The Cardinals opened up the preseason with a loss. The Cardinals starting offense saw the field for nearly five minutes, leaving the backups and guys battling for a roster spot to take over for the final 55 minutes. It such a lopsided loss, there's not many names who are up for consideration this week.
However, there are a few players who's play stood out, and caught the attention of the coaches.
Niklas was the star of the game for me. He had two catches for 44 yards, but made his catches count. His 32 yard catch and run saw him level two players attempting to make a tackle, something the Cardinals had expected him to do coming out of the draft. With no injuries plaguing him this year, we finally caught a glimpse of what he can do, and that spells danger for not only opposing Defenses, but also Ifyeani Momah and Gerald Christian, both who are not locks to make the roster.
Ellington only touched the ball three times. But he made all three carries count. He broke off a 35 yard rush on one, and followed that up with a touchdown run later in the drive. Like Niklas, injuries have hampered him in his career, but now that both are in a contract year, both are playing phenomenally through camp and into the game. We saw once again why Arians wanted to center the offense around Ellington a few years ago, and if he remains healthy, why he will be an integral part of the Cardinals success in 2016.
Like Ellington, Johnson only touched the ball three times. He still picked up 31 yards total, as well as a big 23 yard gain. Johnson is the bell cow for 2016, and shows no signs of letting up from the success he had in his rookie season.
Outside of those three, no player really showed up. Chris Hubert has made plays in camp, but had a number of drops. Jaxon Shipley who had an excellent 2015 Preseason, and was doing well in camp also had some drops.
Marquis Christian and Brandon Williams played the majority of the game, and held up well considering their status.
The Cardinals take on the Chargers in San Diego on August 19th.