Steve Keim, the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals, is constantly on the lookout for talented players. Last September, just days before the season-opener, the club’s high-ranked executive made an addition to the defensive line. An under-the-radar signing by Keim and his cohorts that is certainly worthy of praise.
Angelo Blackson, a seventh-year defensive end, proved to be a good fit for the Cards during the 2020 campaign. In 16 games (nine starts), the 28-year old contributed 24 tackles, 2.5 sacks and eight quarterback hits for the squad. Blackson’s performance last fall happened to be the best work he has done since he entered the league back in 2015.
Six years ago, the Tennessee Titans selected Blackson in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. As a rookie, the 6’4, 319 pounder totaled 15 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 16 appearances. The following season, Blackson recorded just nine tackles in 13 contests (one start) for the Titans.