Drilling in: Linebackers

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Cardinals Linebacker unit analysis

Starters - SLB Haason Reddick, MLB Josh Bynes, WLB Deone Bucannon. Backups - Bryson Albright, Scooby Wright, Edmond Robinson, Praise Martin-Oguike, Airius Moore, Jeremy Cash, Matt Olpinger, Dennis Gardeck.

There isn't any real name recognition here. Bucannon is making strides in his "money-backer" role and if he can remain healthy, there's a chance he could really improve his reputation and turn it into a Pro Bowl nod. But with this unit, you're really only as good as the sum of your parts and the Cardinals' linebacker group overall won't scare very many NFL teams in 2018. Not the way it looks at the moment, that is. Reddick is young and still learning after his rookie season and will be tasked with the most important job of anyone as the strong-side 'backer. Bynes has talent, but he's never been "the" guy in the middle during any of his previous stops. Behind them, there is little to no viable depth whatsoever, making Arizona's run defense feel incredibly penetrable. Keim might have to work some of his preseason magic and come up with another veteran or two to ensure this group doesn't get embarrassed.

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