|Offense||1st||119.8 (8th)||288.5 (2nd)|
|Defense||5th||91.2 (5th)||230.4 (8th)|
|65||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||302||2/20/1987||5||Humboldt State|
|35||Brooks, Cariel||DB||5-10||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|
|18||Bundy, Marquis||WR||6-4||215||8/5/1994||R||New Mexico State|
|93||Campbell, Calais||DE||6-8||300||9/1/1986||9||Miami (Fla.)|
|86||Canaday, Kameron||LS||6-4||245||8/20/1992||R||Portland State|
|81||Carlisle, Amir||WR||5-10||195||9/24/1992||R||Notre Dame|
|25||Christian, Marqui||DB||5-11||196||10/27/1994||R||Midwestern State|
|67||Crisp, Rob||T||6-7||300||1/3/1991||1||North Carolina State|
|62||DeBord, Clay||T||6-6||305||5/13/1992||R||Eastern Washington|
|48||Dillon, Daniel||LS||6-3||225||5/3/1993||4||No College|
|33||Farley, Matthias||DB||5-11||210||7/15/1992||R||Notre Dame|
|15||Floyd, Michael||WR||6-2||220||11/27/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|59||Fua, Alani||OLB||6-5||234||1/1/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|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|
|41||Hartfield, Trevon||DB||6-0||195||11/17/1991||R||Southwestern Oklahoma State|
|19||Hubert, Chris||WR||5-9||170||5/8/1993||R||Fayetteville State|
|46||Jackson, Asa||DB||5-10||183||12/2/1989||5||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|43||Jenkins, Mike||DB||5-10||197||3/22/1985||9||South Florida|
|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|
|52||Louis, Lamar||LB||5-11||232||10/2/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|50||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|
|34||Miller, Harlan||CB||6-0||182||6/20/1994||R||Southeastern Louisiana|
|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|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||3||Notre Dame|
|58||Okpalaugo, Tristan||LB||6-5||258||10/10/1989||1||Fresno State|
|21||Peterson, Patrick||CB||6-5||203||7/11/1990||6||Louisiana State|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||T||6-5||293||8/27/1991||1||Miami (Fla.)|
|17||Richardson, Rico||WR||6-1||185||7/1/1991||2||Jackson State|
|47||Riddick, Shaquille||LB||6-6||260||3/12/1993||2||West Virginia|
|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|
|1||Swanson, Garrett||P||6-0||230||6/24/1994||R||Fresno State|
|36||Swearinger, D.J.||DB||5-10||205||2/12/1989||4||South Carolina|
|89||Valles, Hakeem||TE||6-5||260||11/23/1992||R||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|78||Watford, Earl||T||6-3||300||6/24/1990||4||James Madison|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||1||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||6-0||200||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|
|38||Zamort, Ronald||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||R||Western Michigan|
|45||Zimmerman, Tyrequek||DB||6-0||211||9/29/1992||1||Oregon State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
Wagenmann is likely to miss the beginning of training camp, although the severity of the injury is still unknown. He can return to the field once he is medically cleared.
Jenkins was signed by the Cardinals after spending the previous two seasons with Tampa Bay. He figured to have a chance at starting opposite Patrick Peterson with Justin Bethel's health in question entering the season. There is currently no timetable for his return.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bethel's offseason has been dedicated to his recovery from surgery to repair a fracture in his foot. He subsequently missed the entire offseason program, which likely spurred the decision to sign veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins last week. Once Bethel is able to participate in drills, he'll be focusing on locking down the starting corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson (ankle), but currently there's an opening for Jenkins or one of the other depth DBs to make an impact in camp.
Rucker underwent offseason ankle surgery and proceeded to miss spring drills. His rehab will extend into training camp, with his age (32) likely aiding in the decision to cap the defensive end's reps off the bat.
The Cardinals shocked no one when they placed Mathieu on the PUP list this week, as he's in the latter stages of his recovery from last season's torn ACL. On Thursday, the team held its first practice of training camp, which could have included Mathieu participating in drills, head coach Bruce Arians told Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. During the rehab process, Mathieu and the powers that be both relayed that a cautious approach would be followed, as evidenced by the decision to delay his first practice session.
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.
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.
Butler has been on the free-agent market since the Chargers released the inside linebacker in early March. While the Cardinals are comfortable with their starting ILB duo of Deone Bucannon and Kevin Minter, the lack of experience behind them was likely the impetus to bring the 27-year-old Butler on board.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Cardinals are likely to remain cautious with their 2016 first-round pick as a means of avoiding a lingering issue. When he does return he is expected to provide depth along the defensive line.
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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