It has been a letdown of a season for a number of reason for the Arizona Cardinals. Maybe no position group has under performed quite as much as the wide receivers though, and that has prompted the need to go into free agency.
It may not be great that in week 12 the Cardinals need to find a wide receiver, in fact expecting them to find a player that can be effective is unlikely, but let’s not forget that this was the same group that we heard 12 players could make NFL rosters in the spring.
When this was scoffed at by some, it was met with resistance, but it was always a statement in hyperbole.
The Cardinals were razor thin at wide receiver in the offseason when this started. Expecting anything out of John Brown was unfair to a player dealing with a life changing medical issue.
Expecting J.J. Nelson to take another step was unrealistic.
Jaron Brown was a 27 year old career fourth or fifth wide receiver coming off an ACL tear.
Everyone else was just a hope for an impact in 2017.
Now, can they make a move?
Jeremy Ross was with the team through camp and still available, he’s not going to be a number two, but could he offer some consistency with good hands?
Carlton Aguidosi is still on the practice squad, Bruce Arians had high praise for him.
Vincent Jackson is a 34 year old, big bodied wide receiver who has lost a step.
Eddie Royal is a 31 year old, smaller wide receiver who had 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.
Rod Streater is a 29 year old who had a leg injury in preseason. He hasn’t been good since 2013.
The other available names:
Victory Cruz, Stevie Johnson, Percy Harvin, Dorial Green-Beckham, Cecil Shorts, Jordan Norwood, Josh Huff, Marlon Brown, Devin Street, Quinton Patton, Walter Powell, Marquess Wilson and Devin Lucien.
There doesn’t seem to be an answer in 2017.