Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Around the NFC West: Fitzgerald's memory
By Mike Sando
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com explains the history behind the recent special-teams collision featuring veterans Joey Porter and Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald busted Porter's lip on the play. Fitzgerald pointed to his special-teams contributions from 2004, his rookie year. Fitzgerald: "Remember [gunner] Alex Bannister from Seattle, made All-Pro? We shut him down two games in a row, didn’t have a tackle in Seattle or here in Arizona. … I did do that. [Assistant defensive backs coach] Rick Courtright used to coach me on the technique. I don’t know if I could do it anymore …" In looking at NFL gamebooks from 2004, Bannister did have two special-teams tackles against Arizona in one game. The Cardinals totaled minus-2 yards on the two returns in question. Bannister also downed a punt at the Arizona 3. He was on injured reserve for the second game against Arizona that season. Bannister lasted the first two games in 2005 before suffering another season-ending injury. He never played for Seattle again and was out of the league after two games with Baltimore in 2006.
Also from Urban: a look at some personnel changes on the fringe of the Cardinals' roster. The team signed safety Aaron Rouse and linebacker Pago Togafau. Gone are defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi and linebacker Ali Highsmith.
More from Urban: Fitzgerald and Mike Adams got into a tussle Tuesday. Adams: "It was just a normal Fitz-and-Mike day. If Mike gets the better of Fitz … you can take it back to my rookie year, me and Fitz. We get into scuffles all the time. I get a little bit emotional at times. I guess it is that short man’s syndrome in me." The Cardinals list Adams at 5-foot-8 and 181 pounds. Fitzgerald checks in at 6-3 and 218.
More yet from Urban: Dominique Byrd is a candidate to help at fullback.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Deuce Lutui is enjoying a strong start to camp. Lutui has much on the line in camp, something I'll expand upon in a Cardinals Camp Confidential later Wednesday.
Also from Somers: First-round choice Dan Williams reported to Cardinals camp at 325 pounds, lighter than his target weight. He also passed a conditioning test.
More from Somers: classic quotes from Russ Grimm as the Cardinals' line coach and former Washington Redskins guard prepares for Hall of Fame induction. Grimm: "They have the schedule," said Grimm, the team's run-game coordinator and offensive-line coach. "I know there is something on Thursday night. My [clothes] are marked, 'This is what you wear on Thursday. This is what I have to wear Friday.' If it looks good, it looks good. If it doesn't ..."