An updated look at the Arizona Cardinals depth chart

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After cuts and waiver additions and more cuts, where do players sit on the depth chart?

The Arizona Cardinals have made some cuts and then they signed a couple of players, leading to a couple of more cuts.

So what does that do to the depth chart?

Here is a look at the current situation.


WR1 Larry Fitzgerald Jaron Brown
LT Levi Brown Nate Potter Bradley Sowell
LG Daryn Colledge Earl Watford
C Lyle Sendlein Mike Gibson
RG Paul Fanaika Earl Watford
RT Eric Winston Bobby Massie
TE Kory Sperry Jim Dray
WR2 Michael Floyd Andre Roberts
QB Carson Palmer Drew Stanton Ryan Lindley
RB Rashard Mendenhall Ryan Williams Stepfan Taylor Alfonso Smith
Andre Ellington
TE Rob Housler D.C. Jefferson


DE Calais Campbell Ronald Talley
NT Dan Williams Alameda Ta'amu
DT Darnell Dockett Frostee Rucker
SLB Sam Acho Alex Okafor
ILB Jasper Brinkley Kevin Minter
ILB Karlos Dansby
WLB Lorenzo Alexander Matt Shaughnessy John Abraham
LCB Patrick Peterson Javier Arenas Jamell Fleming
RCB Jerraud Powers Antoine Cason Justin Bethel
SS Yeremiah Bell Tony Jefferson
FS Rashad Johnson Tyrann Mathieu

Special teams:

K Jay Feely
P Dave Zastudil
H Dave Zastudil
LS Mike Leach
KR Javier Arenas Alfonso Smith Stepfan Taylor Andre Ellington
PR Patrick Peterson Javier Arenas Tyrann Mathieu

Some thoughts:

It is interesting how Ryan Williams went from fifth to second on the depth chart. I always thought that the team was more or less going to keep him, that is until the very end. The fact that he leapfrogged everyone after playing a few snaps shows that was always the team's intent.

The other noticeable thing is where newcomer Bradley Sowell sits -- at left tackle. I know that many won't find this popular, but this tells me the road for Nate Potter leads out of Tempe/Glendale. 10 offensive linemen just don't make sense, especially since Bruce Arians will only dress seven or eight on gameday.

Andre Ellington as the last kick returner? I really had hoped that he would be number one.

John Abraham looks odd at number three. However, as we have seen in the preseason, nickel packages look different. Tyrann Mathieu is the nickelback and both Abraham and Matt Shaughnessy come in for Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho.

Four wide receivers? Well, between Patrick Peterson and the fact that the fourth "receiver" in most sets would be Rob Housler, it shouldn't be surprising that the team would go light on receivers. Personally, I expect that maybe the team will bring in another receiver or that Kerry Taylor would return. Four receivers and 10 offensive linemen seems unbalanced.

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