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Arizona Cardinals Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterAugust 27, 2013

Arizona Cardinals Roster 2013: Latest Cuts, Depth Charts and Analysis

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    In the desert, the Arizona Cardinals have already started disclosing their roster cuts. They need to finish trimming their roster down to 75 by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday and down to 53 on Saturday.

    Even though a majority of Arizona's players secured a spot earlier in the preseason, there are still a few that could be earned during the Cardinals' final preseason game against the Denver Broncos

    Follow along here to receive updates as soon as they happen. Also, make sure to have your voice heard in the comments section below. 

     

List of 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    The team has put rookie offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, tight end Jeff King and nose tackle Ricky Lumpkin on injured reserve and confirmed the following 18 cuts, which reduces their roster to 53 players:

    • Jonathon Amaya, S
    • David Carter, DL
    • Chilo Rachal, OG
    • Mike Thomas, WR
    • Adam Bice, C
    • Dan Buckner, WR
    • Alex Gottlieb, TE
    • Charles Hawkins, WR
    • Senio Kelemete, OG
    • Zack Nash, LB
    • Colin Parker, LB
    • Richard Quinn, TE
    • Curtis Taylor, S
    • Kerry Taylor, WR
    • Padric Scott, NT
    • Reggie Walker, LB
    • Kenny Rowe, LB
    • Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OT

    No surprise cuts from the Cardinals today. Nose tackle Padric Scott was a talented undrafted free agent, but he showed little consistency during the preseason to warrant a roster spot.

    Quarterback Ryan Lindley made the roster despite some speculation, but as we all know that could change in the coming days. 

    Wide receivers Kerry Taylor and Charles Hawkins are both prime practice squad candidates. 

    Reggie Walker is a special teams ace, yet he offers little in terms of playmaking ability when he's on the field as a linebacker. 

Final Depth Chart

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    Here is what the depth chart looks like after cutting down to 53 players.

     

    QB: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley

    LWR: Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown

    RWR: Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts

    RB: Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Alfonso Smith, Andre Ellington

    TE: Rob Housler, Kory Sperry, Jim Dray, D.C. Jefferson

    LT: Levi Brown, Nate Potter

    LG: Daryn Colledge, Earl Watford

    C: Lyle Sendlein, Mike Gibson

    RG: Paul Fanaika, Earl Watford

    RT: Eric Winston, Bobby Massie

    LDE: Calais Campbell, Ronald Talley

    NT: Dan Williams, Frostee Rucker

    RDT: Darnell Dockett, Frostee Rucker

    WLB: Lorenzo Alexander, Matt Shaughnessy, John Abraham

    ILB: Karlos Dansby

    ILB: Jasper Brinkley, Kevin Minter, Kenny Demens

    SLB: Sam Acho, Alex Okafor

    LCB: Patrick Peterson, Javier Arenas, Jamell Fleming, Bryan McCann

    RCB: Jerraud Powers, Antoine Cason, Justin Bethel

    FS: Rashad Johnson, Tyrann Mathieu

    SS: Yeremiah Bell, Tony Jefferson

    P: Dave Zastudil

    K: Jay Feely

    LS: Mike Leach

    H: Dave Zastudil

    KR: Javier Arenas, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington

    PR: Patrick Peterson, Javier Arenas, Tyrann Mathieu

     

    All depth chart information was provided by Ourlads.com.

Previewing and Analyzing the Practice Squad

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    The Cardinals announced that they have completed their practice squad, according to AZCardinals.com:

    • Dontay Moch, LB
    • Philip Blake, C/G
    • Kerry Taylor, WR
    • Curtis Taylor, S
    • Kenny Rowe, LB
    • Sam McGuffie, WR
    • Anthony McCloud, DT
    • Kenny Demens, ILB

     

Recently Cut Free Agents Arizona Is Rumored to Be Pursuing

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    The Cardinals can officially start signing players to their practice squad on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. We will have a preview as soon as the final cuts have been made and will track the signings as they become official.

Starters and Injury Notes

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    It has been a rough preseason for Arizona injury-wise. First-round pick Jonathan Cooper suffered a broken leg in the team's third exhibition contest. Furthermore, running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams have been battling persistent knee issues. For the Cardinals' sake, let's hope both players are ready to go Week 1.

     

    Starters

    QB: Carson Palmer

    RB: Rashard Mendenhall

    WR: Larry Fitzgerald (LWR), Michael Floyd (RWR)

    TE: Rob Housler, Jeff King

    OT: Levi Brown (LT), Eric Winston (RT)

    G: Daryn Colledge (LG), Paul Fanaika (RG)

    C: Lyle Sendlein

    LDE: Calais Campbell

    NT: Dan Williams

    RDT: Darnell Dockett

    WLB: Lorenzo Alexander

    ILB: Karlos Dansby, Jasper Brinkley

    SLB: Sam Acho

    CB: Patrick Peterson (LCB), Jerraud Powers (RCB) 

    S: Yeremiah Bell (SS), Rashad Johnson (FS)

    K: Jay Feely

    P: Dave Zastudil

     

    Injury Notes (Player, Position, Status, Injury Type)

    • Daryl Washington, LB, Out, Suspension
    • Jonathan Cooper, OG, Out, Leg
    • D.C. Jefferson, TE, Questionable, Knee
    • Dan Williams, NT, Questionable, Ankle
    • Matt Shaughnessy, DE, Questionable, Ankle
    • Rob Housler, TE, Questionable, Ankle
    • Frostee Rucker, DE, Questionable, Toe
    • Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Questionable, Knee
    • Lyle Sendlein, C, Probable, Knee
    • Antoine Cason, CB, Probable, Leg
    • Jeff King, TE, Probable, Knee
    • Daryn Colledge, OT, Probable, Leg
    • Jonathon Amaya, S, Probable, Knee
    • Reggie Walker, LB, Probable, Undisclosed
    • Ryan Williams, RB, Probable, Knee
    • Jasper Brinkley, LB, Probable, Knee
    • Rashad Johnson, S, Probable, Knee
    • Kory Sperry, TE, Probable, Ankle
    • Javier Arenas, CB, Probable, Finger
    • Jamell Fleming, CB, Probable, Hamstring
    • Alex Okafor, DE, Probable, Ankle

     

    All injury information was provided by Rotowire.com.

List of 1st Round of Cuts

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    The Cardinals have been busy preparing for the NFL-mandated 75-player roster limit. They have waived 12 players total and are now at the 75-man mark.

    • Dan Carpenter, K
    • Nick Edwards, WR
    • Deveric Gallington, OL
    • Jonathan Mathis, DT
    • Korey Jones, LB
    • Cordian Hagans, DE
    • Ronnie Yell, CB
    • Joe Caprioglio, OL
    • Jarett Dillard, WR
    • Caleb TerBush, QB
    • Mickey Shuler, TE
    • Javon Harris, S

    There are no real surprises on this list. Wide receiver Nick Edwards was an intriguing prospect based on his size, yet he failed to stand out during training camp.

    In addition to all of its cuts, Arizona added tight end Richard Quinn. Quinn was a second-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2009. He was most recently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals

Depth Chart Post-75-Man Roster Cuts and Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

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    Here's how the Cardinals depth chart looks after their first round of roster cuts:

     

    QB: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley

    LWR: Larry Fitzgerald, Kerry Taylor, Jaron Brown, Dan Buckner

    RWR: Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts, Mike Thomas, Charles Hawkins

    RB: Rashard Mendenhall, Ryan Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Alfonso Smith, Andre Ellington

    TE: Rob Housler, Jeff King, Kory Sperry, Alex Gottlieb, Jim Dray, D.C. Jefferson, Richard Quinn

    LT: Levi Brown, Nate Potter, Jamaal Johnson-Webb

    LG: Daryn Colledge, Chilo Rachal, Jonathan Cooper

    C: Lyle Sendlein, Mike Gibson, Adam Bice

    RG: Paul Fanaika, Senio Kelemete, Earl Watford

    RT: Eric Winston, Bobby Massie, Jamaal Johnson-Webb

    LDE: Calais Campbell, Ronald Talley

    NT: Dan Williams, David Carter, Ricky Lumpkin, Padric Scott

    RDT: Darnell Dockett, Frostee Rucker

    WLB: Lorenzo Alexander, Matt Shaughnessy, John Abraham, Kenny Rowe

    ILB: Karlos Dansby, Reggie Walker, Daryl Washington, Colin Parker

    ILB: Jasper Brinkley, Kevin Minter, Kenny Demens

    SLB: Sam Acho, Alex Okafor, Zack Nash

    LCB: Patrick Peterson, Javier Arenas, Jamell Fleming, Bryan McCann

    RCB: Jerraud Powers, Antoine Cason, Justin Bethel

    FS: Rashad Johnson, Tyrann Mathieu, Curtis Taylor

    SS: Yeremiah Bell, Jonathon Amaya, Tony Jefferson

    P: Dave Zastudil

    K: Jay Feely

    LS: Mike Leach, Alex Gottlieb

    H: Dave Zastudil

    KR: Javier Arenas, Alfonso Smith, Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington

    PR: Patrick Peterson, Javier Arenas, Tyrann Mathieu, Charles Hawkins

     

    Previewing 53-Man Roster Cuts

    Here's a look at how the Cardinals may cut their roster down to 53 players.

    • Ryan Lindley, QB
    • Ryan Williams, RB
    • Dan Buckner, WR
    • Charles Hawkins, WR
    • Kory Sperry, TE
    • Alex Gottlieb, TE
    • D.C. Jefferson, TE
    • Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OT
    • Senio Kelemete, RG
    • Adam Bice, C
    • Mike Gibson, C
    • Ronald Talley, DE
    • Padric Scott, NT
    • Ricky Lumpkin, NT
    • Reggie Walker, LB
    • Kenny Rowe, LB
    • Zack Nash, LB
    • Colin Parker, LB
    • Kenny Demens, LB
    • Bryan McCann, CB
    • Curtis Taylor, S
    • Tony Jefferson, S

    Quarterback Ryan Lindley has failed to show improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. This, in turn, could ultimately make him expendable. Carson Palmer will start for the Cardinals and Drew Stanton will serve as Palmer's backup. 

    Nose tackle Padric Scott has some talent, but Arizona already has the position well covered with Dan Williams and David Carter. 

    Safety Tony Jefferson played well in limited opportunities, yet his spot duty doesn't warrant a roster spot because he will not make an impact on special teams. When you're the fourth safety on the team, you better be able to play special teams. 

     

    All depth chart information was provided by Ourlads.com.

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