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Three Questions About the Cardinals as Training Camp Gets Closer

Better or worse?

The Arizona Cardinals made wholesale changes this past offseason, firing coach Steve Wilks and trading last year’s first-round pick QB Josh Rosen.

In are Kliff Kingsbury as coach and Kyler Murray as the first overall pick after a three-win season, and it might be a case of being worse before they get better.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a better season with new faces.

1. Murray’s Development

Training camp is a time for players to get in shape, and in the case of rookies to learn the playbook. That will be critical in the case of first pick Kyler Murray, who will get every chance to be the starter come opening day.

Murray has shown play-making skills during OTA’s, but playing well in camp as well as in the preseason is another story.

It would be a letdown if Murray is on the bench when the team opens the season.

2. A David Johnson Rebound

The best playmaker for the Cardinals is running back David Johnson, who last season in 16 games rushed for 940 yards and seven scores.

Based on seasons past that’s a bit of a letdown for Johnson, who is use to 1000-yard plus seasons, and also is usually a threat in the passing game.

Johnson can become Murray’s best friend and ally early in the season, the game plan has to include a lot of the Cards running back.

3. Nowhere But Up?

The Cardinals had no real identity last season, as they offense was dead last, 32nd in the league in points scored (14.1 a game) and the defense was 26th of 32 teams in points allowed (26.6 points per game).

It will be up to Kingsbury to give this team a bit of attitude, and that’s got to start at training camp.

He’s got to win this team over right away, and if he can do that, the club could surprise some teams early on.


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