It happened again. After the Arizona Cardinals held their rookie mini-camp over the weekend, there were some players who were there only on a tryout basis who impressed the coaches. The team announced a pair of tryout players were signed to contracts, meaning there were two players who were let go.
Running back Elijhaa Penny, out of Idaho, and receiver Chris Hubert, out of Fayetteville State, were those players to make the team (at least as a camp body for now) after rookie camp.
To make room for them, the team released former Arizona Wildcat running back Jared Baker and outside linebacker Mike Reilly.
Baker was one of 16 undrafted rookies signed after the NFL Draft. Reilly signed with the team earlier in the offseason.
Both Penny and Reilly will have their work cut out for them. They will join position groups with no real opening for the final roster. Perhaps they can make enough noise to warrant a practice squad spot. But sometimes these players make an impact.
Last year, quarterback Phillip Sims almost made the roster, while safety Harold Jones-Quartey ended up getting picked up by the Chicago Bears after final cuts. Both were rookie camp tryout players.