NFL NFL season preview
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This week we take a look at the Arizona Cardinals and how they might look after making some changes to their offensive line.
As the season enters its final stretch, the Cardinals will need to address some of their biggest problems.
Offensive tackle Kevin Kolb is still a long shot to suit up in the Super Bowl, and he will likely start the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
He is expected to be ready for the season opener against the Detroit Lions, though the injury could prove to be a setback.
The offensive line also needs to replace the play of the team’s top pass-rusher, Calais Campbell, who missed all of last season due to a torn ACL.
It’s unclear what will happen to veteran guard David DeCastro, who has struggled mightily in his first three NFL seasons, but he will most likely be on the practice squad.
The Cardinals have some major questions at the wide receiver position, as the team lost one of the league’s top receivers in Kelvin Benjamin to free agency.
The Cardinals added a couple of new additions to the position this offseason, as cornerback Chris Culliver and safety Darian Stewart added to their depth chart.
In the trenches, they still have a lot of work to do to make up for a lack of experience on their roster.
They also need to get rid of a couple players who have been on the team for a while, including former NFL star Robert Ayers, who is on the active roster.
The most surprising addition to the offensive line this offseason was running back John Brown, who tore his ACL in training camp and has not played in a game since.
He’ll be one of many running backs that the Cardinals are trying to find at the end of the season, and the addition of a dynamic pass-catcher in Dante Pettis should help them do just that.
They need to find a reliable pass-catching option at quarterback, as Carson Palmer has struggled to find the end zone in the NFL.
The best part of this year’s team is how it can attack the NFC West.
Arizona has been a solid offensive unit in the past, but they’ve never finished above .500 and they haven’t had a winning season since 2008.
They’ve also had two of their top three wide receivers go down for injuries, and that is something to be concerned about.
The Cards have a number of talented young players that should be able to step up for them.
But they also have a good defensive unit, and they have a young quarterback in Carson Palmer who should be more comfortable throwing the ball than the rest of the QBs on the roster.