In the last offseason, the Arizona Cardinals and general manager Steve Keim made a handful of veteran acquisitions including Rodney Hudson, JJ Watt and AJ Green to increase leadership in the locker room.
Although Arizona’s 2021 season only has three games, the early returns of the new additions have Keim and Co. in high spirits, especially after the way the team bounced back in the Week 3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“The good thing is that our players have stood up to adversity,” said Keim Arizona Sport Burns & Gambo. “The leaders in that locker room got up and took control, and obviously put us in a great position at the very end.
“Guys like Rodney Hudson, guys like AJ Green, JJ Watt, you can’t put a price on adding players who continue to control the locker rooms themselves, who do the right things.”
As for Green, Cardinals fans finally got a glimpse of what the veteran wide receiver can still bring to the table in Week 3. Green was Arizona’s main receiver, catching five passes for 112 yards, averaging 22.4 yards per grab.
It was a solid follow-up after his touchdown take in week 2.
“It was nice to see AJ having this kind of day because that’s what we saw throughout camp,” Keim said. “Because of the way people played us the first two weeks, maybe he didn’t have the numbers.
“Depending on how people play us each week, different players are going to have a big game.”
Across three games, this has certainly been the case with the Cardinals’ passing game. A different receiver has been the team’s main wide receiver each week, with DeAndre Hopkins leading in Week 1, Rondale Moore in Week 2 and Green in Week 3.
Turning his attention to this week’s opponent, Keim sees the anticipation surrounding the Cardinals’ meeting with the Los Angeles Rams and calls it a “big litmus test.”
“I think when you have two teams 3-0, [the anticipation] gets bigger and bigger every week, ”Keim said. “According to my studies, they have a great team.
“We feel like we have a good football team and a team that can take on anyone.”