GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Arizona Cardinals training camp:
As head coach Bruce Arians said earlier Friday, Max Starks was getting reps with the second team at right tackle. Nate Potter was on the left side. Give Starks a couple of weeks to get back into football shape and he could be giving Bobby Massie a serious push at right tackle. The move was smart from a variety of standpoints. It’ll provide Arizona with more depth on the line, since Starks can play both the left and right side and he’ll be pushing Massie for the foreseeable future. If Massie cracks, Arians will have a veteran option to replace him with instead of going the route of a young, inexperienced tackle.
The Cardinals spent a majority of their 11-on-11 segments working out of the shadows of their goalposts. Last season, quarterback Carson Palmer struggled from inside Arizona’s 20, throwing four interceptions compared to one touchdown. He was also sacked nine times inside the Cards’ 20 -- tied for fourth most in the league. Adding speed to the receiving corps makes a home run pass from that part of the field a better option when compared to last season. In 2013, Arizona was working on deep passes on the sideline in that situation.
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett did not practice Friday. He watched from the sideline in shorts and a jersey.
With Danny Hrapmann being released before Friday’s practice, the competition is down to incumbent starter Jay Feely and rookie Chandler Catanzaro. Feely made five of six field goals Friday, missing a 45 yarder. Catanzaro went 4-for-6, missing from 43 and 46.
Backup quarterback Drew Stanton saw the good and bad of passes gone awry. One of his passes toward the end of practice bounced off the chest of tight end Rob Housler and into the hands of Curtis Taylor. Later, a Stanton pass was nearly picked off by Kenny Demens, but it bounced off his hands and was caught by Jaron Brown for a touchdown.
CB Patrick Peterson intercepted Palmer during 7-on-7 drills. … DE Frostee Rucker saw more snaps with the first team in place of Dockett. … LB Larry Foote lined up out wide in coverage on one play across from RB Andre Ellington but Ellington didn’t get targeted by Palmer. … Midway through practice DT Amp McCloud rushed Stanton and appeared to accidently knock the ball out of Stanton’s hands. Arians immediately tossed McCloud from the play. He returned later.