Cardinals end minicamp a day early with a snap

TEMPE, Ariz. -- All it took to send the Arizona Cardinals on summer break a day early were four well-placed snaps.

With the entire roster surrounding them and cheering, rookies Daniel Dillon and Kameron Canaday each executed two perfect snaps to holder Drew Butler, who placed the football for kicker Chandler Catanzaro. But what happened after the snap didn't matter, coach Bruce Arians said.

After the four snaps, Arians ended practice early and canceled Thursday's final day of minicamp, sending his team on its way until they report for training camp July 28 in Glendale.

"[I] put a little pressure on our two young snappers," Arians said. "We've done that to Chandler in years past. He wasn't even warmed up today so it didn't matter if he made it or not. We wanted four perfect snaps in front of everybody with those two young kids, and Danny and Kam came through."

Quarterback Carson Palmer wasn't expecting the early ending.

He saw the offensive line begin warming up for the two-minute period but then Arians called for the players to head over to the field with the uprights.

"That's probably the most taxing part of practice," Palmer said of the two-minute period. "It's at the end. It's 110. And then you got play after play after play of straight pass-rush and it's difficult on those guys and it's nice to get these breaks and be rewarded for hard work and attendance and all the things we were rewarded for today."

Arizona's rookies will remain in Tempe, Arians said.

As the Cardinals became the first team to conclude their offseason practices, Arians said he was impressed enough with the competition during minicamp to cancel the last day.

"Make sure that we're coming into training camp healthy with that type of attitude and it was a fantastic two days," Arians said. "I'm extremely pleased with where this football team is right now."