Tight end Jake O'Connell #82 of the Denver Broncos makes a reception as defensive back Curtis Taylor #26 of the Arizona Cardinals makes the tackle in the first quarter during preseason action August 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.
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DENVER, CO - Former ASU star, Brock Osweiler, lead the Broncos through the Cardinals defense with ease. The Cardinals looking more like they did last week against the Chargers.
Osweiler leads a ten play, 80 yard drive on Denver's first possession and then puts together a 7 play, 59 yard drive to make it 10 - nothing Broncos in the first quarter. Osweiler finishes 7 of 11 for 108 yards and a quarterback rating of 96.
If the goal is to impress your coaches in order to be included in the final 53 man roster, then the Cardinals back-up defense had something to be worried about after the first quarter.
On offense, Drew Stanton gets the start for Arizona but after two series, Stanton moves to sidelines after going 0 for 2 with a measely quarterback rating of 39.6.
Ryan Williams, who's been suffering with a sore knee most of camp, starts in the backfield and he looked solid. 9 carries for 25 yards and a touchdown for the third year running back out of Virginia Tech.
Ryan Lindley relieves Stanton at quarterback and leads the Cardinals on a 17 play drive that covers 84 yards. Ryan Williams takes it in from a yard out and it's 10-7 Broncos.
Lindley then leads an 11 play drive, Jay Feely caps it off with a 52-yard field goal and we're tied at ten at halftime.
Zac Dysert comes in for Osweiler and the rookie hits former ASU receiver Gerell Robinson for 25 yards and a touchdown over former WIldcat Antoine Cason. 17 - 10 Broncos in the third.
Lindley then leads the Cardinals on an 80 yard drive, hitting Jaron Brown for 55 yards and we're tied at 17 with 3:37 to go in the third.
After the Broncos take a 24-17 lead, the Cardinals score 15 points in the fourth quarter. First, a fifteen yard pass from Lindley to Mike Thomas and then a two point conversion from Lindley to Andre Ellington. That gave the Cardinals a 25-24 lead in the fourth.
Rookie Stepfan Taylor scores late in the game and the Cardinals get the win 32-24.
The bottom line to game four of the preseason is about young players doing enough to make it on the final 53 man roster, but we won't know that until Friday afternoon.
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