Chris Jones and coach Kliff Kingsbury before an OTA.
CB Chris Jones and coach Kliff Kingsbury before an OTA.