Whisenhunt: Kevin Kolb smooth, in control

A few thoughts on Kevin Kolb's exhibition debut Thursday night with the Arizona Cardinals:

  • All was good for the Cardinals once Kolb's deep pass for Larry Fitzgerald produced a 43-yard gain along the left sideline. The pass wasn't exceptional, but the results were welcome. Fitzgerald caught the ball between his left hand and helmet. Kolb and Fitzgerald connected again later. "For a first game, especially with the limited amount of work of we had, that’s exciting," coach Ken Whisenhunt told reporters.

  • Kolb, who completed 4 of 7 passes for 68 yards, showed very good mobility when scrambling for a 15-yard gain. His personality showed on the return trip to the huddle. Kolb bumped Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt and said something to him playfully. They were teammates at the University of Houston.

  • Kolb wasn't taking many chances with injury. He threw away the ball quickly to avoid early pressure. He did step up against pressure and take a sack when when he might have been better served throwing away the ball. Overall, though, Kolb avoided obvious mistakes and seemed comfortable. Whisenhunt: "First of all, he is very smooth in the huddle. We didn’t have any problems with getting to the line of scrimmage, running down on the play clock. He operated the offense and he knew what he was doing. He made some good reads and made some good throws. For it to be this early in the process with him, I am very excited about that."

  • The Raiders' second-team defense stopped a drive from Kolb and the Cardinals' starting offense near the goal line. Kolb: "I think it went pretty good. All of us got to work out some kinks, they got to get used to my cadence in a live-game setting, getting out of the huddle. There are a lot of things that you can’t duplicate in practice. We are learning as we go. We would have liked to put that (second drive) in the end zone but I think, overall, it was successful."

The Cardinals' next exhibition game is Aug. 19 at Green Bay.