With training camp nearly here, there are always questions that the Cardinals know they need answered as they arrive at State Farm Stadium for their prep to the season.
Some of them were covered previously, but here are the others Kliff Kingsbury and his team must address.
WHAT WILL J.J. WATT DO FOR THE DEFENSE?
The arguments have been made that Watt isn’t the same player he was when he was winning Defensive Player of the Year honors. It’s fair. But it doesn’t mean he isn’t still a player who impacts a game, and he can do so at a spot – the interior of the defensive line – that the Cardinals sorely need production. Watt was all over the place when he played in Houston, but for the Cards the majority of his time figures to be inside the tackles, giving a push up the middle while edge rushers like Chandler Jones can crash from the side. Sure, Watt will aid in locker room leadership and accountability. His biggest job, however, still remains on the field.
HOW WILL INEXPERIENCE IMPACT ZAVEN COLLINS AND ISAIAH SIMMONS?
We know that 2021 first-round pick Zaven Collins and 2020 first-round pick Isaiah Simmons will be the starting inside linebackers for the Cardinals. Beyond that? It’s hard to know exactly what they will bring to the defense. The ultra-athletic Simmons will benefit from offseason work he didn’t get as a rookie, something he has…