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Arizona Cardinals Winners and Losers From Preseason Game 1

Who shined and who dropped down the depth charts after preseason game number one against the Oakland Raiders?

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For the Arizona Cardinals, there is not a lot of room on the roster.  They are a team with few if any holes on the roster, but after one preseason game, the stock exchange is working pretty hard.

Here are three players who stock improved and three players who disappointed in game one for the Arizona Cardinals.

Note: David Johnson can't be included.

Three Up

  • Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah: Yes, I am cheating and having two players on the first one, but I run things, so I can do what I want.  Niklas looked like the physical specimen he was billed to be.  He caught the ball well, ran over a Raiders defender then moved 33 yards down the field.  Momah picked up where he left off last preseason.  Momah would have made the roster in 2015 had he not been injured.  Now, if these guys can stay healthy and continue to progress, the question becomes, who the hell do the Arizona Cardinals play at tight end?  And that is a good problem to have.
  • Andre Ellington: Ellington showed what he is for the Arizona Cardinals.  He is a dynamic playmaker in limited usage.  He can change the game at the drop of a hat and he gives the Arizona Cardinals already incredibly diverse offense even more firepower.
  • D.J. Humphries: I went back and watched all of Humphries snaps, he got murdered by Khalil Mack, but that happens, Mack is one of the top five defensive players in the NFL.  Outside of that, he held up well enough in pass protection, but he played very well in run blocking.  The two long Arizona Cardinals runs of the night came off of Humphries blocks.  It is exciting to see him produce a solid, if unspectacular start to his career.

Three Down

  • Matt Barkley and Drew Stanton: It is only fair if I put two players here.  Drew Stanton is going nowhere, he is the Arizona Cardinals back up quarterback, but man, he left a lot on the field in his short time.  Matt Barkley on the other hand, looked overwhelmed at times.  He couldn't make throws outside of the numbers, and when he did, his receivers could not make plays for him.
  • Tristan Okpalaugo: I want to like Okpalaugo, I do.  He has a lot of ability, but if he cannot play within the defense as constructed, and instead wants to freelance, he won't fit.  He's not dynamic enough right now.
  • Special Teams: Yes an entire unit.  I don't want to talk about it.