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Bruce Arians: Logan Thomas "still work in progress"

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For the second straight practice, Logan Thomas' standing in the hierarchy of the Arizona Cardinals' quarterbacks fluctuated.

He took snaps as the third-string quarterback at times, while moving down the depth charter later during Tuesday’s minicamp practice.

“Still a work in progress,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “He makes some of those wild throws still and you just scratch your head sometimes.”

Thomas impressed with some passes but struggled to find touch on others, mainly on short routes.

Arians was curt with his answers about Thomas, who the Cardinals drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. Arians said during OTAs that the third quarterback was an open competition between Thomas, Chandler Harnish and rookie Phillip Sims.

On Thursday, the last day of OTAs, Thomas was not part of the rotation at quarterback during 11-on-11 drills. He took those snaps Tuesday but the rotation changed throughout the day, with Sims and Harnish getting reps behind backup quarterback Drew Stanton at times.

Arians expected Thomas to be further along in his development at this stage of his young career.

“I was hoping so,” Arians said.

  • Arians called Tuesday one of the best practices he’s seen since he arrived in Arizona.

  • The Cardinals finished their planned practice early and had time for about 30 extra reps.

  • Andre Ellington has been practicing at “full speed,” Arians said. “He’s got no setbacks right now.”

  • A.Q. Shipley continued to strengthen his stronghold on the starting center job. He worked with the first team all practice Tuesday.

  • In an interesting move, Justin Bethel lined up as the wide cornerback on one play while Jerraud Powers played in the slot next to him. Alfonzo Dennard also lined up in the slot later in practice, while Powers was out wide.

  • As he had during the offseason, safety Tony Jefferson defended tight end Darren Fells during 11-on-11. Had hitting been allowed, Jefferson would’ve stopped Fells for a short gain.