Apparently we took a look at the Arizona Cardinals depth chart a day too early. With the Arizona Cardinals holding their first regular season practice, the actual Week 1 depth chart was released then. There were a couple of changes.
Most notably, there is a new starting center. Lyle Sendlein is the starter over A.Q. Shipley. That probably won't come as a surprise to anyone, as many probably could have guessed by the late signing the longtime starter, this was going to happen. Head coach Bruce Arians described the battle as "neck and neck," citing how Shipley probably was a little better in the running game, but Sendlein was "a little more savvy in pass protection."
Now, Earl Watford was already set to be the starter at right tackle, but there is a new wrinkle. He isn't just holding a spot down for suspended right tackle Bobby Massie. Watford is the starting right tackle until he loses it. And as we have seen with the offensive line, it takes a lot to lose a job. "That's not a two-week deal," Arians said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Arians said his play against the Raiders really sealed it.
There was one change at running back, and that was David Johnson moved ahead of Stepfan Taylor.
At tight end, Darren Fells and Ifeanyi Momah are still the two starters.
On the defensive side of the ball, at safety, it is official what I saw all preseason -- the starters are Tyrann Mathieu and Deone Bucannon. Those two will never leave the field. They just move positions in dime packages.
On special teams, there was a change at the returner positions. Brittan Golden will be the kick returner, while J.J. Nelson will return punts.