We are only a week into the Arizona Cardinals 2019 season and we can already see promise on the horizon.
No, not the promise on the active roster, but players who may need a bit of time and maturity before they can become contributors.
The Arizona Cardinals have five players who look like great candidates for their 2019 practice squad.
Let’s take a look.
Drew Anderson, QB - Many assumed Anderson was nothing more than summer camp arm. Instead, he has become the defacto third quarterback on the roster. He is adept at the spread/air raid concepts and offers greater mobility than last years undrafted rookie Chad Kanoff. Anderson will get the bulk of the time in the preseason to lock up that spot on the practice squad.
Joshua Miles, OT - Miles was a late round pick and putting him on waivers to sneak him onto the practice squad could be risky. Yet, with the way Mason Cole has started to be used, it seems as though the alternative is Miles sitting as the 10th or 11th linemen on game day. Miles was raw coming out, he’s raw now, but he has the upside that should make him a viable option for the practice squad.
Drew Belcher, TE - Why keep a tight end that will be unlikely to be used in the new offense? Well, with Maxx Williams and Charles Clay’s injury history, the Cardinals need another tight end in the pipeline. Belcher has shown some flashes, but he’s nowhere near the top four (Clay, Williams, Ricky Seals-Jones and Caleb Wilson), but he could be a nice replacement in 2020.
Miles Brown, DT - This could be the surprise of camp. I’ve been told the team has been impressed with the play of Brown and he could find his way onto the final 53. If he’s already getting that type of praise as a true nose tackle, maybe the practice squad is far-fetched.
Nate Brooks, CB - The Cardinals are likely to keep five cornerbacks and with Robert Alford, Tramaine Brock, Byron Murphy, Josh Shaw and Chris Jones leading, Brooks could be the odd man out. He has shown some promise and with the way corners tend to always be a need, should be kept around in case something happens between week one and week seven.