The starters on both offense and defense were scheduled to play about 15 snaps Saturday evening. Most played 14 or less.
The Cardinals first offensive drive looked sharp with quarterback Carson Palmer getting his first playing time of the preseason. He went 4-8 for 39-yards and a touchdown pass to receiver Brittan Golden.
He missed on a long throw to receiver Jaron Brown. Just a hair shorter it would have been six points. He also missed Brown on a short slant. Other than that though, Palmer looked sharp.
Also looking like he was in mid-season form was running back David Johnson. He carried the ball three times for 16-yards. After his second carry resulted in a hard hit, his third carry resulted in a 10-yard carry for as first down. His night was done at that point.
Receiver Larry Fitzgerald also started but did not catch a pass. Preseason for these guys is mostly about getting back into playing shape and getting practice time in. They will all be ready on opening day.
Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche also looked very good. For the second straight week he put great pressure on the opponent’s offensive line. With that kind of play he will be starter in this league for a long time.