It wasn’t long but the Arizona Cardinals have made another roster move, agreeing to an injury settlement with cornerback Elie Bouka, and signing two defensive tackles in turn.
The first defensive tackle is Peli Anau, from the team:
Anau (6-3, 282) is a Phoenix, AZ native and Horizon High School graduate who joins the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent from Northern Arizona. As a senior in 2016, Anau earned FCS All-American and first-team All-Big Sky honors after totaling 55 tackles, a conference leading and career high 8.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick in 11 games for the Lumberjacks. In two seasons (2015-16) at NAU, Anau had 88 tackles, 11 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 20 games. Prior to NAU, Anau played two seasons (2013-14) at Scottsdale Community College where he earned first-team all-conference and team defensive MVP honors, helping the team claim the Western States Football League title in 2014.
The other signing was defensive tackle David Moala, from the team:
Moala (6-1, 311) originally entered the NFL last year with Denver as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Utah State, but was released following training camp on August 29. In two years at Utah State, Moala appeared in 21 games (11 starts) and had 58 tackles (28 solo), five sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. He transferred to Utah State from Cerritos Junior College where he earned California Community College Athletic Association first-team honors as a sophomore. He began his college career at Arizona State where he redshirted as a true freshman. His brother, Fili, played five seasons for Indianapolis (2009-13) and his cousin is Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Both of these signings feel like the Cardinals strengthening their depth at defensive tackle before the preseason begins, with camp bodies.
With no losses along the defensive line and eight players returning, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of space on the roster.
However, you never know what could happen in the preseason.