Rob Housler is a player to keep an eye on during camp.
The Arizona Cardinals opened up training camp this past Wednesday and both the team and the fans are in for an exciting couple of weeks. Some are making the trip up to Flagstaff this weekend to see the team live, and most of us will get to see to watch them in the Hall of Fame game in just over a week from now.
This is shaping up to be a special year for Arizona. The Cardinals are nearing the end of a rebuilding stage and are certainly an under-the-radar team.
They have a lot more depth at several key positions than they have had in recent memory and we will be seeing a handful of new faces take the field this season.
Here are four potential sleepers to watch for during the Arizona Cardinals training camp.
When Arizona first signed Groves back in May, it originally looked like it would just be a depth pickup. Now, if he is able to learn the defensive scheme quick enough, then he could get a decent amount of playing time.
Whether it is as a starter or in a rotational role, Groves could have an impact on the defense this season. He is a very underrated signing and is a player that you should keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks.
Around this time last year, one of the biggest concerns for Arizona was their depth at cornerback. This year, they made sure that it would definitely not be an issue. In fact, the team has six or seven guys who have a legitimate shot a receiving some quality playing time at corner this year.
At this point, it is safe to assume that Patrick Peterson will be the No. 1 corner. The common belief also seems to be that the No. 2 spot will be a battle between Greg Toler and William Gay.
It will be a tough task for him to win a starting job, but I would not be surprised if he shoots up the depth chart during training camp.
As a rookie, Rob Housler was stuck at the bottom of the tight end depth chart. This year, however, he will have much better odds. The 24-year-old has now had a full offseason to work with the team and build chemistry with the quarterbacks.
Furthermore, Jeff King starts training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, so Housler will get more reps to prove himself.
He is a very talented player and there are several different scenarios that could end in him getting to start this season.
Cousin of former Cardinals running back Edgerrin James, Javarris James signed with the team back in May after being cut by the Indianapolis Colts. Like his cousin, James wore No. 5 at the University of Miami and was a member of the Colts before joining Arizona.
Beanie Wells starts training camp on the PUP list, and Ryan Williams is also coming off an injury. Arizona already knows what LaRod Stephens-Howling can do, so if neither Wells nor Williams is 100 percent, then Javarris James will get the rock a few more times than expected.
He has the chance to turn some heads over the next month or so and could very well end up on the roster as insurance to Wells and Williams.