Friday before the Chiefs

Posted by Darren Urban on August 14, 2015 – 11:19 am

The training camp of Palmer, Mathieu and hamstrings takes a brief break so the Cardinals can open the preseason Saturday night against the Chiefs. It figures to be what should always be expected in the first preseason game of the season — some good play, but also some stumbling out of the blocks. Vanilla offense and defense. A big game for those playing especially in the second half, because those are the guys fighting to stay on the roster. And as always, fingers crossed no one gets hurt.

Carson Palmer will get to make an appearance and that’s amazing, given that he tore his ACL last November. But as we’ve said multiple times, Palmer has been excellent in camp and now, it’s about the reality of exposing him to another team. He has to get ready for the regular season, even if Bruce Arians acknowledged he’d rather put him in bubble wrap for now.

Some other things to watch Saturday:

— It’s about time for Logan Thomas. He will get a lot of playing time. This is where he has to make a push to convince the Cardinals he will fit. His performance in the preseason opener last year was what first caught everyone’s eye. We’ll see if he can repeat that, and push aside a lot of the questions that surround him these days.

— Arians said there were a ton of players he wants to see, and it’s hard to disagree. Among what I’ll be watching: Jonathan Cooper as starting right guard. Tackle D.J. Humphries. Outside linebackers Markus Golden and LaMarr Woodley. Summer sensation tight end Ifeanyi Momah. Wide receiver J.J. Nelson. Undrafted rookie cornerback Cariel Brooks. All those undrafted inside linebackers, including Gabe Martin (pictured below).

— Defensive coordinator James Bettcher moves from the press box to the sideline. He’s been calling plays in practice, but now we get a chance to see what it’s like in a game.

— It’s a great story from the Chiefs side that safety Eric Berry — who was battling cancer last year — will be back on the field and playing.

— Watch the defensive linemen. With all those guys, someone is going to be out by the end of the preseason, either through trade or being cut. That’ll make for an intense competition.

OK. Football is back.


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18 Responses to “Friday before the Chiefs”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Eric Berry remarkable; Carson Palmer too, for different reasons…great admiration for each.

    Pundit viewing practices: Logan Thomas can’t hit the broad side of a barn…or to that effect. Sure wish Sims had had the maturity to get his eyes fixed during the break, rookie mistake.

  2. By D on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    This time of the year we all have hope for the young players to play well and we all are holding our breaths for no major injuries…

  3. By Dynosoar on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    I used to think winning or losing in pre-season meant nothing, then I had an epiphany of sorts. I think it does matter, but not in the way I always dismissed it.

    I always felt pre-season is a scrimmage to get players up to game speed and used to contact again. So records didn’t matter and I still don’t think records matter.

    What I realized is this, if we win and win convincingly, the 37 players who will not make the roster have a much better chance of playing for another team when cuts are made. So they’re really playing for a roster spot, it just may be on a different team.

    I know some of you may have understood this before, but it gives me a different perspective on these four games.

  4. By Rick Phares on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Way to go Eric Berry. To have cancer and still have the focus to play football and all that goes into it, true inspiration.

    Carson is awesome, he is going to do good things this year. Hopefully superbowl. 🙂

  5. By hummer53 on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Always a favorite milepost. The first ‘Friday before the xxxxxx’. Let’s hope we see these all the way to February.

  6. By rod on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    “The training camp of Palmer, Mathieu and hamstrings takes a brief break”

    HA ! 🙁 but 🙂

  7. By Bruce on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Good point, yet don’t forget that amazing needle thread from Thomas to Ellington in Denver. That was a great throw.

  8. By NJAzCardsFan on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Darren- After the pre-season are any of the “interim” coaches ask to stay on??

    For the 3rd string QB my money is on Sims…..

    If Chris Johnson signs, will he be playing on this Sat or next???

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Interim

    They could but it’s unlikely. Kirkland already on board as a Bidwill fellow.

  10. By JohnnyBluenose on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Bruce…anyone can get lucky and complete a pass that goes for 80 yards and a touchdown. If memory serves me right, that was the only pass he completed that day. Hopefully Thomas can do well as our quarterback some day. If he does, I will be very surprised.

  11. By Dr. G. on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    Just due to a lack of following Palmer much in his early career, his potential was not obvious to me. But, last year I posted after checking some stats that he has been one of the toughest QBs in the league despite the original ACL…

    And now, he deserves serious admiration for his incredible work ethic in rehabilitation and his penchant for humility. He is a character model as I see him now…a mature adult among a number of kids who should be emulating his calm, sensible, determined demeanor…. RESPECT…. later Cards Fans…

  12. By Vinh on Aug 14, 2015 | Reply

    I can hardly wait! This is the best time of the year!

  13. By BigBobDiesel on Aug 15, 2015 | Reply

    First comment on Chiefs aftermath will most likely be someone asking if Logan Thomas would consider moving to Tight End.

  14. By Eazy E on Aug 15, 2015 | Reply

    Happy for Eric Berry, God answers prayer! Also, I hope we don’t cut or trade our defensive linemen, keep those brothas fresh to go out and hunt some QBs and RBs!

  15. By Crow on Aug 15, 2015 | Reply

    wow ive missed the days before games articles haha can’t wait for 9 oclock

  16. By JohnnyBluenose on Aug 15, 2015 | Reply

    NJAZ….”intern” not “interim”. the two words mean totally different things.

  17. By Cynicalogre on Aug 15, 2015 | Reply

    My admiration for Eric Berry is immense. Back in February I was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. I took my last chemo session two weeks ago thank God. To see someone that has been through the same weakness, hours of pain and the being sick so much play in an NFL game is simply amazing! I have been a true Cardinal fan for almost 5 decades now, but tonight I will also cheer for a Chief .

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