The Arizona Cardinals closed out the preseason with a 22-20 come-from-behind win over the Denver Broncos. There were things to be pleased about and things that were not so great. Here is what we saw as the good and the bad.
Veterans Chris Johnson and Sean Weatehrspoon looked the way they should
After missing the other preseason games, the two veterans played against back of the roster guys and looked good, as they should. Weatherspoon didn't get hurt and made an impression on the field. You could tell Chris Johnson was getting his legs used to game speed and contact, but there were flashes of quickness and elusiveness that gave you hope. He had 55 yards of offense on 12 touches. It was probably enough to justify keeping him.
Good things shown by both Logan Thomas and Phillip Sims
Both players had shaky moments and both showed what they have to offer. Sims led two scoring drives, capping a preseason in which he led a touchdown drive in each preseason game. Logan Thomas led the team to three scores, including a game-winning score for the second time in as many games.
A pass rush
The Cardinals picked up three sacks and credited for five quarterback hits. Yes, it was against third and fourth stringers, but there was pressure from the edge. It was something we hadn't really seen the rest of the preseason.
A tight end down again
All of the preseason, the tight end position has been bothered by injuries. Troy Niklas and Jermaine Gresham were unavailable because they were hurt. During the game, seventh round rookie Gerald Christian went down with an injury, getting carted off the field. It is unknown the exact severity, but it is believed he will be out for the season.
It is the preseason, but you want to see more fight and execution at the start of the game. The Broncos only needed one play to take a 7-0 lead, when Brock Osweiler hit Andre Caldwell for a 78-yard pass play for a touchdown. They would fall behind 13-0 before rallying back. Start strong, end strong. That's how you want to play.
Missed extra points
Chandler Catanzaro missed two extra point attempts on Thursday. That makes three misses for the preseason. Bruce Arians isn't worried, he said, but there is reason for fans to raise their level of concern. Even a 33-yard extra point should almost be automatic.
Lots of men losing jobs and dreams
Saturday is the deadline to get their rosters down to 53 players. With 32 teams trimming 22 players from their roster, that means more than 700 men will lose their job. A little less than half of them can keep the dream alive with the practice squad, but it is a sad day for those other individuals. The gridiron is not always kind.