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Arizona Cardinals sign four tryout players, release four UDFA signings

The Arizona Cardinals continue to churn their roster.

NCAA Football: Arizona Cardinals Rookie Minicamp Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals continue to churn their roster.

After a frenzy of undrafted free agent signings the day after the 2018 NFL Draft completed, they have released four of those signings to give a shot to four tryout players from this weekends rookie mini-camp.

The Cardinals signed defensive tackle Peli Anau, wide receiver C.J. Duncan, linebacker Airius Moore and offensive lineman Greg Pyke.

In corresponding moves they have released cornerback Elijah Battle, linebacker Mike Needham, offensive lineman Austin Olsen and wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman.

Here is a little background on the four new signees from the team:

Anau (6-3, 282) re-joins the Cardinals after he was released on May 9. He is a Phoenix, AZ native and Horizon High School graduate who was on the Cardinals practice squad last season after signing as a rookie free agent out of 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.

Duncan (5-10, 195) played collegiately at Vanderbilt and had 124 receptions for 1,452 yards and nine touchdowns in 36 games (20 starts) in his career. As a senior in 2017, he played 12 games (eight starts) and led the Commodores with 52 catches for 517 yards and five touchdowns. A Montgomery, AL native, Duncan returned from a season-ending leg injury to lead Vanderbilt in receptions (44) and receiving yards (494) as a junior in 2016.

Moore (6-0, 235) was a three-year starter at N.C. State and played 52 games (43 starts) and totaled 267 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, three interceptions and four sacks. He started all 13 games as a senior in 2017 and tied for the team lead with three interceptions to go along with 67 tackles, one tackle for loss and four passes defensed. A Beavercreek, OH native, Moore was presented with N.C. State’s Bob Warren Award for integrity and sportsmanship following last season.

Pyke (6-6, 325) originally entered the league with Buffalo in 2017 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Georgia. While at Georgia, he appeared in 53 games with 49 starts as a three-year starter at both tackle and guard. A Baltimore, MD native, Pyke was released by Buffalo following training camp last year.

Congratulations to the new signees and good luck to those released.