GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As he does every day during training camp, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians addresses the media after the morning walk-through. Here's a recap of what Arians discussed:
Tight end Jake Ballard will miss Sunday's afternoon practice with a thigh bruise, Arians said. Ballard is expected to return Monday.
Patrick Peterson won't be playing offense this season, Arians said, and he'll be only a situational punt returner.
Arians said the most disappointing part of the Cards' first training camp practice Saturday was the number of mental errors by veterans on offense.
Arians was pleased with how rookie quarterback Logan Thomas performed in his first practice but said, “He still has to learn when to throw the ball extremely hard and when to throw it accurately. A strong armed, young quarterback has that problem. He gets all jacked up and wants to show it off.”
When asked if he's seen an arm as strong or stronger as Thomas', Arians said he had in former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre and former Cleveland quarterback Spergon Wynn.
Arians was impressed by linebacker Alex Okafor starting in the fourth organized team activity of the offseason. That's when Arians started thinking Okafor could have a significant role this season.
Linebacker Kenny Demens just has to keep playing like he has and he'll make the team, Arians said.
Arians wouldn't speak about John Abraham's absence but reiterated that the linebacker's absences are excused.
Arians also said rookie tight end Troy Niklas is “way behind” because of all the time he missed this offseason due to injuries.