Arizona Cardinals Preseason at a Glance
Six months after hosting the Super Bowl, the Valley of the Sun is ready once again for another year of football. Preseason action started on August 15th at University of Phoenix Stadium, and opening day of the 2015 NFL season is September 13th. This is the 96th season for the Cardinals, and their 28th season here in Arizona.
If you’ve been keeping up with training camp news, two figures are getting a lot of attention, quarterback Carson Palmer and Defensive Back Tyrann Mathieu, both of whom seem to be fully recovered from injuries. Palmer took the helm for the opening drive in the first preseason game against the Chiefs, and executed a perfect scoring drive, throwing 4 for 4 for 77 yards before sitting down for the day. Palmer appears to be in great shape after tearing his ACL last year.
After being very impressive in training camp, Mathieu intercepted a pass from Alex Smith and returned it 26 yards to end the Chiefs opening drive. Some still wonder as to whether or not Mathieu make a great running back.
For the time being, the Cardinals still want Andre Ellington at running back thanks to his ability to catch the ball as well as run it. Ellington caught the ball for 57 yards on the opening drive and had the first touchdown afterwards. The Cards are also hopeful Michael Floyd will be ready to take his position at wide receiver by the start of the regular season after suffering a hand injury during the first week of training camp.
The Cardinals preseason game against the Chiefs was also historic for another reason. It was the first time that a female official took the field in an NFL game and the first time a female coach was on the sidelines. Sarah Thomas officiated while Cardinals linebacker coach, Jen Welter, who was hired back in July as an assistant coaching intern looked on.
Many believe the Cards look sharp this year, and now’s your chance to see them in person. Opening day for the regular season is September 13th here in Glendale, where the cards will host the New Orleans Saints. For ticket information on this or any other game, go to azcardinals.com.
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