Chargers vs Cardinals Live: The Los Angeles Chargers meet the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 25 in 2018 NFL preseason Week 12. Here’s all the info you need to watch the game.
The Arizona Cardinals and the LA Chargers are two teams that find themselves in very strange positions. On one hand, Arizona is in a period of changeover with the in-tune departure of Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer this off-season. In the meantime, Los Angeles has the makings of a team that could go on a run at a championship this season. As such, it’s a fun fight of condition in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL preseason.
And above all else, we know there’s no reason to see any of these things when the Chargers start their four-game preseason schedule against the Arizona Cardinals at 7 p.m. Saturday in Arizona.
Anthony Lynn and the rest of the Chargers coaches know what their stars can do, too, and they’re just as uninterested in seeing them on the field Saturday.
The reason to watch preseason games — outside of nervously pacing until your favorite players have safely exited the field — is to look at the edges of the roster for players who could contribute in the future.
Last year, running back Austin Ekeler broke out in games three and four of the preseason, playing his way onto the roster and eventually becoming a key part of the offense.
This year, the Chargers have other candidates who could end up being impact players. Here are some to watch against the Cardinals:
Cardale Jones, If Rivers plays at all — and if he does, it’ll likely be only one series — Geno Smith and Jones still will do the bulk of the quarterback work as the battle for No. 2 continues.
It feels as if Smith, the more experienced of the two, has the edge because the Chargers know what it looks like when he leads a team.
Jones, however, has the physical gifts to win the job if he looks comfortable in game situations.
He’s got a massive arm that can rocket the ball over the field. Problem is, the ball can fly all over the field. If he can get into a rhythm and be accurate, Jones can start to build his resume.
Isaac Rochell, Offseason workouts are a tough time to stand out, especially if you play along the offensive or defensive line. However, a trimmed-down Rochell, a seventh-round pick a season ago, was impossible to miss.
Switching to a plant-based diet, Rochell comes into his second season leaner and faster, capable of playing defensive end and defensive tackle.
With Bosa likely watching because of a foot injury, Rochell will get a lot of reps with the first- and second-string defense — a chance to put all his offseason work and salad eating to work.
Kyzir White, One of the “buzziest” names in the first two weeks of training camp, it’ll be interesting to see how White handles linebacking in a game setting after playing safety in college.
The Chargers’ fourth-round pick has the size and speed necessary to help add depth, and maybe even start, at linebacker. It’s just that no one is sure if the projections will come to fruition.
He has impressed coaches through the first part of training camp, but Saturday we’ll see if it translates into game situations.
Artavis Scott, Some of the flashiest catches in offseason workouts and at the start of camp have been made by Scott, a college teammate of last year’s first-round pick, Mike Williams.
Scott, who spent all of last season on the practice squad, is a strong receiver with a knack for making spectacular catches in tight coverage, though he’s had some issues with drops on easier opportunities.
Michael Davis, An undrafted free agent last season, Davis made the team thanks to a combination of size and speed despite being beaten badly in some preseason games.
Now with Trevor Williams nursing a sore ankle, Davis is getting a chance to play with the top unit on defense and, so far in practice, he’s been much more consistent.