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Week 6 Outlook
Nkemdiche has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, Adam Schefter reports.
The former first-rounder played his first three seasons with the Cardinals and will get a fresh start with Miami. He's recovering from a torn ACL sustained in December and was placed immediately on the PUP list. Nkemdiche never realized his full potential with Arizona, struggling with off-the-field issues and injuries.
Arizona DT Robert Nkemdiche registered three solo tackles and one sack in their week one matchup with Washington.
Nkemdiche had several nice pressures on Washington QB Alex Smith, but for the rest of the game he was largely invisible. He recorded a phantom sack by touching Smith as he was heading out of bounds for a one yard loss off a QB scramble. Nkemdiche is yet another Arizona defender with immense talent who doesn't flash nearly often enough.
Robert Nkemdiche (calf) is expected to make his season debut in Week 2 against the Colts.
Nkemdiche's Week 1 absence wasn't missed in the running game as the Cardinals largely held the Lions in check on the ground. Where he was missed was generating a pass rush, especially in the second half. This is a good matchup for the Cardinals against the Colts who struggled against the Rams last week. Fire up Nkemdiche if he plays as a low end DL2.
Robert Nkemdiche suffered a calf strain in practice which is leaving his week one status in doubt. Initial reports have him missing 2-3 weeks.
This would be a big blow to Arizona's defense as the defense has seen its share of injuries during the preseason. Nkemdiche is being asked to fill the void left when Calais Campbell left via free agency. They need him to raise his level of play and be more consistent but missing time is going to make that hard to do. His play will be pivotal to their success so they need him back sooner rather than later.
With the departure of Calais Campbell in free agency, there is a huge void left in Arizona's defensive line. Robert Nkemdiche is tasked with filling the void, or at least playing the biggest part in filling it. This is a huge position of need and a vital part in the success of the Cardinal defense.
So far this preseason Nkemdiche has shown flashes of being able to make up some of what the Cardinals lost, but still needs to work on his consistency. He has garnished mixed reviews in practice but the game play has shown he can be a force to reckoned with. He should be considered as a low end DL2 until he shows he can be consistent, he has upside however.