Five to Watch: Cardinals @ Jets

Following a loss in Washington last week, the Cardinals travel north to face the New York Jets on Sunday. While Arizona is currently on top of the NFL West division, they must learn from the defeat and continue to progress as a team. Ryan Burian highlights five players that can help the Cardinals get back in the win column this week in New York.

Anquan Boldin

This season Boldin has already gathered 247 yards on 17 receptions, including four touchdowns. Unfortunately in last week's game against the Redskins, he was only able to pull in 25 yards on 3 receptions. Though he was able to find the end zone, Boldin was not a major part of the offense. This week, expect to see Boldin targeted on several screens and underneath routes. Boldin has proved to be asset to the Cardinals offense and will hopefully be utilized more effectively against the New York Jets.


Ben Patrick

Against Miami, Patrick demonstrated that he can be used as a valuable offensive tool. With opponents focusing on Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick will often find open seams down the field. In addition to his receiving skills, Patrick's blocking has helped running backs Edgerrin James and Tim Hightower find success on the ground. As the season progresses, Patrick will likely become more involved in the offense. He has the potential to unseat starting TE Leonard Pope and develop into an every down player.


Clark Haggans

With Bertrand Berry now out with an injured groin, Haggans will certainly have an expanded role on the Cardinals defense. Haggans has been excellent thus far on a situational basis, but will need to help fill the void left by Berry's absence. Haggans has made eight tackles on the year but has yet to record his first sack. However, he should see more opportunities as an edge pass rusher as the Cardinals look to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.


Jerheme Urban

Jerheme Urban showed steady improvement during the offseason as he developed a great rapport with quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart. Unfortunately now seated as the number four receiver behind Steve Breaston, he has received little opportunity to prove himself on the field. In the past, Urban displayed excellent route running skills and the ability to catch the ball in traffic. If Urban is given more chances in the coming weeks, he could supply the Cardinals offense with yet another weapon at receiver.


Tim Hightower

The Cardinals running game has been strong in most aspects as they've already racked up 306 yards this season. However, the lack of game-breaking ability continues to plague Arizona's stable of running backs. Hightower has contributed with 60 yards on the ground and he's been flashing his potential to be an every down back in the NFL. While James has been the workhorse of the Cardinals rushing game, Hightower is showing that he has what it takes to carry the ball in critical situations.


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