Heading into their final 2011 contest, the Arizona Cardinals have made a roster move. Per a team press release, they promoted offensive tackle D.J. Young from the practice squad and waived receiver Jaymar Johnson. Johnson was subsequently re-signed to the practice squad.
The moves could be motivated by a couple of reasons. One could be that the Cardinals want to have enough depth at tackle with Brandon Keith dinged up. If Jeremy Bridges were to get hurt, they only have D'Anthony Baptiste. It is just likely just a safeguard.
The team is already very deep at receiver, as even without Johnson on the active roster, so moving him will not affect anything. There already are six receivers on the 53-man roster, and the team has only been using four active receivers on game day.
Darren Urban also speculated another reason why they promoted Young. After having been on the practice squad for 16 weeks, it perhaps is a "thank you" move, allowing him to earn one week of a full NFL paycheck. Johnson has earned a couple of those.
In a post I wrote that I never published because the move was made official, I also speculated that rather than bring up Young the team might have promoted either Marshay Green or Korey Lindsey, both cornerbacks. With Patrick Peterson possibly not able to go on Sunday against the Seahawks, their depth may be tested a bit.
Instead, the team went with depth on the offensive line. Young will wear number 67.
If there are any other roster moves, we will keep you posted.