It is finally here. Well, it kind of is finally here. Preseason football for the Arizona Cardinals kicks off tonight and with that another season begins.
While there are always a ton of intriguing storylines to watch, here are five things I am looking for out of game one of the preseason.
Logan Thomas vs Phillip Sims
In a case of what should not matter, there is a reason to watch the QB3 battle for the Arizona Cardinals. Thomas was the Bruce Arians' pick. He was unprepared in 2014 and now he is in a battle to keep his roster spot.
Sims on the other hand is basically blind, but he's in a real competition with Logan Thomas. Someone like Gungus, who is more clever than I, can make a joke about that in the comments section.
While we all hope to not need to see the third quarterback again, with Palmer's age and Stanton's injury history, it is always a possibility.
Don't get to high or low with the first offensive line unit
This is going to happen on Saturday night, Sunday morning and roll into Monday. The Cardinals offensive line is going to dominant/disappointing and we're going to get the #HawtTakes for it. Don't buy in either way.
First off, with A.Q. Shipley and Bobby Massie likely starting, we could see at least two different starters come Game 1 of the regular season. Secondly, it takes time to gel as a unit. Thirdly, have you seen the running backs? With Ellington being mostly hurt and David Johnson acting like a second round Keim pick (see what I did there?) the Cardinals top 5 offensive linemen and top two running backs have had almost zero repetitions together. Let it gel. Panic or celebrate in Week 4, but before that, unless it is REALLY bad, R-E-L-A-X.
Watch the pass rushers
Can Kareem Martin start to turn heads in game situations? Is Markus Golden going to be able to succeed against players who aren't Cardinals second and third stringers? This matters to me. I don't care about Woodley, Okafor or Alexander. I care about the question marks.
Come on, Zasty
Drew Butler was not good in 2014. If Drew Butler is the Cardinals punter in 2015, man... Alright, let's move on.
Come out on time
Carson Palmer and the wide receivers need to come out early and on time. Whether it is one pass or 10, they need to look like they are entering their third and second years in the offense, working together. The Cardinals need to start fast in the 2015 season, in case there is a bump injury wise in the middle. It starts on Saturday with the passing game, something that is almost completely healthy, getting into a rhythm.
How good do the tight ends look?
Who is returning kicks and punts?
How much beer will I drink while at my friends surprise birthday party?
Did my kids flag football team win their first game?
We can look back on these questions next week, but hey guys... It's BACK!