Believe it or not, it’s finally time for the NFL preseason schedule to begin, as the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears square off on Thursday night. While it’ll be exciting to see Lamar Jackson’s debut, there are many other former Cardinals who we’ll need to watch over the course of August. More specifically, there are three players, who I believe, every Cards fan need to be watching this month.
Take a look at which former Cardinals those are below:
The Carolina Panthers made every Louisville football fan’s day by signing Reggie Bonnafon a few months ago for a chance to compete in training camp and the NFL preseason. While it may be a long shot for Bonnafon to make the Panthers final 53-man roster, he can build his NFL resumé by performing well over Carolina’s four-game schedule in August. Bonnafon has always been a guy who does everything a coaching staff asks of him, so it’s always a possibility the former Trinity grad could wind up playing special-teams come September.
The Green Bay Packers have big plans for Jaire Alexander, as proven by their selection of him in this year’s first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. While most Louisville fans know how talented Alexander is on the outside, it’ll be fun to see Packers fans come to that realization as well. With some of the Packers veteran defensive starters on the sideline for the preseason, Alexander will have a great opportunity to showcase his talents on the biggest stage of his career.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m not a huge fan of Teddy Bridgewater playing for the New York Jets. Not only did the Jets sign him to a one-year “prove it” deal this offseason, but they drafted former USC quarterback, Sam Darnold, in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Regardless of how well Bridgewater performs this season, the Jets front-office will want to see Darnold at some point in 2018. Unfortunately, that’s how things work in the National Football League.
That said, it’s very important that Bridgewater performs well and stays healthy over the course of August. While he may not be playing for the long-term starting role in New York, I can bet you there are a handful of other NFL franchises watching him from afar.
If he indeed performs well this preseason, don’t be shocked to see Bridgewater in a different uniform later this season.
Derek Snyder joined as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in April of 2018. He previously covered everything Louisville Cardinals as the Site-Expert for BigRedLouie.com in 2016. Follow Derek on Twitter @dcolesny10.