There’s not much left to prove for the Arizona Cardinals. Sure, there are a number of players fighting for roster spots, but overall, the starting offense and defense appear set.
Except for one little key position, “Only starting spot left to battle is cornerback opposite Peterson,” Arians said in his pre-practice address to the media.
That’s a huge leap from a couple of weeks ago when Brandon Williams was “the starter”.
It also goes to show the fickle nature of the NFL. As Arians said in “All or Nothing” the elevator drops fast at a ****house and that means the same with being listed a starter on a championship contender. There can be no weaknesses, and through two preseason games, it is clear that Brandon Williams is an uber talented, but slightly unready rookie.
Technique and feel for the game come with reps, but can the Arizona Cardinals afford to allow those reps to come during the regular season as the starter opposite Patrick Peterson?
That’s where this becomes so interesting, because now it appears that Justin Bethel as well as veteran Mike Jenkins are going to start pushing for more playing time. What can they get done and can they be factors in pushing Williams out of a starting role?
Other notes from the Arians conference:
Robert Nkemdiche will play… A lot (Darren Urban tweet).
Jake Coker will remain in Arizona, getting an MRI on his knee (Craig Grialou tweet).
Arians said there are only about eight roster spots for 20 guys up for grabs (Grialou tweet).
Arizona Cardinals camp is officially over, as the team heads to Houston to get ready for their match up with the Texans on Sunday.