Cards Camp Notebook: Receiver Depth Being Tested Early

With a handful of receivers out, head coach Kliff Kingsbury believes it's an opportunity for young guys to step up.

The Arizona Cardinals practiced for their second day in pads on Wednesday, gearing up for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys in less than 10 days. The Cardinals had a handful of starters missing from action, particularly at the wide receiver position. 

We break those absences down along with everything else that happened at practice on Wednesday's edition of Cards Camp Notebook:

Corey Peters Expecting to Participate This Week

Despite signing with the Cardinals two days ago, Arizona still has yet to see Peters on the field. Peters spoke to the media Wednesday and said he was expecting to hit the field "in some capacity" this week. Peters said he was "100%" physically, but needed to better prepare himself in terms of conditioning, running, etc. 

It appears the Cardinals will slowly work Peters back into the mix of things, as they should, considering his recent injury. However, we may see him on the field sooner rather than later. 

Wide Receiver Depth Tested

The Cardinals were without both A.J. Green and Christian Kirk Wednesday, leaving opportunity for some younger guys to gain valuable reps. Kingsbury told media members "not too much has changed" with the status of Kirk, while they're unsure of Green's injury, giving a possible timetable of next week for his return. 

Antoine Wesley again missed practice. KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella saw an uptick in work due to the aforementioned absences.

Justin Murray Sidelined

Right guard Justin Murray was spotted on the field during Wednesday's practice in shorts and without a helmet. Kingsbury was not asked about Murray, but his presence on the field was encouraging for his injury status from an outsider's perspective. 

Offensive lineman Josh Jones, typically taking snaps at tackle, practiced in place of Murray with the starters. 

Other Practice Notes

  • Zaven Collins had a decent day, including a nice pass breakup on a wheel route from quarterback Kyler Murray. 
  • Speaking of Murray, he strung together two incredibly difficult throws on back-to -back plays. The first was a threaded ball down the seam between two defenders to tight end Darrell Daniels. The second was a corner route to receiver KeeSean Johnson, which also was placed in front of two defenders. 
  • Matt Prater was the kickoff specialist in Wednesday's practice. 
  • Cornerbacks Byron Murphy Jr., Tay Gowan and Malcolm Butler all made great individual plays.