What to watch for: Cardinals-Texans

It's the moment we've all been waiting for -- Week 3 of the NFL preseason. We'll see more established stars and potential starters than any other week of the preseason. Around The NFL's Conor Orr dissects what you can expect to see from the 16 games this weekend.

Here's what to what to watch for ...


» Jadeveon Clowney was beastly against the Saints a week ago, at times forcing New Orleans offensive linemen to grab him by the shoulder pads and tackle him in lieu of another quarterback take down. This was the monstrous defensive end we were expecting all those years. Will the Cardinals let him anywhere near Carson Palmer this weekend?

» A bit esoteric given that it's the third preseason game, but Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage has been chucking the football with a sense of urgency this offseason. Savage is among the 10 most productive passers in football this preseason and has a chance to spike the football on Houston's backup gig with a nice performance against the Cardinals' second-string. There were whispers about Savage being a second round-type quarterback the year he came out, and we may finally be seeing why.

» Cardinals first-rounder Robert Nkemdiche is set to make his preseason debut this weekend, giving us a realistic preview of how scary this defensive line might be. We too often associate the Cardinals with just Arians and his offense, but with Chandler Jones and Nkemdiche in the fold -- look out.

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