A recent story about veteran linebacker LaMarr Woodley on AZCardinals.com has a focus on how he still has something to give in the NFL. He is still only 30 years old, so when people say he is old, he isn't as old as many believe him to be. Still, many believe he is washed up.
Woodley wants to prove them wrong and Larry Foote, Woodley's former teammate in Pittsburgh and now a member of the Arizona coaching staff, believes this is the perfect opportunity.
"Where he is in his career, he's got to re-introduce the league to who he is," Foote said about Woodley. "There is no better defense to do it in than this one. That's basically what I told him."
There are many who point to the seasons players like Karlos Dansby or Larry Foote had for Arizona and believe Woodley can break out. But as I wrote not too long ago, that might be a stretch.
Woodley has not played in 16 games in a season since 2010. After a 2011 season with nine sacks, a season in which he played in only 10 games, he has had only nine sacks in 29 games.
Using Foote as a comparison isn't necessarily a good comparison. Foote had missed almost all the 2013 season before signing with Arizona in 2014. Many believed he was washed up. But his 2012 season before the triceps injury was fantastic -- 113 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. When the Cardinals signed him, his last full season was a great one.
That isn't the case for Woodley.
So what are fan expectations for LaMarr Woodley? His one-year veteran's minimum contract says expectations are low. The team has added several players to the outside linebacker position. 2014 third round pick Kareem Martin was moved to OLB. The team drafted Markus Golden and Shaq Riddick. Alex Okafor, the team's 2014 sack leader, returns.
While Bruce Arians has called Woodley an every down linebacker, how much will he play, especially when Golden, whom the team took in the second round of this year's draft, has been compared to Woodley?
Can he even be expected to play 16 games?
What about sacks? He hasn't hit double digits since 2010. Are fans expecting that from him, or simple leadership and a handful of sacks in rotational playing time?
Do fans believe he will make the roster?
Discuss it in the comments below.