GLENDALE, Ariz. — In the preseason, individual performances tend to matter more than whether the team wins or loses. For the Arizona Cardinals, several players should be the focus of attention. As the team gets set to play the Los Angeles Chargers in the final preseason game of the week, here are the individual players to watch.
He will not play much, but the first question is whether he will get hurt or not. That’s unfair, but it is on everyone’s mind. People will want to see how comfortable he is in live action and whether he is in sync with the other offensive players.
Rosen is perhaps the player who will garner the most attention. All the other highly-touted rookie QBs have played. It is Rosen’s turn. Many believe there is a legitimate shot he could win the starting job, so a good performance will only help that.
With A.Q. Shipley gone for the season, the third-round rookie is thrust into the starting lineup. Will he be overwhelmed or will he at least hold his own? He has better physical talent than Shipley, but we want to see whether his talent can overcome inexperience.
Nkemdiche appears on the verge of having a huge year. He has destroyed the Cardinals offensive line. The question is whether he can do it against opponents. What will be key is not simply being around plays, it will be him making plays at or behind the line of scrimmage.
All the WRs not named Larry Fitzgerald
There is no question Larry Fitzgerald is who he is and he won’t play much. However, the rest of the receiver room is wide open and training camp has not given any real separation yet. Greg Little has shone, but he has documented problems with dropping passes. Brice Butler finally is being given his shot to start. Trent Sherfield has been impressive.
Jamar Taylor and Brandon Williams
Somebody has to win the starting cornerback job, so eyes will be on both players to see whether someone takes a clear lead in the competition.
He is listed as the starter at DE in place of the injured Markus Golden. Can he hold off a young Vontarrius Dora? Will he flash in pass rushing can will he hold up against the run?
Boehm was supposed to be the center of the future, but for whatever reason, he has not had that chance and has bee a guard all offseason. Now he should get looks at center. He has struggled some at guard. Now he is battling to be the backup center. If he doesn’t win that job, he might be in danger of getting cut.