Five to Watch: Cardinals at Jaguars

After a disappointing home loss in the season opener, the Cardinals look to rebound in week two. Both sides of the ball need to be addressed, but the play of offense in particular is of more concern. Here is a look at two offensive players, two defensive players and a special teamer to key your eye on this week against Jacksonville.

WR Steve Breaston

If Steve Breaston is able to play Sunday, he will be a welcome addition to the Cardinals offense, especially if Anquan Boldin isn't at full strength. Kurt Warner loves targeting Breaston in the slot, particularly on first down (48 percent of his receptions in 2008 were on first down). Arizona hopes Breaston can help the team start and sustain drives in week two—something they severely struggled with against San Francisco.

Jerheme Urban did a great job of filling in for Breaston against the 49ers, but Breaston is a far more dynamic target and should see more action in Jacksonville if healthy.

DL Calais Campbell

After getting fans excited after a promising preseason, Calais Campbell was creating havoc left and right in his first career start last Sunday. He ended the game with six tackles, and although he didn't sack Shaun Hill, he pressured the quarterback several times.

Campbell was even more impressive in stopping the run, as he and the rest of the front seven held Frank Gore to 30 yards on 22 carries (1.36 yards per carry). The Cardinals will be faced with an even tougher task this week as they try to contain the much quicker Maurice Jones-Drew, who rushed for 97 yards in Jacksonville's season opener. Campbell will need another solid performance if Jones-Drew is to be held in check.

FS Antrel Rolle

Antrel Rolle was all over the field in week one. He may have finished with just one tackle but his impact reached much deeper. Rolle worked as the return man on punts, averaging 11 yards per return with a long of 27 yards that set up Arizona's go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter. But Rolle had an even bigger play in the first half when he sacked Shaun hill and forced a fumble, leading to an Arizona field goal.

Rolle may be relieved of his return duties if Breaston plays, but he will still be used in a variety of ways on defense. While Jacksonville doesn't possess the most fearsome passing attack, veteran Torry Holt and the speedy Troy Williamson are legitimate deep threats. It's crucial this week that Rolle limits the big plays downfield.

OT Mike Gandy

Part of Arizona's loss to San Francisco can certainly be attributed to the penalties (12 for 82 yards). OT Mike Gandy was guilty for 15 of those yards, getting called on false start and holding penalties. Gandy, along with the rest of the line, struggled in both run and pass blocking. Facing Manny Lawson and Justin Smith the entire day didn't make things any easier for Gandy.

In order for the Cardinal's running backs to post better numbers, Gandy and the rest of his O-line posse will have to work harder to open up more holes. In the area of pass protection, Gandy will primarily go up against two second-year talents in Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, both of whom are very capable of disrupting the pocket. Gandy is one of, if the not the best, linemen on the team; better play is needed from him.

P Ben Graham

Although the Cardinals had an altogether lackluster performance last week, there were still several good notes. One was their special teams play, led by punter Ben Graham. The 35-year-old—in just his fifth year in the league—booted six balls for an impressive 45.2 net average.

One can never undermine the importance of field position. Whether it's Graham pounding a ball out of Arizona territory or pinning the opponent deep inside theirs, his impact shouldn't go unnoticed. Look to see if Graham can have a repeat performance in week two.


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