Head coach Bruce Arians looks on at Arizona Cardin

first_imgHead coach Bruce Arians looks on at Arizona Cardinals Training Camp in Glendale Monday, August 3, 2015. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports) How important is it to get Ellington back on the practice field?“Extremely important. I’m not pleased with the amount of time that he and David have lost and wasn’t that fired up about the running backs’ performance this Saturday. Balls on the ground, not hitting holes; thought we should’ve scored on a couple of those runs where we’re 1-on-1 with the safety or the backside linebacker and we got stopped.”Might you got out and look to bring in a running back to compete here in camp?“Yeah, we’ll search and see what’s available. I’m just not pleased with where we’re at right now at that position.”Is Johnson’s injury a lingering one?“We’ve got to make plans in case it does. It should be a two-week deal, but sometimes those things re-occur. He’s an unproven player so we’ve got to see somebody.”Might you consider Ray Rice?“No.”Are you looking for a certain type of running back?“Steve (Keim) and I will get (together) tonight and look and see what’s available.”At the tight end position, is the starting job Jermaine Gresham’s when he returns?“He ain’t got no starting job. He’s never played here. You’ve got to earn all that. You don’t sign contracts and get jobs. He’s got to come out and earn all that on the field. Darren Fells is our starting tight end. He’s doing really, really well. It’s going to be hard to beat him out.” Comments   Share   On your radio show today you mentioned a new nickname for J.J. Nelson…“The guys said, ‘where ever you see Smoke (John Brown), you see Fire now’ so that’s his nickname. He’s always in Smoke’s hip pocket, following him around and it’s a good thing. Smoke has been through it now and knows to help (Nelson) get to where Smoke is now faster than Smoke got there last year. They’re very similar; both fast. J.J. is a little bit longer, but they’re both fast and quick and can really run fast and cut on a dime. They can stretch the field, but they can also go over the middle.”With the pass rush, are there certain guys you think will lead the way?“I think Alex (Okafor) will lead the way. He’s got a pretty good resume right now. He’s getting after the quarterback a lot this camp. (LaMarr) Woodley has had his resume. Again, we’ll blitz people. We’ll rush with four, we’ll rush with three. It depends. I like where some of these young guys are right now; anxious to see them against somebody else.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. –- Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.However, on this day, there was no morning walk-through and Arians addressed the media just prior to practice.First, he updated the injury list: “Cornerback Jerraud Powers hurt his oblique during the red-white practice on Saturday and will not practice; though he may be able to play in the first preseason game against Kansas City coming up on Saturday.”Also out for the day are cornerbacks Darren Woodard (groin) and Shaq Richardson as well as safety D.J. Campbell. Running back Andre Ellington (hamstring) will return to practice, while linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (hamstring) and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries (knee) may return on Tuesday.Arians added that running back David Johnson is “very iffy” to play against the Chiefs.What are your thoughts on the depth at the cornerback position and are you at all concerned?“No, Justin (Bethel) is playing very well and Cariel Brooks is having a nice camp, so we’re looking at him and C.J. Roberts is getting better so we’ll just continue to work those guys.”Have you figured out how you’re going to handle the reps for that first preseason game?“Petty close to like we always do. The 1s will go out and see how they look. Hopefully they’ll have a series and get out of there, and then we start looking at the younger players. We’ve got to do a better job with the young guys (in) the fourth quarter to try to win the game because we’re always playing to win. They didn’t show up well enough in that scrimmage we had the other day to try and win a game.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img