Early in the Cardinals' Red-White public practice in Flagstaff, strong safety Adrian Wilson broke through the offensive line and greeted running back Ryan Williams in the backfield.
The pop of plastic pads filled the air, and Williams dropped to the ground. But the hit wasnt what it might have been had this been a regular-season game. At the last possible moment, Wilson restrained his very nature and spread his arms to the sides like a hawk slowing its descent as it grabs its prey.
I knew that Ryan was coming off an (knee) injury, and to be honest with you, I was actually wrong on the play and I had to make myself right, Wilson said later. In making myself right we kind of collided with each other. It was a good moment for me and him. It was really my first big hit of training camp, and that was the first time he was actually taking a hit. Im glad we were able to share it.
With that, Wilson broke into his unmistakable baritone laugh, and you realized what it was you had witnesse...