Date: August 12, 2018
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals topped the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 on Saturday night for both of the teams first preseason action.
The Chargers were without starting quarterback Philip Rivers, starting wide receiver Keenan Allen and defensive end Joey Bosa.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals starting units played. Sam Bradford led a scoring drive that consisted of eight plays (7 runs and 1 pass). Bradford was one for one for 6 yards. David Johnson had two carries for 2 and 8 yards. Rookie running back Chase Edmonds led the team into the endzone on fourth and goal with a second and third effort.
The starting defense was out on the field for two series. The Cardinals held out Deone Bucannon and Josh Bynes, who are expected back to practice later next week. The unit utilized both Patrick Peterson and Jamar Taylor, who got the start at cornerback, in blitzing situations.
The #AZCardinals defeated the Chargers 24-17 in preseason game number 1. Sam Bradford was 1 of 1 for 6 yards. Josh Rosen was 6 of 14 for 41 yards with a lot of low snaps starting off the plays. The SportsZone’s Bob Kemp recapped the game. We’ll have more in Monday’s SportsZone at 10 am. #LACvsAZ #NFL
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Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen had a tough night. His stat line finished six of 13 for 41 yards. But the stats didn’t show that back-up center, Daniel Munyer was struggling to snap the ball. Rosen found himself picking the ball up off the dirt most of the night, something that Rosen downplayed as a rhythm issue.
In total, the Cardinals offense was zero for 11 on third downs and finished the night with 174 total yards.
“It’s always good to win, even in preseason,” head coach Steve Wilks said. “Most importantly it’s good to win at home, in front of your fans. I thought we came out tonight, we had a very explosive play in the special teams which set up a nice drive with the offense on the opening drive. I wanted to come out and try to establish the run- which we did.”
“I thought it was good. I thought he tried to command the huddle,” Wilks said about Josh Rosen. “I thought he did a good job of really trying to go through his progression. There is a lot of things he will be able to learn and grown from off this first game watching the tape. We expect him to get better.”
“It throws you off a little bit because you’re trying to keep your eyes down the field to see the defense,” Wilks said about low snaps back to Rosen. “But you know he has to make sure he can secure the field. We have to do a much better job there, whoever is at the center position to get the ball back to him.”
“Thought I did some good things, some bad things,” Rosen said about first preseason night. “But for the most part, I think it was a step in the right direction. I think the almost pick-six goes into the bad category. But I think we all did some really good and bad things as a team. Looking forward to checking out the film and seeing what we can get better at.”
“Not that much, a lot of stuff happens in football, and I think what makes a good quarterback is the resolve to not let little things phase [you] like that and it wasn’t really a big deal,” Rosen on low snaps.