In the regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals had a few young players in key roles. With Larry Foote out with a knee injury, that meant a more prominent role for seocnd-year player Kevin Minter and significant playing time for undrafted rookie linebacker Glenn Carson.
Tight end Darren Fells has been getting more playing time over the last few weeks, too.
Of course, Ryan Lindley started at quarterback.
At linebacker, Minter had six tackles, one for a loss. According to Pro Football Focus, he missed three tackles as well. Those misses were noticeable. PFF graded him overall for the game a +0.5 -- +0.6 in run defense.
Carson led the team with nine tackles on Sunday. He was not credited for any missed tackles. PFF graded him at +0.9 for the game, including +0.6 in run defense and +0.5 in pass coverage.
Lindley's passing numbers were solid outside of his three interceptions. He threw for two scores and completed 59 percent of his passes. With the picks, PFF gave him a negative grade for the game -- -1.0.
Darren Fells was graded highly at tight end. He had two catches for 39 yards, but got high marks for his run blocking. He earned a +2.3 overall and a +1.5 for his run blocking alone.
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