REPORT DATE: July 23 (rookies), July 25 (veterans)
SITE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
CAMP CONFIDENTIAL: Arizona's first training camp under new head coach Bruce Arians figures to finally bring some clarity back to the quarterback position in the desert. The ping-ponging between signal-callers Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley was a major reason why Ken Whisenhunt lost his job. Veteran Carson Palmer was acquired from Oakland in the offseason and while the former Southern Cal star may be on the downside on his career, he figures to be quite the upgrade over the terrible triumvirate of a year ago and the best QB in Arizona since Kurt Warner. Rashard Mendenhall arrives from Pittsburgh hoping to resuscitate what has been a moribund running game and the Cards hope 2012 first-round pick Michael Floyd can speed up his development and provide a solid complement to Larry Fitzgerald outside the numbers. Rebuilding one of the NFL's worst offensive lines is also of paramount importance with seventh overall pick Jonathan Cooper figuring to step right in at left guard and fellow rookie Earl Watford also looking to make some noise. Defensively, a talented group will have to prepare for the impending suspension of stud inside linebacker Daryl Washington.
PRESEASON SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Aug 9 - at Green Bay, 8:00 PM Aug 17 - vs. Dallas, 4:30 PM Aug 24 - vs. San Diego, 10:00 PM Aug 29 - at Denver, 9:00 PM