It is still relatively early in training camp, as the Arizona Cardinals only just began practicing with pads this week. However, a few players have caught the attention of head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
On Wednesday after practice, when addressing the media, he said there was a group of second-year players who have stood out — two receivers and two safeties.
“A couple of guys that were here last year as rookies that have shown up with a different look in their eye, different understanding of our offense, different confidence level, would be KeeSean (Johnson) and Andy (Isabella),” he said. “Last year there was a big learning curve for all the rookies. This year you can tell they are much more comfortable in their roles and have been doing a good job so far.”
He also mentioned safeties Jalen Thompson and Deionte Thompson, “two young safeties that got thrown in the fire last year and have come back, (their) second year in the system and have really made some nice strides there.”
If all four can continue to stand out, it will pay dividends once the season rolls around.
Read on for these four players’ challenges from a year ago and what could be in store.