While training camp continues for the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, we have a week’s worth of practices and now a scrimmage to evaluate some of the roster battles.
Let’s take a look at where we stand.
Starting Center - It’s still A.Q. Shipley vs Mason Cole and it feels like, feels being the operative word, that Shipley is winning. The biggest reason? Cole is getting some spot time at other positions. Maybe it’s a case of emergency type thing or maybe it truly is finding the best five linemen on the roster.
Wide Receivers - The top two are set, which makes this race a little less interesting than that of the center position. However, the fact that there are two rookies involved, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella, who look like they could be the next two guys after Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, makes this highly intriguing. The next question is how many receivers the Cardinals keep. If they keep seven you have to figure one of those spots goes to fellow rookie Hakeem Butler. That means there are two spots left, and fighting for them are Trent Sherfield, Kevin White, Damiere Byrd and Pharoh Cooper. That also means former third round pick Chad Williams is unlikely to make the team. Starting Thursday really focus on who is playing special teams and how well they do on specials. That’s going to go a long way in deciding the final two receiver spots.
Cornerback - Like wide receiver, the top is really easy. Patrick Peterson suspension changes or slightly. We know it will be Robert Alford, Tramaine Brock and Byron Murphy. Peterson will be back week seven. Now, that leaves two spots before Peterson gets back and one for after he is back. The question is, who has taken the next step? Chris Jones was the guy yesterday. He had two pass break ups and was generally the best non-top four corner on the field. Which makes him a top four guy. That leaves one spot for Nate Brooks, Deatrick Nichols or Brandon Williams.