It could be Arizona Cardinals rookie receivers time to shine
Sunday could finally be the day the Arizona Cardinals get some big contributions from their rookie receivers
Without the services of receiver Damiere Byrd on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals will have an opportunity to use rookie receivers KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella more. Byrd will miss the game due to a hamstring injury.
In addition to the veterans Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, who they should lean on, it will also give quarterback Kyler Murray a chance to find his fellow rookies as well. Don’t forget the Cardinals also released Michael Crabtree this week for this very opportunity.
Johnson has already been involved a little bit. He has caught 9 passes for 90-yards. His longest catch so far this season has been 31-yards.
Isabella however, the team’s second-round pick, has not factored into the offense yet. He is still waiting for his first reception of the season.
Isabella does have 5 kick returns so far, 4 of them in the season opener against the Detroit Lions and 1 return last week against the Carolina Panthers. However, Crabtree’s release was supposed to give a guy like Isabella more of an opportunity.
Hopefully they do attempt to get both Johnson and Isabella involved more. Johnson has been ahead of Isabella on the depth chart ever since Isabella got hurt early in training camp.
They could shine finally on Sunday at State Farm Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks. Shine might be a stretch this week.
The Seahawks have kept their last two opponents under 200-yards passing. However they also faced backup quarterbacks for the most part over those games as well.
They did allow 418-yards passing to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in week 1, so of course anything is possible. Murray as well could have a big day in the air.
Its their first chance to face an NFC West opponent and none comes bigger than the Seahawks. Let’s hope they all make the most of their opportunities on Sunday.