There was an outsized focus on Josh Rosen's individual progress that led to his debut in the preseason, but if Saturday had proven anything, it was that football is still a team game.
The Cardinals' rookie quarterback scored bad numbers on 24-17 win over the Chargers, but some were due to disagreements around him. Center Daniel Munyer struggled to snatch the ball in shotgun formations and the other offensive linemen were not much better protected. Rose finished 6 of 13 for 41 yards, almost throwing a Pick-Six and took a delay from the game penalty. But this felt more like an incomplete degree than anything threatening, because the low pressure points affected the rhythm of the attack.
"It always throws you off a bit because you're trying to keep your eyes on the field and see the defense, but he has to make sure he can secure the football," said coach Steve Wilks. "We have to do a much better job there, whoever is in the middle of getting the ball back to him."
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"I thought I did some good things and some bad things," said Rosen, who snatches the effect of the low after his performance. "I think it was a step in the right direction, Fast Plectrum Six going into the category" Evil "."
The game was a back-and-forth affair that ended dramatically. Ladder quarterback Nic Shimonek fought his way to the endgame in the final of the final, but was stopped by Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck for two yards when the clock went out.
Although it was just an alignment game, Wilks was happy to start his NFL coaching career with a win.
"When we're out in the dirt and we're playing marbles, I want to win," Wilks said. "I'm not going to apologize for a win in the preseason, as contradictory and as sloppy as it gets, it's a win, and it's a home win we're proud of."
During the offensive of the second Team had their hiccups, the starters looked smooth. Her lonely journey began in Los Angeles 45 after a 38-yard punt return by Christian Kirk. The second round only had to hit punker Drew Kaser on return but stumbled on his own feet.
"I'm sure I'll hear a lot about it next week," Kirk said.  Running back David Johnson, playing in his first game since last season's season-ending wrist injury, wore the ball twice for 28 yards on the opening rally. The Cardinals stopped near the Goalline, but Wilks finished in fourth and Rookie ran back. Somehow, Chase Edmonds kept his legs moving long enough to sneak in for a two-yard score.
It was a bright night for start quarterback Sam Bradford, who completed his only pass attempt for six yards to close to Ricky Seals-Jones.
The Cardinals' starting defense looked good, forcing a three-and-out on his opening series and allowing a field goal on his second. The Cardinals led at half-time with 7: 3, and linebacker Jeremy Cash brought down a touchdown of 12 yards for a touchdown to start the second half. Cash later left the game on a car with a knee injury. Wilks did not know his severity after the game.
Cornerback Bené Benwikere caused fumbling on Cash's result, and on the next possession of Los Angeles he diverted a passport, the rookie undrafted security A.J. Howard reached for surveillance. Howard formerly forced a fumble in the competition, but it was overturned because he was penalized for hitting a defenseless player.
"A.J. I did some games tonight," Wilks said.
The Chargers scored 17:14 in the fourth round, but the Cardinals scored the last 10 points to claim victory. Quarterback fourth string Charles Kanoff found the close end of Bryce Williams for a 14-yard go-ahead touchdown with 10:06 still. The third sack of the defensive, Cap Capi, forced the players into a fumble, turning the Cardinals into a 28-yard Matt McCrane Field goal.
Kanoff had the best night among the Cardinals quarterbacks, finishing 3-of-5 for 66 yards and a touchdown, including a 48-yard completion to rookie wideout Jalen Tolliver.
"We're looking for guys to kick, and guys to split up," Wilks said. "Some people did it and some did not." University of Phoenix Stadium
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