Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st119.8 (8th)288.5 (2nd)
Defense5th91.2 (5th)230.4 (8th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
9Barkley, Matt QB6-22279/8/19904USC
 Bernstein, Jake OL6-43046/18/1993RVanderbilt
28Bethel, Justin CB6-02006/17/19905Presbyterian
 Boehm, Evan C6-23098/19/1993RMissouri
65Boggs, Taylor C6-33022/20/19874Humboldt State
 Bouka, Elie DB6-1205//RCalgary
27Branch, Tyvon DB6-021012/11/19869Connecticut
35Brooks, Cariel DB5-92004/24/19912Adams State
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19903Pittsburg State
13Brown, Jaron WR6-22051/8/19904Clemson
71Bryant, Red DT6-43234/18/19849Texas A&M
20Bucannon, Deone OLB6-12118/30/19923Washington State
2Butler, Drew P6-12175/10/19894Georgia
93Campbell, Calais DE6-83009/1/19869Miami (Fla.)
 Canaday, Kameron LS6-42458/20/1993RPortland State
 Carlisle, Amir WR5-101959/24/1992RNotre Dame
7Catanzaro, Chandler K6-32002/26/19913Clemson
83Christian, Gerald TE6-32508/26/19912Louisville
 Christian, Marqui DB6-120010/27/1994RMidwestern State
29Clemons, Chris DB6-12159/15/19858Clemson
 Coker, Jake QB6-52369/22/1992RAlabama
67Crisp, Rob T6-73001/3/19911North Carolina State
 Debord, Clay T6-63055/13/1992REastern Washington
 Dillon, Daniel LS6-32255/3/19934No College
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19894Clemson
35Eskridge, Durell FS6-320712/17/19911Syracuse
 Farley, Matthias DB5-112107/15/1992RNotre Dame
85Fells, Darren TE6-72814/22/19863California-Irvine
11Fitzgerald, Larry WR6-32188/31/198313Pittsburgh
15Floyd, Michael WR6-222011/27/19895Notre Dame
59Fua, Alani OLB6-52341/1/19922Brigham Young
10Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19883West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus OLB6-22603/13/19912Missouri
84Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19887Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney NT6-53051/19/19922Delaware State
 Hartfield, Trevon DB6-2195//RSouthwestern Oklahoma State
 Hubert, Chris WR5-91555/8/1993RFayetteville State
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/19932Florida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19877Idaho
27Jackson, Asa DB5-1018312/2/19894Cal Poly-S.L.O.
22Jefferson, Tony SS5-112121/27/19924Oklahoma
24Jenkins, Mike DB5-101973/22/19859South Florida
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19912Northern Iowa
23Johnson, Chris RB5-112039/23/19859East Carolina
95Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19905Syracuse
 Louis, Lamar LB6-023110/2/1993RLouisiana State
50Martin, Gabe LB6-22366/5/19921Bowling Green State
96Martin, Kareem LB6-62722/19/19923North Carolina
32Mathieu, Tyrann FS5-91865/13/19924Louisiana State
69Mathis, Evan G6-530111/1/198112Alabama
97Mauro, Josh NT6-62822/17/19913Stanford
60McClain, Antoine G6-533612/6/19892Clemson
 Miller, Harlan CB6-01826/20/1994RSoutheastern Louisiana
51Minter, Kevin MLB6-024612/3/19904Louisiana State
80Momah, Ifeanyi TE6-725510/23/19892Boston College
43Nealy, Quayshawn LB6-02378/5/19911Georgia Tech
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/19922Alabama-Birmingham
87Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19923Notre Dame
 Nkemdiche, Robert DT6-42969/19/1994RMississippi
57Okafor, Alex OLB6-42612/8/19914Texas
66Okpalaugo, Tristan DE6-625010/10/1989RFresno State
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197914USC
 Penny, Elijhaa RB6-22478/17/1993RIdaho
98Peters, Corey DT6-33056/8/19887Kentucky
21Peterson, Patrick CB6-12197/11/19906Louisiana State
72Pierre, Olsen DE6-42938/27/19911Miami (Fla.)
27Prater, Shaun DB5-1019010/27/19894Iowa
 Price, Givens DT6-429510/3/1994RNebraska
81Richardson, Rico WR6-11857/1/19911Jackson State
47Riddick, Shaquille LB6-62603/12/19932West Virginia
92Rucker, Frostee DE6-32809/14/198311USC
53Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19865Penn State
16Shipley, Jaxon WR6-01907/17/19921Texas
5Stanton, Drew QB6-32435/7/198410Michigan State
91Stinson, Ed DE6-42872/15/19903Alabama
 Swanson, Garrett P6-02306/24/1994RFresno State
36Swearinger, D.J. DB5-102089/1/19914South Carolina
30Taylor, Stepfan RB5-92166/9/19914Stanford
 Toner, Cole T6-53053/13/1994RHarvard
 Valles, Hakeem TE6-526011/23/1992RMonmouth (N.J.)
68Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19877Hillsdale
94Wagenmann, Zack LB6-32508/8/19922Montana
78Watford, Earl T6-33006/24/19904James Madison
61Wetzel, John T6-73287/18/19911Boston College
 Williams, Brandon CB5-111979/9/1992RTexas A&M
33Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19913Utah State
94Williams, Xavier DT6-23091/18/19922Northern Iowa
 Zamort, Ronald CB5-1017411/10/1991RWestern Michigan
30Zimmerman, Tyrequek DB6-02139/29/19921Oregon State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Arizona6-5313.46-4291.525.52136
 
 
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Position Listing
Quayshawn Nealy
No Updates
Corey Peters
News
Peters has healed from the torn left Achilles that he suffered in training camp 2015, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

The Cardinals inked the veteran defensive tackle to a three-year deal last March with the expectation that he would anchor the weekly battle in the trenches, but the injury wiped away Peters' first season in the Arizona desert. He'll attempt to uphold his standard from his first five years with the Falcons, with whom he averaged 2.2 sacks among 29 tackles per season.

Gabe Martin
No Updates
Clay Debord
No Updates
Brandon Williams
No Updates
Olsen Pierre
No Updates
Amir Carlisle
No Updates
Asa Jackson
News
Jackson was signed by the Ravens on Tuesday.

Selected by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson was suspended twice during his first stint in Baltimore, and he failed to make the final roster this year. With the team once again desperate for help at cornerback, Jackson might actually see the field in Week 6. He's shown some promise as a return man, but his work as a cornerback has been far from impressive.

Rodney Gunter
News
The Cardinals signed two draft picks on Wednesday, the team announced

Second-rounder linebacker Markus Golden and fourth-round defensive end Rodney Gunter both signed contracts with the team.  

Ronald Zamort
No Updates
Garrett Swanson
No Updates
Durell Eskridge
News
The Jets lost three players to concussions and three others to an assortment of injuries in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, per ESPN.

Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, safety Durell Eskridge and running back Daryl Richardson all left with concussions.

Offensive tackle Ben Ijalana left the game with a knee injury. Shaq Evans sprained his back, and Sashaun Phillips hurt his ribs.

Shaquille Riddick
News
Cardinals draft pick Shaquille Riddick sat out Monday's practice with a sore hamstring. 

Riddick has missed at least one practice each of the last three weeks with the nagging injury, and coach Bruce Arians is losing patience. 

“You can’t make any progress sitting over there in the training room,” Arians said, per ESPN

Kevin Minter
News
Minter supplied 94 tackles (72 solo), one forced fumble, and a half sack in 16 games last season.

Minter was one of just three Cardinals linebackers (also, Deone Bucannon and Alex Okafor) to log more than 50 percent of the defensive snaps, but earning 89 percent of them didn't translate to impressive stat lines. Outside of a 10-tackle effort in Week 11 against the Bengals, Minter didn't reach double digits in any other contest, which is generally the base line for elite IDP status for LBs. Nonetheless, the third-year pro has established himself as one of the mainstay inside linebackers in Arizona.

Zack Wagenmann
No Updates
Chris Hubert
No Updates
Mike Jenkins
News
Jenkins signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Jenkins, an eight-year veteran cornerback, heads to Arizona after spending the past two seasons in Tampa Bay. Last year with the Buccaneers, Jenkins totaled 14 tackles and five passes defended as he started in five games. The Cardinals have made it clear they are open to competition for the starting cornerback position alongside Patrick Peterson. While many expect Justin Bethel to be the starter in Week 1, Jenkins, along with rookies Brandon Williams and Harlan Miller, could make a run for the spot.

Kameron Canaday
No Updates
Deone Bucannon
News
Bucannon wrangled a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Among the Cardinals' leading tacklers on a weekly basis, Bucannon predictably posted a team-best 112 tackles (93 solo) by the end of the regular season, though Tyrann Mathieu had been giving him a run for his money until suffering a torn ACL in Week 15. Speaking of money, Bucannon has taken to his hybrid role at $-linebacker -- or safety/inside linebacker -- surpassing the output in every relevant category from a respectable rookie season in 2014.

Trevon Hartfield
No Updates
Tony Jefferson
News
Jefferson signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals on Monday, the team's official site reports.

Offered the "low" tender at the outset of free agency, Jefferson could have been scooped up without the Cardinals receiving draft-pick compensation, but no organization decided to take the leap on the three-year pro. The development comes as a surprise after he ranked fourth on the team with 78 tackles, to which he added three forced fumbles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), and two sacks. Although Arizona brought safety Tyvon Branch into the fold this offseason, Jefferson will likely take on a substantial role in the upcoming campaign due to Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from the second torn ACL of his career.

Elie Bouka
No Updates
Stepfan Taylor
News
Taylor posted 17 carries for 58 yards and one reception (on three targets) for four yards during the 2015 campaign.

Taylor was again lost in the shuffle for much of the season behind Chris Johnson (tibia), Andre Ellington, and David Johnson. When Chris Johnson and Ellington required time off stemming from injuries in Week 12, Taylor worked behind David Johnson but still contended with Kerwynn Williams for touches. Although Taylor has one year remaining on his rookie deal, both Ellington and David Johnson are under contract, ensuring continued roadblocks to relevance.

Gerald Christian
News
The Cardinals announced on Monday that they have signed third-round draft pick David Johnson and seventh-round selection Gerald Christian .

Johnson was able to gain recognition for his on-field talents despite playing college football at Northern Iowa. He was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2013 and 2014 while running for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. 

Christian was a third-team all-ACC tight end at Louisvile in 2014. 

Red Bryant
News
Defensive tackle Red Bryant was cut by the Jaguars on Thursday, according to the Florida Times-Union. He was due a $500,000 roster bonus on Sunday had the team retained him. The Jaguars cleared up $4.5 million in cap space with the move.

Bryant started all 16 games last season amassing 22 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. The 30-year-old was expendable after the Jaguars signed Jared Odrick, formerly of the Dolphins, in free agency.

Harlan Miller
News
The Cardinals selected Miller in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 205th overall.

Arizona went the small-school route yet again Saturday by taking another secondary player out of a non-FBS program, nabbing Miller out of Southeastern Louisiana. Miller has decent size for a corner, checking in at 6-0, 182 with 31 3/8-inch arms. He lacks elite speed for the position, however, running a 4.57, 40-yard dash at his pro day, but he has been lauded for his fluidity in coverage and his willingness as a tackler. Miller looks to be a project at the next level, but Arizona is an excellent landing spot for developmental defensive backs.

Chandler Catanzaro
News
Catanzaro hit his only point-after attempt during Sunday's demolition in the NFC championship game at Carolina.

Finishing the regular season as the NFL's third-leading scorer, Catanzaro secured 28 of 31 field goal tries and 53 of 58 from the new extra-point distance en route to 137 points. When the opposition quelled the offense, he was still afforded plenty of field goals -- see Week 4 against the Rams and Week 6 at Pittsburgh -- but his opportunities dwindled starting in the season finale. Over the last three games, he netted two of three field goals and three of four extra points for a mere 12 points. While the Cardinals may not uphold this season's standard in 2016, Catanzaro should again augment one of the league's most-balanced offenses.

D.J. Swearinger
News
The Cardinals and Swearinger agreed to a contract Monday, the team's official site reports.

Swearinger logged a brief spell on the Cardinals' practice squad last season before his services were required due to the Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL. In six games thereafter -- including the team's two-game playoff run -- Swearinger recorded seven tackles (all solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass defended. If Mathieu's rehab extends into next season, Swearinger could pick up a modest role in the safety rotation, but the presence of Tyvon Branch and Tony Jefferson will likely limit him to a special-teams role.

Rob Crisp
No Updates
Brittan Golden
News
Golden recorded one catch for five yards during the 2015 season.

After he was inactive in Weeks 1 and 2, Golden was on the active roster for the rest of the campaign. While he was afforded only two percent of the offensive snaps, he picked up 57 percent of the special-teams snaps, accruing seven solo tackles along the way. With the Top 4 wide receiver spots secured by Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, and J.J. Nelson, Golden likely won't experience a larger offensive workload in the fall unless the Cardinals don't retain restricted free agent Jaron Brown.

Daniel Dillon
No Updates
Cole Toner
No Updates
Larry Fitzgerald
News
Fitzgerald said he hasn't yet considered whether 2016 might be his last season, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Set to turn 33 shortly before Week 1, Fitzgerald only has one year remaining on his contract, but he remained highly effective last season even as John Brown and Michael Floyd also thrived (at times) in the excellent Arizona offense. While a repeat of 2015's 109-1,215-9 receiving line is probably too much to ask, Fitzgerald proved beyond any shred of doubt that he can still play at a high level. Barring a major injury or steep downturn in effectiveness, he'll likely stick around beyond 2016, be it in Arizona or elsewhere. With Floyd also entering the final year of his contract and likely seeking a big deal afterward, the Cardinals probably won't retain both receivers past 2016.

Justin Bethel
News
Bethel (foot) is penciled in as one of the Cardinals' starting cornerbacks in advance of training camp, the team's official site reports. "Obviously Justin is the current starter, but it's always going to be an open competition," general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday. "Knowing [coach] Bruce Arians and his staff, we'll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed. But we have expectations for Justin."

Keim commented in the wake of the Cardinals making one of their classic veteran signings -- cornerback Mike Jenkins inked a deal Tuesday -- at least under his reign over the past three and a half years. Jenkins provides experience to a group of CBs lacking in that department outside of Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the vote of confidence in Bethel certainly bodes well for his prospects. Although Bethel enters camp in the latter stages of his recovery from a fractured foot, he put together a decent sample size as a starting corner late last season, racking up 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games (including playoffs).

Injury
Foot - Probable for start of season
Frostee Rucker
News
Rucker hasn't participated in OTAs with the Cardinals due to offseason ankle surgery, the Arizona Republic reports.

Rucker was plagued by an ankle injury from Week 12 onward, missing three games off the bat and approaching his typical snap count (33 to 44) in the Cardinals' five games thereafter. Including playoffs, he totaled three sacks among 34 tackles, to which he added one forced fumble ad one fumble recovery across 15 games. As a precaution, he may miss a portion of the offseason program in order to avoid any setbacks, but his rehab doesn't appear as if it will extend into training camp.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
Mathieu's (knee) availability in Week 1 against the Patriots will be dependent upon his health, the Arizona Republic reports. "If I'm 90 percent, then I don't necessarily want to go out there," he said Sunday. "But if I'm 100 percent, I definitely want to be out there."

Embedded within his second rehab effort from a torn ACL -- the other occurred near the end of his rookie year in 2013 -- Mathieu's reticence to take the field isn't a shock, especially after logging just 13 games in a generally subpar 2014 season. With an unimpeded offseason under his belt last fall, he was the centerpiece of the Cardinals' defense, accumulating 89 tackles (80 solo), five interceptions (one for a touchdown), one sack, and one forced fumble in 14 contests. The season-ending injury resulted in a less imposing unit that was ultimately embarrassed in the NFC championship by the Panthers, which his representatives are likely pointing during the ongoing conversation about a contract extension. No matter if the sides come to an agreement, Arizona could be without its starting slot corner, if he deems himself unready.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for start of season
Markus Golden
News
Golden notched four sacks among 31 tackles during his rookie season in 2015.

A part of the Cardinals' middling pass rush, Golden ranked behind only mid-season pickup Dwight Freeney (eight) and Calais Campbell (five) in the sack department. With two forced fumbles also on the game log, Golden's output was respectable, as he garnered 49.5 percent of the defensive snaps in his first professional campaign. One of the team's biggest offseason needs is a more sustained pass rush, but no matter who joins the defensive ranks in the coming months, he's acquitted himself as a key cog for the future.

Marqui Christian
No Updates
Evan Mathis
News
The Broncos signed two-time Pro Bowler Evan Mathis to a one-year deal on Tuesday, the team announced.

The deal that brought Mathis to Denver is worth $4 million.

Patrick Peterson
News
Peterson (ankle) took part in individual drills during the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp last week, the team's official site reports.

Peterson hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, but nagging ankle concerns seemingly forced the All-Pro cornerback under the knife as a preventive measure in mid-April. Handed a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable, his lack of participation in OTAs wasn't a surprise by any means. His return to drills during minicamp signals that his rehab is on schedule, though, with the aim of full health by the time training camp rolls around in late July.

Injury
Ankle - Probable for start of season
John Wetzel
News
The Cowboys signed defensive back Jemea Thomas and offensive tackle John Wetzel to the practice squad Tuesday.
D.J. Humphries
News
The Cardinals signed their last remaining unsigned draft pick on Monday. The team signed offensive lineman D.J. Humphries to a four-year, $8.9 million deal, with a $4.74 million bonus, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida. 

A.Q. Shipley
News
The Cardinals announced that they've signed center A.Q. Shipley to a two-year contract on Wednesday. 

Shipley started five of the 15 games he appeared in for the Colts in 2014, the only season he was with the team. Prior to joining Indianapolis, Shipley spent the 2013 season with the Ravens and started nine games at guard. Shipley also had a previous stint with the Colts in 2012. 

Tyvon Branch
News
The Cardinals and Branch agreed to terms of a two-year contract Wednesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

After opening his career with three 100-tackle campaigns in five seasons, Branch sustained debilitating injuries in both 2013 and 2014, namely a fractured fibula and broken foot. Handed a one-year contract from the Chiefs last March, he totaled 43 tackles (35 solo), two defensive touchdowns, one interception, one sack, and one fumble recovery, while logging 39 percent of the defensive snaps. With the potential to earn $10 million over the course of his upcoming contract, the Cardinals may have promised him the nominal starting job at strong safety.

Matthias Farley
No Updates
J.J. Nelson
News
Nelson notched two catches (on three targets) for 25 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina.

Nelson's status as a burner makes him redundant in a Cardinals passing attack that boasts John Brown, but the UAB product had his moments as a rookie. In particular, Nelson made his presence felt in Week 8 with Michael Floyd out of the lineup, corralling a 64-yard touchdown en route to a four-catch, 142-yard outburst in Cleveland. The performance accounted for most of the output during his first professional campaign -- 11 receptions (on 27 targets) for 299 yards and two TDs -- though he'll hard-pressed to produce much more with Brown, Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald all under contract in 2016.

Carson Palmer
News
Palmer (hand) was a participant at the start of the Cardinals' offseason program Monday, the Arizona Republic reports.

During the Cardinals' Week 15 walloping of the Eagles, Palmer emerged with a finger concern, which was eventually diagnosed as a dislocated right index finger. His practice status was impacted in the immediate aftermath, but the veteran signal-caller assured the media that the injury wouldn't affect his playoff performance at the conclusion of the regular season. After the Cardinals were eliminated in the NFC championship game, partly due to Palmer's six-turnover showing, the stats from Week 16 onward revealed a telling picture. Through the first 14 games, he boasted a 106.7 quarterback rating on the backs of 64.3 percent passing, 305.5 yards per game, and 32 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. However, his figures fell to 74.1, 58.6, 244.5, and 7:8, respectively, in the final four contests, including postseason. Upon withdrawing from the Pro Bowl, he noted a desire to allow his right hand to "heal up," which appears to be the case with his activity at voluntary workouts this week.

Elijhaa Penny
No Updates
Mike Iupati
News
Cardinals offensive guard Mike Iupati (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Rams, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Making his Cardinals debut, Iupati will enter the starting lineup at left guard. The return of arguably the most adept run blocker on the team should help sustain, and perhaps even augment, the league's 13th-ranked offense on the ground entering Week 4.

Taylor Boggs
News
The Friday injury report issued by the Bears for their Week 6 game at Atlanta is headlined by the thumbs-down given to linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Shea McClellin (hand). But they are not the only Chicago players ruled out.

Also red-lighted are offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and Taylor Boggs (hamstring) and safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.

Kareem Martin
News
What was rumored is now official. The Cardinals are moving Kareem Martin from defensive end to outside linebacker despite his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan.

Martin started two of the 11 games in which he played last season. He contributed eight tackles and one sack.

Earl Watford
News
The Cardinals declared guard Earl Watford, tight end Darren Fells, linebackers Desmond Bishop (hamstring) and Glenn Carson, defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe), defensive end Josh Mauro and running back Kerwynn Williams inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Shaun Prater
News
Prater played seven snaps on defense in Thursday's loss to Arizona but did not record a tackle.

He was re-signed to the team on Tuesday before the game and got some playing time, showing how thin the Vikings are in the secondary. He could continue to get a few snaps per game the rest of the season.

Darren Fells
News
Fells signed an exclusive rights tender with the Cardinals on Monday.

Fells' signing will keep him with the Cardinals, for whom he led tight ends with 21 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season. The former basketball player also caught a touchdown in Arizona's NFC Championship Game loss. Despite his development this past season, Fells' fantasy upside is somewhat limited by the Cardinals' crowded cast of pass-catchers, yet it'll be interesting to see if he takes another step in his unconventional career next term.

Drew Stanton
News
The Cardinals and Stanton agreed to terms of a two-year contract Tuesday, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Rather than test the open market, the unrestricted free agent will remain in Arizona to serve as Carson Palmer's backup. While he took snaps in seven games last season, Stanton went 5-3 in Palmer's stead in 2014, completing 132 of 240 passes for 1,711 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. While the production is underwhelming, he appears to be choosing comfort in head coach Bruce Arians' system rather than diving into a new playbook in his age-32 season.

Andre Ellington
News
Ellington is expected to have a role within the crowded Cardinals' backfield in 2016, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "We'll definitely get him in there," head coach Bruce Arians said. "How many touches he gets is going to depend on how all three of them are playing."

Ellington followed up a game-breaking rookie season in 2013 with a dud as the Cardinals' lead RB in the next campaign. Injuries certainly played a role, but the Cardinals were proactive with the offseason additions of David Johnson in the 2015 NFL Draft and Chris Johnson in the middle of training camp. Despite these moves, Ellington entered the year as the No. 1 back, only to sustain a PCL injury in Week 1 that thrust the Johnsons into larger roles. Chris Johnson was highly effective as the starter for the ensuing 10 contests, but maladies to both the elder Johnson and Ellington in Week 12 paved the way for David Johnson's late-season explosion. Due to the performance, David has been deemed worthy of "bell cow" status by Arians heading into training camp, while the re-signing of Chris provides insurance for the corps. As a result, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site has speculated that Ellington will serve "more as a receiver than straight runner," which is likely the best use of his skill set due to the injury-prone label levied upon him since his time at Clemson.

Kerwynn Williams
News
Williams amassed 27 rushes for 142 yards and one touchdown during the 2015 campaign.

Williams spent much of the campaign on the Cardinals' practice squad, but his elevation to the 53-man roster on Dec. 1 was precipitated by injuries to both Chris Johnson (tibia) and Andre Ellington in Week 12. From Weeks 13 through 16, Williams worked as David Johnson's primary backup, notching all but three of his rushing yards on the season. Across six appearances total, Williams also recorded two catches (on two targets) for 16 yards, while taking eight kickoffs for 126 yards (or 15.8 yards per return). With one year remaining on his contract, expect him to stick around as a depth option, though the backfield is now the domain of David Johnson.

Evan Boehm
No Updates
David Johnson
News
Johnson will enter the 2016 season as the Cardinals' No. 1 running back, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "David's earned the right now to be the bell cow," head coach Bruce Arians said. "Everybody's got to take it from him."

Speaking of everybody, Chris Johnson explored free agency but ultimately re-signed with the Cardinals, joining the younger Johnson and Andre Ellington. Ellington's injury history will likely spur Arians to use him in a change-of-pace role, while Chris Johnson is more fit to challenge the second-year back. However, after the veteran duo logged extended absences with injuries starting in Week 13, David Johnson dominated the touches out of the backfield, racking up 120 carries for 537 yards (4.5 YPC), 32 receptions (on 46 targets) for 327 yards, and six total touchdowns in seven games. With confirmation from Arians that he's in line for a similar workload in the upcoming campaign, the Northern Iowa product is safely among the top-tier of running backs in both reality and fantasy.

Drew Butler
News
The Cardinals placed punter Dave Zastudil (groin) on injured reserve and promoted punter Drew Butler from the practice squad. Arizona also re-signed linebacker Marcus Benard and added quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad.
Alani Fua
No Updates
Chandler Jones
News
Jones was traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The 21st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones comfortably exceeded expectations during his four years in New England, registering 211 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 55 games. The Cardinals finally have the high-end outside pass rusher they've coveted all offseason, and they did well to land a player that just turned 26 years old and is also strong against the run. The downside is that Jones just finished up the last year of his rookie contract, though the Patriots did pick up his fifth-year option for approximately $7.8 million. The Cardinals presumably hope to sign Jones to a long-term deal, which could potentially top the five-year, $85 million contract that Olivier Vernon recently signed with the Giants.

Xavier Williams
No Updates
Matt Barkley
News
The Eagles traded quarterback Matt Barkley to the Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick, ESPN reports. Barkley has appeared in four games in his career and has four interceptions with no touchdowns.
Jake Coker
No Updates
Calais Campbell
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Campbell notched six tackles (five solo) and 2.5 sacks in Sunday's win over the Packers.

Campbell had 2.5 sacks coming into Sunday's game, and he doubled that total by adding another 2.5 sacks on a day where the Cardinals recorded eight sacks as a team. He now has five on the year to go along with 59 tackles, and he should be an important piece for the Cardinals' defense moving forward. Campbell is good for a big game like this every once in awhile, but his overall value as an IDP is still fairly limited.

Michael Floyd
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Floyd nabbed three of eight targets for 37 yards in Sunday's NFC championship loss to Carolina.

Floyd was hampered by injuries for much of the season, but was still able to come on strong during the season's second half, putting together five 100-yard games between Weeks 9 and 16. Fantasy owners have been waiting for the young receiver to take the next step in his evolution after consistently good-but-not-great seasons in recent years. If he manages to stay healthy, Floyd has given plenty of reasons why he could break out in 2016, a contract year.

Ed Stinson
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The Cardinals placed defensive end Ed Stinson (toe) on injured reserve and promoted wideout Brittan Golden from the practice squad, the team announced.
Hakeem Valles
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Tyrequek Zimmerman
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Jared Veldheer
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The Cardinals will have both Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Both players came into the game listed as probable, and were always expected to play. Fitzgerald is battling a knee injury. Mathieu has a thumb issue.

The team will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Calais Campbell, Paul Fanaika, Larry Foote, Jared Veldheer and Kerwynn Williams for the contest. All six players were listed as probable.

The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.

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Jermaine Gresham
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The Cardinals and Gresham agreed to a contract Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Gresham underwent back surgery last offseason and didn't find a home until a few days before the Cardinals kicked off training camp. Due to his conditioning at the time, he didn't pick up any snaps in the preseason, yet he was ready for Week 1. Missing one game due to a knee injury, he otherwise recorded a catch in all but four regular season contests and finished with an 18-223-1 line on 32 targets. The presence of Darren Fells will likely relegate Gresham to a reserve role in 2016, depending on any moves made within the TE group as the offseason progresses.

Chris Clemons
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The Cardinals have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Panthers: Drew Stanton, Brittan Golden , Chris Clemons , Jonathan Cooper, Alameda Ta'amu, Anthony Steen , and Kareem Martin.

Cooper has missed the past two games for Arizona with a wrist injury.

The Cardinals are 5 1/2-point underdogs for Saturday's game.

Antoine McClain
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The Bills trimmed their active roster down to 53 on Saturday, cutting the following players: LB Xavius Boyd, DT Landon Cohen, TE Dominique Jones, CB Kamaal McIlwain, CB Sam Miller, P Brian Moorman, QB Jordan Palmer, FB Evan Rodriguez, WR Naaman Roosevelt, C Jared Wheeler, QB Jeff Tuel, S Deon Broomfield, LB Jimmy Gaines, WR T.J. Graham, WR Caleb Holley, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, DE Bryan Johnson, S Kenny Ladler, C Doug Legursky and G Antoine McClain.
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Ifeanyi Momah
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Momah (torn meniscus) didn't miss a single practice during Arizona's offseason program, ArizonaSports.com reports.

Momah suffered the knee injury on the final day of the 2015 preseason, but he now appears healthy and should be full-go for the start of training camp. A converted wideout, Momah is a 6-7, 255-pound specimen with soft hands. However, he's yet to log a snap in the NFL, and could be hard-pressed to realize his potential buried under Darren Fells, Jermaine Gresham, and Troy Niklas on the tight end depth chart, not to mention a slew of talented wide receivers he'd have to compete with for targets should he earn playing time.

John Brown
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Brown reeled in just two of eight targets for 23 yards during Sunday's NFC championship game loss in Carolina.

In advance of the contest, Brown was held out of some drills due to a shoulder injury, but ultimately he turned in a full practice before the end of the week. His dismal performance Sunday can be attributed to the Panthers' concerted effort to nullify the deep ball. On the other hand, Carson Palmer attempted to force the issue after falling behind 24-7, and two interceptions followed on balls intended for Brown. During the regular season, though, Brown made progress on every front from his rookie campaign, recording 65 catches (on 101 targets) for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns.

Chris Johnson
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The Cardinals and Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

After taking a visit to the RB-needy Dolphins this week, Johnson has decided to remain in Arizona, where he revitalized his career in 2015 to the tune of 814 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in 11 games. However, he sustained a fractured left tibia in Week 12, ending his season as the Cardinals were knocked out of the postseason in the NFC championship game. The injury allowed David Johnson to take the reins of the rushing attack, meaning the elder Johnson will be relegated to a reserve role in the fall.

Jaron Brown
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Brown signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals on Monday, the Cardinals' official site reports.

As a member of one of the deepest wideout corps in the NFL, Brown can be expected to serve as a key cog of the coverage units yet again in 2016. Over the course of his three-year career, he's notched 44 catches (on 73 targets) for 513 yards and four touchdowns, so he'll likely make a splash on offense at some point during the campaign.

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Alex Okafor
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Okafor (calf) is listed as active Sunday at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Okafor's recovery from a strained right calf has encompassed three games and the Cardinals' bye week, but he'll again provide a boost to the front seven. In his career, he's displayed modest pass-rushing chops, notching 10 sacks in 19 career games.

Tristan Okpalaugo
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The Cowboys released linebackers Quinton Spears and Jabara Williams, wideout Lance Lewis, defensive tackle Frank Kearse, guard Chris DeGeare and defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo.
Rico Richardson
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Richardson was promoted to the Titans' active roster Saturday, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

With Harry Douglas (ribs) unable to go Sunday for a second straight week, Richardson was brought up from the Titans' practice squad. He will serve as the team's fourth receiver in Week 8.

Robert Nkemdiche
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The Cardinals selected Nkemdiche in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 29th overall.

Nkemdiche fell this far because of questions about his character, but in terms of raw talent he's clearly in elite territory. This will be an enormous value if Bruce Arians can make a discipline out of Nkemdiche and keep his attention on football. At 6-foot-3, 294 pounds Nkemdiche has Sheldon Richardson-like upside thanks to a 4.87-second 40, 35-inch vertical and 116-inch broad jump.

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Josh Mauro
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The Cardinals have listed the following players as inactive for Thursday's Week 15 matchup with the Rams: safety Tyrann Mathieu (thumb), guards Paul Fanaika (ankle) and Anthony Steen, defensive ends Josh Mauro and Kareem Martin, defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu and linebacker Kenny Demens.

Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.

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Troy Niklas
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Niklas reeled in all four targets for 33 yards and two touchdowns during the 2015 season.

Serving in a strict reserve role this season, Niklas nonetheless fared much better on the injury front, appearing in every game versus the seven that he was contained to as a rookie in 2014. However, both Darren Fells (restricted) and Jermaine Gresham (unrestricted) are free agents, which may result in a jump up the depth chart. Niklas' pedigree as a second-round pick would warrant such a promotion, but he still must put in the work to deserve an expanded target count.

 
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