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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories D.J. was good, depending on who you askOne of the bigger story lines this camp is the progression of second-year pro D.J. Humphries, last season’s first-round pick who was inactive for every game but is penciled in to be the starting right tackle this year.Friday was his first significant game action since last preseason, and while he appeared to get beat on some plays, it did not appear as though anything he did poorly was catastrophic.Arians said he thought Humphries “played extremely well” from what he was able to see, adding that they ran the ball pretty well when heading in the right tackle’s direction.QB Carson Palmer agreed with his coach’s assessment, saying Humphries “looked really good.”“Khalil (Mack) is probably the second best pass rusher in the league already and to go out against him in your first time at home when you’re jacked up, I think it took him a little bit to settle down,” he said. “He said he was really amped up and I thought he really did a good job.”Humphries admitted his personality is such that he gets excited, which can work against him at times. He said there are some bad plays from Friday that will stick in his mind. Add in the fact that the final score matters so very little, and you have a rather difficult night to try and assess.That said, the Cardinals did share some thoughts following their 31-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders, and below are some of the notes worth highlighting.Good players played wellCoach Bruce Arians seemed pleased with his first teams, both offense and defense.“I liked the way we started,” he said. “I thought our good players played well. We got them out quickly, they were successful. Showed up ready to play.”To that end, QB Carson Palmer was 3-of-5 for 38 yards, David Johnson gained 31 yards on three carries, Chris Johnson totaled nine yards on three runs and Michael Floyd gained 30 yards on his one reception.Defensively, the starters surrendered a first down, but not much else.From there it was no doubt a mixed bag. Arians said he thought there were some good individual performances from some of the younger players, but noted the collective result wasn’t particularly great.Asked about the idea that the team’s good players were the ones that played well, defensive lineman Calais Campbell laughed.“For the starters, we were out pretty quick,” he said. “On defense, I mean, it wasn’t a three-and-out but they made a first-down completion real quick, and then we shut them down, made them punt. Then we were done.” Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs in the open field as he gets past Oakland Raiders’ Ben Heeney (50) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img

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