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Cardinals vs. Chargers: Player of the Game Poll

While the Cardinals recorded their second preseason loss in just as many games, a few players clearly shined above the rest.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Let's take a look at this week's Player of the Game nominees.

1) David Johnson - RB

With the signing of Chris Johnson earlier this week, there were questions regarding the role that the third round RB would play.  In his preseason debut, Johnson proved that he wants playing time, and a lot of it.  Rushing 13 times for a total of 66 yards as well as bringing in two catches for 15 yards, he averaged an impressive 5.1 yards per carry.  Whether he was hurdling over defenders or breaking tackles, Johnson fought for every yard, and made his case for a higher position on the depth chart.

2) John Brown - WR

John "Smokey" Brown showcased his talents early on in the game, when he used his speed to turn a pass from QB Carson Palmer into a 14 yard gain deep in the end zone.  He immediately followed this play by catching a 17 yard pass from Palmer for the first TD of the game.  Brown finished with three receptions off four targets for a total of 39 yards.

3) Phillip Sims - QB

In the first preseason game, QB Logan Thomas stepped up his performance.  This time, however, he was lackluster, going 0-4.  Sims, who is battling for the third-string position with Thomas, took advantage of Thomas's off day by shining in his own right.  Sims finished the game 8-13 for 82 yards while leading the Cardinals on two scoring drives late in the 4th quarter (RB Marion Grice had the honors of running in the TD).  The battle for third-string is only beginning to heat up.

4) J.J. Nelson - WR

While Nelson's main contribution to the game was one play, it sure was a beautiful play.  We've been hearing reports for a while now that Nelson has been impressive in camps, and the rookie out of UAB showed his potential on the second possession of the game.  The speedy Nelson brought in a bomb from Palmer for a total of 57 yards.  It may very well have been a touchdown if Palmer had placed the ball just a little in front of Nelson.  In addition, Nelson had one punt return for 18 yards.

Who do you think should be the player of the game?  Vote in the poll, or comment below if you think a player not listed is deserving of the honor.