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Cardinals taking advantage of top waiver spot

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The Arizona Cardinals having been taking advantage of their top spot in the waiver order since the end of last season.

They claimed former Redskin’s safety D.J. Swearinger after week 16 of the 2018 season, a player who had a career year with four interceptions and three forced fumbles. He is projected to be a starter for the Cardinals.

Towards the end of last season as well the Cardinals claimed Pharoh Cooper, who was a Pro Bowl return specialist for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017. He’ll have a legitimate chance to become the primary kick or punt returner for the Cardinals this upcoming season.

Keim made sure to beef up the offensive line, claiming Desmond Harrison after his release from the Browns. Though there are some concerns with him with his missed flights and meetings in Cleveland, he is a low risk high reward player that could end up starting for the Cardinals down the road. At the very least, he is a quality depth player for the Cardinals’ often-injured offensive line. He made eight starts as a rookie for the Browns last season.

The Cardinals added a pair of linebackers this offseason from waivers after claiming Tanner Vallejo and Pita Taumoepenu. Vallejo is a former sixth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2017 and has played primarily on special teams in his career. Tamuoepenu is also a former sixth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers before being released this offseason. Both will no doubt have role on special teams, assuming they both make the 53-man roster.

With more players expected to be released over the course of the offseason until the end of the preseason, expect the Cardinals to continue to take advantage of their top waiver spot to improve their team.