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Cardinals Vs. Saints, Hall Of Fame Game: What to Watch For

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Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) calls a play during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University.  Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb (4) calls a play during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE


Well this is it. We've survived the Offseason! Now that game time is starting up again, it's time the ROTB staff get back to our game day coverage. Lets start with what to look for in our 1st of 5 Preseason games.

What's the thing that's on the forefront of everyone's mind? That's right, the QB position. John Skelton or Kevin Kolb? Rich Bartel or Ryan Lindley. Okay well maybe not Lindley and Bartel, unless of course you're Peter King. We won't know how the reps will play out until the game finally starts tomorrow @ 5:00 PM AZ time. While they probably won't distinguish themselves from one another tomorrow, they'll have to play decently to incite confidence in the coaches and fans.

Another thing is the running game without Ryan Williams and Beanie Wells. With both sitting out tomorrow evening will it be LSH taking the bulk of the carries or will they distribute the ball? Will Alfonso Smith show up like he seems to do every Preseason? Or will Arizona find a diamond in the rough? Look for LSH to split reps with Smith early on, possibly till the end of the Second Quarter.

Thirdly, the WR's. Roberts and Doucet are starting behind Fitzgerald for now, but will Floyd find a way around them in the Preseason? Most say no, but he could certainly make his way up the chart quickly putting Doucet and Roberts in the slot where they're most dangerous. I see Floyd getting a few first team reps tomorrow to see how he responds against the Saints aggressive Defense.

And Finally... the evolution of our own Defense. Granted Brees and company won't be as dangerous as they would be in a normal game but I think Brees will come out slinging for the 2 series he plays in. Wilson won't play which is good and bad, but more on the good side. It'll be interesting to see the development of Scho and 'Cho firm, as well as the two rookies that Arizona fans are crazy about Justin Bethel and Jamell Flemming.

So what do you think? Is there anyone else to watch for?