TEMPE, Ariz. -- This morning kicked off the start of the Cardinals’ 2014 season with first day of offseason conditioning.
Throughout the weekend, Cardinals new and old announced their trips back to the desert on Twitter to begin training under new strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris and new speed coach Roger Kingdom.
Here are a few injury-related storylines to follow while conditioning gets underway:
Jonathan Cooper’s leg: As Cooper goes through déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say, the Cardinals will get their first look at how well his leg has healed from the preseason injury that kept Cooper out of his entire rookie season. He’s had eight months to heal and recover, so it’s time for Cooper to test it with some serious conditioning.
Antonio Cromartie’s hip: There was no question that Cromartie’s hip impacted his 2013 season but he’s claimed throughout the offseason that it’s fine. We’ll see just how fine it is when Kingdom gets his hands on Cromartie. How he does during the next few weeks will be telling because if he’s healthy, he’ll get a lot of reps during OTAs and minicamp. If he’s not, he’ll be watching from the sideline in order to prepare for training camp.
Jared Veldheer’s triceps: Even though Veldheer played the final five games of 2013 for the Oakland Raiders after suffering a torn left triceps during training camp last season, how well he’s recovered will be evident by how well he performs during offseason workouts. Arizona invested a good sum of money into the 26-year-old and the return on investment will start showing this week.
Ryan Williams’ knee: Monday marks the start of the most important stretch of Williams’ career. If his knee is healthy and can stay that way, Williams may have a chance at making the roster in 2014. But any setback during the offseason will put his roster spot in jeopardy for training camp.