So rookie camp starts this weekend. Next week is the first week of OTAs. Before that rolls around, let's look at the state of the roster for the Arizona Cardinals. This will likely change a little bit after this weekend, because some tryout players will show enough to bump an undrafted rookie off the roster, especially if there are players who don't show they can "learn football" for the Cardinals -- or translate their classroom knowledge into drills.
Here we go:
The depth chart is pretty clear. Palmer is the top dog and Stanton is the backup. Thomas is the number three, but Harnish was brought in to push him. Thomas will get a ton of offseason reps because Palmer will be limited for OTAs.
Running back (7):
This is going to be an interesting offseason. Ellington is almost completely healthy and Johnson was brought to be a big contributor. After that, the roster is completely up in the air. Lasike is a longshot and then, at least for now, it looks like the other four will be battling for two spots.
Wide receiver (10):
As of today, you can probably already peg five receivers for the final roster -- Fitz, Floyd, Brown x2 and Nelson. If a sixth wideout is kept, then you have the rest battling for that spot.
Tight end (6):
This is a bunch of inexperience. Only Fells and Niklas have ever appeared in an NFL regular season game and both only played last year a total of 17 games combined. An interesting fact -- aside from the 6-3 Christian, every other tight end is at least 6-5.
Both guys are listed as centers/guards. There no player on the roster listed solely at center.
Iupati is the unquestioned starter at left guard. Cooper should be the man on the right side. Steen is an intriguing player to watch this offseason and it is probably a make or break offseason for Watford.
With three tackles, maybe four, making the roster, things look clear. Veldheer, Massie and Humphries are the guys, with probably Sowell being the fourth guy if they go that route. Injuries could figure in, but it will be really hard for any of the other players to make the team outside of the practice squad.
We'll look at the defensive side of the ball in a bit!