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Playing in the NFL a Learning Experience for Arizona Cardinals QB Logan Thomas

September 4th, 2014 at 6:25 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals drafted quarterback Logan Thomas in the fourth round of the NFL Draft in May because they liked his big arm and overall potential. Thomas is third on the quarterback depth chart this season behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

It's been an up-and-down early start to his NFL career. Thomas looked very good in rookie minicamp but struggled quite a bit in Arizona's 12-9 loss to San Diego last Thursday in the team's final preseason game. The Virginia Tech product played the entire contest and completed just nine of 21 passes for 73 yards.

Not great.

“Just very, very average,” head coach Bruce Arians told

Thomas knows he has work to do to improve his game.

“They (San Diego) played great defense and there were some things here and there that I could’ve have done better personally, but I’ve just got to watch the game and learn from it,” Thomas said.

Let's take a look at Thomas' updated scouting report via

Strengths Thomas has outstanding size, stature and strength — towers over the line, has natural throwing lanes from the pocket and is able to make plays in the grasp. Athletic — can climb the pocket, escape and run for the sticks. Load to bring down. Generates easy velocity with a quick, compact release and can make all the throws. Is very competitive and will sell out to make a play. Has upside. Tough and durable — started 40 consecutive games. Vocal leader. Was the only quarterback to crack a ball speed of 60 mph on the radar gun at the combine and can flat-out rip it.

Weaknesses May have plateaued as a sophomore. Uneven performance. Inconsistent footwork and mechanics. Shoddy ball placement. Still developing touch and deep-ball accuracy. Needs to quicken his eyes and expand his field vision. Needs to learn to protect himself — is not elusive and represents a big target to defenders. Struggled in big games, including a nightmare performance against Alabama. Too careless with the football — 39 INTs and 23 fumbles as a starter. Career 50-percent passer on third down.

Bottom Line Struggled at times during the preseason. Unrefined, strong-armed, sturdy pocket passer who looks the part and has intriguing, raw arm talent, though he is a converted tight end whose inexperience showed throughout a yo-yo career in Blacksburg, VA. Has definite developmental value given his starter-caliber skill set and intangible makeup. Would benefit from coaching continuity, more specifically a QB coach capable of refining his crude talent.


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