If you are a fan of the Cardinals that planned on coming to see the Cardinals and their walk-through practice this morning, then you undoubtedly walked away disappointed. Right before practice began, Whisenhunt made a last minute call to give everyone the day off to hit the movie theaters. Each player had the option of seeing the new Bourne movie (which Whisenhunt saw), Total Recall or The Campaign starring Will Ferrell.
In all, Whiz made the decision based on a couple of different factors. He noted that the players have been working incredibly hard this week and that they deserved a little time off before they take the field against the Raiders this Friday. There is one condition, however. The players promised to hold up their end of the bargain and practice as hard as they possibly can this afternoon. We'll see if they follow through.
As for Friday, the team is getting prepared to make their preseason home debut. Whiz noted that he is confident Ryan Williams will play, but it seems that Beanie Wells will be doubtful.
"I don't know," Whisenhunt said with a lack of confidence. "He was obviously a little rusty the first day... It's going to be a function of whether his soreness level drops. He was a little sore after working the first couple of days... We'll see how he feels."
Whisenhunt also commented on rookie Michael Floyd and what he has seen out of him so far this camp. "I've seen progress. He's done some good things for us. I think the way he works on the field consistently; he's been consistent."
Whiz also didn't rule out the possibility of Floyd working his way up the depth chart before the season begins. He reiterated that Floyd needs to remain consistent and, "if he wants to get on the field and play and contribute, he better do it well or do it the right way."
There is the possibility of Floyd even starting the season as the #2 receiver, which Whisenhunt didn't rule out. Instead, he noted that there are still three games and plenty of time left for Floyd to prove himself. "To the degree of his involvement is up to him," Whisenhunt said.
Other quick notes:
Rich Bartel, after missing practice on Tuesday with a stomach virus, will be available to play on Friday.
Paris Lenon is close to a return after spraining his ankle, but Whisenhunt seemed really enthusiastic about what Stewart Bradley has done in his absence.
If you caught my piece on A.J. Jefferson, then you know that he is in a battle just to make the roster after starting with so much success last season. Whisenhunt noted that he has been, "up and down" and that he is in a battle with a bunch of other good cornerbacks now. We'll see how that pans out in the coming weeks.
Once again, I'll be at the afternoon practice and have more for you tonight and tomorrow morning.