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Darius Philon adds needed boost up front for the Arizona Cardinals

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals depth chart along the defensive line looked like that of an AAF team when Thursday morning started.

Thursday evening it has two extremely capable players that line up at starter in newly acquired Darius Philon and veteran staple Corey Peters.

Philon is not a star, he may not even be a starter on a lot of teams, but in the end he is a positive addition at a massive position of need.

When I talked with Kyle Posey, big Chargers fan and now ruler at Niners Nation, he said Philon is a great part of a rotation who can provide a splash play or two a game.

The key for the Cardinals is now filling out that rotation.

Pro Football Focus graded Philon out well.

Philon play 58% of the snaps in 2018 and 48% in 2017, his best two seasons in the NFL.

The Cardinals probably need to keep his snaps below 70% to get the highest level of play out of Philon, but they also need to find more to make sure they can keep him at those numbers.

It’s just the first part of what should be an improved defensive line.