The Hall of Fame game is mere days away and, as of now, the roster is still incredibly fluid. Injuries have already started to take their toll, forcing the Cardinals to waive/injured Alani Fua and Ronald Zamort, two guys who had a decent shot at making the 53-man roster.
On the flip side, there are a lot of positions that are already settled and a lot of others that are beginning to take shape. Robert Nkemdiche, for example, was not necessarily slated to be a starter coming into training camp, but he has been getting rave reviews from coaches and teammates and could wiggle his way into being a starter on game one of the regular season.
But there are some other guys that have been a bit more unheralded. Let’s take a look at a few below.
Cole Toner- Toner has been manning the center position with A.Q. Shipley recovering from surgery that he had during the offseason and by all reports, Toner has looked fantastic. On an interview with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7, Toner mentioned that scouts have noted that they foresee his future being at the center position. If Shipley ever goes down for an extended period, that future could be here faster than most think.
Evan Boehm- Another young member of the offensive line, Boehm has received more press than Toner this offseason, but still not enough. He is slated to be the starting right guard for the Cardinals after shifting over from center and, like Toner, has looked very good in his new position change. Unless he gets hurt, look for Boehm to be the day one starting guard.
Harlan Miller- Miller was drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2016 draft and not much was expected out of him right away. In fact, the team even released him before re-signing him to the practice squad last year. But when he finally got the call up to the active roster last December, Miller showed that he has a potential future at the safety position as opposed to the cornerback position where he was drafted. Injuries gave him the chance to show what he can do and if they happen again in the defensive secondary, look for Miller to answer the bell.
Chris Johnson- There is a reason the Arizona Cardinals decided to bring CJ2K back into the fold. Yes, he has been injured the past two seasons he has donned Cardinal Red, but when healthy, he is a productive and incredibly intelligent backup running back to David Johnson. Chris has been praised by Bruce Arians since he was first signed as being a great pass protector and a leader in the locker room, which is something teams can never take for granted. Look for CJ to be a nice contributor this season to help ease the workload on David Johnson.
What do you think, Cardinals fans? Are there any under the radar players that really stick out to you?