--Quarterback Kevin Kolb reacted strongly to comments made by Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who said Kolb was skittish and scared. Kolb told the Cardinals' website: "Scared? Scared of what? Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes number 93 (Kelly). There's a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don't mind people criticizing my play. Don't ever question my toughness."
--Safety Justin Bethel has impressed coach Ken Whisenhunt this preseason with three blocked kicks. "I'd say it's a pretty safe bet he's made the team seeing as how he's blocking two kicks and blocked a punt and shown up in a couple of areas," Whisenhunt said.
--Running back Ryan Williams played in the preseason for the first time, just two days before the year anniversary of his knee injury. Williams gained 25 yards on five carries, including a 16-yard gain. Williams was just happy to be back on the field. "My heart's been pounding for two or three days," he said. "I felt like I hadn't played football, like I was in my first year. That got over quick, my first carry. It really felt good. After the first hit, I was like, 'Whoo, got that out of the way, let's go.'"
--There has been a striking difference in the way the offensive line has pass blocked for Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. Kolb has been under continuous pressure, while Skelton has had more time. "I think it's just pure chance," said center Lyle Sendlein. "We don't block any harder for one guy and not try as hard for the next guy."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's probably our most vocal and hard-working leader we had on our offense. It's not like you can just call 1-800-left tackle. It's the most important position on the offensive line." -- Center Lyle Sendlein on losing left tackle Levi Brown to injury.
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