5 Moves the Arizona Cardinals Must Make During OTAs

5 Moves the Arizona Cardinals Must Make During OTAs

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The NFL season is approaching us quite quickly and OTAs have finally begun. The Arizona Cardinals are coming fresh off a 10-6 season and will be looking to make an impact in an improved NFC West. This Cardinals squad is full of talent and should be able to be very competitive in one of the league's toughest divisions.

Here are five key moves the Cardinals must make to compete in a division with some of the league's nastiest defensive units:

5. Begin to Develop QB Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas
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5. Begin to Develop QB Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas
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The Arizona Cardinals selected QB Logan Thomas in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Thomas is a big, pro-style quarterback who should fit in well with head coach Bruce Arians. Thomas needs a ton of work, however. The team must begin to mold him into its quarterback of the future behind incumbent starter Carson Palmer, who may only have two seasons left in the tank.

4. Make Andre Ellington the Focal Point of the Offense

Andre Ellington
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4. Make Andre Ellington the Focal Point of the Offense

Andre Ellington
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In his rookie season, RB Andre Ellington played in 15 games and rushed the ball for 652 yards on 118 carries (5.5 YPC), while adding three touchdowns. Ellington also caught 39 balls for 371 yards and one touchdown. Ellington showed an electric running style whenever he touched the football and has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Ellington needs to step up even more so with RB Rashard Mendenhall recently retiring.

3. Usher 1st-Round Pick Deone Bucannon Into the Secondary Slowly

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3. Usher 1st-Round Pick Deone Bucannon Into the Secondary Slowly

Deone Buccannon
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Deone Bucannon was a safety prospect who I was quite high on during the scouting process. He is a hard-hitting safety with very good ball skills. That being said, Bucannon being selected in the first round seemed a bit of a reach. The Cardinals should attempt to usher Bucannon in slowly, allowing him to adjust to the speed of the NFL. Nonetheless, Cardinals fans should be excited. He has quite a bright future ahead of him.

2. Continue to Develop WR Michael Floyd

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2. Continue to Develop WR Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd
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Listen, we all love WR Larry Fitzgerald, but he cannot play forever, unfortunately. Michael Floyd broke out last season for 1,041 yards on 65 receptions, while scoring five touchdowns. Great numbers for a second-year receiver, but it's time for Floyd to take that third-year leap. Floyd is a big-bodied wideout who should begin to turn into a dominant No. 1 receiver within the next two seasons.

1. Find a Replacement for LB Daryl Washington

Daryl Washington
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1. Find a Replacement for LB Daryl Washington

Daryl Washington
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LB Daryl Washington has been suspended by the NFL for the entire 2014 season, which could even become longer. Without Karlos Dansby, who now plays for the Cleveland Browns, the Cardinals must find a solution to the interior of their defense. Second-year LB Kevin Minter will need to step up and the team may need to look at free-agent options such as Ernie Sims and Jonathan Vilma for some veteran leadership in the middle of their defense.


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