Now completely healed, Sendlein has an opportunity to emerge as the anchor of Arizona's line for years to come. The team could have gone after another young center during the draft, but opted to focus elsewhere proving their confidence in Sendlein. Cardinals' offensive line coach Russ Grimm has done an exceptional job in the trenches since arriving in the desert and the development of Sendlein has been one of his greatest accomplishments.
Watson will look to dethrone veteran Bryan Robinson from the top of the depth chart, something many in Arizona see as a forgone conclusion. The team is also waiting on DT Alan Branch to break out but Watson has been a far more consistent up to this point in his career. Watson missed the first four games last year but came on strong towards the end of the season. He totaled 8 tackles and a safety in the Week 16 matchup against the New England Patriots.
While the Cardinals benefited from a healthy roster last year, they'll be even more efficient with Sendlein and Watson at full strength. Both players are young and talented and should only get better with more experience. Like every season, there are sure to be injuries, but Arizona has accumulated ample depth to offset the potential losses in 2009.
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