GLENDALE – Who lines up in the pass line against Markus Golden has been one of the biggest questions of the season.
With Chandler Jones now in the Las Vegas Ryder, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is now planning to defend accordingly. The pool of OLB candidates must separate themselves from their competitors.
Currently, Dennis Jardec, Devon Kennard and 2022 third-round players Megay Sanders and Cameron Thomas are vying for the vacant spot.
But while it’s every player’s personal prerogative to be a fixture in this league, a veteran like Jardec—who knows a thing or two about Jones’s fill—takes a “not me” view.
“I don’t think (not helping my teammates fighting for the same job) is the right approach at all,” Jardec said on Friday. “I think it’s about the football game and you want to be the best product on the field and take yourself away from things.
“I feel like when you start getting into ‘I’m not going to give this information,’ it always comes back to you. Being able to share whatever you can is a huge thing.”
The information doesn’t pass from a vet to a novice either.
With Sanders and Thomas more integrated into the Cardinals’ passing division, Gardec has not only seen how the duo can impact a starting defense but also find ways to improve his game from the third rounds.
“Myjai is an eccentric athlete who explodes on the ball and can get to that point of attack quickly and cover,” Gardec said. “He can do a lot of amazing things. This is someone in the same skill set as me. …I think there are things I can work on. He’s helped me a lot too. He has some very special moves. I’m trying to pick up two of them.”
“Then Cam… He is just a big guy who will be able to beat people who are on the edge of a cliff. He’s coming. Smart guy. I’m excited to see them.”
Keeler Murray eager to return from COVID-19 assignment
The Cardinals had to move through this week from training camp without starting quarterback Killer Murray.
Murray, who was already dealing with a wrist problem, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and has since been isolated from the team.
The earliest QB can return is on Saturday, the same day as the annual Red & White team training.
“I think he tested yesterday and tomorrow the fifth so hopefully he will be back tomorrow,” Kingsbury said on Friday.
“He definitely wants to come back,” the coach added. “You can tell him he’s over it, but he’s been fine. He’s feeling better, no doubt that’s a good thing. He just wants to get back in there. I think he’s gone a little crazy.”
Despite missing out on several days of on-pitch action with his teammates, Murray continued to zoom in on quarterback meetings while on the shelf.
Friday for young guns
On the fifth day of a six-day working week, cardinals Chose to give a large number of veterans – and the entry-level narrow end Trey McBride – days off, giving younger players and those near the end of the depth chart more opportunities to make their presence known.
Quarterback Colt McCoy was among those who took things easy on Friday, leaving reserves Trace McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano to control the attack throughout training.
With Antoine Wesley injured and AJ Green and Rondale Moore resting, Greg Dorch, Andy Isabella and new additions Marcel Attiman saw their numbers claim more.
Isabella arguably had his best day in training camp, reeling in a pair of touchdowns during 11 to 11 action, one each from McSorley and Guarantano.
In the backcourt, Eno Benjamin led the way into the RBs room with James Conner and Daryl Williams taking off, followed by Jonathan Ward, County Ingram and Ronnie Rivers.
The Ronnie Rivers Show
It’s common for kickers to see how many balls they can collect at a time during return training.
When the dust settled on Friday, the rivers were who won With a total of six footballs in his fist at one time.
It was a fierce competition, with Greg Durc and Victor Bolden Jr. each pairing their teammate with five players.
– Tyler Drake (@Tdrake4sports) August 5, 2022
Now the real question is: Can anyone match Patrick Peterson’s number seven?
– Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) August 5, 2022
Kingsbury doesn’t care about any long-term issues with Zach Erts’ calf problem.