Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith (46) runs in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the pro football hall of fame preseason game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
There was more to the Hall of Fame game against the Saints than just the final score. The Cardinals have many positional battles going on right now, and they will look to resolve these battles this pre-season.
Hit the jump for the three big battles of Sunday's game against the Saints.
RB: Unfortunately, Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams were both kept from playing in the game, most probably to prevent any injuries to the currently rehabbing duo. However, Larod Stephens-Howling and Alphonso Smith were both given some runs. LSH looked sharp, as did Alphonso Smith (Who scored the only TD for the team). Both will be aiming to be integrated in the offense more, so look to see them get the majority of runs this pre-season.
QB: Although the main QB battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton is already being covered extensively, there is a smaller QB battle that hasn't received as much attention: The third-string QB job. Sometimes called the "greatest job in sports", both Richard Bartel and rookie Ryan Lindley are battling for the job. Bartel and Lindley both received the majority of snaps against the Saints. Bartel went 3-7 for 61 yards, and Lindley went 10-21 for 118 yards and 1 interception (Which cost the Cardinals the game). At this point, neither has taken a lead against the other, so look for this battle to carry out all the way till Game 1 of the regular season.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald has the #1 WR job all locked up, but there is still a competition going for the #2 spot. 1st round draft pick Michael Floyd, Early Doucet, and Andre Roberts are all vying to start alongside Fitz. However, like the RB's, none of the three received substantial action in the game. Doucet didn't play a down, but Roberts was able to haul in two receptions for 14 yards, and Floyd caught 1 pass for 15 yards. This is another competition that will probably stretch out through the pre-season.