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Leinart Taking the Preseason Seriously

Quarterback Matt Leinart definitely isn’t taking the preseason lightly. With Kurt Warner retired, the former USC star is getting a second chance as Arizona’s starter. “It’s huge. I’m definitely not taking this preseason lightly,” he said. “I don’t think you ever do, but there’s always that mindset that ‘I’m only going to play a series.’ I’m going in knowing I’m not going to play a whole lot, but I want to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Leinart was pushed by new arrival and former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson in offseason camps and, after a decent start to training camp, had an average-at-best initial scrimmage at the end of the first week. This first preseason game will be a chance to see if he can sharpen his accuracy-he missed on several deep balls in the scrimmage-and prove to the coaches and his teammates that he can be a take-charge leader like Warner was in the huddle.

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