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Playing GM: Yours and My Favorite 53 + PS

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Every Cardinals’ fan has her or his favorites to make the team. Today each of us have the chance to be the Cardinals’ GM. Here are my 53 favorites (with trades):

QB (3): Kyler Murray, Chris Streveler, Colt McCoy

I believe that if the Cardinals waive Streveler, he will be claimed. Plus, I am of the belief that Streveler would give the Cardinals a better chance to win 60 minute games than Colt McCoy. For shorter than 60 minute spells and veteran leadership, McCoy is an asset out of the bullpen.

RB (2): Chase Edmonds, James Conner

  • PS (2): Jonathan Ward, Eno Benjamin

I feel certain that neither Ward nor Benjamin would be claimed off waivers. Week to week the Cardinals could protect one of them to activate on game days.

TE (3): Maxx Williams, Chris Herndon*

TRADE: Cardinals trade their 2023 5th round pick and LB Jordan Hicks to the New York Jets for TE Chris Herndon.

  • PS (2*): Darrell Daniels, Ross Travis, Bernhard Seikovitz* (exemption)

The Jets have a surplus of TEs and need a starting ILB.

The Cardinals need a young talent at TE and a frequent target up the seams for Kyler Murray. Chris Herndon fits the bill. He has two years left on his rookie 4th round contract.

WR (6): DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green. Rondale Moore, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, Greg Dortch

TRADE: The Cardinals trade WR Christian Kirk to the Carolina Panthers for OLB Christian Miller.

  • PS (2): Andre Baccellia, Antoine Wesley

OLB Christian Miller has the athleticism to play SAM OLB. The Panthers want to add depth at WR.

OL (9): D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Rodney Hudson, Justin Murray, Kelvin Beachum, Josh Jones, Sean Barlow, Max Garcia, Joshua Miles

  • PS (2): Brian Winters, Koda Martin

DI (7): J.J. Watt, Zach Allen, Corey Peters, Michael Dogbe, Rashard Lawrence, Leki Fotu, Margus Hunt

IR (2): Jordan Phillips, Jack Crawford

  • PS (1): Josh Mauro

ILB (4): Isaiah Simmons, Zaven Collins, Tanner Vallejo, Zeke Turner

  • PS (2): Evan Weaver, Terrance Smith

OLB (6): Chandler Jones, Devon Kennard, Dennis Gardeck, Markus Golden, Victor Dimukeje, Christian Miller

  • PS (1): Kylie Fitts

CB (5): Malcolm Butler, Byron Murphy, Robert Alford, Marco Wilson, Tay Gowan

  • PS (2): Jace Whittaker, Darqueze Dennard

S (6): Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson, Deionte Thompson, Chris Banjo, Charles Washington, James Wiggins

  • PS (1): Shawn Williams

ST (3): Aaron Brewer, Andy Lee, Matt Prater

  • PS (1): Ryan Winslow

I now pass the hat of GM over to you.

Your 53 favorites?

You could copy and paste mine and then add and delete as you deem fit.

Red Rain Schedule:

  • Today: we welcome special guest Kyle Odegard (will post the podcast probably around 11 am Arizona time)
  • Sunday afternoon: Joseph Comeau and I will put aside our favorites and predict what choices that Cardinals will make with regard to the 53 man roster and 16 man practice squad —- in advance of teams trimming their rosters down from 80 to 53 by Tuesday August 31st at 4 pm EDT.