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A look at the depth chart for the Arizona Cardinals after their

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The Arizona Cardinals made their final cuts today to get their initial 53-man roster together.

A lot of that talent is back from 2016 and almost all of it is from the Steve Keim regime, including a strong amount of draft picks.

Here is an initial look at the depth chart, based on the Arizona Cardinals 53-man roster as released by the team today. That will be different after today.

Starters marked with (*)


Carson Palmer*
Drew Stanton
Blaine Gabbert

Running Backs

David Johnson*
Kerwynn Williams
Andre Ellington
Elijhaa Penny
T.J. Logan (Will go on IR designated to return tomorrow to allow another player to be signed)

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald*
John Brown*
Jaron Brown
J.J. Nelson

Brittan Golden

Chad Williams

Tight End
Jermaine Gresham*
Troy Niklas*
Ifeanyi Momah

Offensive Tackle

D.J. Humphries*
Jared Veldheer*
John Wetzel
Ulrick John

Offensive Guard

Mike Iupati*
Evan Boehm*
Will Holden


A.Q. Shipley*
Daniel Munyer

Defensive Line

Josh Mauro*
Corey Peters*
Frostee Rucker*
Robert Nkemdiche
Olsen Pierre
Rodney Gunter
Xavier Williams

Outside Linebacker

Chandler Jones*
Markus Golden*
Kareem Martin

Inside Linebacker

Karlos Dansby*
Deone Bucannon*
Josh Bynes
Haason Reddick
Phillip Wheeler


Patrick Peterson*
Justin Bethel*
Brandon Williams
Tramon Williams


Tyrann Mathieu*
Tyvon Branch*
Antoine Bethea
Budda Baker
Rudy Ford

Special Teams

Phil Dawson
Matt Wile Andy Lee
Aaron Brewer

Initial Thoughts: A lot of the young guys expected to be players were cut. We saw Harlan Miller and Cole Toner both cut, they were 2016 day three picks and of course Dorian Johnson was cut.

This shows two things:

  1. The Cardinals have some talent on their roster so getting drafted is not a slam dunk to make the roster.
  2. Patience is not on young players side at this point.

The Cardinals will make another move tomorrow, with T.J. Logan going on the IR designated for return. They just had to have him on the initial roster. There was speculation we could see the Cardinals cut both punters and keep an extra position player, then tomorrow put Logan on the IR. Well, they waited for Andy Lee and it paid off.

Phillip Wheeler was getting some work at outside linebacker, Haason Reddick will obviously play OLB, but the team would still like a veteran. You also know that they will try and bring Cap Capi back to the practice squad, as he was a preseason favorite.

What are your thoughts?