Cardinals vs. Broncos preview: 5 things to watch in preseason game 4

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The final meaningless game is not so meaningless for a bunch of players on the field.

It's the last preseason game (thank God) and there are plenty of positional battles left to watch play out, but what are the three that Cardinals fans should be watching most closely tonight?

Wide Receiver number four:

The position that most of us had penciled in as Ryan Swope's to lose before training camp even started, has become one of the better positional battles, and a semi important one because of the lack of dynamic play from the tight ends, as well as the fact that they are one play away from being the number three receiver in an offense that relies heavily on three receiver sets.

Kerry Taylor was the player that most saw as the likeliest candidate, but Charles Hawkins and Jaron Brown have both had excellent preseasons, and while they may all make the roster, whoever ends up next on the depth chart is what will be most important.

Can Tony Jefferson play his way onto the team?

Jefferson was the talk of the preseason, and not just amongst Cardinals fans, as ProFootballFocus.com (paid subscription) has Jefferson as the top rated safety so far in the preseason.

Jefferson's battle is that he won't make the roster as the third safety, barring injury, and doesn't offer anything in special teams as the fourth safety, so he needs to put on another big display in his final game of the preseason to show the coaches they can't afford to keep him off this roster.

Ricky Lumpkin, Ronald Talley, Frostee Rucker and Padric Scott: who stays?

If the Cardinals are to go strictly on play, the winners of this battle are Lumpkin, albeit in very limited snaps, and Talley, with the odd men out of Rucker and Scott.

The problem becomes that Rucker is one of the few depth guys with any NFL game experience, and Lumpkin has been battling a high ankle injury most of the preseason.

Lumpkin and Talley both offer flexibility to play the ends or the nose, which helps the Cardinals not have to keep as many players, but they will need to earn it.

Does Jay Feely keep his job?

Rumor has it the Cardinals are interested in two other kickers, via Mike Jurecki.

Feely has been underwhelming in the preseason, but he tends to run hot and cold, and if he gets his cold spell out of him early, things could be looking up.

There wasn't a move made yet, which makes it hard to project someone coming in and taking his spot, but if he has another bad night, anything is possible.

Mike Gibson, Chilo Rachal or Senio Kelemete?

This is going to be a terrible decision any way it turns out, but the winner will be the primary back up at the guard position.

Rachal has been terrible in both pass blocking and run blocking, while Gibson and Kelemete have both looked better as pass blockers, and struggled in the run game, but Rachal has the leg up in the experience department.

The last things to watch is simply how Ryan Lindley plays, and whether he plays well enough to keep himself on the 53 man roster, if Ryan Williams runs hard, does he force the Cardinals to keep five running backs, or does he bait a team into giving up a draft pick for him?

This last game has many interesting lines to watch, even if it won't show us much to what we have to look forward to for the Cardinals season.

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