About the only time Kevin Minter had a pack full of television cameras and microphones stuck in his face last season as a rookie was the week leading up to the Cardinals' road game at the Saints.

Minter was one of a handful of Arizona players who played collegiately at LSU and, therefore, there were some natural questions about making a homecoming.

When the Cardinals opened training camp on Saturday, however, the cameras and microphones were surrounding the inside linebacker once again. And this time, it was for some real probing and prodding.

Minter, after all, is being asked to fill the shoes of Karlos Dansby, who left to sign as a free agent with the Browns. Ready or not, the soft-spoken but hard-hitting Minter is getting the opportunity of a lifetime, and he knows it.

The starting inside job is his to win or lose.

"It's pretty surreal," Minter said after the team's first walk-through at University of Phoenix Stadium. "That's what they brought me in here to do, though. It's my time."

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said Minter is up for the challenge, that he's actually a better run stopper than Dansby and will hold up at the point of attack just as well as suspended inside linebacker Daryl Washington once did.

"It's obviously going to be hard filling Karlos' shoes. He had a great season last year," Minter said. "But I learned a lot from him and, hopefully, I'll bring a lot of energy to this team, and everything works out."

Minter said he has no problem with everyone's eyes being on him at camp.