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2014 NFL training camp: Arizona Cardinals claim Trevardo Williams off waivers

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The Cards add speed off the edge.

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The Arizona Cardinals announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday prior to their practice. They were awarded a waiver claim on Trevardo Williams, who had been released by the Houston Texans. To make room for him, the team released undrafted rookie cornerback Todd Washington.

Williams (6-1, 237) entered the league with Houston as a fourth-round pick (147th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Connecticut, but missed his entire rookie season when he was placed on injured reserve on August 31 with a knee injury. In college, Williams was an All-Big East first-team choice as a senior in 2012 where started 11 of 12 games at defensive end, recording 43 tackles and a team leading 11.5 sacks. As a junior at Connecticut, he ranked second in the nation with a career-high 12.5 sacks to go along with 43 tackles and 15 tackles for loss.

According to Adam Caplan, Williams is healthy and will be able to practice right away.

Last year, the Cardinals had success with waiver claims. They claimed Bradley Sowell and Alameda Ta'amu. Sowell became the team's starting left tackle and Ta'amu was a key cog at nose tackle on the league's number one rush defense.