ARIZONA CARDINALS

Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury looking to mesh new and old vs. Cowboys

Aug 9, 2021, 4:24 PM

GLENDALE — After more than two weeks of training camp, the Arizona Cardinals get to hit another team when they take on the Dallas Cowboys on Friday night.

Unlike seasons past, this year’s preseason slate is noticeably shorter, with only three games on the docket thanks to the added regular season game in 2021.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury believes quarterback Kyler Murray and most of his starters will see playing time come Friday, it’s just a matter of how much.

“Really want to get some of the new pieces working with some of the veteran guys that have been in this offense,” Kingsbury said after training camp Monday. “Have a new center, have some new wideouts, have some new DBs, young linebackers, new D-linemen. Really to get those guys meshed and just get a feel for each other’s speed of the game and kinda go from there.”

It may not mean anything in the win-loss column, but the team’s first real dress rehearsal for the regular season will dictate just how much time the head coach gives his starters the rest of the preseason. It all comes down to the type of work Kingsbury sees from his players.

As for offensive lineman Justin Pugh, he feels less is more when it comes down to the preseason, using last year’s circumstance as proof.

“I think maybe one [game],” Pugh said. “You’re asking a salty offensive lineman veteran. We added a game onto the season — we proved last year that we necessarily didn’t need the preseason games to go out there and have a productive [season].

“Everyone thought it was gonna look like — they weren’t gonna be able to identify the game of football being played on the field. We went out there and still had a successful season. I’m all for taking miles off guys’ bodies, but that’s a 30, soon-to-be 31-year-old offensive lineman so maybe someone in there has a different opinion.”

Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) intercepts a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steele...
Arizona Sports

PFF: Arizona Cardinals should target CB Charvarius Ward in free agency

Kansas City Chiefs CB Charvarius Ward is a name the Cardinals should consider looking at in free agency, according to one PFF analyst.
11 hours ago
Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) celebrates during the first half of an NFL wild-ca...
Wills Rice

Report: Rams’ Aaron Donald fined for run-in with Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries

Report: Rams DT Aaron Donald has been fined $10,815 for his incident with Cardinals OT D.J. Humphries in Monday's Wild Card loss.
1 day ago
Iowa offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum (65) looks to make a block during the first half of an NCAA...
Alex Weiner

Cardinals select Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum in latest PFF mock draft

Pro Football Focus had the Arizona Cardinals selecting Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum in its first mock draft since Arizona's season ended.
1 day ago
Kelvin Beachum #68 of the Arizona Cardinals leads teammates onto the field before the NFL game agai...
Alex Weiner

Arizona Cardinals positions of need: Offensive line breakdown

Right guard Max Garcia is the only Arizona Cardinals starting offensive linemen who is an upcoming free agent.
2 days ago
Linebacker Karlos Dansby #58 of the Arizona Cardinals claps in the second half against the St. Loui...
Arizona Sports

Former Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby: Moment was too big for them

Former Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby said Arizona was not able to slow the game down when it started to slip in Monday's playoff loss. 
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) and Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker J...
Wills Rice

Arizona Cardinals positions of need: A look at linebacker

The Cardinals have used their last two first round draft selections on linebackers, yet the position still seems to be one of need.
2 days ago
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury looking to mesh new and old vs. Cowboys