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Cardinals rookie LB Haason Reddick earns high marks from Pro Football Focus

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick (43) tackles Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah (21) during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker Haason Reddick was one of the few bright spots from a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions, and Pro Football Focus agrees.

Not only did Reddick perform well for the Cardinals, PFF said only fellow rookie linebacker Alex Anzalone of the New Orleans Saints did better than Reddick last week.

Reddick had eight total tackles in the game (six solo), the second most on the defense behind safety Tyvon Branch’s 11 total tackles (10 solo).

Not only did Reddick score the second-highest grade among rookie linebackers — his PFF grade was the highest on the Cardinals.

The 22-year-old impressed head coach Bruce Arians with his play.

“He was outstanding. He’s one of those young guys that played extremely well. He got the one penalty with hands to the face, but he was going full speed. He’s fast and he’s going to be a heck of a player.”

In addition to his six solo tackles, Reddick recorded two quarterback pressures and did not miss a tackle. His 80.9 grade is considered above average, according to PFF’s grading scale.

Along with grading players each week, PFF will also track the top rookie of the year candidates after each game. With his performance, it should be no surprise to see Reddick in the top 10.

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