3 - Averaging 39.0 yards per punt
What happened to the preseason sensation that was Nolan Cooney? It’s hard to believe that in late August, Cooney looked like a guy the Arizona Cardinals could just send out there and do his job without any flaws. That all ended yesterday after the Cards cut Cooney and signed the intriguing Blake Gillikin.
Gillikin had a good stint with the New Orleans Saints over the past two seasons, but if he repeats Cooney’s performance in his Cardinals debut, he just put a lot of unnecessary pressure on a defense that can’t handle a lot of it. And although the Bengals offense has been the league’s worst throughout the first four weeks of the season, recent history tells us they are still too good of a unit to give short fields to.
Therefore, Gillikin will face some pressure this week in delivering a promising debut. If that’s the case, the decimated Cardinals defense will thank him.