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The Arizona Cardinals waived 12 players from the team today, getting a head start on the looming roster cuts.
NFL teams have to trim roster size from 90 to 75 by next Monday, August 27. None of the players cut were of any surprise.
The Cardinals waived the following players from the team:
In addition, the Cardinals also placed reserve tackle Levi Brown on the injured reserve list, ending his season after he tore his triceps during an exhibition win against the Raiders.
The entire roster must be cut down to 53 players by August 31, the day after the Cardinals close out their preseason with an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos.
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The Arizona Cardinals lost their preseason game last night to the Tennessee Titans, and there are still questions to be answered at the quarterback position. John Skelton was given the chance to start, but failed to take control of the battle, as Revenge of the Birds, SB Nation's Cardinals site, details:
QB John Skelton got the nod from the coaching staff to start the game, but unfortunately, to the disappointment of all the fans who want the on-going QB competition to end, had a very mediocre outing. Hit with numerous sacks and dropped passes, Skelton ended his outing only 4-10 for 41 yards, 1 interception, and a QB rating of 12.9.
Kevin Kolb came in and performed better, but also threw two interceptions. Both quarterbacks will get one more chance to prove their worth as the Cardinals take on Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos next week.
The Tennessee Titans beat the Arizona Cardinals 32-27 on Thursday night at LP Field in Nashville. Arizona led 27-26 midway through the fourth quarter until the Titans scored on two consecutive drives, seizing a 32-27 lead after a 11-yard Javarris James touchdown run. Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb threw for 156 yards and completed 17-of-22 passes, but threw two interceptions, including a pick-six to begin the second half.
Tennessee led 17-10 at the end of the first half after Titans quarterback Jake Locker threw two touchdown passes and kicker Rob Bironas converted a 39-yard field goal. Kolb managed to answer Locker in the second quarter, hooking up with Andre Roberts with less than 10 seconds remaining in the half.
Cardinals backup quarterback John Skelton also struggled on Thursday night, completing 4-of-10 passes and throwing one interception.
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Skelton was the first up to bat and fell miserably on his face behind a turnstile offensive line. His first two plays from scrimmage resulted in a sack and a bad interception on an overthrown ball across the middle. Things didn't get much better from there with Skelton completing only 4 of his 10 passes for 41 yards, good for a sparkling quarterback rating of 12.9.
The worst part of it all? Not one of those passes landed in Larry Fitzgerald's hands.
In the other corner, if you take away two plays from Kolb, he puts up arguably the best Cardinals quarterback perfomance of the preseason. Unfortunately for him, those two plays were perhaps the worst of the game: two mind-bottling interceptions, including a pick six on the first offensive play of the second half.
Looking purely at the box score, though, Kolb did manage to move the offense better than Skelton against the same first-team defense. Even with the two ill-advised throws, Kolb only missed on five of his pass attempts (17-of-22), racking up 156 yards, all while finding a way to get Fitzgerald the ball (five receptions for 91 yards on six targets).
From a points perspective, Kolb lead the Cardinals to ten, including a three-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts. Skelton only managed to put a three-spot up on the board thanks largely in part to Jay Feely showing off his range (49-yard field goal).
Additionally, Kolb had drives of -11, 45, 86 and 60 yards, not including the pick six in the second half. Skelton's drives (-8, 5, 22, 17, 7) combined were less than three of Kolb's.
Sure, the eye test will still most likely be the biggest determining factor, and neither of these quarterbacks looked pretty. But there's no denying that Kolb won the battle of the box score Thursday.
Tennessee got the scoring started early in the first quarter when Jake Locker hit Kendall Wright for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Arizona got on the board late in the first quarter with a field goal before Tennessee scored the next 10 points to take a 17-3 lead. Kevin Kolb led Arizona on a late touchdown drive, connecting on a 3-yard touchdown pass with Andre Roberts with just eight seconds to play in the first half.
John Skelton started the game for the Cardinals and struggled, completing 4-of-10 passes for 41 yards and an interception. Kolb took over and had much more success than he has previously this preseason. Kolb completed 9-of-12 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Kolb is expected to see some more time during the third quarter as Arizona looks to even their preseason record at 2-2.
What can we expect to see as players battle to become or stay the starter at their positions?
The Arizona Cardinals are in Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans in their most important preseason game to date. The Cardinals are playing in their fourth preseason game, third on the road, in the newly renovated LP Field. They will look to build on the success they had in their 31-27 win over the Oakland Raiders last week. It was the first win for the Cardinals this preseason, who saw the return of running back Ryan Williams, and the first touchdown throw by either one of their potential starting quarterbacks. The Cardinals defense finally took hold as well, not only making a significant goal-line stand, but also causing two fumbles and an interception in the game.
This will be the final preseason game many of the starters on both teams will see significant action in, prior to them playing in the regular season, when the games start to count. Most starters will play three quarters, and what makes this so important for the Cardinals is that the starting quarterback position is still up for grabs. Will it be Kevin Kolb, the $63 million dollar man; or John Skelton, the fifth round draft pick from college football dynasty Fordham University. This game against the Titans will probably determine the outcome of that battle, and who will lead the Cardinals on opening day.
In addition, running back Beanie Wells will be making his debut, along with tight end Jeff King. It will be the first time Wells and Ryan Williams will play together in over a year. The loss of offensive tackle Levi Brown in last week's game is something that will hurt the Cardinals offense moving forward. The offensive line has struggled in pass protection, and they have given up 14 sacks in three preseason games.
The Tennessee Titans, and new head coach Mike Munchak, have already made their starting quarterback decision, and are going with second year player Jake Locker on opening day. Fortunately, they will have a veteran backup in Matt Hasselbeck as a nice safety net. Locker will have some support in the backfield, with running back Chris Johnson looking to rush for over 1,000 yards for the fifth straight season. Wide receiver Kenny Britt is still recovering from off-season knee surgeries, and will probably not play at all during this preseason. The Titans are hoping he will be ready by the regular season. Defensively, the Titans are looking to get more pressure from their front four, and have a more aggressive mind-set overall, according to defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
This will be the first home game for the Titans this preseason, as they have been making improvements to LP Field during the off-season. The Titans are coming off a 30-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to even their record at 1-1 this preseason.
Kickoff Time: Everything is scheduled to begin Thursday, August 23 at 5 p.m. MT from LP Field.
TV Schedule: This game will be nationally televised on ESPN. Pre-game coverage will begin at 4:00 p.m.
The Arizona Cardinals take on the Tennessee Titans down in Music City on Thursday, with the starters on both sides of the ball slated to see extended playing time in this second-to-last matchup before the start of the regular season.
This game will be a showcase of quarterback competition for Arizona as anointed starter John Skelton will get the ball to start the game, though Kevin Kolb will likely see a number of reps on the night as well. Skelton went 3-3 with a touchdown during his only drive against the Oakland Raiders last week. Kolb on the other hand was 3-6 for for 22 yards while taking three sacks as the starter against Oakland. We'll see how Skelton holds up with his first of protracted action.
Important Injuries: Cardinals: LB Paris Lenon (Ankle) -Questionable, RB Beanie Wells (Knee) -Questionable. Titans: LB Gerald McRath (Knee) -Out for Season, DB Jordan Babineaux (Shoulder) -Questionable
Location: LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
Time: Thursday, August 23 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
Online Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Radio Coverage: KTAR 92.3 FM (Phoenix, Arizona) and WGFX 104.5 FM (Nashville, Tennessee)
Betting Odds: Tennessee (-3.5) via Bovada
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The Arizona Cardinals are done with training camp in Flagstaff. The Cardinals spend much of their fall camp (20 days in all) training at Northern Arizona University, and now they're headed back to their actual headquarters in Tempe.
Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports 620 has this report from the camp, including some quotes from Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
"Another one in the books, it was a good camp," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "Seems like there was a lot going on this year, between the Hall of Fame and the Kansas City trip and then coming back and forth here.
"We got a lot of work done here and now it's back down to the Valley."
The biggest issue in training camp is the situation concerning the starting quarterbacks. Will it be Kevin Kolb or John Skelton who ends up winning the job? It's starting to look as if Skelton might be the quarterback the Cardinals turn to in the end.
In addition to the quarterback battle, there are still a lot of possibilities on what the final 53-man roster will end up looking like. Whisenhunt elaborated on the process it might take to find the lineup he's looking for.
According to a tweet from Darren Urban, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington will miss Thursday's game against the Tennessee Titans due to the death of his grandmother. O'Brien Schofield is also doubtful to play due to a knee injury.
Washington, a 25-year-old out of TCU, is in his third season with the Cardinals and has become an integral part of the Cardinals' defense. As a rookie in 2010, he recorded 78 tackles in 16 games played, 11 started. But in his second season, he improved across the board with 107 tackles in 15 games (14 started) and added five sacks and two interceptions to boot.
Schofield, also a 25-year-old third-year linebacker, needs as much time as possible on the field as he fights for playing time among the linebacking core. Schofield played in all 16 games last season with no starts.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton spoke with XTRA Sports 910 in Phoenix on Tuesday morning about how his development is progressing and his comfort level with the team's current competition for the starting QB job. Skelton is battling Kevin Kolb for the position, and he's been given the nod as starter for the team's upcoming preseason game.
As Skelton told Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki, there's no added pressure in playing with the first-team unit (via Sports Radio Interviews):
The pressure’s been there ever since Coach Whisenhunt announced that it was gonna be an open competition and I don’t see this game any different than the first practice of camp or anything like that.
Skelton, 24, has spent portions of the past two seasons as a starter for the Cardinals. Over those 13 games (including 11 starts), Skelton has completed just 52.6 percent of his passes with a 66.9 passing rating, but Arizona is 7-4 in games that he's started.
Accuracy has often been an issue for the quarterback, but he believes that improved technique will allow him to become a more precise passer going forward:
The accuracy is kind of the last thing that falls into place. You work on your footwork, you work on your release point, you work on knowing beforehand where the ball’s gonna go based on your pre-snap reads and stuff like that. And when all of that kind of comes together, it kind of culminates into the accuracy getting better, and I think that’s where I am at this point.
For now, Skelton may be in the lead for the starting quarterback job, but the Cardinals have invested a lot in Kolb, so they're going to give him a fair shake. It's worth watching the next couple preseason games just to see how this situation develops.
Arizona Cardinals left tackle Levi Brown will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to repair the torn triceps tendon in his right arm, as Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports. Brown suffered the injury during Arizona's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders last Friday.
According to Brown's agent, Chafie Fields, the offensive lineman is scheduled to have the procedure done in Phoenix on Tuesday morning. At the moment, there's no sort of timetable for Brown's return, so the Cardinals are essentially in a holding pattern with one of their key offensive players.
In the game against Oakland, Brown was replaced on the line by D.J. Young, who spent essentially the entire 2011 season on Arizona's practice squad. Considering the high probability that Brown misses the vast majority of the season, it seems likely that the Cardinals will need to address their offensive line at some point in the fall.
Greg Toler is finding out the hard way how difficult it can be to overcome knee injuries.
A starting cornerback for the Cardinals in 2009 and 2010, Toler missed the 2011 season after tearing his left ACL last preseason. Toler was looked at as a challenger for William Gay's starting role at the right corner back position, but his balky knees keep on switching from one to the other.
Toler took part in six practices earlier in the summer, but his knees started to overcompensate for each other, shifting the pain from the left, to the right, and back to the left. Now, he's just hoping to play this Thursday against the Tennessee Titans.
"I don't think it was too fast, but at the same time, I jumped right into it from six plays to (a full practice)," Toler said.
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Scouts Inc. has Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald as the No. 8 ranked player in the league, according to its annual rankings. He’s got company -- his teammates Calais Campbell (No. 45), Darnell Dockett (No. 119), Adrian Wilson (No. 140), Patrick Peterson (No. 160) and Daryl Washington (No. 165) also made the list.
Fitzgerald is in line for another stellar season, as he figures to account for a large portion of the team’s offense. Dockett, Campbell, Washington and Wilson will anchor the Cardinals’ defense and give opposing players fits. Peterson is a dynamic playmaker with game-changing potential each and every time he touches the ball.
With six players gracing the top 200, the Cardinals have the most players in the division in the rankings. The Cardinals will need all of its stars to play well in order to challenge the San Francisco 49ers for NFC West supremacy.
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Oh Larry Larry Larry Larry, as the Arizona Cardinals' Spanish-language broadcaster described you and one of your touchdowns last season. Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald is ever the diplomat, and on Monday dodged a question about which quarterback he prefers -- Kevin Kolb or John Skelton.
Instead Fitzgerald, one of the great wide receivers and humanitarians in the NFL, told ArizonaSports.com that he likes both QBs, and that the Cardinals can win with either one.
It's probably all the same to Fitz, who is going to catch plenty of passes from one of these guys, anyway. But there was no way Fitzgerald was going to pick a favorite in this situation, with the Cardinals still trying to determine whom their starter will be.
Fitzgerald said he doesn't even think about with whom he is breaking the huddle, preferring to focus on his own play.
The Arizona Cardinals will have some shifting on the line this week for their preseason contest against the Tennessee Titans. It involves the two tackles in D.J. Young and D'Anthony Batiste, who might get shuffled around and shifted to see how they both work out at particular spots.
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 20, 2012
#Cards DJ Young will start @ LT, D'Anthony Batiste will open @ RT, Whiz mentioned he wants Batiste @ LT with the starters at some point.
In today's walkthrough, Young started at left tackle and Batiste was at right tackle.
This is only some of the shifting the Cardinals will be doing this week, as Kevin Kolb has been moved to primary backup quarterback this week with John Skelton. As this is the last preseason game where most of the starters will play the majority of the game (through the third quarter), it makes sense to do as much experimenting as possible if your team is uncertain about their starting lineups for Opening Day.
Kevin Kolb will not be starting the next-to-last preseason game for the Arizona Cardinals after an inconsistent effort. John Skelton will take over starting duties for the final game, although Kolb should see action at some point during the game.
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) August 20, 2012
#Cards John Skelton will get the start at QB, starters will play into the 3rd quarter,Kolb will get an opportunity with the starters.
Kolb had a good opening series against the Raiders but generally struggled from that point on, displaying an inability to deal with the pass rush. Skelton only threw five passes in this game, but one of them was for the first preseason TD by either quarterback.
The next-to-last preseason game is generally when teams will play their starters the longest as a dress rehearsal to the upcoming season. The last preseason game is usually when none of the starters play and teams begin to sort out their 53-man rosters, so this will likely be the last game Skelton and Kolb see significant playing time. This could mean Skelton is a good bet to actually win comprehensive starting duties as he should handle a majority of the snaps with the ones.
The Arizona Cardinals aren't banged up much, but did lose a starter for perhaps the season on Friday.