Preseason Analysis: Quarterbacks

Following the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the race is on for the Arizona Cardinals' top backup spot under center. With Kurt Warner firmly planted as the starter, Matt Leinart took the first step towards securing second-string duties after Brian St. Pierre struggled in the Steel City. Josh Sarkisian breaks down the positional battle following Week 1 of the preseason.

In the highly anticipated preseason meeting between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Steelers came out on top 20-10. With the lack of scoring from the Cardinals' offense, the quarterbacks could be under the microscope more than usual during the following days at camp.

Starting QB Kurt Warner played sparingly, completing 6-of-10 passes for 53 yards. Warner didn't appear to be rusty, but the Arizona offense got off to a slow start early in the first quarter. Furthermore, over the next two quarters there was little offense to speak of at all.

The battle of backup quarterbacks was a rather one-sided contest with Matt Leinart going 8-of-14 for 83 yards. Included was a drive that led to a field goal by Neil Rackers. Meanwhile, Brian St. Pierre was erratic and tossed an interception during his playing time in the year's initial preseason game.

The Cardinals' only touchdown came from deep on the bench, when fourth-string QB Tyler Palko connected with backup wideout Onrea Jones for a 20-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Palko completed his first five passes for 59 yards but was intercepted on the next series.


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