Jun. 11, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams (92) during mini camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Analyzing Whether PFT's Preseason Rankings Are Fair to the Cardinals

Jun. 11, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell during mini camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Talk has a preseason ranking that they have put together this year. The Red Sea ended towards the bottom of that list. After all the changes that were made this year, a Cardinals fan would wonder how they are still so low?

The Cardinals weaknesses have been labeled as the offensive line (no surprise there), the running back position, and the quality of the quarterback depth. It is easy to understand why the Cardinals are constantly under scrutiny for their offensive line play, although with Levi Brown returning and Cooper filling a gap, we should see some decent play this year.

The running back position being labeled as a weakness does come as a surprise however. Ryan Williams is coming back (yes after another injury) with a new understanding for how to approach the game and how to rehab. Yes Mendenhall hasn’t been known for his superb health either but both backs seem to be healing well and getting ready to attack this year in the desert.

Not to mention the depth we have at the position with some of our young picks, notably Taylor and Ellington. The backup slots at quarterback aren’t proven to be a viable option and that is understandable. However, it seems like the new regime in the birds nest is content with what they are getting out of Palmer and the offensive line (so hopefully no QB carousel this year).

The drop to 29th isn’t a surprise for Cardinals fans, but it definitely doesn’t mean it was a fair pick. This defense will still be the backbone in the dome and the offense will shock the west as the Cardinals rise together.

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Tags: 2013 Nfl Offseason Andre Ellington Carson Palmer Jonathan Cooper Rashad Mendenhall Stepfan Taylor

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