Observation Deck: Arizona Cardinals
August, 29, 2014
By Josh Weinfuss | ESPN.com
Thursday night was Logan Thomas' chance to show Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians the progress he's made during his first training camp. But Thomas struggled to get the Cardinals' offense going, missing receivers short and high. The Cardinals' 12-9 loss to San Diego wasn't all on Thomas' shoulders, but his 73 passing yards on 9-for-21 passing didn't help. Arizona's offensive line didn't keep Thomas clean, but it was a chance for Thomas to find out what running for his life was about.
Here are some other thoughts on the Cardinals' final preseason game of the year:
- Rookie wide receiver Walt Powell looked to have earned a spot on the 53-man roster with his special teams play Thursday. He returned five kicks for 140 yards and made a nifty move after his only reception. Before the game, Arians said three receivers are playing for one spot and Powell had the best showing Thursday night. The only major flaw he showed against the Chargers was how he carried the football during his returns, away from his body and reckless.
- By the way he was trying to tackle, it doesn't look like linebacker Kevin Minter is back to 100 percent. He was wearing a black sleeve on his left arm, which could've limited him somewhat but his ability to grab and drag down didn't look like typical Minter.
- In his first game since becoming the Cardinals kicker, rookie Chandler Catanzaro picked up where he left off, hitting all three of his field goals and scoring all of Arizona's points. He also fared well in kickoffs, including one that led to the Cardinals forcing a fumble.
- Guard Jonathan Cooper played much of the first half and needed it. He looked adequate for the majority of his time on the field but there were a few instances where Cooper looked rusty. He was beat on a rush in the second half that led to Thomas getting hit.
- Neither tackle trying to make the team looked impressive. Bradley Sowell and Nate Potter both got beat throughout the game, which led to Thomas having to scramble.
- Arizona did a good job of protecting the end zone, deflecting potential touchdowns by the Chargers four times in the first half before Jimmy Legree came down with an interception.