Notebook: Cardinals Look to Stuff Packers
LaRod Stephens-Howling (Getty)
LaRod Stephens-Howling (Getty)
Posted Aug 28, 2009

The Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers on Friday, in their final home game of the preseason. The Cardinals hope to nab their first preseason win, while Aaron Rodgers' Packers look to go 3-0. But the Cardinals losses weren't without a few bright spots, which the Cardinals plan on working with.

LaRod Stephens-Howling shone brightly last week against the San Diego Chargers. He boasted 152 kickoff return yards on two returns.

Explosion on the return team was a glaring need for the Cardinals heading into the season, so Stephens-Howling's performance brought in a sigh of relief.

Stephens-Howlings will hope to prove his performance wasn't a fluke on Friday against Green Bay.

The Cardinals want their defensive line to be more dynamic this season. Bill Davis wants his defense to make big plays and not give up big plays. The Cardinals brought out the guns against the Chargers quarterbacks. The Cardinals first-team defense secured four sacks in the first quarter against San Diego.

The Cardinals tight end unit still brings issues to the field. But Leonard Pope brought attention to himself for all the right reasons against the Chargers. He led the team in receiving yards with 53 on two receptions.

The starting job at tight end is still very much up for grabs. Pope looks to silence the "bust" calls.

Other positions still up for grabs are at wide receiver and safety. A wide receiver spot still remains behind the three-headed monster of Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston. Jerheme Urban, Lance Long, Early Doucet and Sean Morey are the players putting it all on the line. Although Urban takes the cake as a front runner.

At safety, rookie Rashad Johnson and veterans Aaron Francisco, Matt Ware and Keith Lewis are battling for a roster spot.

Matt Leinart will share the field with fellow Heisman trophy winner, Packers CB Charles Woodson. The two are six former Heisman trophy winners currently active in the league.

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