5 Position Battles to Watch During Arizona Cardinals’ OTAs

5 Position Battles to Watch During Arizona Cardinals OTAs

Bruce Arians
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Though not quite important as training camp, OTAs can still give players embroiled in positional battles an early edge if they perform well. The Arizona Cardinals will see their fair share of these battles ahead of the 2014 season, and here are the five that fans need to watch during the team's OTAs.

5. Third Wide Receiver

Ted Ginn Jr
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5. Third Wide Receiver

Ted Ginn Jr
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The Arizona Cardinals signed former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr this past offseason in hopes of adding speed at the wide-receiver position, then drafted John Brown in the third round of this year's NFL draft. Early on, Brown has been impressive. While things obviously change with contact and actual game speed, it'll be interesting to see if Brown will eventually pass over Ginn Jr. for that third wide-receiver spot.

4. No. 2 Running Back

Stepfan Taylor
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4. No. 2 Running Back

Stepfan Taylor
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Bruce Arians recently came out and said Andre Ellington will be the primary running back this season. While Ellington figures to be the focal point of the offense, the Cardinals will still need a consistent second running back that is able to pick up tough yards in short yardage situations. Stepfan Taylor will battle Jonathan Dwyer and Robert Hughes for that No. 2 running back role.

3. Inside Linebacker

Ernie Sims
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3. Inside Linebacker

Ernie Sims
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The suspension of Daryl Washington left a huge void for the Cardinals at inside linebacker, which also lost Karlos Dansby to free agency this offseason. Can Kevin Minter and the recently signed Ernie Sims step up and fill that void left by the loss of Washington and Dasnby this offseason?

2. Tight End

Rob Housler
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2. Tight End

Rob Housler
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There are some very interesting battles at the tight end spot this year as the Cardinals return Jake Ballard and the underachieving Rob Housler. They have notably added John Carlson via free agency and drafted Troy Niklas, who at the very least promises to be a solid NFL pass blocker. Housler may need to actually have a breakout season if he wants to stay in a Cardinals uniform.

1. Right Tackle

Bobby Massie
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1. Right Tackle

Bobby Massie
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With the Cardinals having signed Jared Veldheer and will return Jonathan Cooper from injury the left side of the offensive line is seemingly shored up. The right side however still has major questions, the biggest one being at right tackle. Can Bobby Massie finally get over that hurdle that's kept him from reaching his potential or will Bradley Sowell again find himself starting on Sundays?


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