Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/19/12
There is a lot of  optimism among Cardinals fans heading into the season. Mostly because of the strong 7-2 run in the last nine weeks of the season. There are also a lot of questions heading into the season.

The biggest one of course is the QB battle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton for who become starting QB. But their is also many other questions/position battles around camp. All of which will be answered by the following. Without a further or due the projected starting lineup for the 2012 Arizona Cardinals (for week one).  Offense
QB- Kevin Kolb- Kolb is the better option at the moment. All the stats and his play tells you that. I do believe Skelton can develop into a very good QB down the road. But at the moment the guy who could possibly get us in the playoffs is Kolb. The win loss record is very deceptive if you were to compare them. Hopefully with a full off-season both QB's will improve and lead Arizona to the playoffs. 

RB- Beanie Wells- Their has been a lot of speculation that 2nd year player Ryan Williams may start over Beanie Wells due to Wells knee problems. But really what will happen is that they will limit Wells carries and have Williams take some of the hefty workload. Their are also injury concerns about Williams after he suffered a ruptured patella tendon during the pre-season of last year. But he is ahead of schedule and is looking to be good coming into training camp. Keep in mind Patrick Peterson may play a bit of wildcat this year to. 

FB-  Anthony Sherman- One of he best FB in the league and only 23, the future for Sherman looks very bright at FB. 

WR- Larry Fitzgerald/Michael Floyd- If anyone wants to argue why Fitzgerald won't start this year please leave a comment. The real questions at WR is whether Michael Floyd or Early Doucet will become the no.2 WR and start alongside Fitzgerald. Due to Doucet's lack of production and being less superior on a talent standpoint I choose Floyd to start for Arizona at the no.2 spot. The only thing standing in the coaching staff's stubbornness of starting rookies week one. 

TE-  Todd Heap/Jeff King/Rob Housler- I expect a lot of TE formations this year. So expect to see Housler get some more palsying time in some games then King or Heap. I decided to put King and Heap because they are the most logical choice to start week one. TE is not Arizona's most talented position. But it does have some of the most depth, so expect a lot of different TE formations this year much like NE did last year with Hernandez and Gronkowski. 

LT- Levi Brown- Levi played very well the last half of the season. His play during the last half landed him a five year contract with Arizona. Hopefully Levi can continue to build on the good production this upcoming season. 

LG- Daryn Colledge- Colledge is a lock for the LG spot. He played decent last season and hopefully he can build on that. He will also have a lot more time to learn and get chemistry with his fellow lineman after not having a full off-season last year to get used to the system after being picked up in the free agent frenzy last year. 

C- Lyle Sendlein- A lock for the starting C spot. Sendlein is one of the best C in the league and one of the few bright spots last year on the Cardinals line. 

RG- Adam Snyder- After being picked up in FA from the division rival 49ers the Cardinals signed Snyder to a big contract for a G (5 year 17.5 mil). But his first year he is making just below 1 mil so if he under performs the Cardinals can release Snyder with no trouble. Snyder may also fill in at the OT positions due to him being able to play OT/G. 

RT- Bobby Massie- Due to no better options, promising rookie Bobby Massie is likely to start at OT. Drafted in the 4th round Massie was a complete steal that could have been taken as early as the late first round or early 2nd round in this years draft. There is a lot of  optimism coming out of Cardinals camp.  Defense
LE- Calais Campbell-  A top 3 interior DE in this league. Campbell is a complete beast and will help the Cardinals grab a wildcard if not a division crown due to him being a centerpiece in the Cardinals top 10 caliber defense. 

NT- Dan Williams- Injuries have slowed down Williams a bit, but he still has been decent in his time for such a young player. I expect Williams to really break out this season. Also look for David Carter who played very well last year to rotate in and out with Dan Williams. 

RE- Darnell Dockett- Many say that Dockett is in a decline. I disagree, I just think that now teams pay more attention to Dockett his production takes a hit. He is a valuable part of the Cardinals defense who takes one 2 blockers every other play and opens up lanes for other defensive line many and linebackers to rush the passer or stop the ball carrier. 

OLB- Brian Schofield/Sam Acho- Both showed flashes last year in the last 8 weeks of the season. Acho played as well as any rookie OLB not named Von Miller. And Schofield showed had some good play last year as well. Hopefully both can improve. 

ILB- Daryl Washington/Paris Lenon- I do expect Bradely to start this year down the road. But Lenon's production is decent enough to keep him in the role he has now. As for Daryl Washington, he is the TRUTH. He is one of the best ILB in the league and no one even knows who he is outside Cards fans. Expect his to be a household name after this season. 

CB- Patrick Peterson/Greg Toler/William Gay- Peterson is a lock for the no.1 corner spot after playing well during the last half of the season like so many other Cards players. Greg Toler is coming of an ACL tear but he did play decent during the terrible 2010 campaign to start this year at the no.2 slot. As for Nickel it is up for grabs between Williams Gay who knows the system very well due to his time at Pittsburgh and rookie Flemming. Due to Gay being a vet that knows the system better then Flemming I expect Gay to prevail with the nickel spot this year. 

SS- Adrian Wilson- No surprise. Wilson is still on top of his game and one of the best safeties to play this game in this generation. 

FS- Kerry Rhodes- Rhodes was possibly the best player on defense during 2010 campaign. But injuries derailed his 2011 season. I expect Rhodes barring injury to start where he left off in 2010 and have a strong season. 

K- Jay Feeley- Hopefully Feeley rebounds after a sub par season last year. 

P- Dave Zastudil- Played decent last season. Hopefully improves and gets the Cardinals defense some good field position. 

KR- Larod Stephens Howling- Had an off year returning the ball due to the new kickoff rule. If he stops taking the ball out of the endzone maybe he will do better then he did last year. 

PR- Patrick Peterson- Best returner not named Devin Hester. Peterson is just dynamic and basically gave 2 wins to the Cardinals last season due to his great returning skills. 

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