The Cardinals hope RT
Brandon Keith can have a breakout season in 2010.
Training camp approaches, and the first preseason game is a little more than three weeks away. There isn’t much time before the Cardinals find out exactly what their revamped roster will mean in 2010.
Success means established stars – guys like
There will be a lot of focus on what Faneca still has in the tank, whether
The coaches rotated the starters this offseason at cornerback, in part because Pro Bowler
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was nursing a bad toe and in part because nothing was going to be handed to Toler. Yet it seems hard to believe Toler won’t end up with the starting job across from DRC given the Cards’ cornerback situation. He has the size and the tools. He must step up to grab that. If he does, the Cards believe he can turn into another small-school gem like DRC. He may not end up being a Pro Bowler, but if he can be a good No. 2, it’ll stop the cornerback merry-go-round (Green, Hood, McFadden) coach Ken Whisenhunt has endured since he arrived.
It’s not like Beanie wasn’t good in 2009. He did have less than 800 yards though as the Cards worked him in slowly to the lineup. Most, though felt he showed plenty in what he could become. Not everyone is buying into the Beanie phenomenon, though, so if he does reach the heights he is expecting – 1,200 yards rushing? 1,300 yards? – he will have broken out in a big way. To be fair, Wells doesn’t turn 22 until a week into training camp and is still the youngest player on the roster. His biggest impact is yet to come.
It’s a boom-or-bust choice to be sure. There is little question Leinart has his detractors going into this season. But he will benefit from knowing he’s going to have a chance to reverse some of that sentiment. His inclusion on this list comes down to a simple reasoning: If Leinart doesn’t break out this season, the Cardinals likely will be moving in another direction at quarterback. That’s supreme motivation. Leinart has countless times talked about how ready he is to have this opportunity. Now we wait to see what he does with it.