The defense is ahead of the offense. That’s how training camp always starts, and that still where the Cardinals sit nearing their first preseason game.
Even without linebacker Karlos Dansby, the defense seemed to win most battles during team work Wednesday. Experienced defensive linemen — like Chike Okeafor — had their way a couple of times with inexperienced offensive linemen — like Fred Wakefield. The Cards’ offense does have many weapons at its disposal. But that’s on paper. The Cards still have to prove it on the field.
No rest for Warner:
Some veteran quarterbacks around the league take a training camp practice or two off to save their strength. But Kurt Warner isn’t one of them.
“I don’t like to take practice off. It’s boring,” Warner said. “The challenge is we have such a big playbook, and with coach (Dennis) Green’s schedule, we aren’t overworked anyway. If I could, I’d take every snap.”
After signing a new three-year contract, he’d prefer to stave off young quarterbacks like Matt Leinart — who remains unsigned — as long as he can, one reason he wants all the work. He also knows the coaches will work with him if a reason to sit does crop up.
“If my arm was tired, if my elbow was bothering me, there would be no issue with (sitting out),” Warner said.
Multiple New York-area outlets reported Wednesday that the Jets may be interested in trading for running back Marcel Shipp.
“Wow,” said Shipp, who hadn’t heard the rumor. “It doesn’t surprise me. There have been trade rumors since we signed Edgerrin (James). I am happy here, I want to play here, I want to make the best of my situation. If a trade does happen, those are the cards I am dealt.”
Still no Matt:
The whole bunch of nothing that has become the Leinart contract watch continued Wednesday. Leinart agent Tom Condon did not return a phone message, while the Cardinals’ top two contract negotiators, Rod Graves and John Idzik, attended practice Wednesday afternoon. Graves declined to speak with the media.
Receiver Anquan Boldin returned to practice after missing some time with a sore hamstring, and dismissed the idea it was ever a big deal. “It never was serious,” Boldin said. ... NAU president John Haeger said the school is committed to replacing the old astroturf in the Walkup Skydome, but the only time frame he’d put on it was “the next several years.”
TODAY AT CAMP
The Cardinals will hold practices at 9:30 a.m. and a walk-through at 4 p.m.
Lance Mitchell: LB came out with a sore knee;
Still out: FB James Hodgins (PUP-knee), DE Anton Palepoi (PUP-shoulder), LB Karlos Dansby (thumb), RB Roger Robinson (toe), T Oliver Ross (knee surgery), DL Kenny King (hand surgery), DT Tim Bulman (back), G Rolando Cantu (knee), DT Kendrick Clancy (groin).
Ht.: 6-3; Wt.: 275; Pos.: FB
Role: Attempting to become the main blocking back
How he got here: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2005 as a tight end
Moving around: Bronson played defensive end in college at Penn State before becoming a tight end as a senior and is now trying to learn fullback