Snapshot: Cardinals drop Broncos in final preseason game

Sep 2, 2011, 4:52 AM | Updated: 6:10 am

Oh, what could have been. And was rumored to death.

The image of Larry Fitzgerald greeting Kyle Orton seems a fitting end to the preseason, as both the Cardinals and Broncos -- or Fitz and Orton -- go their separate ways. A helping hand was not the only thing the Broncos' offense needed. The Cardinals' defense did a great job of shutting down the Broncos. They allowed 213 passing yards, but only 80 rushing yards. He may have lost his feet here, but running back William Powell looked good on Thursday. He's no Ryan Williams, but his 29 carries for 60 yards should be enough to lock up his spot. Chansi Stuckey led the team in receiving and scored a touchdown.
Four receptions for 99 yards and a TD is a solid performance, but begs the question if -- and it's a big if -- could he become the Cards number two receiver? Mr. Kolb, meet your backup.Richard Bartel was the star of the game. He went 12-for-16 for 216 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.

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