10 Arizona Cardinals Players To Watch During the 2014 Preseason

10 Arizona Cardinals Players to Watch During the 2014 Preseason

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The Arizona Cardinals are a team with plenty of young talent, a lot of which will be on display this preseason. This is a team with great potential, and the 2014 preseason could really help a few players prove themselves. That said, here are 10 Arizona Cardinals players to watch this preseason.

10. Bobby Massie, OT

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10. Bobby Massie, OT

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Bobby Massie is back as a starter for the Cardinals after a disappointing 2013 campaign, and he needs to prove he is the team’s long-term answer at right tackle. Massie has the talent to be great, but he needs to show he has developed his skills.

9. Jonathan Cooper, OG

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9. Jonathan Cooper, OG

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A first-round pick in 2013, Jonathan Cooper missed his entire rookie season due to injury, however, he’s back now to prove himself as an elite guard. Cooper’s athleticism and potential are undeniable, but his performance so far in training camp has been underwhelming. Hopefully Cooper can get back on track.

8. Andre Ellington, RB

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8. Andre Ellington, RB

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Expected to be the Cardinals feature back in 2014, Andre Ellington looks like a star in the making for the team. Ellington showed flashes of brilliance down the stretch in 2013, and the Cardinals are hoping he can continue that success.

7. Alex Okafor, OLB

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7. Alex Okafor, OLB

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Coming off an injury-ruined rookie season, Alex Okafor will be looking to make his mark in 2014. With great pass rushing talent and prototypical size, Okafor looks like he could cement himself as a solid starter.

6. John Carlson, TE

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6. John Carlson, TE

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Over the past few seasons, John Carlson has earned a reputation as an oft-injured player, and he needs to change that this season. Carlson has reportedly pulled away as the Cardinals top tight end this training camp, and he could revive his career in Arizona.

5. Kevin Minter, ILB

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5. Kevin Minter, ILB

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With Daryl Washington suspended and Karlos Dansby gone, Kevin Minter will be expected to take over a big role in the Cardinals defense. Minter is very athletic with great instinct, but will be under a lot of pressure in 2014.

4. Deone Bucannon, SS

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4. Deone Bucannon, SS

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This year’s first-round pick, Deone Bucannon is a raw, yet talented safety who is a great fit in Arizona’s defense. Bucannon is a hard-hitter and he has great potential. This preseason will allow him to gain valuable NFL experience.

3. Jared Veldheer, OT

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3. Jared Veldheer, OT

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Signed this offseason to be the Cardinals left tackle, Jared Veldheer should be a great addition to the team’s offensive line. Veldheer became a franchise tackle while with the Oakland Raiders, and the Cardinals are hoping he can be the same type of player in Arizona.

2. Logan Thomas, QB

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2. Logan Thomas, QB

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Extremely talented, yet extremely raw from a passing standpoint, Logan Thomas is really going to benefit from the playing time he receives this preseason. Thomas is a great fit in Bruce Arians’ offense, and with some development, Thomas could be a starter.

1. John Brown, WR

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1. John Brown, WR

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John Brown has been making waves throughout OTAs and training camp, and he could really thrive this preseason. With a big performance or two this preseason, Brown could cement himself as the Cardinals slot receiver.


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