July 25 marks the beginning of Arizona Cardinals training camp 2014, which signals the official start of some sizeable camp battles that should be fun to watch.
Keep in mind if you visit University of Phoenix Stadium for one of Arizona’s 18 open-to-the-public practices over the next month that just because you see a player outperforming another does not mean he will win the starting spot for his respective position.
That very situation played out last August.
Special teams ace and cornerback Justin Bethel showed well at times, making plays on the ball in coverage and providing solid run defense. But he did not play a single snap on defense during the regular season, instead making the Pro Bowl as the NFC’s special teamer.
He was not ready to be a defender because former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton had him learning three different positions, which overwhelmed him—it set him back a full year, to be honest.
But for the most part, if a player is blowing everyone away, he will wind up on the field on Sundays, likely in a starting role.
Here are some of the biggest positional battles to watch at Cards camp.