ARIZONA CARDINALS

USA Today: Cardinals have the fourth best backup quarterback group

Aug 21, 2018, 9:01 PM | Updated: Sep 6, 2018, 5:40 pm
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The Cardinals still haven’t decided on who will start Week 1 against Washington.

But USA Today believes whoever isn’t playing form a very capable group of backups.

USA Today’s Nate Davis ranked every NFL’s team quarterback situation should the starter get injured. With a current group of Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen and Mike Glennon the Cardinals have a good mix of veterans and a potential franchise quarterback in Rosen.

They’re either going to have a highly capable backup (Sam Bradford) or a sublimely talented rookie (Josh Rosen) holding the clipboard for a team that has plenty of talent throughout the roster. Erstwhile Bears starter Mike Glennon could struggle to stick.

It’s expected that Bradford will be the starter at the beginning of the season, but his injury history underscores the importance for the Cardinals to have capable backups.

Bradford spent the last two season’s with the Vikings, starting 15 games two seasons ago. Bradford missed all but two games last season with a knee injury.

Rosen had his battles with concussions at UCLA, including missing more than half of his sophomore season. It will be important for the Cardinals to protect Rosen in order to get the most of his potential.

Heading into Steve Wilks’ first season as head coach, the expectation is that the offense will be run through running back David Johnson, assuming he’s healthy.

Finishing first on Davis’ list were the Philadelphia Eagles, who notably have former Arizona Wildcat and reigning Super Bowl champion Nick Foles backing up Carson Wentz.

Wilks’ former team, the Carolina Panthers, finished last in Davis’ rankings.

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