The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their shortest training camp in recent memory Wednesday with a workout at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Cardinals reported on July 27 for their first camp under new coach Steve Wilks and scattered a handful of outdoor practices in the desert heat with workouts inside the air conditioned stadium.
"I thought we really came down here and accomplished a lot Peyton Manning Jersey ," Wilks said, "most importantly trying to emphasize and focus on the fundamentals and techniques of the game, trying to create that mindset, the physicality and most importantly the effort that's going to sustain us throughout the year."
Arizona plays its second preseason game at New Orleans on Friday night and will resume practices Sunday on the other side of suburban Phoenix at the Cardinals practice facility in Tempe.
The camp lasted less than three weeks.
"My mindset is to try to frontload on the front end," Wilks said. "I want to get back to Tempe so I can get these guys into a routine of how it's going to be during the season and really starting to get their mind right and most importantly get their legs back underneath them."
Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who figures to get some time with the first unit against the Saints, said he learned a lot in the camp and he's looking forward to getting a chance to play with the starters.
"It's awesome I get to run with really good players," he said, "hopefully complete a ball to Larry (Fitzgerald) and keep playing whether it's ones, twos or threes."
Wilks said Rosen had a good practice Wednesday.
He "looked real good today and I'm hoping that can translate over to the game on Friday Marcus Foligno Jersey ," Wilks said. "He's still learning, he's still growing. He's a rookie and he's going to have some bumps here and there. But the guy has a short-term memory, which is great, and he's a great competitor."
Sam Bradford still has a firm hold on the starting quarterback job and figures to get more snaps than he did in the preseason opener, when he played one series and threw just one pass 鈥?a 6-yard completion 鈥?in Arizona's 24-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cardinals, under what has become known as "the plan," have brought Bradford along slowly as he comes back from his latest knee injury. Bradford had regular days off during the camp.
"Like you guys have heard me talk about a million times," Bradford said, "just the plan that we had kind of put together when I got here in the spring and then at the end of the spring talked about training camp and having that plan in place and really sticking to that plan. I think my knee feels really good right now. I think my body's in a great place and so I think that those days off have come at the right time and kept my body where it is."
Notes: Wilks said WR Brice Butler probably would miss the Saints game with a foot injury sustained during practice earlier this week. ... The Cardinals re-signed S Harlan Miller and waived/injured CB Lou Young III. Miller played in seven games for Arizona the past two seasons.
Jimmy Garoppolo showed what he can do in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense even before he fully understood it in an impressive five-game cameo at the end of last season.
With an entire offseason to learn the foundation of the San Francisco 49ers‘ scheme and build chemistry with his receivers and offensive line, he should only be better in his first full season as an NFL starter in 2018.
Whether that translates into even more prolific numbers is a different question.
”I don’t know how much of a jump you’re going to see http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/marcus-cooper-jersey ,” Shanahan said Wednesday before the team’s final minicamp practice of the offseason. ”When you talk about expectations, I don’t know how you’re going to live up to that. He did very good last year. If we had 400 yards a game, does that mean we need to have 600 the first five games to improve? I don’t know what the numbers will be, but we will be a better offense.”
The numbers were quite good after Garoppolo took over as the Niners won their final five games of the season after a 1-10 start under Shanahan. San Francisco scored on an NFL-best 56.6 percent of their drives after Garoppolo took over as starter and ranked in the top five in the league in scoring offense (28.8 points per game), yards per play (6.1) and yards per game (409.6).
That all came with Garoppolo being force fed a game plan each week in an offense he barely knew. This offseason he has been able to start from scratch and learn the whys behind the scheme, which should make him even better once the season starts.
”I think I’ve come a long way, especially from last season when I was just cramming everything in,” Garoppolo said. ”But there’s still a long way to go developing that chemistry between me and the skill positions and the o-line. It’s a work in progress.”
That was evident Tuesday when issues with a new cadence led to several false starts or players not getting off on time early in practice. That led Garoppolo to keep a lot of the offense on the field after practice for some extra work to make sure those issues don’t come up again.
Shanahan said he was pleased to see his players take the initiative to fix those issues without any prodding from the coaches.
”It wasn’t any fun,” Garoppolo said. ”When that goes wrong, it just screws up the rest of the play. First and foremost Zach Werenski Jersey , we have to get that corrected.”
While the cadence issue was a one-time issue, a major focus this offseason for Garoppolo and the offense has been on becoming more efficient in the red zone.
San Francisco moved the ball with ease the last five weeks of the season but the offense too often had to settle for field goals. The Niners converted less than half of their chances inside the opponent’s 20-yard line into touchdowns.
The team has excelled in that area in practice this offseason and Garoppolo hopes that carries over to the games.
”Those are point plays,” Garoppolo said. ”Those are the ones that really matter. When you get those opportunities, it’s hard to complete a touchdown, especially in the red zone like that. The windows are tighter, there’s not as much room.”
While Garoppolo is the headliner, there has been significant change in the one-plus year since Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over a struggling franchise.
Shanahan took over a two-win team that had gone through three coaches in the previous three years and now has it in position to be a legitimate contender in the power-packed NFC.
”We’ve put a lot of work in a year, we’ve gone through a lot of things, we’ve changed the roster over a ton,” Shanahan said. ”We’ve been better as a coaching staff. We go through this every single day. What I’m happy about as I look over our players and our coaches is we’re better. We’re deeper. We’re faster. We move together Bobby Ryan Jersey , our 11 guys, better together. That should happen. We’ve done it longer. We’ve had more time to build the personnel.”
NOTES: WR Marquise Goodwin won the Pro Football Writers of America George Halas Award, given to the person who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass in a Week 10 win against the Giants just hours after he and his wife, Morgan, lost their infant son due to complications which led to a premature delivery. … Third-round LB Fred Warner signed his rookie contract. … Former 49ers LB Larry Grant has been named the team’s 2018 Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellow.
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