Andy Isabella knew training camp and preseason games were important for him this year, so when he initially lost a few days of practice early on as a close contact of someone who tested positive, it wasn’t welcome.
When he lost two weeks of practice and the chance to play in the first two preseason games because he got Covid himself, it was bad.
And when he lost the chance to play in the final preseason game when it was cancelled, it was frustrating.
“I worked so hard this offseason, so missing so much time, it’s like, ‘Damn,’ ” the third-year wide receiver said Wednesday. “You have to get your mind there and fight it.”
There was much speculation what might happen to the 2019 second-round pick heading into final cuts. But, Isabella acknowledged, “I wasn’t worried about not being here,” and realistically, he remains fifth on the depth chart in a six-man room.
But, Isabella admitted, “it sucks being in the position I’m in, I have to really fight to get put on the field now. I’m all the way behind. It’s frustrating. But I’m doing what I can.”
Isabella’s brief career has been disappointing. He finished last season inactive in the final four games of the season, totaling 30 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons. The Cardinals spent another second-round pick on a similarly sized receiver in Rondale Moore, who has already climbed into the top four with DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk.