Drilling in: Defensive Backs

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Cardinals Defensive Back unit analysis

Starters - LCB Patrick Peterson, SS Budda Baker, FS Antoine Bethea, RCB Jamar Taylor. Backups - Bene' Benwikere, Travell Dixon, Rudy Ford, Brandon Williams, Chris Campbell, A.J. Howard, Lou Young III, Jonathan Moxey, Tavierre Thomas, Deatrick Nichols.

This might be one of the most interesting parts of the Cardinals to watch in 2018. It all starts, of course, with Peterson, the perennial Pro Bowl selection. He's going to be allowed to play off the ball much more this season in an effort to get more out of his athleticism and anticipation. The hope is that it will lead to more interceptions for the veteran and allow his overall playmaking ability to shine even brighter. Baker is an up-and-comer who turned heads everywhere during his rookie season a year ago. Playing with the experienced and savvy Bethea, he will be able to take more chances without getting burned. The question heading into the season is who will start opposite Peterson. Taylor gets the nod entering camp, and the expectations are that he should be able to hold off challenges from his primary competition, Benwikere and Williams. It's the depth at safety that could be a concern. There just isn't much there.

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