|Offense||9th||108.2 (18th)||258.5 (9th)|
|Defense||2nd||94.9 (9th)||210.3 (4th)|
|65||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||5||Humboldt State|
|Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||230||7/5/1990||6||San Diego State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||4||Pittsburg State|
|25||Bryant, Christian||DB||5-10||198||3/21/1992||2||Ohio State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||OLB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||4||Washington State|
|Bundy, Marquis||WR||6-4||215||8/5/1994||2||New Mexico State|
|37||Dixon, Brian||DB||6-0||195||4/26/1990||4||Northwest Missouri State|
|Dysert, Zac||QB||6-3||221||2/8/1990||2||Miami (Ohio)|
|59||Fua, Alani||OLB||6-5||234||1/1/1992||3||Brigham Young|
|Golden, Brittan||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||4||West Texas A&M|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||DE||6-5||305||1/19/1992||3||Delaware State|
|41||Hartfield, Trevon||DB||6-0||195||11/17/1991||1||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|Hubert, Chris||WR||5-9||170||5/8/1993||1||Fayetteville State|
|43||Jenkins, Mike (FA)||DB||5-10||197||3/22/1985||10||South Florida|
|75||John, Ulrick||T||6-5||307||5/20/1992||4||Georgia State|
|31||Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||3||Northern Iowa|
|23||Johnson, Chris (FA)||RB||5-11||203||9/23/1985||10||East Carolina|
|50||Martin, Gabe||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||2||Bowling Green State|
|96||Martin, Kareem||LB||6-6||272||2/19/1992||4||North Carolina|
|32||Mathieu, Tyrann||FS||5-9||186||5/13/1992||5||Louisiana State|
|69||Mathis, Evan (FA)||G||6-5||301||11/1/1981||13||Alabama|
|34||Miller, Harlan||FS||6-0||182||6/20/1994||1||Southeastern Louisiana|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||3||Boston College|
|54||Moore, Sio (FA)||ILB||6-1||245||5/2/1990||5||Connecticut|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||4||Notre Dame|
|21||Peterson, Patrick||CB||6-1||203||7/11/1990||7||Louisiana State|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DT||6-5||293||8/27/1991||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|16||Ross, Jeremy (FA)||WR||6-0||215||3/16/1988||5||California|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||6||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||11||Michigan State|
|30||Taylor, Stepfan (FA)||RB||5-9||216||6/9/1991||5||Stanford|
|89||Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||2||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||2||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||5-11||200||9/9/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|Williams, Kerwynn||RB||5-8||198||6/9/1991||4||Utah State|
|94||Williams, Xavier||NT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||3||Northern Iowa|
|Zamort, Ronald||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||1||Western Michigan|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
An undrafted free-agent signing in 2015, Martin spent his first season as a professional on the Cardinals' practice squad. He progressed to the 53-man roster at the outset of last season, earning 168 of his 187 snaps on special teams before landing on IR due to a knee injury. If Kevin Minter leaves in free agency, Martin could have a chance to earn more snaps at inside linebacker, but special teams will likely be his domain yet again in the fall.
Williams is expected to fill in for starting cornerback Marcus Cooper (back), despite dealing with a stiff back during the week. As a result, Williams may be picked on early and often by Russell Wilson.
With a pair of standout pass rushers in place at outside linebacker -- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden -- Alex Okafor opted to leave for the Saints in free agency, but the Cardinals quickly scooped up Jones to bolster depth at the position. Jones has some connections to Arizona's coaching staff, namely inside linebacker coach Larry Foote, a former teammate in Pittsburgh, and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, who shares the same high school with the new Cardinal. Although Jones slightly disappointed as a 2013 first-round pick, he's coming off the most statistically significant season of his career, which included 42 tackles (including one sack), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception in 14 games.
Wright, who was previously with the Browns' practice squad, will join a Cardinals team dealing with several to their linebacking corp. Look for him to play a mostly reserve role until he gets a better understanding of the defensive playbook.
Hubert flashed with three receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in Week 3 of the preseason, but it wasn't enough to land a spot on the Cardinals' 53-man roster in advance of the regular season. Called upon in the aftermath of John Brown's midseason diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait, Hubert nonetheless didn't make an appearance in three opportunities before he was released and returned to the practice squad. In addition to his progress through the offseason program, Hubert's professional odds may also hinge on alterations made to the receiving corps, particularly Larry Fitzgerald's decision on his NFL future.
Jenkins was brought in at the beginning of training camp as the Cardinals looked to strengthen the depth of their defensive backfield. However, the veteran suffered an ACL injury in Sunday's preseason game and had to be carted off the field. At 31, it's tough to guess where Jenkins will go from here and if he'll be revitalize his career after a year on the sidelines.
A high-ankle sprain has conspired to force the first DNPs of Bucannon's career. With another 91 tackles under his belt in 2016, he boasts 6.4 tackles per game in nearly three seasons with the Cardinals. In Bucannon's stead, Sio Moore has been bumped to the starting dollar linebacker role.
John earned the first three starts of his career due to a number of injuries across the Cardinals' offensive line. A dislocated shoulder will end his campaign, though, allowing Earl Watford to start at right tackle.
Dixon will head down to the desert after being released by the Saints in early November. The Cardinals also brought in safety Christian Bryant on Wednesday, as they hope to bolster their secondary ahead of Week 17's tilt with the Rams.
The Canadian was signed as an undrafted rookie earlier in the offseason, but missed portions of the offseason while recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in 2015. However, he then suffered a lingering hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the majority of training camp. He had a solid chance of making the team had he stayed healthy, though, and will likely be given another opportunity to do so in 2017.
Within a backfield dominated by All-Pro David Johnson, Taylor was almost exclusively contained to special teams this season, earning just 11 snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Kerwynn Williams acted as change-of-pace options, depending on the health of the running backs behind David Johnson. Taylor may explore the upcoming free-agent market to learn if a backup RB role is possible elsewhere, but his proficiency as a special teamer may be enough for the four-year pro to remain with the only organization he's ever known.
Dawson continues his nearly two-decade trek as an NFL kicker, joining the third organization of his career. He's been afforded the opportunity following a subpar season from Chandler Catanzaro, a restricted free agent who connected on just 21 of 28 field goals last season. Falling below that mark (75 percent) twice in 18 campaigns, Dawson's veteran presence could be a determining factor for the No. 1 job, if Catanzaro is retained.
Golden was unable to nail down a spot on the 53-man roster in the preseason, but as he did in the previous two campaigns, he was promoted from the practice squad, doing so prior to Week 5 on this occasion. As the year wore on and various parts of the roster continued to take hits, he variously made his presence felt in all three phases. Granted, he was only pressed into duty for one snap on defense, but on special teams he averaged 24.2 yards per kickoff return on a team-high 11 dalliances. Although the late-season cut of Michael Floyd may have cleared a path to a guaranteed role in 2017, Golden's future likely depends on Larry Fitzgerald's upcoming decision to stick around (or not), John Brown's health, and any additions at wideout in free agency and the draft.
Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.
Near the end of the 2015 campaign, Bethel received an extension that ran through 2018, but with a year now chopped from the deal, he'll hit the open market next March. The development could be fortuitous for the five-year pro, who lost competition at cornerback when Marcus Cooper opted to sign with the Bears on Saturday. If Bethel can pounce on the opportunity this season, a windfall could be coming his way due to a combination of coverage skills and special teams acumen.
The last two seasons have been injury-riddled for Rucker, who mentioned in January that his return to play another season at 34 years old would be contingent upon his health. After earning just 28.3 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016, in part due to sprained MCL that sidelined him for three games, he's merely a rotational defensive end at this point in his career. Having said that, Rucker could be in line for a bit more work in the upcoming campaign following the departure of long-time D-end Calais Campbell.
The metronome of Mathieu's four-year career has been determined by his health, which has included a pair of season-ending ACL tears in 2013 and 2015. In the subsequent campaigns, he failed to uphold his standard from one year prior, though his stunted recovery from a shoulder subluxation afforded just two appearances after Week 8 in 2016. With his recovery from the latter injury complete, Mathieu will focus on beefing up the health of his right knee and aim for a resurgence in the fall.
Dysert resided on the Cardinals' practice squad for much of the 2016 season, but among two stints on the active roster, he actually served as the backup QB when Carson Palmer sat out in Week 5 with a concussion. The 27-year-old could have competition for the third-string gig in the offseason, if the team opts to draft a signal-caller or bring in another veteran in free agency to provide depth behind Palmer and Drew Stanton.
Moore has been a revelation since taking over for Deone Bucannon at dollar linebacker in Week 15, racking up 25 tackles (16 solo) and a pass defended over the past two games. If his ankle injury afflicts Moore at all, though, he may yield snaps to Zaviar Gooden at ILB.
In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.
After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.
Fullback Shaun Chapas and offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten were waived with injury designations. Baltimore also placed defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, guard Will Rackley and defensive end Brent Urban on injured reserve.
Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida.
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.
The move gives the Cardinals $2 million in cap space after the team has already agreed to terms with the likes of Antoine Bethea, Phil Dawson, Chandler Jones, and Karlos Dansby. Branch will become a free agent next season.
Although he was unable to extend his touchdown streak to five games, Nelson still benefited as Carson Palmer's preferred target in Week 17, nearly doubling the seven afforded 2016 reception champ Larry Fitzgerald. Due to Nelson's own volume, it's no surprise that Palmer's sole interception came while aiming at the second-year speedster, but on the very next play, the Rams returned the favor courtesy of a trick play in which a Pharoh Cooper pass intended for Todd Gurley was picked off. As for the other 11 targets, Nelson's two longest connections set up the Cardinals within the five-yard line, resulting in short TD jaunts. Due to his current status as a burner, he may not post a gleaming catch rate until his repertoire is more balanced, but it's difficult to deny that the 34 receptions (on 74 targets) for 568 yards and six touchdowns he accrued this season isn't a positive sign for his future.
Palmer considered retirement after what he described as the most physically grueling season of his career. His numbers dipped from 2015 to 2016 but he was still an above average quarterback in what was his age-36 season. He'll look to rebound in 2017 from his 26 touchdown, 14 interception, and 14 fumble performance in 2016.
Penny made his mark during the preseason, riding a 113-yard, one-TD showing in the finale to final marks of 49 rushes for 195 yards. However, he was unable eke out a spot in a deep backfield populated by David Johnson, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Stepfan Taylor. Aside from David Johnson and Kerwynn Williams, the latter trio will be unrestricted free agents once March arrives, forecasting vast changes to the RB depth chart. No matter how the Cardinals proceed in the coming months, Penny seems poised to make further inroads in the offseason program.
Iupati was able to log full practices on both Thursday and Friday, so it is no real surprise to see him suiting up for Sunday night's game despite his injured ankle. He should assume his regular position as the Cardinals' starting left guard.
Injuries slowly but surely whittled away at the Cardinals' offensive line this season, allowing Boggs to play in five of the last six games, including back-to-back starts before sustaining a shoulder injury Saturday at Seattle. In Boggs' stead, rookie Evan Boehm will start at right guard.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
Bundy signed with the team in June. He was projected as the ninth receiver on the Cardinals depth chart, so this move is not surprising.
The NFL's protocol for head injuries exists to protect players from returning too soon, and without clearance from an independent neurologist -- let alone an appearance in practice this week -- Palmer won't make the trip to the Bay Area. Consequently, Stanton will handle quarterback duties for the Cardinals in Week 5, as he did in eight starts during the 2014 campaign. Stanton didn't exactly prosper, though, completing 55 percent of his passes, averaging 203 yards per game, and recording a 6:5 TD:INT ratio.
Ellington was on the sideline for 1,001 of the Cardinals' 1,151 offensive snaps during the 2016 season, but the impetus was the heavy usage afforded do-it-all running back David Johnson. If Ellington is indeed utilized as a wideout in the fall, he would remove the shackles placed upon him by the presence of Johnson. Helping Ellington's cause is a career catch rate of 67.8 percent, which indicates that success in such a role is plausible. Moreover, the cupboard is suddenly a bit more bare at the position behind perennial top option Larry Fitzgerald.
Although he was active in each of the Cardinals' last 10 contests, Williams only received touches over the last four, during which he displayed plenty of explosiveness. Particularly noteworthy was a 49-yard TD dash in Week 15 sans one of his shoes, but he was able to ditch a change-of-pace role in the season finale after David Johnson suffered a nasty knee injury. Acting as the top RB over Andre Ellington for the final three quarters, Williams made sure the Rams respected the ground game with 12 rushes for 60 yards and his other score of the campaign. During his three-year stint in Arizona, Williams has surely impressed in his brief showings, averaging 5.6 YPC and reeling off four runs of 20-plus yards among his 98 carries. Both Ellington and Chris Johnson (groin) enter the offseason as unrestricted free agents, meaning general manager Steve Keim may opt for the cheap and younger option (Williams) as the primary backup to the All-Pro that is David Johnson.
Johnson electrified throughout the 2016 season, pacing all NFL players in yards from scrimmage (2,118) and touchdowns (20). In the Cardinals' Week 17 thrashing of the Rams, though, he didn't have much of a chance to get in the act, as he injured his left knee early in the second quarter. Thankfully, he was diagnosed with a mere MCL sprain, which is accompanied by a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable. Just over a month later, a video emerged of Johnson jumping out of a pool with the message, "Progress going great!" His statement this weekend confirmed as much, meaning he should be available for the entirety of the offseason program.
Fua dealt with a knee injury during the early portion of the preseason, but may have suffered a setback resulting in his Injured Reserve designation. The Cardinals signed Joplo Bartu to provide additional depth at inside linebacker with the open roster spot.
Jones has become a very rich man in a short span, progressing from the franchise tag on Feb. 27 to a long-term deal by the outset of the new league year. The contract was earned after he guided the Cardinals to an NFL-leading 48 sacks last season, though Calais Campbell's eight have left behind Arizona for Jacksonville in free agency. Still, Jones (11 sacks) and Markus Golden (12.5) form a fearsome pass-rushing duo, and the former will be seeking out the fourth double-digit tally of his career during the 2017 campaign.
Dansby will thus be making his third go-around with the Cardinals; he manned LB in Arizona from 2004 through 2009 and again in 2013. On this occasion, he's the leading candidate to man inside linebacker next to Deone Bucannon (ankle), as both Kevin Minter and Sio Moore have hit the open market. Dansby has been highly productive throughout his career, notching at least 100 tackles in seven of the last nine seasons, but his durability may be the 35-year-old's most noteworthy attribute. Out of a possible 208 career contests, he's sat out just 12 times, including four total over the last six seasons.
The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years. Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.
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's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.
Gresham has spent the past two seasons in the desert, recording 37 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last year. The 28-year-old seems likely to secure the No. 1 spot at tight end ahead of Darren Fells, who is a restricted free agent this offseason. Gresham's signing gives the Cardinals one less thing to worry about, as the bulk of their offensive unit will remain intact with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald already confirming their return next season.
After releasing Michael Floyd in mid-December, the Cardinals brought in Ross as wide receiver depth. Ross made appearances in the final two games of the season, the latter of which he hauled in all four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during a 44-6 romping of the Rams. His likely ticket to sticking in Arizona is his return ability, as the Cardinals ranked 16th in average kickoff return and 30th in average punt return in 2016.
The Lions added Gooden last week due to several injuries among their linebackers. The team likely feels confident with their health at the position going forward, which explains their decision to waive Gooden.
Released by the 49ers on Tuesday, the 32-year-old Bethea didn't need much time to find a new home in the NFC West. He'll likely be replacing Tony Jefferson, who had 96 tackles in 15 games last season, and is now expected to sign with the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bethea topped 100 tackles last season for the first time since accomplishing the feat in each year from 2010 to 2013. Heading into his 12th professional season, he's still a solid starter and an IDP asset.
Wile was signed a week ago to fill in for the injured Matt Bosher, who now appears to be healed from a hamstring injury. He averaged 58.0 yards per punt in his performance Sunday.
Momah saw each of his last two seasons cut short due to injury. A torn ACL in 2015 and a broken wrist in 2016 led to two straight years on IR. His contract with Arizona runs through 2018 and he'll have a chance to earn a role as one of the team's top tight end options. He's expected to be a full go in time for spring practices after being shut down for the season back in November.
After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario -- and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason -- Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.
Bryant was with the Cardinals earlier in November, but only played in two games before being released by the team. Most recently, he's been working with the Giants' practice squad, but due to his familiarity with the Cardinals' playbook, they'll bring him back to their active roster and he could see some time Sunday against the Rams considering Arizona is already out of the playoff hunt.
After back-to-back injury-altered campaigns with the Cardinals, Johnson sees the writing on the wall in a backfield populated by a workhorse like David Johnson, who handled 73.4 percent (293 of 399) of the team's carries in 2016. At this point in the former's career, he won't contribute much, if anything, as a pass-catcher, so a between-the-tackles gig is likely at the top of his list. Johnson will be entering his age-32 season in the fall, so landing atop a depth chart out of the gate isn't really in the cards. Rather, a complementary role could be his best-case scenario, whether he sticks in Arizona or heads elsewhere.
In particular, Brown demonstrated balance, performed squats, and jogged at a decent pace in an Instagram post. Four months after undergoing surgery on the afflicted region, he's clearly in a good spot and could be making inroads on regular appearances during the offseason program. Once he returns to full health, he'll have a chance to break into a receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald, as John Brown's sickle-cell trait may still impact his conditioning and J.J. Nelson remains a quick, but unproven, commodity. On the other hand, the Cardinals may very well select a wide receiver early in this year's draft in order to appease the offensive mind of head coach Bruce Arians, thereby pushing Jaron Brown further down the depth chart.
A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2013, Dobson's career has floundered, to say the least, as he was active just once this season (with the Lions in Week 4). Although he has 53 career catches, his last one occurred in Week 11 of the 2015 campaign. He'll be afforded an opportunity within a Cardinals receiving corps that is in some flux due the jettisoning of Michael Floyd and potential for Larry Fitzgerald to call it a career.
Nkemdiche hurt his ankle in practice on Thursday. The details of which remain unclear. With the Cardinals out of the playoffs, the Ole Miss product will look to return to full health in advance of his second professional campaign.
Mauro was slated to be a restricted-free-agent this offseason but inked a new deal keeping him in desert through at least the 2018 season. In 15 games this season, the defensive tackle recorded a career-best 42 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. At 25 years old, Mauro will head into next season as the likely right defensive end starter.
Each team is able to activate one player from injured reserve under new league rules, so Niklas could make a return as early as late November. However, he wasn't making inroads on starting tight end Darren Fells and recorded precisely no yards on his sole catch this season. In a corresponding move, Ifeanyi Momah was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.