Regardless of final score, NFL preseason games hold importance. Position battles and roster spots are won here.
With that in mind, the Arizona Cardinals’ preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs gave Cards tight end Ifeanyi Momah an opportunity, and according to NFL.com writer Bucky Brooks, he made the most of it.
Brooks, in his players grades feature for Week 1 of the preseason, gave Momah a ‘B’ for making three catches (on four targets) for 31 yards.
This is what Brooks likes about the 6’7, 255 pound tight end.
The third-year pro catches the ball well for a big man, exhibiting strong hands and flexibility on a shoestring catch in Saturday’s matchup with the Chiefs. Momah’s length and athleticism should make him an intriguing chess piece for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to play with on the perimeter.
Momah will need to clean up his blocking to improve his chances of sticking on the roster. That said, Brooks likes Momah’s physical tools.
If he can clean up his footwork and balance, he could be a nightmare to deal with at the point of attack.
Of course, this gets more complicated within the context of the team . The Cardinals love how Darren Fells is playing as a blocking tight end. They also signed veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham to join a group that includes 2014 second-round pick Troy Niklas.
Momah, who impressed in the veterans combine earlier this summer, is doing a good job of making the Cardinals’ roster decisions more difficult.