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Bruce Arians: Cardinals' third quarterback job 'wide open'

TEMPE, Ariz. -- If Logan Thomas came into this week thinking his job as the Arizona Cardinals' third-string quarterback was secure, coach Bruce Arians made sure to let him know publicly that nothing in the NFL is guaranteed.

Arians said Tuesday that the third-string job was “wide open.”

“As wide open as it can be,” Arians said. “And that’s why I love having two practices because, like I’ve said, you either expose yourself or get exposed. We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Thomas, the Cardinals’ fourth-round pick in 2014, spent the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) on the second practice field with rookies and other young players. His main competition for the third-string job will currently come from veteran Chandler Harnish and rookie Phillip Sims.

Harnish may be the primary threat to unseat Thomas, despite never having thrown a pass in the NFL, simply because of his experience in Arians' offense. Harnish spent 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts, where he backed up starter Andrew Luck and backup Drew Stanton.

Arians was forced to play Thomas last season because of injuries to Carson Palmer and Stanton. He completed 1 of 9 passes for a touchdown.

Sims was signed after trying out for the Cards during their rookie minicamp. He enters the quarterback competition after playing at three colleges, most recently Division II Winston-Salem State. He initially enrolled at Alabama in 2010 and 2011 before transferring to Virginia in 2012.

“It was probably such a scar that he had to overcome it,” Arians said. “It speaks volumes for him to get here.”