Nkemdiche gets to play against Jets

Posted by Darren Urban on October 17, 2016 – 3:58 pm

So, after all that, rookie Robert Nkemdiche will be active tonight against the Jets.

It was will-he-or-won’t-he all week, with Nkemdiche and Bruce Arians both sounding optimistic the defensive tackle would be active for the game and then Arians on Saturday sounding less so. But now that we are here, Nkemdiche will be dressed out. How much he plays is another story. It’s Nkemdiche’s first game since the opener, when he got 10 snaps against the Patriots. Since then, he not only was healing from his ankle but also battling himself when it came to prep and knowing the plays. He’s passed the test this week.

The full list of inactives:

— CB Brandon Williams

— RB Kerwynn Williams

— DT Olsen Pierre

— DT Xavier Williams

— G Mike Iupati (ankle)

— TE Hakeem Valles

— DT Ed Stinson (toe)

For the Jets, linebacker David Harris is out but cornerback Darrelle Revis is active. ESPN is reporting Revis will cover Larry Fitzgerald. Also, Patrick Peterson lost the bucket challenge this week:

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14 Responses to “Nkemdiche gets to play against Jets”

  1. By texascard on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Does anyone know if dak prescott made on the Cowboys active roster yet. I know it would be FANTASY to expect him to play at a high level but it would be interesting to hear if he is even getting to dress

  2. By Tristan on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    I really hope Nkemdiche plays well tonight. I want him to stay on the active roster for the rest of the season.

  3. By Big Ken on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Play him or charge him admission to the game. I don’t get it sometimes. Frustration! Sorry

  4. By creditcard on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Cards up 14-3 at half.

    Still nervous about the game. The refs have been a surprising benefit to the Cards. Play calling has been questionable … again. S/b more in command, but were are not, due to play calling.

    Defense looks good — interesting 2nd half to come

  5. By creditcard on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Nice 7-minute drive that ends up in a TD. Mostly on the ground

    Good work Card O-line

  6. By creditcard on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Nicely done. 17 play, 7 minute ground attack TD for the Cards in the 3rd.

    Nicely done O-line

  7. By creditcard on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Nicely done again! A second 14-play 7 minute drive ending with a TD. Great job O-line. The w-boys — Wentzel and Watford are doing a great job.

  8. By Scott H on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Now, here is what I like most about this game right now – two 14 play TD drives in the 2nd half that each took 7-plus minutes off the clock. On consecutive drives, no less. And THAT is exciting!!! You can win like that. It has looked efficient and effective. Very few big plays attempted tonight. And ya know what? I got NO problem with that. Because again, WE CAN WIN LIKE THAT.

    I have also liked David Johnson, but that is too easy at this point. OMG, I love the way this kid runs. That long TD run was a thing of beauty. He is SO smooth and SO patient and SO quick on his cuts and SO fast when he opens it up.

    Man, what a play on that INT by the Honey Badger! NICE!!

    And hardly a big night for Floyd, but….nice work to come down with that TD catch. We can only hope this gets him going. He has had some big games in Seattle….no better time than now for him to kick into gear.

    Sadly, I did NOT take the day off tomorrow, but…’s gonna be a good day, anyway!! Tired never feels the same after a nice win! 🙂

    Pretty nice job by the O-line tonight, especially Watford.

    One twinge of concern….I felt like I was not seeing as much zip on Palmer’s passes as we have been used to. And one wonders if that was a factor in notably fewer big play attempts. Something to keep an eye on.

  9. By creditcard on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Game balls to interior linemen, Wetzel and Watford did a job! Watford has earned a starting job. Jets’ strength is their D-line and the Cards interior owned them tonight.

  10. By Dan on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Wetzel looks better than Iupati

  11. By CARDS62 on Oct 17, 2016 | Reply

    Gruden also pointed out the fine play of Wetzel and Watford, I primarily noticed Walford and he looked very good. I also notice Humphries was active. His run blocking looks better than his pass blocking.

    Defense played very solid game and I feel this was our best coaching of the year. Jets struggling on offense so no need for us to play risky. Just play solid and win the day, and that is what we did. We only had one long pass to a smurf receiver, but that was on a free play as Jets defense jumped off sides so no risk. Our defense played better than I hoped. Especially our run defense which was very active tonight, Offense ran the ball much better on a very good run defense. Loved first play of game little pass to TE, and we were driving until Carson under center fumbled the ball. Carson started slow again, but played much better in second half and he threw 4 really nice balls to Smokey Brown and then the touchdown to Floyd. Glad we took him out of the game.

    Notice a lot of good in this game including Cat Man 5 strong kickoffs, Honey Badger made a nice interception at end of game that I hope will carry over and Swearinger had the hit of the season, and then a nice interception.

    All 3 teams we beat only have 1 win, so now we must beat Seattle so our guys can get on a roll. If Carson plays like he did in the second half today we have a good chance to beat Seattle.

    Only bad from this game is it looked like Jaron Brown had a serious injury so Darren please keep us updated on his condition.

    Great win and now we are 3-3, and now we do not have to say the last time we beat the Jets was in 1975.

    Go Cards!

  12. By clssylssy on Oct 18, 2016 | Reply

    Good to see our guys starting to look like we remember them. A lot of guys had their hands on the ball or played a major part in the win by playing physical and tough! Great to see Floyd get a TD, hope it helps him shake off his demons for next week, slow and steady success will build his confidence. Also, loved the interception by the Honey Badger who is starting to look like the ball hawk we remember. Peterson did pretty good against Marshall but got beat a few times, only b/c of Marshall’s size and power. The 0line, and offense as a whole, stepped up and did a good job of protecting Carson and opening up routes for Johnson to run through. Swearinger is a beast, and, with our other ball hawks, am getting excited about our defense for the first time.
    I felt there was a lot of love on the field for Coach Bowles and the team was, in part, playing like the team he remembered being a part of and who was the architect of the Cards defensive efforts. Sure hope we can channel those skills and that pride when we meet the Seahawks on Sunday and carry it throughout the rest of the season. Thrilled for the win but sad it came against Coach Bowles and not the stink’n Rams. This was a game that could have gone either way and was definitely an encouraging sign that perhaps a sleeping predator is waking up!
    The midterm is on Sunday and will be the real statement game. Enjoy the victory but be ready to do battle again Sunday. We’ve seen what we’re capable of this season so No Excuses. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  13. By JohnnyBluenose on Oct 18, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H….I was at the game and I share your concerns about Palmer. He did make some good 15 yard throws but he also made some low throws that ended up being incomplete and he looks tense a lot of the time. And I think he and his receivers are too often not on the same page. Sunday is a huge game for us. We need to be very, very good.

  14. By clssylssy on Oct 18, 2016 | Reply

    Glad to see Nkemdiche get an opportunity. I know fans have been impatient with him not meeting their expectations as a first round draft pick but I think he will develop and if he doesn’t, that’s really more on Keim than on Robert. BA has his favorites and is happy to give guys playing time to “shake off their demons” and I would think that getting actual game experience would be just as important to a developing player.
    Agree with others that Carson seemed a little slow getting started but, improved as the game went on as did Tyrann Mathieu who also has seemed slow out of the gate. I think as our Oline and offense prove they are going to protect, Carson’s confidence will grow–just don’t think he’s wanting to take the hits he used to. Last year he took big hits and just kept hanging in there which we haven’t seen this year. His hesitation and tentativeness could account for not always being on the same page as the receivers.
    Nothing like a win that everybody has a hand in to help build confidence which we need to ride into this Seahawks game on Sunday. We have the talent and could give our season a major kick with a win against the Seahawks–breaking that cycle just as we have with the Jets!

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