There are always guys on any NFL team that operate under the radar. Every team needs them.
The Arizona Cardinals, despite all the offseason question marks, have many players who could step up for them this upcoming season.
There are a lot to choose from for 'Zona. Even the innocent bystanders have to admit there are a lot of high-upside guys on this roster.
So which Cardinals could fly in 2010?
One could say that the beginning and the end of the Cardinals lies with the former So. Cal Trojan.
Interjecting with an opinion for a moment, I think many people forget that he wasn't that bad when he started for the Cardinals before Kurt Warner. I can name at least 10 starting quarterbacks in the NFL that I'd take Leinart over right now.
Here's two more big differences: The defense is improved (it was bad just three years ago—people tend to forget that) and the running game is improved. Those two alone should take off some pressure from Leinart.
Look, I'm not saying he's going to the Pro Bowl. But he could be a lot better than people think.
He presumably will start out as the number three receiver, or the slot guy.
I don't see him ending the season there.
Doucet showed some flashes of being a really great receiver in the playoffs when he was given the opportunity. In fact, he had 14 catches in two games in the postseason.
He has the size (6'0", 212 lbs) to be a decent replacement for Anquan Boldin. Anyone who watched him in the playoffs last season knows he's a tough kid willing to take his shots down the middle of the field.
The advantage I think he has over Boldin, other than him having less tear and wear, is his speed. He should be a solid option for Leinart this year.
Patrick is only really known to true Cardinals fans. In fact, last year, when a Cardinals tight end was listed for fantasy football, Stephen Spach was listed.
That should change this year.
With Kurt Warner gone, Whisenhunt should change the offense to match up with Leinart. That means we should see a bit more of a run game from the Cardinals this season, along with a good bit of play action.
That's where Patrick comes in.
A good pass catching tight end is essential in play action. And anyone who has seen Patrick catch the ball knows the big guy has some soft hands.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Patrick could be the second best tight end in the NFC West.
Davis was probably etched in as a starter as of just a week ago, and then came along the big bad wolf: Joey Porter.
But this may work out very well for Davis actually. He has the golden opportunity to learn from a great pass-rusher in Porter. Davis showed tremendous potential last season, actually getting a couple of sacks in limited time. And having Porter in front of him can only help him.
And if Porter causes any problems, guess who will be ready to step in?
That's right: Davis.
Toler was picked in last season's draft as a future Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. He's still got lots of time, as the Cardinals held him back last year to let him develop.
His time may have come now.
He's no DRC yet, but he may be forced into the starting lineup, and into growing up quickly, because the secondary's problems in the playoffs last year. Bryant McFadden wasn't getting it done in the last part of the season.
Toler definitely is a physical specimen at cornerback (5'10", 191), and would be a great complement across from Rodgers-Cromartie, should the Cards not draft a cornerback.