After a rugged weekend, the Arizona Cardinals take a day to relax.
For Arizona Cardinals fans, that means a time to reflect 16 days into Arizona Cardinals 2017 Training Camp.
The five biggest winners through camp so far.
Blaine Gabbert - A good shot to make the team when he was signed, it always seemed destined that Gabbert would have to show more of why he shouldn’t be on the roster than why he should.
Through one game, he has shown that he is absolutely on track to make this team, but also he could really challenge Drew Stanton’s status as the primary backup to Carson Palmer.
Budda Baker - After missing offseason workouts due to some odd school rules, Baker was “behind” for the Cardinals coming into training camp. After 16 days, I am not sure there is a defender on the Cardinals I feel more confident in than Baker.
Tyrann Mathieu - Having reports coming back the last several days of just how good Tyrann Mathieu has looked is nothing short of exceptional for the Cardinals. They need the Badger back to his old ways, and with the rise of Budda, they could have the most dynamic secondary in the NFL.
D.J. Humphries - Of course Humphries would strain a hamstring with this in the queue, but through the first 15 days of camp, Hump looked like the best offensive lineman on the team. He is on track to get his ~15 snaps on Saturday against the Raiders, so we’ll see if it is translating.
Robert Nkemdiche - While these names are all big names, outside of maybe Gabbert, they are all names who the Cardinals needed to take the next step. So far, through two weeks of camp, they all look better than can be hope for.
No player has embodied that as much as Nkemdiche, who wrecked the Dallas Cowboys offensive line on Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game. Now, yes, he was playing against backups and soon to be insurance salesmen, but that is the type of performance you want to see. Actually, for Nkemdiche, that is the type of performance you needed to see.
Who are your biggest winners through the first two weeks of camp?