This version of “before the” will be a little different, much like the last game of the preseason normally is for teams. It doesn’t make much sense to break down the main parts of the Cards, since their biggest chore this game is to avoid injuries. There have been a lot of people asking why the starters will play much at all, after coach Ken Whisenhunt said yesterday the starters might actually play a little longer than in a normal, non-locked-out year. There is a fine line to walk. The reality is, because these guys didn’t get a chance to rep anything in the offseason, this is the only real time to do it. Is it a risk leaving the starters out a little longer? Sure. But health doesn’t mean anything if you aren’t playing well enough to win, and the Cards are still trying to get to the level they feel is important.
– It will be interesting to see how the roster shakes out. The media availability was just sent out, and Whisenhunt will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday with nothing Saturday or Sunday. I expect the Cards to announce their roster at that point. Do they keep two fullbacks? How many defensive backs do they keep? Those are among the many questions (and I will have my opinion how it will shake out later today on the blog). Whiz did say there is a guy or two who always seem to earn a job with the performance in the final preseason game.
– I hope we get to see running back Alfonso Smith carry the ball in this game. In my opinion, when cuts from the rest of the league come down, the Cards will be looking at running back first, then cornerback. And as I have said many times, it’s no lock that they get someone at either spot. Smith can impact his future tomorrow night.
– Also wondering if the Cards will feel the need to keep an extra DB given the uncertainty with safety Adrian Wilson. I believe Wilson will play this season. That’s not the issue. But if there is a concern playing could end up getting him hurt again, the Cards may want an extra body practicing the whole time in case he is needed to step in.
– The game is a sellout, the 55th straight time the Cards have sold out University of Phoenix Stadium (out of 55 tries). It will be televised locally on ABC-15 (and will be on radio at
Arizona Sports 620 AM and KTAR 92.3 FM).
– The Cards are taking part in a backpack drive again this year, collecting new or gently used backpacks in exchange for a Cardinals and Albertson’s co-branded backpack. The program benefits the “Hope Endures” organization. Backpacks can be dropped off at UoP Stadium gates before the Broncos game.
On to the Broncos. Like I said, I’ll take a guess at the roster later.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Alfonso Smith, Ken Whisenhunt
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