The Arizona Cardinals won the first game in the Bruce Arians era and there were a lot of areas to be impressed with in the victory over the Green Bay Packers but I’d like to focus on the Cards quarterbacks right now. We will have a recap of the entire game coming up soon.
Carson Palmer was impressive. He went 4-6 for 77 yards and a beautiful 38-yard touchdown strike to receiver Andre Roberts. Drew Stanton was impressive with his mobility and ability to avoid the sack and make big plays. Even Ryan Lindley threw a couple of nice passes. I realize it is only game one in the preseason but you have to like what you saw out of a position that was just abysmal last year, including preseason.
Palmer ended up completing nice passes to Roberts, Larry Fitzgerald, and Michael Floyd. He just underthrew Roberts on the drive previous to the touchdown. He didn’t miss twice, although it could be argued the underthrown ball could have been caught by Roberts.
Stanton went 8-14 for 107 yards and a TD. Tonight’s game showed Stanton is a more than capable backup. Again, realizing it is just preseason, it is still much better than anything we saw at any point last year. Stanton showed Arians wasn’t lying about him.
There was one really great pass Lindley threw in the fourth quarter down the middle and you have to be scratching your head like me, like “where was that last season?”. He won’t make the team if Arians only keeps two quarterbacks but I think he showed improvement over last season. I won’t get too giddy though. It’s just one preseason game.