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Pre-Season Week 4 Recap: Cards Win 20-10

Rookie QB Max Hall celebrates during a fine performance against the Redskins last night.

Max Hall definitely put an exclamation point on his bid to make the roster as he led the Cards to a victory over the Redskins in the final game before they count.

The former four-year starter at BYU finished 7/9 for 126 yards and a rushing TD on a six-yard scramble.  Notable passes included a 12-yard strike to TE Steven Spach on 3rd-and-12 and a 34-yard completion to Max Komar, who also made a strong final statement to make the squad.

Starter Derek Anderson also looked sharp on his lone drive, finishing 2/3 for 47 yards.  Unfortunately, Stephen Williams allowed a pass to go right through his hands that could have been a touchdown for the Cards.  It’s pretty much a done deal that Anderson will start the season as the Cardinals’ quarterback.

Matt Leinart played two series going 3/5 for 14 yards with a sack.  It seems more likely than ever that both Leinart and the Cardinals are trying to figure out how to end the relationship.  Leinart was his usually flip-self during the post-game interview.  “I’m not really worried about [what happens],” Leinart said.  “I’m just going to go home to my son, hang out with him, wake up, and see what happens.  I just want to play and have a chance to play.”  Leinart’s chance to play in Arizona or anywhere else for that matter is dwindling by the day.

The story of the night, however, was definitely Hall.  There’s talk now of Hall actually backing up Anderson.  “I am very comfortable in [backing up the starter],” Hall said.  “I have a long way to go to be successful as a starter in this league but I feel comfortable as a backup, to keep learning and to get an opportunity to play once in a while and prepare myself for the future.”

Hall feels pretty good about the body of work he has put together during his short time in the NFL, as well he should.  “I thought I did everything I could do with my opportunity,” Hall said.  “I hope the coaches liked what they saw. I want to be here so hopefully they keep me around.  I thought they gave me a very fair shot and I think I took advantage.”

Ken Whisenhunt definitely liked what he saw from Hall.  “It was good to see Max make some plays,” Whisenhunt said.  “It was good we were able to play him so much in the preseason so we could see him develop.”  Coach Whisenhunt stated that he hasn’t ruled out carrying four quarterbacks, but that’s something the team will have to figure out by the end of this Saturday (9/4) when the roster will be but down to 53 players.

It seems the Cardinals could go one of four ways with their quarterbacks.  In no particular order, the options seem to be:

  1. Trade /cut Leinart, making the depth chart: Anderson, Hall, Skelton
  2. Keep Leinart and cut Skelton, making the depth chart: Anderson, Leinart, Hall
  3. Keep Leinart and cut Hall, making the depth chart: Anderson, Leinart, Skelton
  4. Keep all four, making the depth chart: Anderson, Leinart, Hall, Skelton

Injury Updates:

  • RB Beanie Wells injured his right leg while attempted to bounce outside.  Wells was hit by Redskins’ CB Kevin Barnes on the play.  Wells, however, stated that he’s fine.
  • CB Michael Adams has a left should sprain, which, according to Ken Whisenhunt, is potentially more serious than Wells’ injury.  Darren Urban reports that Adams claimed the shoulder was already sore and was simply aggravated, but an exam will take place today (8/3).

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