RB Eno Benjamin’s confidence ‘through the roof’

GLENDALE – Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin won’t have anyone ahead of him on the depth chart when the team takes on the Cincinnati Bengals this Friday.

It’s a preseason game, but it’s still a start for a player who has been hyped by his teammates and coaches all offseason.

For Benjamin, the goal is to remain locked into the same mindset he brought to camp.

“I’m just going upside down,” the runner said Tuesday. “I’m looking to do whatever is asked of me for however long. First game, second game, third game – just being able to be (available).

“My confidence is through the roof,” Benjamin added. “It is the 3rd year. I feel like a lot more has slowed down for me and just getting on the field to get those opportunities definitely builds that confidence as well.”

Trace McSorley to start against the Bengals

Colt McCoy is the officially listed starter for the team’s first preseason game of the year.

But when the team takes the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, it will be Trace McSorley on offense for most of the game.

“He’s going to get a lot of reps and he’s done a really good job going in there,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I like the way he plays, he’s got a little bit of banter, some moxie and he moves around and extends plays. I’m excited to watch him play.”

As for McCoy, the projected No. 2 signal caller behind quarterback Kyler Murray is nursing a sore arm.

And with Kingsbury confirming that Murray will see minimal to no preseason action, that leaves Jarrett Guarantano to get the extra reps behind McSorley.

“Kyler won’t play much and then we’ll see how Colt’s arm progresses,” Kingsbury said. “We’ll be smart about it.”

Will or Valentine?

Right tackle Kelvin Beachum had already called new teammate Will Hernandez the cooler while in the game. Wolf and Luke of Arizona Sports two mondays ago.

On Tuesday, Beachum took things a step further, giving Hernandez a little more personality than a household appliance.

“This is a Brahman bull. I got bulls in Texas. We got one called Valentine and he joined. Will is a very, very put together human being,” the treatment reads.

“There aren’t many guys who are built like that. … It’s impressive to be able to block with him, block alongside him. … It will be fun to play next to him.”

And like Valentine, it’s best not to mess with Hernandez on the field.

Here’s Valentine, by the way:

QUICK STRIKES

– McSorley and Guarantano hit Tuesday with McCoy and Murray not participating in team drills.

Murray did much the same as he did on Monday in terms of individual work, but was seen shooting right-handed again.

Kingsbury said after practice that Murray’s sore wrist was one reason the QB didn’t throw right-handed last practice and instead threw with his left.

– Wide receiver Greg Dortch again had an impressive day of practice. The wide receiver won his battles against Jalen Thompson and Budda Baker, scoring three touchdowns during 1-on-1s on Tuesday. He also scored during red zone drills.

– Arizona’s 2019 second-round pick Andy Isabella is still on tape as of late. On Tuesday, the receiver was pulling away from a deep bomb by Guarantano for a score during 11-on-11.

– DeAndre Hopkins, Trey McBride, Zach Ertz, Rodney Hudson, Markus Golden and Devon Kennard did not participate on Tuesday. Antoine Wesley, who is still being evaluated for a hip/groin problem, was seen on the sideline.

– Tight end Maxx Williams and wide receiver Hollywood Brown saw a little more action than in previous days. Each participated in individual work with Williams even getting some reps during 11-on-11.

– Coach Kliff Kingsbury turned 43 on Tuesday. However, he didn’t have any plans to celebrate the occasion. Maybe Mike Bercovici will use his local celebrity status and put something together for his coach in Scottsdale.

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