4 young Cardinals players who need to stand out in offseason, preseason work

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The Arizona Cardinals will get some offseason work in OTAs and mandatory minicamp, unlike in 2020, and should have a preseason this year. Some young players were hurt by the lack of them a year ago.

Now, with new additions to the roster, some players find themselves on the roster bubble as OTAs begin.

What they do with their practice reps and in the preseason will be critical.

Who are those who really need a good offseason and preseason?

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LB Evan Weaver

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Weaver was an uber-productive player in college. He is not necessarily known as a great practice player and needs playing time to show what he can do. He ended up on the practice squad all last season. Now that the Cardinals added Zaven Collins in the draft, Weaver will nee to shine to even get consideration for the roster.

RB Eno Benjamin

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Benjamin was a healthy scratch for all 16 games last season as a rookie. He never got to be active on game day, even when there were injuries at running back. Benjamin made plays with the ball in the team's televised scrimmage last year but will need to impress with the ball in his hands and also on special teams if he doesn't want to wash out of the league never having played.

DL Michael Dogbe

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Dogbe got to play three games last season, getting elevated from the practice squad, but will have an uphill battle to make the roster. With J.J. Watt, Jordan Phillips, Zach Allen, Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence already looking like locks for the roster on the defensive line, he will need to show progress with his offseason reps and then impress in the preseason.

WR Andy Isabella

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Isabella hasn't made an impact in two seasons and the Cardinals appear to have drafted his replacement in Rondale Moore, who is small, fast, can return kicks and punts and is built for the slot. Isabella becomes redundant if Moore is all that. The 2019 second-round pick will need to make progress in catching the ball, route running and on special teams. He will need a solid preseason.

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