5 Storylines to Follow During Arizona Cardinals’ OTAs

5 Storylines to Follow During Arizona Cardinals' OTAs

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OTAs are a good opportunity for NFL teams to get a good early look at what their roster might look like going into training camp, and it's not different for the Arizona Cardinals. Here are five storylines that fans should follow during the team's OTAs.

5. Andre Ellington becomes the focal point of the offense

Andre Ellington
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5. Andre Ellington becomes the focal point of the offense

Andre Ellington
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Bruce Arians has already said that Andre Ellington will be the featured back this season, and this figures to include both carries and targets. For years, Larry Fitzgerald has been the focus of this offense, but it appears as though the mantle is being handed over to Ellington and Michael Floyd. Are the Cardinals preparing for life after Fitz?

4. Which undrafted rookie free agent will make an impact and make the roster?

Zach Bauman
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4. Which undrafted rookie free agent will make an impact and make the roster?

Zach Bauman
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Undrafted rookie running back Zach Bauman is only 5-foot-7, but displayed great speed and elusiveness at Northern Arizona University. He is among a number of undrafted rookie free agents picked up by the Cardinals following the draft. Which one(s) have the best chance of making an impact and making the final 53-man roster? I would think this starts with making an impact on special teams.

3. Will the defense miss the veteran leadership of Karlos Dansby?

Larry Foote
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3. Will the defense miss the veteran leadership of Karlos Dansby?

Larry Foote
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Perhaps Karlos Dansby's greatest contribution was his leadership in the locker room. After leaving for the Cleveland Browns this offseason, many wondered if the Cardinals' defense could perform at the same level or better than last season. Will the Cardinals miss having that veteran leadership on defense, or did the signing of Larry Foote help to fill that void?

2. How will the right side of the offensive line look?

Earl Watford
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2. How will the right side of the offensive line look?

Earl Watford
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The left side of the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line seems to have been solidified. That said, major questions remain on the right side of the line. Bruce Arians has already said the starters on that side will not be decided until training camp. Should the Cardinals work with who they have on the roster now, or will the look to add a veteran late in the offseason?

1. Which former Cardinals draft pick is facing a make or break year?

Bobby Massie
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1. Which former Cardinals draft pick is facing a make or break year?

Bobby Massie
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This coming season could prove to be a make-or-break season for a couple of former highly-touted draft picks, most notably Bobby Massie and Rob Housler. Both have a high ceiling and have shown flashes of being quality NFL players, but have been inconsistent. Will Massie and/or Housler take that next step, or will this be their last season in Arizona?


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