PODCAST: 53-man roster projections, Cardinals-Ravens review, Cody Ford trade

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

(1:00:16) 53-man roster projections

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Cardinals defensive snap counts and observations from game vs. Ravens

Check out how the Cardinals’ 57 defensive snaps were split up last weekend against the Ravens.

The Arizona Cardinals, in their 24-17 preseason to the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday night, played 57 defensive snaps. How was that playing time divided up?

Below, we go over the individual snap counts for each player on defense for the Cardinals, broken down by position group.

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Cardinals offensive snap counts and observations for 2nd preseason game

Check out how the 68 offensive snaps were divided up in the Cardinals’ 24-17 preseason loss to the Ravens.

In their second preseason game, a 24-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night, the Arizona Cardinals played 68 offensive snaps. Only one player on the team — tackle Josh Miles — played every snap.

How was the playing time divided up in the second preseason contest?

Below are the individual snap counts for each player on offense in each position group and any observations we can take away from the numbers.

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Possible cuts for Cardinals after 2 preseason games

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?

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POLL: How did the Cardinals’ new black helmets look?

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?

Vote in the poll below and discuss it in the comment section after the article.

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Ravens 24, Cardinals 17: Individual stats from Arizona’s preseason loss

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.

How did the players do?

Below are the individual stats from the loss.

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Cardinals-Ravens preseason live scoring updates, updates, reactions

Keep coming back for updates!

The Arizona Cardinals play their one preseason home game Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens. They wear their black jerseys and debut their new alternate black helmets.

The Ravens have won 21 straight preseason contests.

We will update you with all the scores and news during the game.

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Kyler Murray likely to call plays in preseason game vs. Ravens

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.

“He’ll probably do it again on Sunday,” Guarantano told reporters on Friday.

Guarantano said Murray “brings some life to the games and to the scrimmages” when he is the one on the microphone and headsets.

Guarantano also said that no one knows football better in the quarterback room and that “he’s going to be a good coach one day.”

Guarantano is expected to play the second half of the Cardinals’ preseason game against the Ravens.

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J.J. Watt tests positive for COVID, will not travel to Tennessee

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.

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Players to watch in Cardinals’ preseason matchup vs. Ravens

Which players need to show up against the Ravens?

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.

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