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Friday was the Cardinals' last training camp practice and head coach Bruce Arians ended it more than an hour earlier than its scheduled conclusion time.
Arizona worked on its situational offense for most of practice, most notably from inside the red zone and from its own 1. Quarterback Carson Palmer worked the Cardinals down the field, working on a variety of routes. He hit Michael Floyd on an out route, John Brown on a screen, Ted Ginn deep and Brown again deep during the drive.
Palmer has built his career around his arm strength but on Friday it didn’t look up to par. On two deep passes, Ginn had to stop almost dead in his tracks to keep from overrunning the ball, and then Brown had to stutter step and slow down to make the catch.
Parts of the situation work were deep routes, with Palmer connecting with Floyd for a 58-yard catch and running back Andre Ellington on a 28-yard pass.
Safety Tyrann Mathieu worked with the scout-team defense again, avoiding contact throughout practice. He almost intercepted Palmer on a pass to tight end John Carlson but Mathieu pulled away from the effort at the last second because he appeared to be a split-second behind.
Tackle Max Starks returned to practice.