This probably the most obvious of the positions. Palmer is named the undeniable starter... Unless Stanton looks like Tom Brady and Palmer looks like Ryan Lindley. What will be the focus for the coaches and fans however in this position, is the battle for the #3 spot. It will likely go until the very last game of the Preseason, and I like TerBush, but I feel like from what I have read from people at Training Camp it's Lindleys job to lose by a vast margin.
I know many people think that Smith could sneak onto the roster, but I don't see how we will carry five backs. By doing so that would mean one of our rookies go to the PS, where they will be easily attained, or this would mean Ryan Williams is shown the door in Arizona, which seems unlikely at this point. Smith is the odd man out, and if injuries hit this unit, I could very well see Smith brought in and kept into next year.
This one was a toughy... So much talent, but only 5-6 roster openings. The first three are set in stone, most likely. It's the last two or three slots that are up for grabs. If last season was any indication, Cardinal fans though Byrd would make the roster again this year, but Arians has called him out on several occasions about being inconsistent, and with the talent that's clamoring for the open spots he's likely not going to make it this year. Edwards has good size and could very well make the PS as could Buckner. I thought about Shaw, but we're already up to three PS guys.
Last time I did this I had King making the roster, Jefferson heading to PS and Sperry heading home. However, with King's injury history, and his second surgery in two offseasons, he is very likely going to wind up injured sometime this season. Jefferson has been talked about a lot during camp with his one handed catch yesterday and his acrobatic catch the day before. I am not saying he is NFL ready, and until Preseason opens we won't know how he fairs against the oppositions defense, but he is a likely candidate to crack the 53 man roster.
This is possibly the most talented unit the Cardinals have fielded in a long time. Potter will beat out Brown for the starting job, Winston will win the starting role on the right side. Fanaika has been playing a lot of guard, so I believe he'll make the roster as that and backup someone. I had Webb making the roster earlier this year, but I'll move him to the PS. We are now at 4 PS players.
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I have been a staunch supporter of Kelemete since he was drafted last season. A) he has dreads and B) he's a high motor player. However, with the ability of the loser of the RT battle to shift inside, I believe he is the odd man out. I have Colledge as trade bait, and I contemplated it for Brown as well, but with Brown's lucrative contract he will likely not be picked up, and likely won't be cut either. Rachal I thought had the potential to steal a roster spot, but Cooper being signed now and Rachal's struggles... He's likely gone as well.
After this we have 26 players on our roster, leaving 27 spots available... Take into account that Jay Feely, Dave Zastudil, and Mike Leach are our Special Teamers, barring injury... That's 24 roster spots open for the Defense. We're also up to four Practice Squad Players thus far. What say you? Who gets the boot that I kept, and who stays that I gave the boot to?