There were many positives to come from the Arizona Cardinals week 4 pre-season game against the Denver Broncos, and one of the positives was a multitude of individual performances.
From those performances, I grabbed a few as nominees for player of the game. The contenders are listed below.
1: Ryan Lindley: Lindley had an impressive state line yesterday. Seeing the bulk of the playing time for the 4th pre-season game, he amassed 214 yards on a 17/29 night. He also found receivers twice for scores, including the 55 yard strike to Jaron Brown.
2: Speaking of Jaron Brown: Lets take a look at the rookie WR. At 6'2" and 205#, he makes a nice target for a QB. He also shows up in games, with this one being no exception. Yesterday he was targeted 7 times and came down with 4 of those passes. One of them was the 55 yard bomb that he ran under and pulled in as he made for the end zone, breaking a tackle along the way. Brown finished the day with 4 receptions for 71 yards and a TD.
3: Tony Jefferson: I have to switch sides sides of the ball and hand out some kudos to a defensive player. This is another player trying to make the final 53, and he's doing so as an UDFAR. I'm not sure if it's the Jefferson Kool-Aid, but I really want to see him succeed. As I watch him play, I see someone who has a home in the NFL. Yesterday his stat lines were 5 tackles, 4 solo. He also had a sack, 2 tackles for loss and a QB hit.
4: Stepfan Taylor: Another rookie draft pick I liked from the new regime, Taylor got 11 touches in yesterday's game coming off the bench. For those 11 carries he managed 52 yards and a TD. That's an average of 4.7 yards per carry. He runs with power, keeps his legs churning and breaks tackles. His 15 yard run to the end zone was a perfect example of that power and drive.
5: Earl Watford: Who? Yes, that Earl Watford. Why? Easy enough. Even thought the play was negated due to penalty, Watford had the wherewithal to know that the ball was loose. The big man tracked it through the air and with almost Larry Fitzgerald ease pulled the ball in and began to rumble forward for positive yardage. I like players who play through the whistle, Earl Watford is one of those players.
What do you thinks Cards faithful? Who gets your vote for player of the game? Let us know in the poll below.