In Arizona, the Cardinals have generated excitement with their 13-0 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the team's preseason opener. With quarterback Jeff Blake and running back Emmitt Smith playing sparingly in the contest against Dallas, the Cardinals coaching staff was and has been excited about the potential and makup of this Cardinals team. Defensively, the team has been sharp and physical in training camp and that held true against the Cowboys.
One developing story in Arizona has been the major progress of the rookies wide receivers Bryant Johnson and Anquan Boldin. Both players have improved tremendously since the beginning of training camp and are on the pace that they could be serious candidates competing for starting wide receiver positions. At the present time Johnson is expected to become the Cardinals No. 2 receiver this season and Boldin is primarily expected to be the team's No. 3 or No.4 receiver as well as kicked return specialist.
While many questioned the Cardinals for selecting defensive end Calvin Pace in the first-round of the draft, the Arizona coaching staff is very excited and pleased with the promise Pace has shown coming off the corner in training camp. As a side note, the two-sack performance in his pro debut against the Cowboys is the type of pressure Pace has been consistently showing the team throughout training camp.