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Posted by Darren Urban on August 9, 2012 – 8:04 am

It’s a story told many times: Man is in man coverage, man sees tight end stay into block, man reads quarterback’s eyes. End-zone interception.

OK, maybe not many times. And it certainly hadn’t been told on the NFL level yet for undrafted rookie safety Blake Gideon before the preseason opener. But Gideon did all that, making a pick that — for a guy well down on the depth chart — can hopefully garner some much needed attention. But he, and all the other players fighting for spots need more.

“When you make those plays, it gets you a gold star in your box, but you have to keep getting those,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “This league is about consistency, and being able to do it all the time.

“It does get the attention. You’re like, ‘Wait a minute, Blake Gideon, great read, good interception, big time in thegame.’ Can he consistently do that? He’ll get more reps now because you want to see what he can do.”

Gideon knows. “You are trying to do something to stand out,” he said. “Whenever it comes time for the roster to be reduced, if something about you stands out, coaches will be thinking about you. I made a couple of plays. Now it’s being consistent with it. There are four more preseason games.”

The reps are so few and far between in practice for a guy like Gideon or receiver LeRon Byrd, another undrafted prospect, that there are plenty of times in games where they encounter a situation that they simply haven’t had a chance to rep out in practice. Making a memorable play for Gideon is about more than just getting props from teammate and fellow former Texas Longhorn Lyle Sendlein (pictured below).

Whisenhunt said he never quite gets to see the lower-tier players as much as he wants. “You go into games and think you will play players a certain amount of plays and think you’ll get a chance to look at a lot of guys maybe you wouldn’t see in a normal situation and then things change,” Whisenhunt said. Practice is better the coach said, because it’s more structured, but again, with 90 guys in camp, reps are limited.

That’s why a signature play — or two — is necessary.


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17 Responses to “Getting noticed”

  1. By CoolDaddy79 on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Gideon,.. keep playing smart! knock them fools around!

  2. By Eric G on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, have you seen this?

    Go Sam Acho!!!

    http://www.aol.com/video/kids-tackle-nfl-starswith-love/517437391/

  3. By Eric G on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the Cards keep him, he looks like he has potential.
    Good luck out there kid, show us and Whiz what you got..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR_O60pPHcM

  4. By Walter H Richters on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    AH HA, I finally see LaRon Byrd’s name in lights. Seeing a name on your blog is like seeing a name on a Broadway theater Marque.

    Gideon, Elders, Byrd, and my main man Lindley. Add one TE I like in Skelton andd you have my favorites to root for. I still can see Fitz, Floyd, and Byrd all out on a 4 wide set along with a TE and Williams. Darren, how would you defense that set? :) yeh, fantasy stuff but I can hope anyway.

  5. By Walter H Richters on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    OOPS, forgot that during the game when we had three guys hanging onto hteir running back #42 came up and put a “Wilson Stop” on the guy. The RB had already shed any effective tackle by those three but he couldn’t handle the head on shoulder pad to shoulder pad hit that looked like two cars in a head on. The RB was visably shaken too, but Elders just swaggered away. A young Wilson? Maybe. we’ll see. :)

  6. By BIG RED on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    I liked what I saw with both Gideon and Byrd. Also one to mention was Steven Skelton I think he can replace both veterans Heap and King both are up there in age and don’t have much more time in the NFL.

  7. By hummer53 on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    “When you make those plays, it gets you a gold star in your box”. Other then our two starters Kerry and A_Dub I’m racking my brain on our roster of what other safeties have a bunch of gold stars. Backup at that position is open for the taking. Congrats to Blake on a good first game.

  8. By D on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Okay Darren–before you choke on your left over BBQ-I realize it’s only been one preseason game….but if the season goes South, I tend to believe it will have to do with the following 3 positions — To Do List by next March….

    1) Extend D. Washington and The Hyphen
    2) Draft Logan Thomas QB V. Tech
    3) Round 2- M. Ball–RB Wisconsin
    3) Round 3–C. Warmack RG
    trade Beanie around the draft.

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: Acho video

    Have I seen it? That hurts. That hurts right here.

    http://blog.azcardinals.com/2012/08/03/with-a-nod-to-peterson-acho-man-of-the-people/

  10. By dan on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Byrd looks pretty good to me, I like his size and reminds me of Fitz. Gideon I need to see more of but he’s a long shot. Now back to Haggans………..cut that lump of dump, he’s useless but Whiz needs his buddy.

  11. By John the draft guy on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    D
    Ok, I’m not even that obsessed. I’ll have to give you my name; D the draft guy.

    I can get on board with extending Hyphen and Washington.

    Beanies trade value?? He runs for 1800 yds or is hurt all year really would change that. Also, with teams not giving a lot to RBs, the position has a drop in value.

    Finally, drafting a first round QB is a good idea, but I don’t like the guy you picked.

    Darren,
    I thought Gideon had a good game. He stepped up and made a couple of nice tackles to go along with his INT. But lets face it, if he wants to stick, he better make a play on special teams. Johnson and Sanders aren’t exactly special teams demons. That is your door young man. Be so good they have to keep you.

  12. By Dynosoar on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    John the Draft Guy,

    thanks for reading and commenting on my post the other day. Also, I agree with your special teams assessment. That’s what’s kept Adams around for five seasons. It’s also what’s made the Hyphen a household name and took Peterson to the Pro-Bowl.

    You mentioned Bethel in another post, I like him as well. Someone (sorry, can’t remember who) posted elsewhere of Campbel in the middle, Bethel from the right and Peterson from the left. This is a dream for us and a nightmare for Field Goal kickers. Can’t wait till regular season.

    Go Cards!

  13. By Eric on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    Sorry about that. Much as I try to keep up, I can’t always do so. C

    Cheers,
    E

  14. By BIG RED on Aug 9, 2012 | Reply

    Blake Gideon reminds me of Pat Tillman.

  15. By Walter H Richters on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Here is a comparison I have made a couple of times so here are some stats.

    I think Skelton is a lot like Terry Bradshaw. Here are Bradshaw’s stats from Pro-Football-reference.com Look at Terry’s first three years, and then let’s watch Skelton this year.

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    1970 22 PIT QB 12 13 8 3-5-0 83 218 38.1 1410 6 2.8 24 11.0 87 6.5 2.1 17.0 108.5 30.4 25 242 4.8 0.9 10.3 2
    1971 23 PIT QB 12 14 13 5-8-0 203 373 54.4 2259 13 3.5 22 5.9 49 6.1 4.1 11.1 161.4 59.7 33 287 4.9 3.1 8.1 3 3 10
    1972 24 PIT QB 12 14 14 11-3-0 147 308 47.7 1887 12 3.9 12 3.9 78 6.1 5.2 12.8 134.8 64.1 29 237 4.9 4.0 8.6 3 4 13
    1973 25 PIT QB 12 10 9 8-1-0 89 180 49.4 1183 10 5.6 15 8.3 67 6.6 3.9 13.3 118.3 54.5 24 186 4.9 2.6 11.8 0 1 6
    1974 26 PIT QB 12 8 7 5-2-0 67 148 45.3 785 7 4.7 8 5.4 56 5.3 3.8 11.7 98.1 55.2 10 104 4.3 2.9 6.3 1 1 5
    1975* 27 PIT QB 12 14 14 12-2-0 165 286 57.7 2055 18 6.3 9 3.1 59 7.2 7.0 12.5 146.8 88.0 31 290 5.6 5.4 9.8 1 3 14
    1976 28 PIT QB 12 10 8 4-4-0 92 192 47.9 1177 10 5.2 9 4.7 50 6.1 5.1 12.8 117.7 65.4 16 164 4.9 3.9 7.7 9
    1977 29 PIT QB 12 14 14 9-5-0 162 314 51.6 2523 17 5.4 19 6.1 65 8.0 6.4 15.6 180.2 71.4 26 235 6.7 5.2 7.6 0 1 15
    1978*+ 30 PIT QB 12 16 16 14-2-0 207 368 56.3 2915 28 7.6 20 5.4 70 7.9 7.0 14.1 182.2 84.7 21 222 6.9 6.0 5.4 2 2 16
    1979* 31 PIT QB 12 16 16 12-4-0 259 472 54.9 3724 26 5.5 25 5.3 65 7.9 6.6 14.4 232.8 77.0 24 196 7.1 5.9 4.8 5 5 14
    1980 32 PIT QB 12 15 15 9-6-0 218 424 51.4 3339 24 5.7 22 5.2 68 7.9 6.7 15.3 222.6 75.0 33 245 6.8 5.7 7.2 3 4 12
    1981 33 PIT QB 12 14 14 8-6-0 201 370 54.3 2887 22 5.9 14 3.8 90 7.8 7.3 14.4 206.2 83.9 17 155 7.1 6.6 4.4 0 2 11
    1982 34 PIT QB 12 9 9 6-3-0 127 240 52.9 1768 17 7.1 11 4.6 74 7.4 6.7 13.9 196.4 81.4 18 131 6.3 5.7 7.0 1 1 11
    1983 35 PIT qb 12 1 1 1-0-0 5 8 62.5 77 2 25.0 0 0.0 24 9.6 14.6 15.4 77.0 133.9 0 0 9.6 14.6 0.0 0
    Career 168 158 107-51-0 2025 3901 51.9 27989 212 5.4 210 5.4 90 7.2 5.8 13.8 166.6 70.9 307 2694 6.0 4.8 7.3 19 27 138
    Playoff Record as Starting QB: 1972 (1-1), 1973 (0-1), 1974 (3-0), 1975 (3-0), 1976 (1-1), 1977 (0-1), 1978 (3-0), 1979 (3-0), 1982 (0-1)
    Playoff Comebacks: 1972 (1),1974 (1),1975 (1),1979 (1)
    Playoff Game-Winning Drives: 1972 (1),1974 (1),1975 (1),1979 (1)

    Comeback and game-winning drive numbers are based on research by Scott Kacsmar, as described in parts I, II, and III on the blog.

  16. By clssylssy on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Great post Walter! Bradshaw is my favorite and I’m glad someone else saw the similarity with Skelton. Don’t know if you saw this article but apparently others are taking note of the Red Duke…aka John “The Closer” Skelton.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1273861-comparing-arizona-cardinals-qb-john-skelton-to-a-bronze-bust-in-canton?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=arizona-cardinals

  17. By AzDesertRat1953 on Aug 10, 2012 | Reply

    Heck when they drafted Skelton I told anyone and everyone that he was Big an Strong like Big Ben, threw the ball like Bradshaw, but better. Everyone told me I was dreaming and wishing to much. Maybe for once, we have hit the JackPot, who knows?

    As for this kid Gideon, that video of him shows he is one of those players that will get picked up if the Cards don’t keep him. I see a S, CB, and Spcl. Teamer in that young man, he can Hit, Tackle, has closing speed, and watches the QB and the ball. Hey Cards we may be sorry if we don’t keep this one.

    GO CARDS!!!

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