ARIZONA CARDINALS

Swiss Army Knife Zeke Turner stands out for Cardinals vs. Broncos

Aug 30, 2018, 11:39 PM | Updated: Aug 31, 2018, 12:11 am
This is a 2018 photo of Zeke Turner of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. This image reflects...
This is a 2018 photo of Zeke Turner of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. This image reflects the Arizona Cardinals active roster as of Thursday, May 10, 2018 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals rookie safety Zeke Turner began picking up linebacker duties early in training camp.

Taking on a new role remains a work-in-progress for the undrafted product out of Washington, but now it’s a matter of whether Turner did enough in camp and through four preseason games to show that he’s worth further investment.

He couldn’t have done much more Thursday in a 21-10 preseason finale loss to the Denver Broncos. Turner led Arizona with 11 tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits.

“I just try to be that Swiss Army Knife,” the newly-minted linebacker said Thursday.

“Left it all out there on the field so just got to leave it in God’s hands and go from there.”

A late hit penalty aside and some fixes to make on special teams, his night was plenty convincing that he deserves a spot on the 53-man roster.

Especially if Arizona continues to value the hybrid position that it has made mainstream in the NFL.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound safety out of Washington profiled similarly to a former safety out of his rival school, Washington State product Deone Bucannon.

The Cardinals drafted Bucannon in the first round of the 2014 drafted only to convert him into a $ linebacker. It was a progressive move in the NFL that’s been copied since.

Now, Bucannon is the defensive signal-caller, having taken on more responsibilities after the departure of veteran Karlos Dansby this offseason.

And behind Bucannon, the Cardinals appear willing to continue work-shopping similar positional changes for prospects they see in similar light.

“He embraced it. He accepted the challenge and the change, and he performed well,” head coach Steve Wilks said Thursday. “Very physical, made a lot of tackles. Everything we saw coming out as a priority free agent.”

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, left, greets Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph after a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) A Arizona Cardinals fan holds a picture of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. During the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals tight end Andrew Vollert is tackled during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick, right, catches a pass under pressure from Arizona Cardinals defensive back Rudy Ford during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Mike Glennon breaks away from Denver Broncos defensive end DeShawn Williams during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals defensive end Alec James during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick can't hold on to a pass under pressure from Arizona Cardinals's Tim Scott during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Members of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after a touchdown by wide receiver Greg Little during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos linebacker Jeff Holland sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Mike Glennon during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Denver Broncos running back David Williams goes over the top of Arizona Cardinals' Airius Moore during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Leslie, right, celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos running back De'Angelo Henderson Sr. breaks away from Arizona Cardinals defensive back Travell Dixon during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos linebacker Marcus Rush celebrates after sacking Arizona Cardinals quarterback Chad Kanoff during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse scores against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Corey Willis, left, is tackled by Denver Broncos' Jordan Leslie during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Denver Broncos wide receiver River Cracraft, is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tavierre Thomas during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Denver Broncos wide receiver DeAndrew White is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Chris Campbell during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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