Arizona Cardinals: Who Will Be the Third QB?


The competition for the third quarterback job is as close as ever and none of the competitors have done enough to put themselves in the lead.

The Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback job and backup quarterback job are both occupied by Carson Palmer, and Drew Stanton respectively, with the only quarterback job battle going on being the third string quarterback job. There are currently three players competing for that position; Logan Thomas, Chandler Harnish, and Phillip Sims.

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In a previous post, I said that the Arizona Cardinals should keep Ryan Lindley as their third quarterback, but we all know that almost certainly won’t happen. With this formality out of the way, we ask the question, who will be the Arizona Cardinals’ third quarterback? Thomas? Harnish? Sims?

Logan Thomas went from the apple of Bruce Arians’ eye to just another player on the roster in the span of a season, and his stock with the coaching staff is continuing to fall. Thomas was drafted to possibly be the Arizona Cardinals’ future starting quarterback, and had the size and arm strength that Arians loves to see in a quarterback.

While Arians believed he could fix Thomas’ issues, as of late it seems that Thomas has not shown the progress that the coaching staff expected out of him. After this preseason, it most likely may be the last time you see Logan Thomas in an Arizona Cardinals uniform.

Competing with Thomas is 2012 Mr. Irrelevant Chandler Harnish. Harnish spent his rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts where the offensive coordinator was none other that Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians. Chandler Harnish is at least familiar with what type of offense Bruce Arians runs. Harnish is my pick to take the third quarterback spot as he has spent time in Arians’ system, and he was mentored by Pro-Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck, and Super Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

The dark horse in the competition is undrafted free agent Phillip Sims out of Winston-Salem State. Originally brought in as a camp arm, he impressed Arians with his reads, and decision making to get a roster spot. While Sims may be talented, it’s hard to imagine him making the active roster because of the fact that there is very little known about him and that he doesn’t have much experience. The most likely scenario is Sims being put on the practice squad.

While it is still too early to tell who has the inside track to the job, we still have the preseason to see which quarterback is the best fit for the team and has the most to offer. Arians also made it clear that there is a possibility that they won’t even carry a third quarterback on the roster. So we might only see Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton dressing for the season opener against the New Orleans Saints.

The Arizona Cardinals open the preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs on August 15.

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