Cardinals’ Nkemdiche continues disruptive play against Raiders

Updated: August 12, 2017

2:01 AM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Robert Nkemdiche picked up in Saturday’s game where he left off during his previous week of practice.

The second-year Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle disrupted the Oakland Raiders’ offense early and often Saturday night in a 20-10 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium. He had three tackles, including a crucial third-down stop in the second quarter. The chatter around Cardinals camp about Nkemdiche for the past couple of weeks has been about how he’s showing signs of improvement and maturity from last season. It’s starting to translate into games. Nkemdiche was a constant in the Raiders’ backfield, forcing plays away from him while affecting the game down to down.

Rookie watch: Budda Baker continued to show he’s picking up the Cardinals’ defense lightning-fast. The safety had a textbook knockdown that displayed his coverage skills and closing speed. He finished with five tackles.

Stanton shines: Stanton did his part to quiet the calls for Gabbert to unseat him as the Cardinals’ backup quarterback. He showed off an array of short and long passes that had significant zip on them. Stanton’s touchdown pass was a display of athleticism as he scrambled to his right to elude a sack then hit tight end Troy Niklas on a dart.

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