Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) throws a pass during the first quarter against the in UCLA Bruins the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Reality Check

We know the Arizona Cardinals will have Carson Palmer as their starting quarterback in 2014.  That much was made clear after the Cards didn’t trade up to get the one and only guy they apparently saw as a starter now in the NFL.  After comments by general manager Steve Keim, we know that guy to be Blake Bortles.  The reality at this point for the Cards is their only 2014 quarterback draftee is considered by many as a project.

The Cards had a couple of projects a few years ago.  You might remember them.  John Skelton Max Hall?  Remember them?  How did they work out?  Now, it really isn’t fair to compare Logan Thomas to either one of those guys as Thomas does have a good arm.  The problem is you never know where the ball is going to end up.  With Skelton, you just knew the ball was rarely going to hit its target.

The thing for me here is though, I don’t think the Cards drafted him as a project.  Others may think that but I don’t think they would have taken him if they didn’t see something.  After all, they did work him out in the off-season.  He will compete with Ryan Lindley for the third-string  job this season.  It won’t be handed to him but I have to think the Cards brass is secretly hoping that Thomas will win that battle.  Hey, I’ll be rooting for him.  I just hope they don’t hang onto him longer than they have to if he isn’t panning out.   The Cards held on the Skelton too long.  That was the last Cards regime though.  It’s a new program in Arizona.  Thomas will have to prove himself NFL worthy now.  Not starter worthy.  Just worthy enough to hold a roster spot.  With a decision to be made on Palmer after the season, Thomas will have a short period of time to show he will be ready within the next couple of years to take over.

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  • trinity

    If they brought this guy in with the idea of actually having him compete with their other QBS, they are in trouble. Logan Thomas is a ghastly quarterback. A project if I’ve ever seen one. He’s just big and athletic. He needs major work, and it still might not even work, because he is truly that bad.

    • Rick Daniels

      Thank you for that glowing analysis on Thomas. But I do think that the Cards staff might just know a little more about what it takes to be a QB than you do trinity. I am sure that they have taken into account his 3 offensive coordinators in 3 years into the equation. And they probably have considered the inability of his receivers to run proper routes. They probably even thought about all the work he has put in in the last few months with one of the best QB gurus in the game, And since Bruce has been tracking this kid for 3 years, I think I will believe the Cards evaluations just a little more than yours. Because your evaluation is truly that bad.

      • trinity

        Ugh, quit being so sensitive. Every football fan has opinions on football players, and that is simply my opinion on Logan Thomas. And you will either live with that opinion, or go dive off a cliff. The choice is yours Rick. As for Thomas, I stand by what I said. If they are able to turn him around, then great. I’m betting on him being a 3 year project that will ultimately either fizzle out of the league or be converted to tight end. Time will tell.

        • gairman

          Arians already said his footwork and mechanics are easily correctable and there is plenty of time to do that. His size, mobility and arm are to good to pass up even for a no. 4 pick. It would be great to see a quarterback drag tacklers down the field when he has to.