The preseason is over. The Arizona Cardinals won their game 22-20 over the Denver Broncos. While the actual result is inconsequential, the details do matter, especially when the team must trim their roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. What did we learn in the win? Here are some things:
Both quarterbacks played well, but both played differently
If you want to compare Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims, you have two different players. Both were effective. Both generated points. Sims was effective in keeping the offense moving, but it was with little dinks and dunks. He threw 101 yards, completing 14 passes on 22 attempts and a touchdown. Each of his scoring drives were 15 plays.
Thomas threw for 116 yards on 10 attempts, completing nine of them. He threw some quick screens, but also hit on the biggest play of the night, finding J.J. Nelson deep for the winning touchdown.
Both held the ball too long a few times and got sacked.
Both were poised.
The question is now whether you want the potential or the steady poise.
Chris Johnson flashed a little
The final numbers look good. He had 11 carries for 45 yards and a catch for 10. He had a 16-yard run. He showed moments of quickness. It was probably enough for Bruce Arians to see he deserves a spot on the final roster.
The more you do...and another TE injury
It appears tight end Gerald Christian will be done for the season. He suffered a knee injury in the first half of the game and was carted off. That left Ifeanyi Momah as the only healthy TE who would play, so reserve tackle Cameron Bradfield played tight end for those formations in which the Cardinals wanted two.
Mostly, though, they went with four receivers.
The pass rush showed up
Yes, it was against "scrubs" (I mean that in most respectful way), but Kareem Martin and Markus Golden showed their skills. Martin looked very good, getting credited with a sack and two hits on the quarterback. Golden made a few plays as well, getting a sack, two tackles for losses and another hit on a QB.
Healthy Weatherspoon looks nice
Weatherspoon, injured all of training camp, finally got into a game. He played into the third quarter. He looked good and made plays. He had three tackles, moved well and probably should have been credited with a forced fumble. Most importantly, he didn't get hurt!
Catman kicking woes on PAT
Chandler Catanzaro missed two extra points on Thursday. He missed three PATs in the preseason. Bruce Arians isn't worried. I might add he isn't worried yet. Catman had less than a memorable camp. After a very good rookie campaign, hopefully he doesn't take a step back.