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7-8-1, 2nd in NFC West

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42 days until NFL season: Carson Palmer posted a 42 Total QBR in road games last season, worst in the NFL. That's a 41 point drop from his league-leading 83 road QBR in 2015.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

A couple things of note from the Cardinals' depth chart for their first preseason game, the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3: - DT Josh Mauro was listed as a starter with the base defense. Mauro's snaps were expected to increase this season since he re-signed after the departure of Calais Campbell. - Justin Bethel was listed as the starting right cornerback, ahead of Brandon Williams. This is not surprising considering how well Bethel has practiced thus far. - Antoine Bethea was listed as the starting SS in base, ahead of Tyvon Branch. Branch had been playing SS with the first-team defense with Bethea coming in as the nickel safety. - J.J. Nelson was listed as the kick returner while Patrick Peterson was listed as the punt returner. - Incumbent punter Matt Wile was listed ahead of Richie Leone, who's challenging him for his job.

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Arizona would be great fit for veteran corners

The No. 2 spot opposite Patrick Peterson is still up for grabs, and it's rare to find corners as good as Brandon Flowers and Darrelle Revis at this point in the year.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Overheard at camp: "Good job, boy." Those three words were a common refrain from cornerback Patrick Peterson throughout practice, whether they were focused at fellow cornerback Justin Bethel after a pass break up or other defensive backs after they made a play. Peterson was more vocal this practice than he has been throughout camp praising and encouraging his defensive teammates throughout the two-and-a-half hour practice.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie report at camp: On a day when coach Bruce Arians called out the receivers of all levels for turning in their worst performance in five years the day before, rookie Chad Williams was steady throughout practice, making a handful of catches on 11-on-11 drills. He had one about midway through practice in traffic that caught the attention of the sideline.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Best play at camp: Linebacker Scooby Wright, who has developed a reputation for his aggressive play, started a practice full of highlights Tuesday with an interception of quarterback Drew Stanton early in the session. It was an athletic play, that saw him shift his body and tip the ball to himself. He continued his impactful day with physical hit later in practice along the sideline while in coverage.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals rookie WR Chad Williams told a story after practice today of him trying to emulate Larry Fitzgerald nine years ago … trying to catch a fish. Yes, that's right. A fish. Fitzgerald caught a fish one-handed during an appearance on Sports Science. A young Williams saw that and wanted to try his hand at catching fish while on a fishing trip with his brothers. Williams remembered catching 32 fish that day, but he didn't catch any of the fish – mostly bass – his brothers threw to him. Williams, who was the Cardinals' third-round pick this year, said he hasn't told Fitzgerald the story. Yet.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Another way the Cardinals are saving Carson Palmer's arm during training camp is by having him work with the offensive line, handing the ball off to running backs, while the other three quarterbacks throw passes to receivers during route drills.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was not pleased with the wide receivers' performance during Monday's practice. "I thought it was the worst day of wide receiver play we had in five years," Arians said. "We must've dropped five touchdowns and eight other plays. Very, very poor." It's not yet a concern, but it could, potentially, get to that point. "If it's a pattern of behavior, it'll be a hell of a concern but it has not been up to this point."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

There's one specific way that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has seen cornerback Justin Bethel start making strides toward being a starter. "The best thing with him, when he gives up a play he just comes back and goes to the next one," Arians said. "That used to bother him and now it doesn't. He's learning to get amnesia."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tuesday's practice will include what used to be Bruce Arians' favorite drill: Backs vs. Backers. It was his favorite when he was a running backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, but it's dropped off as players have come into the NFL with a lack of blocking fundamentals. "We have to teach these guys how to block before we put them in a drill. Too many stiff necks," Arians said. The Cardinals also allow players to cut in practice. "When we play live football, we play real football," Arians said. "So you have to play a cut block and you have to learn how to cut. Andre (Ellington) got hurt in Atlanta two years ago trying to cut a guy and tore his kidney up. You have to learn how to do it, too."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians with the line of the day while talking about assistant head coach/offense Tom Moore, who recently had a successful physical: "It's amazing. If you drink chardonnay and smoke cigarettes, you're going to be healthy. It tells you all this is all genetics. It's all genetics."

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals injury report: LB Alani Fua - knee S Ironhead Gallon - knee DT Ed Stinson - hamstring Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team is awaiting MRIs to see how long they'll be out.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's Cardinals training camp round-up: Overheard: It didn't matter what wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald did after practice Monday, the chants of "Lar-ry" echoed throughout University of Phoenix Stadium. At one point, all he did was take off his shoulder pads and the crowd broke up in the chant.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's Cardinals training camp round-up: Rookie report: Third-round pick Chad Williams had a few impressive catches, leading the way for the rookies on Monday. First-round pick Haason Reddick stood out in coverage against David Johnson. Reddick lined up as a defensive back both out wide and in the slot and didn't allow a pass to be completed against him. Undrafted rookie Trevor Knight struggled at times Monday. He had short, makeable passes bounce a yard short from their intended receiver.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's Cardinals training camp round-up: Best play: Early in the session, cornerback Justin Bethel made the best of a large handful of good plays Monday. He was in coverage during a 7-on-7 drill and a pass was bobbled by the receiver and landed on – not in – Bethel's hands. He then bobbled it a few times before securing it and falling out of bounds. Bethel was making plays throughout Monday's practice, mainly in coverage. He knocked a pass away from Larry Fitzgerald and blanketed a handful of other receivers, helping his case to win the starting right cornerback job.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals first-round pick Haason Reddick dropped into coverage and defended a pass thrown by QB Carson Palmer. The inside linebacker looked impressive with his versatility.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer just threw three perfect passes during 11 vs. 11 - one each to John Brown, J.J. Nelson and a deep one to Aaron Dobson who got a step on safety Antoine Bethea. Palmer showed off his arm's versatility with a strike to Nelson, a touch pass to Brown and an air-it-out pass to Dobson.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.59th
Rushing Yards108.318th
Points For26.16th
Points Against22.614th

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