Two weeks ago, undrafted rookie defensive end Josh Mauro was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. On Sunday, Mauro made his first career start at defensive tackle with the Arizona Cardinals and according to head coach Bruce Arians, the Stanford product played extremely well.
“Josh Mauro would have got a game ball if we won the game,” Arians said Monday, according to arizonasports.com. “He played his tail off. Was stout at the point of attack. Really, really nice surprise.”
Mauro, who was signed off of the Steelers practice squad eleven days ago, played 22 snaps in the Cardinals 19-3 Sunday loss to the Seattle Seahawks and recorded two total tackles, one of which was for a loss.
It’s unclear how much Mauro will play with the Cardinals moving forward, but it sounds like he will be a fixture on their 53 man roster for the remainder of the season, based on Arians’ comments.
“I just want to make the most of every opportunity,” Mauro said.