Gameday Primer- Cardinals

The Cardinals head into Saturday's game against the Chiefs with a stern focus on improvement. The idea is to get the offense much closer to running on all cylinders. If the Chiefs have their way, the Cardinals will be sent back to the drawing board. Gameday Primer gives an inside look into the Cardinals latest strategies on the ground, in the air and on special teams.

When the Cardinals Run

Edgerrin James heads into the second preseason with nothing more than a few carries and an extended rest on the sideline ahead. James just needs shake off the rust and focus on rebounding from a sub-par season. Timothy Hightower looks to get the bulk of the carries and if the Cardinals are going to capture their first victory he will certainly play a vital role. J.J. Arrington is fighting for his career and must show improvement or face the consequences.

The Cardinals ground unit must build on a positive first outing if they are going to continue to gain the trust of Coach Ken Whisenhunt. They should get plenty of opportunities against a Chiefs defense that is reeling from the loss of Jared Allen.

When the Cardinals Pass

The battle of Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner continues and with Leinart creating a comfortable cushion it is important for him to continue his progress in order to keep Warner at bay. Leinart showed great pocket presence against the New Orleans Saints and has been impressive in camp thus far. Warner never saw the field last week and is anxious to show the staff he still has what it takes.

Brian St. Pierre will see the majority of snaps in game two and looks to solidify his spot as the emergency quarterback. St. Pierre has shown promise and should easily out perform Anthony Morelli for the final spot.

Just for Kicks

The leg strength of Neil Rackers has rarely been questioned. His consistency, however, is a different story. After a near perfect campaign in 2005, Rackers has been unpredictable since. Rackers brings numerous qualities to the Cardinals kicking game. With one of the strongest legs in the league, he provides the team with long distance scoring capabilities.

Whisenhunt has confirmed that if Steve Breaston wins the slot receiver battle then he will still maintain his position as the primary punt returner. Breaston should have another solid outing and could be poised for a breakout season.

If he manages to take over kick returns as well then J.J. Arrington will be even further into trouble. Arrington needs to prove his worth on kick return or the Cardinals may not be able to justify keeping him on the roster.

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