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Cardinals Corner: Arizona standouts aplenty in win over Bengals

Aug 12, 2022, 10:35 PM | Updated: Aug 13, 2022, 12:23 am
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati B...

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Arizona Cardinals had a number of contributors in their 36-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday night.

The big plays came from all facets, whether it be on offense, defense or special teams.

In the latest episode of Cardinals Corner, Arizona Sports’ Cardinals reporter Tyler Drake and 98.7 FM’s afternoon contributor Erik Ruby take a look at the long list of standouts from Friday.

Which Cardinal stole the show? Was it a two-man race between Victor Dimukeje and Trace McSorley? And whose stock rose the most after the dust settled?

But while there were certainly a lot of positives to take away from the matchup, there were still a few rough spots for Arizona.

Among the four potential starters that suited up on Friday, two posted games to forget.

Their names? Cornerback Marco Wilson and MIKE backer Zaven Collins.

Both players looked out of sorts in their first preseason action of the year. Collins finished with one tackle and was caught standing multiple times, while Wilson struggled in coverage and was called for pass interference.

It’s a tough look for two players Arizona is counting on to take that next step in defensive coordinator Vance Joseph’s defense.

What does the duo need to improve on to solidify their spots in the starting lineup? And just how in jeopardy are their roles within the defense?

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Trent Taylor (11) runs in front of Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jace Whittaker (39) during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Cincinnati Bengals placekicker Evan McPherson, right, boots a field goal against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) carries against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley (19) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt (29) in the second quarter an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals tight end Deon Yelder, left, and Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill both fail to come down with a pass during the second quarter of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley (19) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Cincinnati Bengals place-kicker Evan McPherson celebrates a field goal during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Greg Dortch #83 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a catch while being tackled by Bookie Radley-Hiles #38 and Dax Hill #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter during a preseason game at Paycor Stadium on August 12, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) Arizona Cardinals kicker Matt Prater (5) boots an extra point during the second half of an NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals running back Chris Evans (25) tries to break free from Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Manny Jones (75) during the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals' Greg Dortch (83) runs on a punt return, as Cincinnati Bengals' Justin Rigg (87) prepares to make the tackle during the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals running back Keaontay Ingram (30) receives a handoff from quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (16) during the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals running back Keaontay Ingram (30) celebrates with Danny Isidora (63) after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) reacts after his team scored during the second half of an NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor watches from the sideline as his team plays against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals place-kicker Matt Prater (5) kicks a field goal against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch (83) runs in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill (23) fails to complete an interception in front of Arizona Cardinals tight end Chris Pierce Jr. (49) during the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen, center, runs with the ball in the first quarter during an NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Baccellia (82) pulls in a pass for a touchdown in front of Cincinnati Bengals safety Dax Hill (23) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Baccellia (82) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during an NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt walks the sideline during the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley looks for a receiver during the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon walks the sideline before an NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor speaks with players on the field during warmups before the NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow warms up for the team's NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Cordell Volson exhales during warmups before an NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen prepares to throw before an NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals tight end Bernhard Seikovits (80) displays a flag decal on his helmet during warmups before the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Haggai Ndubuisi (69) displays a U.S. flag decal on his helmet during warmups for the team's NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Cincinnati Bengals fans watch players warm up for an NFL football preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley (19) hands off to teammate running back Eno Benjamin (26) during warmups before an NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley throws during warmups before an NFL football preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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