The last game of the preseason for an NFL team is sort of like tidying up the house before the maid arrives. You put things where they belong, spritz up the place a little, and then sit back and relax. In that regard, the Cardinals have gotten most of their pre-cleaning out of the way.

There are just a few minor dirty jobs left to accomplish entering Thursday night’s preseason finale against the visiting Denver Broncos. They must settle on their final rotation at wide receiver, make some tough decisions along the defensive line and figure out if rookie quarterback Josh Rosen should play or sit out.

“It’s still up in the air,” coach Steve Wilks said of Rosen, who missed Sunday night’s game in Dallas because of a sore right thumb.

Rosen practiced on Tuesday and looked fine, according to Wilks.

“I thought he threw the ball well,” he said. “He didn’t have a problem as far as taking it under center, the snap. I thought his execution was on point. It’s still up in the air whether or not I want to play him. I want him to go through the week and see how he feels, and I’ll make that decision on game day.”

For his part, Rosen is hoping he gets to play at least a little come kickoff at University of Phoenix Stadium. He’s only taken 46 snaps in the preseason, having completed 16 of 29 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

“I think all reps are good reps,” Rosen said. “I’d love to take as many as possible because, obviously, that’s how you get to learn the offense best.”

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Wilks, however, must weigh how much any extra reps will help Rosen if he’s not playing with any members of the first-team offense. If the first-round pick is asked to play with second- and third-stringers, his playing time likely won’t last longer than a couple of series.

Fellow rookie Charles Kanoff, the undrafted free agent from Princeton, is expected to see the most time at quarterback. Veteran Mike Glennon may not play after getting plenty of work in the team’s 27-3 rout of the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Glennon’s name has been linked to possible trade rumors – one of which has him getting dealt to the Broncos – although those reports have not been substantiated.

Although Arizona isn’t expected to play any of its starters, that doesn’t mean there aren’t jobs left to be won before the 90-man roster must be cut down to 53 by Saturday’s 1 p.m. deadline.

At receiver, veteran Greg Little remains in a battle with a host of undrafted rookie free agents that includes Trent Sherfield, Jalen Tolliver, C.J. Duncan, Corey Willis and Austin Wolf. On the defensive line, ends Vontarrius Dora, Cap Capi, Jacquies Smith and Alec James are all still vying for spots, as are backup tackles Pasoni Tasini, Siupeli Anau and rookie Owen Obasuyi.

This is also the last chance for several defensive backs to make a big enough impression to make the roster. Those on the bubble include cornerbacks Brandon Williams and Jonathan Moxey and safeties A.J. Howard, Zeke Turner, Harlan Miller and Travell Dixon.

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Williams, the team’s third-round pick in 2016, has fallen to third team on the depth chart and is in danger of being cut. It didn’t help that he missed Sunday’s game because of an ankle injury.

“I feel like he definitely needs to play,” Wilks said. “Just to be able to get out there and be a part of a live-game situation. Going against a different team and putting yourself in those positions, even on special teams. So hopefully he is able to play this week.”

Regardless of who plays and who doesn’t, longtime NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth has been impressed with what he’s seen out of the Cardinals, who have registered a league-leading 16 takeaways against just one turnover through three preseason games.

“I’m trying not to be as enthusiastic as I was coming out of there the other night because I know what (players) the Cowboys played,” said Collinsworth, who called Sunday night’s game for NBC alongside broadcast partner Al Michaels. “Let’s just take it for what it was, it was a giveaway by the Dallas Cowboys trying to get healthy.

“It was a little frustrating because I wanted to see the Arizona Cardinals get tested. Because in the first two games, they had something going on. The big thing I like about this team and with (coordinator) Al Holcomb’s defense is when (linebackers) Deone Bucannon and Josh Bynes got back in the lineup, they were a completely different team than we had seen on tape. Completely different.”

Collinsworth said if Jamar Taylor can neatly fill the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson, then the Cardinals’ secondary has a chance to be “really something special.” He calls their trio of safeties – Antoine Bethea, Tre Boston and Budda Baker – “top notch.” He also expects the takeaways to keep coming at a furious pace.

“I look at the discipline of what they’re doing and I can tell you right now what the Cardinals are going to be,” Collinsworth said. “They’re going to be a run-first, David Johnson pound-it-in-there football team and they’re going to be a defense that is going to have eyes on the football.

“You’re watching them on film and going, ‘Oh, we’ve got answers for all that. It’s not that complicated.’ Then you’re going to go play them and you’re going to be surprised. You’re going to be a little stunned by how good they are and how disciplined they are.

“This is a run-blocking offensive line, they are not pass blockers. And if they can run as well as I think they can, they’ll get their play-action going and have time to throw it with Sam Bradford, who, if he’s not the most accurate quarterback other than Drew Brees, he’s second. That’s what they’re going to be, and so far it looks good.”

Thursday’s game

Broncos at Cardinals

When: 7 p.m.

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale.

TV: Ch.12


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