With the offseason upon us, the local sites have given their opinions on the offseason workouts.
What did they think?
Yesterday, we took a look at what Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals had to say, today, Adam Green from Arizona Sports gives you his five questions facing the Arizona Cardinals heading into the offseason.
Do they have enough at inside linebacker?
The answer here is... You have to hope. I continue to go back to the idea that Deone Bucannon could lose his job, and if that is true, then the answer is no. If Bucannon comes back and takes the place of either Haason Reddick or Karlos Dansby, I think the answer is yes.
Basically, if the player that is supposed to be the best player at his position is now the third best to a rookie and a 35 year old, it isn’t exactly a talent filled position.
How good, really, is the WR depth?
Is it like quarterback where if you have two you don’t have any?
I think the question is simply... What is John Brown’s health? Was that the best of J.J. Nelson? How quickly can Chad Williams get acclimated and make an impact?
This isn’t 2016 where everything had to go wrong... It is 2015 where we really don’t know what anyone is outside of Larry Fitzgerald. Can John Brown be consistent? Can J.J. Nelson take the next step?
Could Justin Bethel actually be the guy?
Yes, yes he can be. If the problem last year was truly his foot, then maybe he can get a full offseason being the guy and ready to take over the cornerback two position.
The real question I have is... Can Bethel be as good on the outside as he was in the slot in 2017? It seems like the Cardinals talent at cornerback all lies as guys who can cover the slot better than on the outside.
Are the tackles ready for their new spots?
You have to think D.J. Humphries is as good and ready as can be at this point in his career. Now it is about performing.
Jared Veldheer is really the question mark to me. He has never played right tackle. I know we like to act as though this is an easy adjustment, but it really is not. Can Veldy be as good as he was on the left side? If he can be, then the Cardinals edge blockers are going to be the best of the Arians era. Maybe the best since the move to the desert.
What may still be needed?
Health and a return to the norm is really it.
They need Nkemdiche to step up. They need Bucannon to come back and be better than ever. They need someone to be the man on the backend of the defense. Yet, all of that is really secondary to health and getting back to being the players we thought they were.