One of the biggest surprises for the Arizona Cardinals during training camp was the play of their young receivers. Undrafted rookies Stephen Williams and Max Komar have been pushing hard for roster spots and second-year wideout Darren Mougey stood out with his work in Flagstaff. These players and others have had chances to shine with Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet likely on the shelf until the start of the regular season.
However, things have gotten even thinner with Andre Roberts (shoulder) and Mougey (hand) suffering debilitating setbacks in the past few days. This leaves Williams, Komar, Steve Breaston, Onrea Jones, Ed Gant and Mike Jones as the only healthy receivers on the roster. Expect to see a healthy dose of these six in the final two preseason games, as the Cardinals do everything they can to prevent further injuries at the position.
"It's a good opportunity," quarterback Matt Leinart said. "It is tough with the timing, but with Larry and Early out, we are building our chemistry as we go. This will be good for us in the long run, that's the positive for these guys. They are making plays. It's tough as you go along so it's tough as a rookie when you are thrown in the mix."
This situation provides those on the bubble a big chance to make their case to the coaches, and to gain extra reps to pad their highlight reel for future opportunities.
This will be "baptism by fire" for several young players, but short of adding another receiver, Arizona will have to bite the bullet and survive over the next couple weeks with what they have.
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