Arizona Cardinals Position Battles: Fourth Wide Receiver
And many of you stopped reading after the title.
Why should you, or anybody for that matter, care about the fourth wide receiver for the Cardinals?
Maybe you shouldn't. Or maybe you should remember how many big plays guys like Jerheme Urban and Early Doucet have made over the last few years.
And if someone like Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, or the aforementioned Doucet go down with injury, then, all of the sudden, the fourth receiver becomes important.
And while I say all that, I, along with everyone else it seems, don't know a whole lot about the candidates for the position.
And the only news I've heard recently is that Onrea Jones has been running from the fourth spot, and not Andre Roberts. This is to be expected given coach Whisenhunt's unwritten policy on earning your position.
So with that, let's jump into the candidates for the fourth wide receiver spot:
1. The Favorite (In the Long Run): Andre Roberts
Logistics: 5'11", 195 lb.
Strengths: Special Teams, Route Running, Hands
Weaknesses: Rookie, Lack of Big Game Experience
The Cardinals third-round pick managed to find the perfect time to become a Cardinal.
And by that I mean after half of the Cardinals receivers left.
Still, Roberts looks like he has the tools to be a great slot receiver in the future. He's not overly tall or big but I've heard nothing but good things about him, mainly his polished game and great hands.
And plus he can return punts, which should take a load off of Steve Breaston.
It appears that Roberts will be the fourth receiver at some point in time this season, though maybe not immediately.
As for who should be immediately...
2. The Placeholder (or maybe not): Onrea Jones
Logistics: 6'0", 202 Lbs.
Strengths: Had a year to develop behind some great receivers
Weaknesses: Never played in an NFL game, but not a rookie
Not much is known about Jones. In fact, when I clicked on his link on the official Cardinals website, someone else's profile came up.
Jones could surprise some people. He was on the practice squad for the Cardinals all year last year, and I'm sure could be the third or fourth receiver for some other teams (Cleveland comes to mind).
That means that he had plenty of time to learn from Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, among others in the extremely deep corp of receivers the Cards had last year.
And now that Lance Long has moved on as well, this is Onrea's chance. Don't count him out yet.
3. The Hometown Kid: Darren Mougey
Logistics: 6'5", 219 Lbs.
Strengths: Uh, duh, he's tall
Weaknesses: Hasn't played in an NFL game either
Mougey went to San Diego State, but is from Scottsdale. So he's right at home with the Cards.
And as you see, he's a big kid. It will be interesting to see how the Cardinals can use his size.
That may be enough to give him a shot at the fourth receiver position alone.
Although I admit, I'd like to see him put on some weight and become a TE, wouldn't you? (I'm tempted to put "lol" right here...)
His big downside is the fact that, unlike Jones, he didn't spend last season with the Cardinals.
Not a lot to go on here, as the Cardinals receiving corp, for the first time in a few years, must regroup.
But with Larry Fitzgerald leading the way for the group, it should be in good hands.
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