According to Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, some players may be phoning it in right now
At least at the beginning of the Arizona Cardinals loss to the Oakland Raiders, it sure did seem like the team was not competing, had no interest in being on the field. It is preseason, so the sentiment is understandable at some level.
However, talking to 98.7 Arizona Sports on Friday morning, Keim made it sound like some players are playing like they’ve made the team and have nothing to worry about. Certainly that seemed like it could be the case with some of the starters, as the Cardinals quickly fell behind to the Raiders 26-0.
He mentioned it seemed some players had a level of comfort maybe they shouldn’t have. This is still a team with a training camp size roster. It will get whittled down to 53 players Labor Day weekend.
Anything can happen, especially when you have guys who are playing well that may have been on the bubble when the preseason started. Guys like receiver Trent Sherfield, tight end Caleb Wilson, even punter Ryan Winslow has punted well.
It’s noticeable for sure. Now whether any of those guys make the team (but honestly if Sherfield doesn’t it’s a tragedy) remains to be seen.
If for nothing else, Keim put his team on notice. It was also reported cornerback Patrick Peterson, who again, if you’ve been living under a rock, is suspended for the first six games of the regular season, talked to the team after the game as well.
The Cardinals can not afford to have a debacle like they did last season. They don’t need to make the playoffs. Fans just want to see improvement and a movement towards what to be expected for future successes.
Two more weeks of preseason games then it starts for real. We’ll find out who wants to be here and compete.