The Arizona Cardinals final preseason game gave several players a chance to make one last standout impression. Some did, most did not and some just made things worse.
Here are the good, the bad and the ugly from the Arizona Cardinals fifth preseason game.
Cuts made easier - While some will wax poetic about the depth, talent and play making around the Cardinals roster, there are only two or three positions that have question marks. Last nights loss reinforced that idea.
Matt Wile - Wile and Richie Leone have been in an... interesting battle for the punting job. Neither has really seized the day, but Wile did his best work in the finale game. While most players will have to deal with the “yeah, but he was playing against guys who will be selling insurance come Monday,” Wile’s game was sound and he didn’t need much help. He pinned the Broncos inside the 20 on 4/5 punts to Leone’s 2/4 and only had one touch back.
Will Holden - I’ve been waiting on Holden to show something, and despite the “insurance salesman” thing, he did his job, which is the first time you can really say that this preseason.
Rudy Ford - See comments on Will Holden.
Cardinals Health - No one was seriously hurt this preseason outside of rookie return man T.J. Logan and maybe Mike Iupati. That is a HUGE win.
Elijhaa Penny - What took Penny five games to do that? He was playing behind a similar talent along the line and facing similar defensive talent. Where was that bludgeoning runner we’ve all been wanting? He finally revealed himself in the last preseason game, but is it too little too late?
Blaine Gabbert - Now, Gabbert’s final line, 5/10 51 yards 65 QB Rating, was not helped by his receivers tonight, but he had a couple of throws that left you scratching your head. It wasn’t a horrible performance, just not what we were hoping to end the preseason with, since it is likely our last Gabbert appearance until 2018.
Wide Receivers - All that talk of keeping seven wide receivers? Why? Last night was one of the worst performances I can remember.
Trevor Knight - Yuck.
That’s a wrap on the preseason GBU, here’s to a lot of good, a little bad and only a few uggo’s in the 2017 regular season.