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Who to watch during the Cardinals vs. Chiefs Preseason Game

There are many

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With the first preseason game upon us in the 2015 season it is incumbent upon me to speak out and tell you who I believe are the important players and positions to keep an specific keen eye on during the play of the roster.

So let's get to it.

Jonathan Cooper

Arians was very vocal in his disappointment in Cooper's lack of mental strength last year. But the running game was remarkedly better when he did play. If the Cardinals want to develop a strong running game then Cooper needs to show the same play as his rookie preseason.

And prove he was worth a first round pick.

Darren Fells

The Cardinals don't have one proven tight end on the roster, but if you have been keeping up during the offseason then you have heard the rumblings that the second year football player (he only played basketball before) is on track to seize the starting position. Fells show improvement over last season, time to watch if he has truly continued that fast improvement in 2015

Justin Bethel

One of the most intriguing battles of the offseason is between these two. However, Bethel's play is more important than who is the starter. The cornerback position doesn't have a lot of proven depth either. Justin Bethel playing like a starter can help allay fears the pass defense may be a weak if there are any injuries to the group.


You try choosing just one. LaMarr Woodley is old and possibly over the hill. Can he be the next veteran to resurrect his career? Kenny Demens' is going into his third year, can he become a consistent contributor? Are Lorenzo Alexander and Kevin Minter going to become solid players now they both aren't hampered by injuries? Will Deone Bucannon spend another season playing linebacker? Can any of them beat out an injured Sean Weatherspoon?

In short, if the defense is on the field, pay attention to the linebackers.

Dave Zastudil

Despite what everyone thought, it turns out that Zastudil's hold on the starting punter role is not a sure thing. Drew Butler, though he has as penchant for shorter punts did a fine job with his placement inside the 20 yard line. If there is one person to watch on special teams it is Zastudil.

There's the short list of who I think everyone should pay attention too. Who are you most excited to watch?