Five to Watch: Broncos vs. Cardinals

The conclusion of the preseason approaches as the Devner Broncos are the Cardinals final tune-up before the 2008 season kicks off. The quarterback battle rages on and it's essential that Matt Leinart performs well in the final game or coach Ken Whisenhunt will be forced to go with the veteran, Kurt Warner. Tyson Qualls highlights five players to watch during Friday night's preseason finale.

1. Kurt Warner

Last week only a disastrous performance by Matt Leinart could revive Warner's chances of securing the starting position. Three interceptions later, Warner was back in the spotlight and vying for an opportunity to lead the Cardinals offense. The general consensus around the league is that Warner is far more capable of steering the team in the right direction. However, starting Warner could damage the future of the organization if Leinart does not continue to progress. Against the Broncos, Warner must continue to show that his ability is superior to Leinart's, even at a ripe old age.

2. Matt Leinart

The other participant in the on-going quarterback battle is the third-year signal caller from USC. Leinart attributed his poor performance last week to physical mistakes and feels confident about his chances of rebounding against Denver. Unfortunately he seems to be the only one with that confidence. Leinart has managed to lose the faith of Cardinal fans across the desert and must revamp his game in order to prevent the loss of his job. Leinart's lack of preparation has been his biggest weakness up to this point in his career. In order for Leinart to step up, perhaps he should prepare like he's been put in charge of the biggest kegger party of the year.

3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Rodgers-Cromartie needs to display his development in the culmination of the preseason. He has been spectacular in training camp and should contribute to the defense during his rookie campaign. Rodgers-Cromartie's speed, agility, and ball awareness are all natural talents. If he can combine that with a superior mental skill-set, then a bright future awaits. First, he needs to focus on cracking the starting lineup.

4. Bertrand Berry

The longtime veteran has seen his fair share of ups and downs during his stint in Arizona. He enjoyed the success of a Pro Bowl season and then shortly thereafter went through a rash of injuries. Last season Berry struggled and eventually wound up on the shelf. In 2008, Berry looks to rebound and show that his abilities are still All-Pro caliber.

5. Early Doucet

Hampered by an injury during the onset of camp, Doucet has yet to come into his own on the field. This is Doucet's last chance to show that he needs to be an active part of the Cardinals offense. While Steve Breaston has all but locked down the third wide receiver position, Doucet can improve his chances of getting onto the field with a solid outing against the Broncos.


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