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Cardinals with a good night's work' during Fan Fest

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer points during Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, 2013. (Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

The Cardinals have a new general manager, a new head coach and a new quarterback -- actually a couple of new quarterbacks; yet it was the familiar (because you can't call him old) No. 11 that received the biggest reaction during the team's Fan Fest Tuesday night.

Larry Fitzgerald wowed the estimated 12,000 fans inside University of Phoenix Stadium with each catch, whether the ball was thrown underneath, over the middle or down either sideline.

"He always does," head coach Bruce Arians said responding to a question of how good the soon-to-be 30-year-old wide receiver looked.

The near two-hour practice offered fans their first glimpse of a team looking to separate itself from last season's five-win performance.

"I thought it was a good night's work," said Arians, who recently had some skin cancer removed from his nose. "The bright lights got some of the young guys, but some of the young guys shined, too. "It will be interesting film to go back and watch to see how they played for the first time under the lights with a little bit more enthusiasm with the practice.

"A little too much contact for my liking out there. But I knew it would happen. It always does when the fans come around."

The atmosphere appeared to energize the defense, with a number of tipped passes and a couple of interceptions.

"They were humming tonight," Arians said. "We want to create turnovers; don't like our offense throwing them. When you're hustling, good things will happen, so I was really pleased with our defense."

The annual Fan Fest event, held at University of Phoenix Stadium for the second straight year, opened the team's three-day mandatory minicamp.

"This is a little bit more attention to detail," Arians said. "It's more of a training camp atmosphere. The number of plays we can go longer and keep them a lot longer in the classroom."

Following the final practice Thursday, the Cardinals won't reconvene until training camp, which this year will be held in Glendale.

"I'm anxious to have training camp in this stadium with this many people every day so that we have that kind of excitement every day," Arians said.

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