|Offense||1st||119.8 (8th)||288.5 (2nd)|
|Defense||5th||91.2 (5th)||230.4 (8th)|
|58||Babin, Jason (FA)||DE||6-3||267||5/24/1980||12||Western Michigan|
|Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||4||Humboldt State|
|35||Brooks, Cariel||DB||5-9||200||4/24/1991||2||Adams State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||3||Pittsburg State|
|71||Bryant, Red||DT||6-4||323||4/18/1984||9||Texas A&M|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||OLB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||3||Washington State|
|93||Campbell, Calais||DE||6-8||300||9/1/1986||9||Miami (Fla.)|
|Crisp, Rob||T||6-7||300||1/3/1991||1||North Carolina State|
|15||Floyd, Michael||WR||6-2||220||11/27/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|54||Freeney, Dwight (FA)||LB||6-1||268||2/19/1980||15||Syracuse|
|59||Fua, Alani||OLB||6-5||234||1/1/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|Fullington, John||G||6-5||300||5/30/1991||2||Washington State|
|10||Golden, Brittan||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||3||West Texas A&M|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||NT||6-5||305||1/19/1992||2||Delaware State|
|Jackson, Asa||DB||5-10||183||12/2/1989||4||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|31||Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||2||Northern Iowa|
|23||Johnson, Chris||RB||5-11||203||9/23/1985||9||East Carolina|
|82||Leach, Mike (FA)||LS||6-2||235||10/18/1976||17||William & Mary|
|Martin, Gabe||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||1||Bowling Green State|
|96||Martin, Kareem||LB||6-6||272||2/19/1992||3||North Carolina|
|32||Mathieu, Tyrann||FS||5-9||186||5/13/1992||4||Louisiana State|
|51||Minter, Kevin||MLB||6-0||246||12/3/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||2||Boston College|
|Nealy, Quayshawn||LB||6-0||237||8/5/1991||1||Georgia Tech|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|Okpalaugo, Tristan||DE||6-6||250||10/10/1989||R||Fresno State|
|34||Person, Brandon||DB||6-0||220||8/9/1991||2||Tiffin University|
|21||Peterson, Patrick||CB||6-1||219||7/11/1990||6||Louisiana State|
|Pierre, Olsen||DE||6-4||293||8/27/1991||1||Miami (Fla.)|
|25||Powers, Jerraud (FA)||CB||5-10||187||7/19/1987||8||Auburn|
|90||Redding, Cory (FA)||DE||6-4||318||11/15/1980||14||Texas|
|Reilly, Mike||LB||6-3||261||12/14/1991||R||William & Mary|
|47||Riddick, Shaquille||LB||6-6||260||3/12/1993||2||West Virginia|
|Sendlein, Lyle (FA)||C||6-3||308||3/16/1984||10||Texas|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||5||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||10||Michigan State|
|36||Swearinger, D.J.||DB||5-10||208||9/1/1991||4||South Carolina|
|Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian||C||6-3||295||2/14/1993||R||New Mexico State|
|78||Watford, Earl||T||6-3||300||6/24/1990||4||James Madison|
|Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||1||Boston College|
|White, Kevin||CB||5-10||174||7/15/1992||1||Texas Christian|
|Wilkinson, Joel||DB||6-3||190||11/29/1991||R||No College|
|Williams, Brandon||CB||5-11||197||9/9/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|33||Williams, Kerwynn||RB||5-8||198||6/9/1991||3||Utah State|
|94||Williams, Xavier||DT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||2||Northern Iowa|
|56||Woodley, LaMarr (FA)||OLB||6-2||265||11/3/1984||10||Michigan|
|Zimmerman, Tyrequek||DB||6-0||213||9/29/1992||1||Oregon State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Sendlein played for the Cardinals for the last eight years, but he was released in March.
Coach Bruce Arians said that Sendlein won't compete for the starting job. "It's just another guy in competition," he said. "He's coming in to compete for the job. We'll always look for the best available guys to add to the group."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fitzgerald enjoyed a renaissance in 2015, the beneficiary of Bruce Arians' play calling and Carson Palmer's quarterback play. The latter soured to end the season, and Fitzgerald's production went south. Still, the 32-year-old receiver set a career high in catches in 2015, was targeted at least five times in every game and caught at least five passes in 14 of 18 contests. Provided Palmer is able to shake a bad end to this season, Fitzgerald should hold a ton of value as his favorite target heading into 2016.
Bethel reportedly played through a "slight" fracture in the foot last season, yet he was forced into a starting role following Tyrann Mathieu's torn ACL in Week 15. In the following four contests (including playoffs), Bethel totaled 25 tackles (24 solo), four passes defended, and one interception. With Jerraud Powers exploring free agency, Bethel is currently penciled in as the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the upcoming NFL Draft and his recovery may impact his current standing.
Rucker, who is entering his third season with Arizona, has played in all but one game over the last four years. He started eight last season and contributed a career-high five sacks.
Mathieu's cautious approach has basis in fact, as the injury that ended his rookie season in 2013 (ACL and LCL tears in his left knee) sapped his effectiveness in the subsequent campaign. Fortunately for the defensive back, this particular recovery effort has been "so much easier" when compared with his previous rehabilitation. While his activity level was non-existent in the aftermath of the first surgery, he's already progressed to running on a treadmill in a harness, and there's a belief that he's only a few months away from wearing a helmet and kicking off football drills. No matter the path he takes, the offseason may include a contract extension at some point after he achieved the first Pro Bowl and All-Pro bids of his career this past season.
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.
With knowledge of his recovery timetable coming to the fore, Peterson is a candidate to miss the entire offseason program, despite optimism that OTAs could be in his future in the aftermath of this week's procedure. Even if he fails to take the field before training camp, he's hopeful that he'll avoid any of the recurring issues from the past two campaigns, though his ironman status as a professional remains intact.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The move saves the Cardinals $3 million against their salary cap, with the 35-year-old Redding -- who logged five tackles and a pick in 12 games in 2015 -- now a candidate to provide veteran defensive line depth elsewhere.
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.
Martin started two of the 11 games in which he played last season. He contributed eight tackles and one sack.
Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.
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.
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.
After enduring multiple ailments in 2014, Ellington was named the Cardinals' starting running back in advance of Week 1, but injury woes in the form of a PCL sprain immediately took hold, requiring three consecutive absences. The No. 1 gig was ably filled by Chris Johnson (tibia) for the next 10 games before both backs were knocked out with respective injuries (and Johnson for the rest of the season). Taking advantage of the void was rookie David Johnson, who stated his case as the team's every-down, all-purpose back of the future. Upon his second return in Week 16, Ellington made brief appearances through the end of Arizona's playoff run in the NFC championship game. However, he accumulated just 13 runs for 45 yards and two catches (on five targets) for 12 yards in four outings as the younger Johnson's primary backup. Considering his bloated medical chart, Ellington's ceiling may rest as a change-of-pace option, especially if Chris Johnson or another viable back joins the fray in the offseason.
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.
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.
Under general manager Steve Keim, the Cardinals have taken chances on veterans with team-friendly one-year contracts, producing resurgent seasons for Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie in the past. Woodley was another player in that vein, but despite starting at weak-side linebacker, he only recorded 10 tackles and one sack on 42 percent of the defensive snaps. With his season over, Dwight Freeney and Markus Golden will pick up the slack on the outside.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Ravens were desperate for help at outside linebacker after Terrell Suggs (Achilles) suffered a season-ending injury, but Babin ultimately just made things worse, with his primary impact coming via careless penalties. Given how poorly he played, the 35-year-old Babin might not get another shot in the NFL.
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.
When the Cardinals called five games into last season, Freeney was about a week away from retirement, but another year of wear and tear may be in the offing. If he returns to Arizona (or similarly joins another contender), his snap count will likely be contained in order to ensure the health of the 36-year-old pass rusher. Receiving 24.4 percent of the defensive snaps last season, he responded with eight sacks among nine tackles and three forced fumbles, to which he added another sack in the postseason.
Momah showed promise throughout his first preseason with the Cardinals, but a torn meniscus suffered on the eve of the regular season resulted in a stay on injured reserve. Following Thursday's move, head coach Bruce Arians will thus get another look at the tight end, who will join Darren Fells, Troy Niklas, and Gerald Christian, at least, in the offseason program.
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.
Upon entering the NFL in 2009, Powers dealt with an array of ailments and played in just 42 of a possible 64 games during his time with the Colts. After landing in Arizona during the 2013 offseason, he turned in back-to-back complete campaigns, but the injury bug reared its head this past season as he took on the starting cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson. In 13 games, though, he posted 52 tackles (46 solo), two fumble recoveries, one interception, one sack, and one defensive touchdown. With an able candidate to replace him on the Cardinals in Justin Bethel, the 28-year-old Powers may land elsewhere as a free agent, though a starting gig would likely still be on the table.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mathieu and Fanaika had been previously ruled out, while the team's other players on the final injury report are all active.
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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