You’ve heard the case against Cardinals rookie Logan Thomas: big arm, good legs, no accuracy whatsoever. Saturday the former Virginia Tech QB rebutted that argument the best way he can, by getting after it on the field.
It’s only preseason so take it for what it is, but Thomas showed pretty good accuracy in a half of football for the Cardinals against the Texans, going 11-of-12 for 113 yards and a TD. That performance likely put Thomas ahead of Ryan Lindley in the race for #3 QB in Arizona, with Lindley set to get his shot in the second preseason game.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had plenty of nice things to say about Thomas after the game (via azcentral.com):
“He had a nice, calm demeanor,” Arians said. “He threw some balls in there that made me hold my breath, but the guys caught them. He was very, very good.”
Thomas said that playing in front of a crowd actually helped calm him down and let him perform:
“I felt very comfortable. Don’t get me wrong. I messed up my fair share of stuff, but I felt good, felt relaxed,” Thomas said. “A lot more relaxed than I thought I was going to be going into the game.”
The scouting reports on Thomas going into the draft all remarked on his tremendous physical ability, but also warned of his rawness and inconsistency as a passer, and projected him as a long-shot to make it in the NFL.
Thomas is still a long-shot, but at least he gave himself a chance to stick on the Cardinals roster as the #3 QB, pending Ryan Lindley’s first crack at the job.