Keim: Six receivers possible

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2014 – 9:32 am

The Cardinals, not surprisingly, should keep “potentially” five of six wide receivers on the 53-man roster, GM Steve Keim said Monday during his weekly appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7. That math isn’t hard to follow. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Ted Ginn and rookie John Brown are the top four and the locks. Barring something changing, it seems hard to believe Jaron Brown — given his special teams ability — won’t be the fifth. Beyond that, it looks like it could come down to rookie Walt Powell and Brittan Golden — or, possibly, no one. Powell is practice-squad eligible, although you’d have to get him through waivers.

“That’s the kind of problem you want to have as a General Manager,” Keim said.

Some other Keim thoughts after the first preseason game:

— He was generally pleased with the work of the offensive linemen. Jonathan Cooper “rebounded nicely” after giving up the early sack to J.J. Watt. Keim thought Cooper looked athletic in space a couple of times, which is why the Cardinals liked Cooper so much in the first place. More importantly, Keim liked how Cooper got back in the fray after having his leg (the same one that had been broken) rolled up on early. The O-line “certainly looks like an area we have upgraded.”

— Keim liked the ability to create mismatches in the passing game. That was obvious a few times, especially with tight ends getting wide open on delayed routes. John Carlson caught a touchdown (called back), Rob Housler had a 38-yard catch-and-run, and Darren Fells dropped what should have been a TD catch or near-TD catch.

— He praised John Brown and Jaron Brown, but that’s no surprise. Nor was it a shock to hear Keim appreciated the “accuracy and poise” of QB Logan Thomas.

— Keim liked how second-year inside linebacker Kenny Demens — another guy who looks like a lock to make the 53-man roster at this point — played, especially on special teams. The GM noted guys like Demens, Jaron Brown, running back Robert Hughes, cornerback Justin Bethel and guard Paul Fanaika and how their games have changed. “It gives me great faith in our coaching staff,” Keim said. “(Those are) guys that not only have improved but improved considerably.”

— It all comes with a caveat that it is only a preseason game and the first one at that. Staying injury-free and fixing what Keim saw as multiple mental errors are still topping the to-do list.

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16 Responses to “Keim: Six receivers possible”

  1. By Dynosoar on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    “He praised John Brown and Jaron Brown, but that’s no surprise. Neither was appreciating the “accuracy and poise” of QB Logan Thomas.”

    Do I understand the second line correctly that neither John nor Jaron were appreciating Logan Thomas’ “accuracy and poise”?

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno —

    RE: Keim line


  3. By Steve Weston on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno – I’m pretty sure that it meant ‘neither was it was a surprise’ that Keim appreciated the accuracy and poise of QB Logan Thomas. 🙂

  4. By D on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Hard to find much bad play from that game from Az, although would like to see the running game look better, I think this year our strong passing game will open up the running game. I think the Texans are in for a long year, that being said, let’s see how the Cards play rest of the preseason…so far so does look like the depth is better than any Cards teams of the last 10 years. Going to be difficult decision for BA at the end of preseason, the strong leg of CAT or the experience of Feely.

  5. By Mike G on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool! Really enjoyed the game the other day. So glad there were no major injuries. Looks like the offensive line has some upside with some of the new players the Cards obtained. I think picking up Larsen from Tampa is going to prove to be a nice signing. The battle at kicker is going to be interesting– Katman’s ability to kick the ball in the end-zone may be the difference in him making the roster over Feely. Certainly Feely has the experience and Katman must prove himself in making clutch field goals. Having opponents starting a drive deep in their own zone has to be considered in keeping Katman over Feely given the good defense the Cards have. Hey Darren—Don’t you think these deep kickoffs give the Cards an added dimension that their team has not had in previous years?????

  6. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Mike G —

    RE: Kickoffs

    Yes, I’d say deep kickoff helps.

  7. By Patrick Hoog aka DTL on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Keim, as you’ve chronicled, has made a huge difference in the identification of hidden gems. I just wonder where you guys have been hiding Lisa Blanco.

  8. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    DTL —

    RE: Lisa Blanco

    Just started last week.

  9. By AzDesertRat1953 on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    All in all it was a good Team win, yes it was preseason, but it was an Outstanding feeling to watch this Team do Good!

    I would say that BA, Keim and Tom Moore just might have found a QB in Logan Thomas and that QB showed what May be the future. He looked a lot better than what most people have said about him.

    One player that I have heard little to nothing about so far, Punter Dave Zastudil, Wow.
    It ‘s like he’s playing lawn dart golf with the way he can kick the ball and get the ball to just almost stay within a few inches of where it hits, like a lawn dart. WOW!!!

    GO CARDS!!!

  10. By Jim McFetridge on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – Did the dropped passes & missed blocks by Darren Fells in the Texans game mean that he will end up on the practice squad? Is it unfair to pass judgment after just one pre-season game? How many tight ends will they keep on the 53 man roster? Thanks for your fair, reasonable, & perceptive observations.

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Jim M —

    RE: Fells

    Yes, no decisions are being made off one preseason game. But Fells needs to make those plays too. They’ll have four tight ends. We’ll see if he will be one.

  12. By Dynosoar on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks for clarifying. Makes much more sense.

    I was very impressed with what I saw of Logan Thomas. And very accurate. Certainly more than I was expecting. Big arm, his touchdown pass came while scrambling and looked to be a cross body throw.

  13. By dan on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    no way Walt Powell clears waivers.

  14. By infitzwetrust on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    gawd… dont u jest lub de grammer poe-lease…….

  15. By krehbieo14 on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    The depth of the Cardinals wide receiver corp is incredible. IMO, I would keep six . I’m not even sure Golden or Powell warrant being put on the practice squad. I am sure Cleveland would love to have one of these guys, but they’re not for sale! Great problem to have these assets. Go Cards!

  16. By Big Ken on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah Walt Powell has been a little over shadowed by the emergence of John Brown, but no way could we sneak Mr.Powell thru waivers to the practice team.

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