In 2014, four players made the Arizona Cardinals roster as tryout players in rookie mini-camp. This year the Cardinals have signed at least two tryout players. One is a quarterback.
Head coach Bruce Arians said he was impressed enough with Phillip Sims and Taylor Kelly that the team might add one of them to be an arm in OTAs to throw to the rookies in the afternoon. According to Draft Diamonds, Sims is now on the team, having signed a contract after rookie camp.
Sims bounced around in college, attending Alabama, Virginia and Winston-Salem State. He has a big arm.
The addition of Sims means one of two things. Either he showed enough to replace Chandler Harnish, which I personally doubt, or the Cardinals don't plan on giving Carson Palmer any reps in OTAs. The way Arizona runs their OTA practices, they have two fields. If Palmer is not going to do any practice work, they would need a fourth guy to throw -- Drew Stanton and Logan Thomas handling the main field reps and then Harnish and Sims on the second field.
Also reported by Draft Diamonds, via a tweet from the player's agent, the Cardinals also added safety Brandon Person to the offseason roster after a successful tryout. Person, a 6-1, 220-pound safety, had 73 tackles and broke up 11 passes his final season at Tiffin, where he went to school.
The Cardinals will have to release a pair of players to add Sims and Person to the roster.