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Rosen 'happy' with performance, talks first NFL TD (1:07)
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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals QB Josh Rosen dissects what happened on his first preseason TD pass to fellow rookie WR Christian Kirk in Friday night's win at New Orleans.

Rosen in sync with Kirk (0:32)
Johnson rumbles his way into the end zone (0:20)

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Defensive end Vontarrius Dora has two fumble recoveries tonight, a continuation of the second-year pro's solid preseason. Dora is competing with NFL veterans Benson Mayowa and Arthur Moats to start opposite star Chandler Jones on the other side, in the absence of injured Markus Golden. Defensive tackle Olson Pierre, who's made an impact in back-to-back preseason games, caused the turnover with a sack of Saints quarterback Taysom Hill late in the first half.

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Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen got his chance to work with the No. 1 offense, but only the first string offensive line. Their protection made a difference when Rosen, after a delay of game penalty, fired a 13-yard strike to fellow rookie Christian Kirk for his first NFL touchdown pass. It was a stark contrast to last week, when the No. 2 offensive line struggled to protect Rosen and even get him the ball on snaps.

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With three takeaways in barely over a quarter Friday at New Orleans, the Cardinals are up to seven as a team this preseason. Arizona has three interceptions and four fumble recoveries in less than six quarters of play.

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Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche has left Friday's preseason game with a foot injury, according to the Cardinals' broadcast, and will not return. Nkemdiche is listed as one of the starters at defensive tackle with Corey Peters; Olson Pierre, who played well in the first preseason game, is in for Nkemdiche. Pierre might have overtaken Nkemdiche for the job eventually; the injury could now hasten that development.

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Focused David Johnson hopes for extension soon

Cardinals running back David Johnson skipped a June minicamp, but he is in training camp and is not dwelling on his contract situation.

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The Arizona Cardinals moved to bolster depth at middle linebacker on Monday, signing five-year NFL veteran Gerald Hodges. Hodges joins a linebacker corps depleted with injuries, including starters Deone Bucannon and middle linebacker Josh Bynes. The Cardinals waived Jeremy Cash, who had been Bucannon's backup and who was playing well in Saturday night's preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers until suffering a knee injury in the third quarter. Cash left the game on a cart, and his injury appears serious enough for the Cardinals to get Hodges.

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Source: Cardinals sign Hodges, after Cash injury

Free agent linebacker Gerald Hodges is joining the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Reserve LB Jeremy Cash injured his knee in the preseason game against the Chargers.

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The Cardinals' first possession, with the No. 1 offense, could hardly have gone any better. After rookie Christian Kirk returned a punt 38 yards, running back David Johnson -- in his first game action since a dislocated wrist ended his 2017 season -- broke off back-to-back 14-yard runs. With the run working well, quarterback Sam Bradford, coming off a knee injury that limited him to two games last season, threw just two passes and completed one (the first was canceled out by a penalty). Rookie Chase Edmonds did the the rest, scoring the game's first touchdown with a gritty effort on fourth-and-goal. Coach Steve Wilks has emphasized the run game as a big part of the Cardinals' offensive identity. He had to be pleased with what his first unit did in limited action.

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Rookie Josh Rosen got a loud cheer from Cardinals fans when he took the field for the first time as an NFL quarterback with 1:52 to play in the first quarter. The much-hyped Rosen debut wasn't spectacular, though Rosen did make a couple of nice throws. After his first completion, 6 yards to fellow rookie Christian Kirk, Rosen's first series was a three-and-out. Rosen escaped a sack on a couple of occasions and was almost intercepted. Two receivers dropped passes, Rosen didn't get much protection from the second-string offensive line and had to field a pair of low snaps from his center. His night was finished at halftime, he finished 6 of 13 for 41 yards during four possessions.

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