The Arizona Cardinals released their first depth chart of the preseason. We get a look at who is ahead of whom, at least for now.
Here is how it looks:
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Logan Thomas, Phillip Sims
Nothing surprising here at all. Thomas continues to stay ahead of Sims
Running back: Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice, David Johnson, Robert Hughes, Paul Lasike
Again, nothing really surprising here. Johnson might be higher if he could play, but he is probably out for another week.
WR1: Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown, Brittan Golden, Ryan Spadola, Trevor Harmon
WR2: Michael Floyd, John Brown, J.J. Nelson, Jaxon Shipley, Travis Harvey
Receiver depth charts are always a little funny. You can't quite tell who is actually No. 3 or 4. With Floyd out, it is Fitz and John Brown, but when the team goes to three receivers, it has been Nelson before Jaron Brown recently.
TE: Darren Fells, Troy Niklas, Garrett Sinclair
TE: Ifeanyi Momah, Jermaine Gresham, Gerald Christian
Fells has established himself as the top guy. Momah keeps turning heads. Gresham will have to win a starting job. Niklas has to get and stay healthy
LT: Jared Veldheer, Bradley Sowell, Rob Crisp
No surprise here.
LG: Mike Iupati, Ted Larsen, Antoine McClain, Nate Isles
Most notable is Larsen is no longer in the center rotation.
C: A.Q. Shipley, Lyle Sendlein, Anthony Steen
Steen is now the third team, while Sendlein remains as the number two. How long will that remain that way?
RG: Jonathan Cooper, Earl Watford, John Halapio
Just as expected.
RT: Bobby Massie, D.J. Humphries, Cameron Bradfield
No surprises here.
DE: Calais Campbell, Cory Redding, Josh Mauro, Rodney Gunter
Everything looks normal, but Gunter will pass Mauro.
NT: Corey Peters, Alameda Ta'amu, Xavier Williams
We have known this all along.
DT: Frostee Rucker, Ed Stinson, Matt Shaughnessy
It might make you a little curious as to why Shaughnessy is so far back.
SOLB: Lorenzo Alexander, LaMarr Woodley, Markus Golden
This is in base. Alexander might start in base, but won't play in nickel and dime. That is where Woodley and Golden come in. How long can the old guy hold off the rookie?
ILB: Sean Weatherspoon, Kenny Demens, Darryl Sharpton, Gabe Martin, Alani Fua
ILB: Kevin Minter, Glenn Carson, Andrae Kirk, Edwin Jackson
Nothing to see here in terms of surprise, other than there are a ton of players at the position.
WOLB: Alex Okafor, Kareem Martin, Shaq Riddick, Zack Wagenmann
This is also just the way you expect it.
LCB: Patrick Peterson, Jimmy Legree, Cariel Brooks, Darren Woodard, Shaquille Richardson
The only surprise might be Richardson being so far back, but he is also new to the system.
RCB: Jerraud Powers, Justin Bethel, C.J. Roberts, Jonte Green
Again, no surprises.
SS: Tony Jefferson, Deone Bucannon, Harold Jones-Quartey, Brandon Person
FS: Tyrann Mathieu, Rashad Johnson, Chris Clemons, D.J. Campbell
Here is where I am a little surprised. From the practices I saw, it always looked like the combo of Johnson and Bucannon were the top guys. However, the two pairs have rotated days as the first team guys. I would imagine that is how the team is approaching it here. In the first preseason game it will look like this, while next week, it will be Johnson and Bucannon.
K: Chandler Catanzaro
P: Dave Zastudil, Drew Butler
H: Dave Zastudil, Drew Butler
LS: Mike Leach
This is always what you knew it would be.
KR: Brittan Golden, J.J. Nelson, Kerwynn Williams, Jaxon Shipley
PR: Brittan Golden, J.J. Nelson, John Brown, Patrick Peterson
Peterson actually shows up on the list. Golden is the top guy for now. Nelson was drafted to do it. We will see how this plays out. On the other hand, Nelson is getting more reps at receiver than most probably though he would get.