The holidays are upon us and it has many fans reflecting on all of the things they are thankful for. Their hometown team may not make the list of things fans are thankful for, which begs the question, what are the 2018 Arizona Cardinals thankful for (potentially)?
The Cardinals are struggling to put together a complete game. There will be no time for excuses as they have a quick turnaround at home against the 2-4 Denver Broncos. Denver is coming off of a close loss to the Rams, where Todd Gurley torched their defense for 208 yards rushing. Can the Cardinals finally see their run game flourish? Here are the keys to victory.
The hometown Arizona Cardinals have officially made a change at quarterback. Rookie Josh Rosen will start at home against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in what appears to be a “the future is now” move. Sam Bradford has been shut down after an abysmal 2 3/4 game performance. It is speculated that the offense will certainly be less stagnant with Rosen in the lineup, but I would like to go deeper. Will a change at quarterback actually help David Johnson in fantasy football?
After a tough loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins, close to 200 fans lined up at the Free Agent Sports Fan Cave Sports Collectibles Store in Paradise Valley Mall to meet Cardinals star Running Back David Johnson. Members of the AZ Birdgang Fam were exclusively allowed to say hello, take a picture, and even got an autograph from their favorite Cardinal. We saw plenty of good items being signed; custom helmets, posters, magazine covers. Even a few UNI Mini Helmets showed up to David’s surprise.
As training camp concludes for the Arizona Cardinals have had two pre-season victories that meant nothing in the standings but mean everything in terms of the 53-man roster. After two weeks there are positions that may have gotten a little clearer, such as cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Looks like Jamar Taylor has solidified that spot and Bene Benwikere close behind him. These two guys continue to shine in camp and more importantly in live game action. Brandon Williams played deep into the first pre-season game and didn’t see much from him in the second game, he is currently on the bubble have had ample opportunity to emerge but continues to struggle to pick up zone coverage.
OTA’s have finished and minicamps around the league have begun. This is usually the time where Cardinals fans hear nothing but reviews on players progress. Traditionally, Arizona Cardinals fans don’t have to put up with the “drama” of players holding out for better contracts. One of the last holdouts I can remember was for Simeon Rice in 1996 or even the infamous holdout of Kelly Stouffer back when the organization notoriously underpaid players.
The University of Phoenix stadium is about to be awarded another Super Bowl (pending a vote Tuesday). If the vote passes, this will be their third Super Bowl in this arena, and fourth for the valley of the sun.