The countdown continues. There are 83 days until the Arizona Cardinals start their regular season.
We are down to number 83 and who has worn the jersey number.
Currently, sixth round draft pick, receiver Walt Powell, is the player wearing 83. We don't know much about him so far other than he gets kickoff return reps in practice.
And over the years?
In 2012 and 2013 tight end Kory Sperry wore it. He played in one game in 2012 and in eight in 2013.
In 2011, receiver Jaymar Johnson briefly wore it. He was on the practice squad and was active for and appeared in one game. He was fast, but couldn't stick on the roster.
From 2008-2011, reserve tight end Stephen Spach wore it.
In 2007, tight end Troy Bienemann wore it. He played all season, starting four times. He made the team as an undrafted rookie. He caught seven passes and a touchdown.
Another unmemorable tight end, Eric Edwards, wore it in 2004 and 2005. He started 10 games in two seasons and caught 17 passes, including a touchdown.
Receiver Bryant Johnson, one of the two first round picks the Cardinals took in '03 when they traded down instead of drafting Terrell Suggs, wore 83 his rookie year. He would wear No. 80 the rest of his time in Arizona. He wasn't awful, but he never was anything close to being to worth the first round pick they used on him.
Receiver Jason McAddley wore 83 in 2002 (and then 80 in 2003, which then went to Johnson in 2004). In 2002, McAddley started eight games, caught 25 passes and a touchdown.
Tywan Mitchell, a 6-5. 245-pound receiver who made the team as an undrafted rookie, wore it in 2000 and 2001. He played in 26 games in two seasons, starting five, and caught 30 passes and two scores.
Tight end Derek Brown wore it in 1999. He played in 15 games and had zero stats otherwise.
From 1992-1997, special teams ace Anthony Edwards wore it. Among the 83s I remember, he was the best. He was signed as a free agent in 1991 and wore 81 and switched to 83. He did some kick and punt returns, he was a third and fourth receiver and he was great on special teams. I thought he had a Pro Bowl appearance in there, but he didn't. He is still with the team working in the front office.
Before Edwards, none of these guys I know.
In 1991, receiver Amod Field wore it for two games. That was his contribution.
From 1986-90, it was receiver Don Holmes.
From 1976-86, it was receiver Pat Tilley. He apparently was pretty good. In 11 seasons with the Redbirds, he caught 468 passes for more than 7000 yards and 37 touchdowns. He had four straight years with at least 900 yards.
1970-71 -- TE Jim McFarland
1965-68 -- TE Chuck Logan
1959 -- E Perry Richards
1955-58 -- E Max Boydston
1954 -- E Gary Knafelc
1953 -- Pat Summerall
1952 -- E- HB Ray Pelfrey
Anyone else stand out to you guys?