There still isn’t anything concrete on the right knee injury of running back Andre Ellington, but General Manager Steve Keim said Monday during his appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7 that Ellington told Keim he “felt pretty good” and that the Cardinals are optimistic it is not a serious injury. Ellington is getting an MRI this morning.
Other Keim thoughts following the Cardinals’ 31-19 win over the Saints:
— Keim said he continues to be excited about the playmakers the Cardinals have, and after watching the video, said he thought the offensive line “played excellent.”
— There were things that didn’t go as well, Keim acknowledged. They were the obvious ones. The substitution issues weren’t good, and twice a defender failed to peel off and cover a running back leaking out of the backfield and it turned into a long pass. Plus the screens by the Saints were much too effective.
— Keim said if he had to give out a player of the game, he personally would split it between the two 2013 offensive line draftees: right tackle Earl Watford and right guard Jonathan Cooper. Watford for stepping up into his new position. “If you watched the game on tape you’d be proud of the way he played,” Keim said. Cooper for playing “at the level he played.” Keim noted it was Cooper’s peel-back seal block that bought Carson Palmer time to throw that touchdown pass to John Brown. “I couldn’t be more proud of Coop because he’s been through a lot.”
— As for punter Drew Butler, “I think Drew would like to have one of those punts back but I think he responded well,” Keim said, noting the final kick that pinned the Saints inside the 5.
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