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JUST LIKE OLD KEIM
- - - - - For the first time since the 1950s, the Cardinals had the indignity of drafting first overall. With a new head coach, new starting QB, and a new offensive strategy, the biggest questionmarks may actually be on defense. Though officially returning to a 3-4 configuration, the players filling these spots leave much to be desired in terms of depth, and for that we can thank the same old GM.
- - - - - The defensive line, once a strength of this roster just a few years ago, will be filled by Peters, Gunter, a journeyman, and at least two rookies. Nkemdiche is gone. Philon is gone. At OLB, the Cardinals have added an aging Terrell Suggs to play opposite of Jones, but behind them, there wasn't a single player who looked worthy of making an NFL roster. At ILB, a hole much ignored for the better part of a decade, Hicks is added to play alongside the mediocre Reddick. Gardeck, whose best play as a Cardinals was probably his game-saving tackle on the final play against the Chargers a year ago, may actually be the best of the rest, which is really saying something.
- - - - - With these characters wearing the red and white, it looks like the Cardinals may need to score 50+ points each week to pull out wins. I guess that is the NFL in 2019. And with our offensive weapons, who know, maybe we'll be able to pull it off. Kyler Murray impressed with his short performance in the 17-13 victory over the Chargers. The O-line held together well enough, and with Murray's quick release, he may mask some of the protection deficiencies and lack of depth. We will hopefully get a more extended view of the rookie this week against the Raiders.
QB (2): MURRAY, HUNDLEY. Haven't seen enough from Kanoff or Anderson to merit a spot on the roster.
RB (4): JOHNSON, EDMONDS, LOGAN. One spot remaining. I liked what I saw from Hills wearing that dreaded 40-something jersey number. Foster drops a spot, Strickland needs more playing time to evaluate.
TE (3): No spots solidified in my opinion. Clay will hopefully see some action against Oakland. Williams showed he can block, Seals-Jones showed he can catch. Wilson had a rough start. Daniels and Belcher came in too late to leave much of an impression.
WR (7): FITZGERALD, KIRK, JOHNSON, BUTLER, ISABELLA. Sherfield probably did the most to move up for the #6 spot, plus he had a good showing on punt coverage. Cooper would be #7, with White still to make an appearance.
OL (9): HUMPHRIES, GILBERT, SWEEZY, COLE, SHIPLEY. Presumably, if healthy, Pugh is in as well. That leaves three spots. Cunningham was the best of the remaining tackles. Two spots, then, between Gaillard, Shelton, and Vujnovich who have rotated between center and guard. Miles, a 7th round selection, made several mental errors in his first game as a rookie and will need to improve to move up the ladder. Garcia still inactive.
DL (6): PETERS, GUNTER, ALLEN, DOGBE, MCCLAIN. One spot left, and not much from which to pick. Tasini returns for a trial, Brown or Bailey would be a stretch.
OLB (4): JONES, SUGGS. Didn't see much I liked from the rest. Robertson had the most consistent effort. Dora also looked better than Reed and Branch. Taumoepenu came in late and would be nice to see him against better competition.
ILB (4): REDDICK, HICKS. Gardeck may be third, though I can't say I'm too impressed with his performance. I have Vallejo slightly ahead of Turner who seemed to hit the wrong hole and was easily neutralized a number of times. Haven't seen Walker yet.
DB (9): PETERSON, ALFORD, MURPHY, BAKER, SWEARINGER. Ford is probably #6. Three spots left. Nichols was perhaps the most consistent. Jones and Sigler made a few plays; D.Thompson and J.Thompson made a few mistakes. Williams will have his last chance coming up soon.
ST (3):BREWER, GONZALEZ, LEE. Nice kick by Gonzalez, let's see how he does when the bullets are real.
WILDCARD (2): Maybe a third QB, fourth TE, eighth WR?
NEXT WEEK, OAKLAND RAIDERS: Nationally televised for a live broadcast again. Hoping to see a full complement of TEs and DBs this week. Keep an eye on the interior offensive line rotations. Backup LBs? Who knows.
TWENTY-FOURTH SEASON UNDERWAY
- - - - - As you've probably already noticed, "The Cardinal's" Nest, the Internet's longest-running website dedicated to the Arizona Cardinals, has
undergone a few changes over the years as we embark on our 24th season. This newer setup will hopefully make it easier for you, the fans, to navigate
these pages. After all, isn't life already hard enough being a Cardinals fan?
- - - - - The bar at the left will contain the links to the other pages on this site, including icons for some of the larger features.
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