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Arizona Cardinals Wrap up Preseason Tonight Against San Diego Chargers

August 28th, 2014 at 6:16 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals wrap up their preseason schedule tonight when they face the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The Red Birds are 1-2 in preseason play. The starters are expected to rest tonight and rookie quarterback Logan Thomas (pictured above) is expected to play the entire game.

Will this game mark the preseason debut of safety Tyrann Mathieu? Head coach Bruce Arians has stated that Mathieu must play in this contest if he expects to compete in the season opener on Sept. 8.

Ironically, the Cardinals face the Chargers in Glendale in the season opener.

**Meet the kicker for the Red Birds this season – rookie Chandler Catanzaro from the University of Clemson. Catanzaro beat out veteran Jay Feely to win the coveted kicker's post in what should be a high-scoring Arizona offense.

Catanzaro booted four of four field goals this preseason and displayed strong length and power on kickoffs. That seemed to be the deciding factor in the competition. He was not known for displaying a powerful leg on kickoffs for the Tigers.

“I knew that was kind of my knock coming out, and I just worked my tail off,” Catanzaro told the team's website. “I knew I had it in me, I just had to rep it, and rep it the right way. I knew I had that bomb in me. I’m very excited about where my kickoffs are right now.”

The young rookie knows though that nothing is promised and that he can't take anything for granted.

"With this line of business you probably never know,” Catanzaro said. “You’ve got to come out here every day and bring your ‘A’ game, and that’s what I try to do. I try to take every kick in the game like the game-winner.”

That's the right approach to take., no question.

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