What to watch for: Raiders-Cardinals

The NFL season officially begins in earnest this week with the start of the preseason for all 32 teams. 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 ...

Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (10 p.m., NFL Network)

» Bruce Arians made an A-plus move this week by announcing that offensive coordinator -- and future head coach -- Harold Goodwin will call the plays and handle the game planning process for three of their four preseason games. This could be great evidence for head coach needy teams to point toward if they think about making a change in 2017.

» DeAndre Washington could soon steal the show in Oakland. The shifty running back is still climbing the depth chart, but figures to soon be explosive, especially in Oakland's passing game. The later half of preseason games are an excellent time to see what kind of speed and talent truly stands out.

» Who will win the race to back up Derek Carr? Connor Cook is currently No. 2 to Matt McGloin, but nothing is set in stone. The Michigan State fourth-rounder is talented if raw, but will make a push to unseat the former undrafted free agent and cement his place on Oakland's roster.

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