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NFL: Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

QB (2): Bradford; Rosen

  • Bradford—-super efficient—-threw to 6 different receivers, all on the money.
  • Rosen—-Fair Rosen has Arisen!—-impressive footwork, stepped up in pocket this week when able, threw tight-spiraled darts with relative ease. Nice trajectory on deep pass. Looked far more comfortable behind the Varsity o-line.

RB (4): Johnson: Edmonds; Logan; Foster

  • Johnson—-lowering his shoulder this year, wow—-good vision and explosion—-and they have kept him quiet thus far in the passing game, on purpose.
  • Edmonds—-sneaky tough, keeps his feet moving on contact—-keeping him quiet in passing game too—-great double team block with Smith on RDE on Rosen TD—-great in-game adjustment by McCoy who saw RT Andre Smith needed help.
  • Logan—-good kickoff returns.
  • Foster—-Jack of all trades on STs.

FB (1): Coleman

  • Coleman—-has been solid, but is getting tested by Penny who is landing wham blocks.

WR (5): Fitzgerald, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson

  • Fitzgerald—-must be drooling over the QB accuracy.
  • Kirk—-incredibly nuanced for a rookie—-knows how to separate—-then on the goaline when the ILB came to shade him, he did exactly what WRs are taught, to slide open in the opposite direction—-superb adjustment and then superb TD catch—-impressive hands—-plus is finding daylight and chunk yards on punt returns.
  • Williams—-breakthrough game—-ran good crips routes, showed good ball concentration and made good blocks.
  • Butler—-needs to return asap to get some good touches before game one.
  • Nelson—-is a good deep-threat compliment to his teammates. The PI call was big.

TE: (2): Seals-Jones; Holmes

  • Seals-Jones—-got a great down block on Edmonds’ cutback run (off unbalanced line)—-they are keeping him quiet in passing game, one might imagine for a reason.
  • Holmes—-rebounded with stronger game this week—-still needs to improve his blocking.

OL (8): Humphries; Iupati; Cole: Pugh; Smith; Wetzel; Boehm; Holden

  • Humphries, Iupati, Cole—-working in good unison—-formed convoy for Johnson on his power TD—-formed backside wall for Rosen on his TD.
  • Pugh—-sealed his man in textbook fashion on Rosen TD—-good pulls, needs to find blocks sooner on pulls and screens and will with flatter angles.
  • Smith—-incosnistent—-another false start—-good down blocks—-but, giving up too much pressure on pass pro.
  • Wetzel—-would like to see him with 1st team at RT to see if he’s an upgrade—-he’s a better RT than LT. Has been good as a blocking TE.
  • Boehm—-played a solid game and snapped the ball with authority.
  • Holden—-has value on STs and as another blocking TE and swing T (the coaches might go with 7 OL, but 8 is preferred).

DT (4): Nkemdiche; Peters; Gunter: Pierre

  • Nkemdiche—-rough game, got blown back on first run, then left with sore foot—-remains an enigma.
  • Peters—-cramped up and then returned to have a good game, even sniffed out a screen.
  • Gunter—-is playing hard, but needs to improve his production.
  • Pierre—-Cards making end-of half-sacks, big-time this week with Pierre’s at end of first half.

ILB (4): Reddick; Wright; Hodges; Gardeck

  • Reddick—-has been excellent on the edge—-in the middle, he drifts into traffic too soon at times—is making a fair share of plays on the ball—-nice interception off tip drill—-is well suited for this defense.
  • Wright—-has to get off blocks harder and faster—-has been surprisingly active and productive in pass coverage—-made the saving trip-up tackle on the Saints’ big kickoff return.
  • Hodges—-he’s an instant fit because he’s reading his keys and storming his gaps.
  • Gardeck—-got some blitz pressure and is one of the more aggressive tacklers on the defense and STs.

DE (4): Jones; Mayowa; Dora; Smith

  • Jones—-making a good transition from 34OLB to 43DE.
  • Mayowa—-had some pressures this week and is playing physically versus the run—-needs to make more plays on the ball.
  • Dora—-is the Johnny-on-the-spot—-very active feet and good ball awareness—-2 fumble recoveries.
  • Smith—-showing upside as edge rusher.

CB (4): Peterson; Taylor; Benwikere; Nichols

  • Peterson—-made a good, strong tackle on Ingram on first play—-is not getting tested much yet regardless of man or zone.
  • Taylor—-gives up a little cushion at times, but is reacting well and quickly to the ball.
  • Benwikere—-textbook deep, cushion coverage on Ginn, high pointed the ball a la Pat P. and got both feet down. Might be the best surprise of the pre-season.
  • Nichols—-making tackles on STs and showing progress in coverage.

S (5): Baker; Bethea; Boston; Ford; Turner

  • Baker—-looking good in the slot and forcing the run from the SS spot.
  • Bethea—-missed tackle on Ingram on first play, but solid the rest of the way.
  • Boston—-very active in coverage—-would like to see him be more aggressive versus the run.
  • Ford—-showcasing speed and aggressiveness in sub packages and on STs.
  • Turner—-either he or D.J Foster will get this last STs spot—-both are playing well.

ST (3): McCrane; Brewer; Lee

  • McCrane—-53 yarder displayed his accuracy and leg strength (on kickoffs too where Dawson’s were repeatedly short).
  • Brewer—-solid veteran.
  • Lee—-nice hang time this week.

Rounding Out the 53:

QB—-Kanoff

T—-Cunningham

WR—-Tolliver

DE—-Capi

LB—-Bucannon

LB—-Bynes

CB—-Campbell

PUP:

TE—-Gresham

DE—-Golden

IR:

C—-Shipley

LB—-Cash

Practice Squad:

WR—-Sherfield

WR—-Willis

FB—-Penny

G—-Allen

TE—-Vollert

DE—-James

LB—-Robinson

LB—-Oplinger

CB—-Thomas

S—-Howard