Listen to the latest episode of the podcast as we make roster projections.
With final roster cuts coming next week for the Arizona Cardinals and a preseason game to review, Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I got together for a new podcast episode.
In this edition of the show, we go over player performances against the Ravens last weekend, talk about the surprise trade for offensive lineman Cody Ford, the most recent cuts they made and we also give our projections for the 53-man roster.
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Here are the timestamps for the different topics of the show:
(1:00) Takeaways from loss to Ravens, individual player performances
(27:17) The Cody Ford trade
(34:45) Discussing the most recent player cuts and trade candidates
The Cardinals must trim five players from their roster by Tuesday afternoon. These are several of the potential candidates.
The Arizona Cardinals have played two preseason games and now have a few decisions to make with their roster. They must trim their roster down by five players to get down to 80 players.
They technically only have to get their roster down to 81 players because of their roster exemption for tight end Bernhard Seikovits, who joined the team last year through the NFL’s International Pathways Program.
But they still must cut five players by Tuesday afternoon.
For these coming roster moves, health at different positions matters. They still must field a team this weekend for their preseason finale and will not play their starters. Which players are potential cuts?
They debuted their alternate black helmets on Sunday against the Ravens. What do you think of the new look?
The Arizona Cardinals debuted their new alternate black helmets Sunday night in their 24-17 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens. They wore them with their alternate black jerseys.
It was the first of three games in which they will wear the black helmets this season. They will also have them in Week 5 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles in the same alternate black uniforms and then, in Week 7 — receiver DeAndre Hopkins’ return from suspension — they will wear them with their black Color Rush jerseys at home against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
Reviews of the helmets seemed to be positive from the fans.
Quarterback Trace McSorley, who started the game for the Cardinals on Sunday, was a fan.
“I think they look pretty sweet. A pretty slick look to them, so I’m excited for when we’re able to bring them out in the season,” he said after the game. “I think guys enjoyed wearing them this week in practice. They’ve got a lot of hype to them. I enjoyed it.”
What did you think of them?
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We look at all the offensive, defensive and special teams stats for the players who showed up on the stat sheet.
The Arizona Cardinals lost their second preseason game 24-17 to the Baltimore Ravens at home Sunday night without their starters. Despite two fourth-quarter touchdowns and an opportunity to tie or win the game, they were unable to end the Ravens’ record preseason winning streak, which was extended to 22 games.
After calling plays in the fourth quarter against the Bengals, he likely will do it again against the Ravens.
In the Arizona Cardinals’ 36-23 preseason-opening win last week, they included an interesting wrinkle of interest. Starting quarterback Kyler Murray, who did not play in the game, called plays in the fourth quarter.
It is something he had been doing in some training camp practices.
It appears that it was not a one-time thing.
Undrafted rookie quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who was on the field running the offense in the fourth quarter when Murray was calling plays, expects Murray to do it again.
J.J. Watt tests positive for COVID, will not travel to Tennessee
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt was not going to play in the team’s Sunday night preseason matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and he wasn’t going to play in the preseason finale next week against the Tennessee Titans. However, he will not be with the team for either game and will not make the trip to Nashville.
The team announced that Watt tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be with the team for Sunday’s game and will also not travel with the team to Tennessee.
Watt will have to be away from the team at least five days. The Cardinals were scheduled to have two days of joint practices in Nashville on Wednesday and Thursday before their preseason finale Saturday.
Assuming he will be back with the team after this week, he will have two weeks of practice to get ramped up physically again and should be fully healthy and ready to play in the Cardinals’ Week 1 opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Arizona Cardinals will take the field Sunday night at State Farm Stadium in their alternate black uniforms wearing their new alternate black helmets for the first time as they take on the Baltimore Ravens.
They will try to snap the Ravens’ NFL-record 21-game preseason winning streak.
The result only sort of matters, as the preseason is about individual player evaluation and preparation for the season.
Last week, receiver Greg Dortch and linebacker Victor Dimukeje stood out. Who will shin against the Ravens?
As the Cardinals take on the Ravens Sunday night, below are the players to watch.