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Arizona Cardinals make flurry of practice squad moves

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The Arizona Cardinals announced they were bringing defensive end Zach Allen off of the injured reserve list, but they also made a number of practice squad moves on Tuesday.

From the team:

The team has signed tight end Evan Baylis, defensive lineman P.J. Johnson, defensive lineman Daylon Mack, defensive lineman Stacy McGee, and linebacker Reggie Walker to the practice squad. To make room, the team has released linebacker Stephone Anthony and offensive lineman Rick Leonard from the practice squad.

Baylis and Walker were released from the Cardinals active roster on Saturday after being elevated from the practice squad for Arizona’s game against Seattle last Thursday.

Johnson (6-3, 320) played collegiately at the University of Arizona and was drafted by Detroit in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Chargers practice squad last season and was with Seattle during training camp this year. Johnson played one season at the University of Arizona (2018) and had 31 tackles (22 solo), three sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss after also playing at Sacramento State (2015-16) and City College of San Francisco.

Mack (6-1, 340) entered the league with Baltimore as a fifth-round selection (160th overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M and played in one game last season with the Ravens before being placed on injured reserve (knee). He spent training camp with the Lions and Giants prior to getting signed to Green Bay’s practice squad earlier this season. As a senior at Texas A&M, Mack started all 12 games and had 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

McGee (6-3, 341) is in his eighth season in the league after previously playing with Oakland (2013-16), Washington (2017-18) and Carolina (2019). He has appeared in 79 games in his career and has 118 tackles (75 solo), 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 15 quarterback hits. McGee originally entered the league with the Raiders as a sixth-round selection (205th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma.

The team obviously values the presence of Baylis and Walker, but the bringing in of three big bodied defensive linemen may be a bit concerning for the immediate as we wait to see how severe the injuries to Jordan Phillips and Leki Fotu are that have them on injured reserve.

Anyway, welcome to the desert one and all.