It wasn't the best of nights for the Cardinals, but there were plenty of bright spots. Last night the Cardinals fell to the San Diego Chargers in their second game of the preseason. Most don't take the preseason seriously, and why should they? Basing what the Cardinals may look like during the regular season, from the preseason games, is hardly accurate. You have to factor the effort, or lack of effort the starters may give, to the amount of time practice squad players are on the field, to what the other team is doing that they wouldn't normally do in a regular NFL game. In short, don't take the preseason with as much as a grain of salt. With that in mind, here's a look at some of the post game notes.
- LSH. LeRod Stephen-Howling looked impressive. We thought we might get a better idea of LSH due to Michael Ray Garvin's knee injury, and he didn't disappoint. He began the game with an 89 yard kick return, only to be tackled short of the end zone. He also took another 50+ yarder later in the game. Howling didn't get too many snaps offensively, but he did run well when he had the ball. If he continues to run like this, we can be sure he'll make the team.
- The 1st string defense looked very impressive. When the Cardinals first string defense took the field last night, they came out on fire. They registered 4 sacks in the 1st quarter, and stifled LaDainian Tomlinson. Calais Campbell looked like the man we saw last week, and the run defense was on top of their game. The only negative factor would be the bomb they game up right away to wide out Legedu Naanee, but 3rd string corner Ralph Brown was on coverage due to an ankle injury to Bryant McFadden.
Those are my thoughts that stood out to me, and as I said earlier, I wouldn't take much from a preseason game. What looked impressive the most to you? Is there anyone you wanted to see more of?