Stewart Bradley is entering his second year with the Arizona Cardinals and earning his chance to show his true potential. The past two days of training camp, Bradley has received first team repetitions with returner Daryl Washington, who led the linebackers with over one hundred tackles last year.
Bradley’s opportunity came at the expense to the injury of Paris Lenon who suffered an ankle injury in the Cardinals preseason opener Sunday. Bradley told the Washington Post, “You never want someone to be injured. That’s not how you want an accomplishment to go down. But you also want to take advantage of the chances you get in there to make plays.”
Bradley’s performance Sunday was rather exciting for the Arizona Cardinals fans and organization. He led the Cardinals with seven tackles, a sack, a tackle-for-loss as well as a pass defended. Bradley has shown improvement from last year. Due to his improvement, the competition between Lenon and Bradley will be stiff. With the return of Washington, strong experience from other linebackers and the significant growth of Bradley, the Cardinals will have a tough core of linebackers who will compete for playing time and be captivating to watch.