One thing this season has been for the Arizona Cardinals is unexpected.
It obviously started with their two brutal defeats against the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Rams, but within those games, some other things were revealed.
One, Haason Readdick was listed as a starter, but was only in when the Arizona Cardinals were in base against the Skins, playing a meager 14 snaps, even though he was listed as the starting strong side linebacker.
Then, in week two against the Rams, while still being listed as the starter, he played three snaps.
If you are counting at home, that is 17 snaps for the second-year, starting outside linebacker.
Now, well he is not the starter anymore, that is newly signed Gerald Hodges.
The odd thing, Hodges was not the starter last week, but he sure as heck played like it.
Enter the next oddity this season, Deone Bucannon.
After playing 100% of the snaps in game one, Bucannon was down to 35% of the snaps in game two, playing only 25 snaps.
Compare that with Hodges, who after getting no snaps in game one, saw 36 snaps, or 50%, in game two.
That’s right, the two Arizona Cardinals first round picks from 2014 and 2017 have been replaced by... two journeyman linebackers.
Things are going well.