Recap: Bucannon, Catanzaro and more

June, 9, 2014
Jun 9
4:55
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I'm back from a couple days of vacation in sunny California and all seemed to be quiet on the western front. A few nuggets of information came out of the final day of Arizona Cardinals' organized team activities on Thursday, which also included the signing of rookie safety Deone Bucannon.

• Bucannon's signing marks the Cardinals' final rookie to put their John Hancock on a contract. He inked a four-year deal worth $7.71 million. While his signing is relatively early compared to the past, the new collective bargaining agreement makes for first-round rookie signings to be done quicker because of slotting. But Bucannon and his camp were waiting to see what kind of guarantees those picks around him received. He's been practicing with the team since he was drafted, despite a turf toe injury that's kept him out recently, so the contract hadn't hindered his appearance on the field.

• Rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro gave the Cardinals an early start to the weekend last Thursday, according to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com. The free agent had to hit about a 40-yard field goal in order for practice to end after about an hour. He nailed it. His teammates rejoiced. Practice was over. Until that kick, Catanzaro had struggled, according to Arizona coach Bruce Arians. "That told me a lot about him,” Arians said, according to Somers. It also tells a lot about the competition in training camp. Right now, the Cardinals have three kickers on their roster, any only one will make the team. Last season, Arians had mixed feelings about Jay Feely, the incumbent starter, throughout the year. He gave Dan Carpenter a chance to win the job in training camp but Feely prevailed. If Catanzaro or Danny Hrapmann can prove themselves, they may be a serious threat to Feely's job.

• Arians also talked about the situation at right tackle after Thursday's practice. According to Somers, he said Bobby Massie "has done very well, said Bradley Sowell "is inconsistent and said Nate Potter "is probably the smartest of the three.” If you could combine the three, the Cardinals would have a talented tackle. The Cardinals will continue to rotate the three during minicamp this week but won't be able to get a true gauge of where each tackle stands until the pads go on, Arians said.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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