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The 5: Things to watch in Cardinals' preseason opener

The 5: Things to watch in Cardinals' preseason opener

Although this is technically the first game on the calendar, the teams involved generally don't like being here because it means they have five preseason games to deal with, and have to play a full game a week before anyone else.

While there will be plenty of significant names to learn for tonight's game and the rest of the preseason, here are a few offensive players to keep an eye on that have already been standing out at training camp.

The Dallas Cowboys preseason football starts earlier this year and it is going, to begin with, the Hall of Fame game. 8 p.m. Thursday Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame StadiumTV: NBC, NFL Network Live streaming: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NFL Game Pass.

Cardinals fans, however, can look forward to seeing the team's first-round draft pick for the first time.

Chief operating officer Stephen Jones shared with "Ben & Skin" on Dallas-area 105.3 The Fan Wednesday how the second-year linebacker, who spent his entire rookie year rehabbing from a knee injury from his final collegiate game, was so infectiously positive. Same for Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson for the Cardinals. On the bright side, we should be getting our first look at rookies Haason Reddick and Budda Baker, who figure to play heavy roles as the defense adjusts to key offseason departures.

With players like Carson Palmer, David Johnson, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott nearly certainly not playing, there shouldn't be a lot of points scored. Dallas exceeded all expectations in the regular season by leading the conference with a 13-3 record, but they weren't able to win a game in the postseason.

Elliot led the league in 2016 NFL season with 1,631 rushing yards and added 15 rushing touchdowns alongside 32 receptions for 363 yards and a score through the air. The Cardinals reached the playoffs in both 2014 and 2015. The Cowboys will be taking on the Arizona Cardinals in their first preseason exhibition.