The Arizona Cardinals filled their vacant practice spot spot by adding receiver Dan Buckner. He replaces receiver Kerry Taylor, who was signed on Monday to the active roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Buckner (6-4, 215) re-joins the Cardinals after spending one week on the team's practice squad earlier this season and also with the Cardinals at training camp prior to being released on August 30. A rookie free agent from the University of Arizona, Buckner caught 103 passes for 1,379 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons with the Wildcats. In 2012, he started all 13 games and was Arizona's second-leading receiver with 61 receptions for 773 yards and five touchdowns.
This signing also will add to speculation about how upset the organization is with tight end D.C. Jefferson, who was released on Monday when the team agreed to terms with Jake Ballard. Jefferson was arrested over the bye weekend in Scottsdale on DUI charges.
Arians said that the arrest did not affect the decision to release him, as the decision was already made before the incident. Of course, his arrest may have been a reason why he was not signed to the practice squad.
However, it does not mean that is the reason why he was not brought back. Arizona already has a tight end on the squad (Darren Fells) and the player they lost (Taylor) was a receiver. It does make sense to replace him with a receiver.
Arizona's practice squad currently includes Buckner, Fells, C/G Phillip Blake, LB Kenny Demens, ILB Orie Lemon, DT Anthony McCloud, OLB Kenny Rowe and safety Curtis Taylor.