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Arizona Cardinals sign tight end Jordan Thomas, punter Richie Leone to practice squad

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The Arizona Cardinals continue to make practice squad roster moves.

Officially signing tight end Jordan Thomas, while also bringing a punter onto the practice squad in Richie Leone.

From the team:

Thomas (6-5, 277) played in 21 games (12 starts) the past two seasons with Houston and had 21 receptions for 223 yards and four touchdowns. The 24-year old Thomas originally entered with league with the Texans as a sixth-round selection (211th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State and played in all 16 games (10 starts) as a rookie. He played in five games last season after beginning the year on injured reserve. Thomas also played in three postseason games with the Texans and had one catch for seven yards.

Leone (6-3, 222) returns to the Cardinals after spending the 2017 preseason with the team. He played the past two years with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL and was a All-Star in 2019 after leading the East division with a 48.4 yard punting average (132 punts for 5,179 yards). Prior to joining the Cardinals in 2017, Leone spent two seasons (2015-16) with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League and was a two-time CFL All-Star. He signed with Baltimore as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014 out of the University of Houston and spent part of the 2015 offseason with Pittsburgh prior to playing in the CFL. Leone also served as the BC Lions kicker, making 65-of-90 field goals (72.2 percent) and scoring 247 points.

The addition of Leone actually makes sense, in that he has some experience kicking field goals, meaning the Cardinals have a punter and kicker on the practice squad in case of a pre-game Covid positive test.

In a corresponding move the team released Dylan Cantrell from the practice squad.

Welcome to the desert.