|Offense||23rd||86.6 (29th)||227.5 (14th)|
|Defense||6th||89.6 (6th)||221.3 (14th)|
|63||Anau, Peli||DT||6-3||282||10/26/1993||1||Northern Arizona|
|81||Bazile, Chris||TE||6-4||250||10/25/1991||R||Grambling State|
|23||Benwikere, Bene'||DB||6-0||195||9/3/1991||5||San Jose State|
|38||Boston, Tre||DB||6-1||205||6/25/1992||5||North Carolina|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||232||7/5/1990||7||San Diego State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||LB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||5||Washington State|
|12||Butler, Brice||WR||6-3||220||1/29/1990||6||San Diego State|
|33||Campbell, Chris||DB||6-1||195||11/27/1995||R||Penn State|
|59||Dora, Vontarrius||DE||6-4||256||9/7/1992||1||Louisiana Tech|
|37||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||3||Arizona State|
|92||Gardeck, Dennis||LB||6-0||242||8/9/1994||R||Sioux Falls|
|7||Glennon, Mike||QB||6-6||225||12/12/1989||6||North Carolina State|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||DT||6-5||305||1/19/1992||4||Delaware State|
|Hodges, Gerald||LB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||6||Penn State|
|60||House, Will||G||6-3||314||5/14/1995||R||Southern Nazarene|
|42||Howard, A.J.||DB||5-11||203||12/23/1995||R||Appalachian State|
|31||Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||4||Northern Iowa|
|13||Kirk, Christian||WR||5-11||200||11/18/1996||R||Texas A&M|
|18||Little, Greg||WR||6-2||220||5/30/1989||5||North Carolina|
|22||Logan, T.J.||RB||5-10||195||9/3/1994||2||North Carolina|
|1||McCrane, Matt||K||5-10||165||9/8/1994||R||Kansas State|
|93||Moats, Arthur||DE||6-0||246||3/14/1988||9||James Madison|
|50||Moore, Airius||LB||5-11||230||11/14/1995||R||North Carolina State|
|25||Moxey, Jonathan||CB||5-10||188||1/14/1995||1||Boise State|
|39||Nichols, Deatrick||CB||5-10||189||6/8/1994||R||South Florida|
|90||Nkemdiche, Robert||DT||6-4||296||9/19/1994||3||Ole Miss|
|78||Painter, Vinston||T||6-4||318||10/11/1989||4||Virginia Tech|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DT||6-5||293||8/27/1991||3||Miami (FL)|
|31||Scott, Tim||DB||5-11||195||1/25/1993||1||North Carolina|
|86||Seals-Jones, Ricky||TE||6-5||243||3/15/1995||2||Texas A&M|
|28||Taylor, Jamar||DB||5-11||192||9/29/1990||6||Boise State|
|34||Thomas, Tavierre||CB||6-0||202||3/11/1996||R||Ferris State|
|89||Vollert, Andrew||TE||6-5||245||3/15/1995||R||Weber State|
|73||Wetzel, John||G||6-7||328||7/18/1991||3||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||6-0||200||9/9/1992||3||Texas A&M|
|10||Williams, Chad||WR||6-1||204||10/19/1994||2||Grambling State|
|80||Williams, Bryce||TE||6-6||260||2/24/1993||1||East Carolina|
|83||Willis, Corey||WR||5-10||182||5/2/1995||R||Central Michigan|
|Wolf, Austin||WR||6-3||190||10/12/1994||4||No College|
|32||Young, Lou||CB||6-1||205||10/9/1991||2||Georgia Tech|
|52||Cash, Jeremy (IR)||LB||6-0||230||12/9/1992||3||Duke|
|50||Martin, Gabe (IR)||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||2||Bowling Green|
|Owens, Jonathan (IR)||DB||5-11||210||7/22/1995||R||Missouri Western State|
|3||Palmer, Carson (IR)||QB||6-5||235||12/27/1979||15||Southern California|
|53||Shipley, A.Q. (IR)||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||7||Penn State|
Peters was poised to hit free agency at the end of the season but inked an extension through 2020 in December. The 29-year-old is the anchor and run stuffer on the interior of the Cardinals defense, though his contributions don't typically light up the stat sheet.
The 25-year-old linebacker suited up for Arizona in 11 games over the last two seasons, and he recorded six tackles (four solo) and one fumble recovery. Once Martin can shake his injury designation, he'll look for a depth role with a new team.
Williams logged three starts in his rookie season last year and appeared primed for an increased defensive role in 2017, but managed only one defensive snap for the season. The 2016 third-round pick will need to impress in training camp in order to get back on track for the 2018 season
Pierre actually finished second on the Cardinals in sacks behind NFL leader Chandler Jones (17.0), a quality season after starting the year with a minimal defensive role. The 26-year-old enters 2018 as an exclusive-rights free agent, and a return to Arizona would not be surprising given his role in 2017.
Gunter's production in 2017 was similar to his first two seasons in the league as he remains in a reserve role in the defensive line rotation. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2018 and appears slated to serve as starting nose tackle Corey Peters' backup once again.
Smith signed a two-year deal with Cardinals this March, with the Bengals believing the veteran still has some run left in him. While a hamstring issue could be concerning if it lingers, there's nothing at this point suggesting it's severe.
Coleman spent the 2017 campaign with the Falcons, recording two carries for eight yards and a pair of receptions for 20 yards. More importantly, he suited up in all 16 games and was an asset as a blocker, so Arizona brought him aboard with the hope that he would provide similar reliability on those fronts. The expectation is that Coleman will operate as the team's starting fullback right away ahead of other potential options like Elijhaa Penny and undrafted rookie Austin Ramesh.
Cleveland revamped the cornerback position this offseason with the signings of E.J. Gaines and TJ Carrie before drafting Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick last month. The team attempted to trade Taylor throughout the draft, but they were apparently unable to find a willing partner until now. The Cardinals' cornerback group behind Patrick Peterson features little in terms of established talent, putting Taylor in prime position to earn a starting role. The 27-year-old appeared in 31 games (29 starts) for the Browns over the past two seasons and accrued 119 tackles, 23 passes defensed and three interceptions, although none of those picks came in 2017.
Bucannon recently hyperextended his left knee in practice. While he won't play Saturday, a recent MRI revealed that Bucannon dodged a bullet -- the linebacker didn't sustain any damage to his ligaments, ACL, MCL or meniscus, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Cardinals continue to take a cautious approach with him throughout the remainder of the preseason.
Bradford did little more than hand off the ball to David Johnson and rookie Chase Edmonds in his debut with the Cards on Saturday, attempting just one pass. With more than one possession expected of Bradford on Friday, the offense likely will be a bit more diverse, especially to build an in-game rapport with Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and others in the passing attack. Urban also relayed that 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen will work with the first-team offense, so Bradford's usage should be more indicative of what will occur during the regular season.
Munyer will give the Cardinals some added depth on the offensive line after beating out two draft picks in training camp last season. He only appeared in one game before landing on injured reserve with a toe injury last November .
Dawson, 43, is entering the second season of a two-year, $6 million contract after a 2017 campaign in which he missed three extra points and posted an 80 percent success rate on field-goal attempts, his worst efficiency since 2006. Meanwhile, McCrane has been criticized for a lack of leg strength, though he did convert 86.4 percent of his field goals during his collegiate career at Kansas State, including a 5-of-8 mark from 50 yards or longer. The Cardinals would save approximately $2 million in cap space if they ultimately choose to keep the rookie over Dawson.
A fifth-round pick last year, Logan was expected to serve as a kick and punt returner as a rookie. During the Cards' preseason opener in the Hall of Fame Game, he displayed dynamic skills in those realms, ripping off two kickoff returns for 71 yards before dislocating his wrist on a late-game carry. He proceeded to spend the entire campaign on injured reserve, and while he relayed he can still gain some more "mobility" in the wrist, he's otherwise good to go. "As far as strength, it's fine," Logan said. In 2018, he likely will handle a similar role to what was expected of him last season, with the potential for sub-packages on offense behind No. 1 running back David Johnson.
Edmonds was the first running back in the game after David Johnson, who was taken out for good after ripping off back-to-back 14-yard gains on Arizona's first two snaps. Edmonds handled the rest of the opening drive, including a second-effort touchdown on a 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line. Despite averaging just 2.2 yards per carry, the rookie did a nice job with situational running, picking up four yards on a 2nd-and-3 and then three yards on a 1st-and-goal from the 6-yard line. More important, Edmonds got his work before D.J. Foster and T.J. Logan -- an early hint that the fourth-round pick is on track for the No. 2 RB job. Foster and Logan combined for just 18 yards on 11 touches during Saturday's game.
Williams missed practice time in training camp due to tendinitis in one of his knees, but his ability to suit up Saturday suggests the issue isn't a huge deal. Competing for depth slotting under the legendary Larry Fitzgerald, Williams probably won't enter the game until the second-team offense comes in, but there's still a chance he could see some reps with the first-teamers.
Moats appeared in all but two games for the Steelers over the past four seasons, but the linebacker moved into a strict depth role in 2018 after starting 25 games during his first three years in Pittsburgh. He'll likely continue to serve in a similar capacity in Arizona, thus keeping him off the IDP radar.
The Cardinals needed more depth at tight end after letting Troy Niklas walk in free agency. Williams, who's now with his fifth organization in three years as a professional, will have a chance to claim the No. 3 role behind Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) and Ricky Seals-Jones. It helps that he's familiar with Arizona's new head coach, Steve Wilks, who was Carolina's defensive coordinator when Williams spent training camp with the Panthers last summer.
The 34-year-old wide receiver is entering the final year of his contract and remains adamant about his intention to finish his career in Arizona. Fitzgerald didn't show any signs of slowing down last season, finishing second in the league in catches and ninth in receiving yards despite playing with Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton for much of the year. Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen should provide an upgrade on the 2017 quarterback situation, and the Cardinals still don't have much in the way of competition for targets. Fitzgerald needs 390 receiving yards to pass Terrell Owens for second place on the all-time list.
With Jermaine Gresham (illness) considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins, the Cardinals have opted to call up Holmes to bolster their depth at tight end. While he still remains unlikely to see much time on offense, the 26-year-old could see some action on special teams.
Smith showed promise with Tampa Bay a few years back, recording 13.5 sacks across 27 games in 2014 and 2015. However, the defensive end has played in just four games the last three years and put up just a single tackle in two outings with the Lions in 2017. He'll be looking to earn a depth role with the Cardinals for the upcoming campaign.
Rosen didn't show much in his pro debut Saturday, completing six of 13 passes for 41 yards. Frequently, he was running for his life due to poor blocking, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares with the first-team offensive line and potentially some of the Cardinals' top-line skill-position players. Still, though, Rosen is all but embedded as the clear backup to starter Sam Bradford, who is slated to play more than one series Friday.
Plucked from the Patriots' practice squad in the aftermath of David Johnson's dislocated wrist in the season opener, Foster didn't make an appearance until Week 11. Thereafter, Foster was consistently targeted in the passing game, whether Blaine Gabbert or Drew Stanton (knee) was under center, averaging four targets per game. A contributor on kickoff returns as well, Foster posted the highest average (23.0 yards per on his eight chances) among Cardinals, which could be the determining factor for a roster spot next fall in what's expected to be a crowded backfield.
Golden continues his recovery from a Week 4 ACL tear, with little known about his progress aside from embarking on running in early April. The pass rusher himself didn't clear up the situation at mandatory minicamp, telling Odegard he'd like to "feel healthy by the preseason." If that's not possible, which appears to be the case, Golden wants "to be ready" by the regular-season opener. With a 12.5-sack campaign on his resume, he has the ability to complement All-Pro Chandler Jones, but Golden's injury is a significant hurdle to overcome.
Robinson has resided on the Jets' injured reserve list for most of the season before he was released a week ago. It's believed that Robinson has fully recovered from the groin issue that resulted in his extended shutdown, so he should be available for the Cardinals in a depth role at linebacker Week 17 against the Seahawks.
Peterson can generally be taken at his word on this, but his availability for Week 17 perhaps shouldn't be taken for granted at the moment -- that he was evaluated for a concussion might make his symptoms worth monitoring in the upcoming days. For now, though, the belief is that he suffered no injury.
For someone who finished the 2018 season as Pro Football Focus' eighth-highest-graded safety in coverage, Boston lasted surprisingly long on the free-agent market. His addition seems like a good get for the Cardinals, whose head coach, Steve Wilks, coached Boston from 2014 to 2016 when both were with the Panthers. During his lone season with the Chargers in 2017, Boston showed that he could be a difference maker when handed extended snaps, as he posted career highs in tackles (79), pass breakups (eight) and interceptions (five). He may not have a direct path to a starting role in Arizona with Budda Baker and Antoine Bethea (pectoral) in the fold at safety, but Boston's coverage skills will likely prompt Wilks to get creative with ways to get the soon-to-be 34-year-old on the field.
Glennon was swapped out for Mitchell Trubisky just four games into his tenure with the Bears and didn't see the field the rest of 2017. The Cardinals nonetheless came calling this offseason, but the presence of fellow free-agent pickup Bradford and 2018 first-rounder Rosen always hindered Glennon's chances of a No. 1 or even No. 2 gig. There's no telling how much job security Glennon has at the moment, but Bradford and Rosen almost assuredly have spots, meaning he may have to ball out in the preseason to lock down employment into the regular season.
Humphries is bouncing back from a Nov. 9 incident in which the offensive lineman suffered a dislocated kneecap, torn medial patellofemoral ligament and torn quadriceps. He avoided the PUP list going into training camp after being limited in offseason practices, but he now seems to be practicing without restrictions. Humphries is expected to be the Cardinals' starting left tackle in 2018.
Shipley suffered a season-ending ACL tear during Saturday's practice session, so it was only a matter of time before the shift to injured reserve was made official. Mason Cole has been named the team's new starting center in his absence.
Aside from Fitzgerald and 2017 third-round pick Chad Williams, Nelson is the sole holdover from last year's receiving corps, which lost John and Jaron Brown to free agency. Nelson is thus the top non-Fitz incumbent, but the Cardinals replaced the Browns with Christian Kirk, a second-rounder in April, and free agents Brice Butler and Greg Little. Primarily seen as a deep threat in his three pro seasons, Nelson has improved his route tree, as intimated by wide receivers coach Kevin Garver, who said Nelson "runs really good routes." Nelson added that he's "all over the place" in new coordinator Mike McCoy's offense. If Nelson bumps up his career-best 48 percent share of the offensive snaps from a season ago, the opportunity afforded him could result in a true breakout campaign.
One day removed from head coach Bruce Arians making the same announcement, Palmer will head into the sunset after 15 seasons with three different teams. After waiting one year to get his first shot with the Bengals in 2004, the previous year's No. 1 overall pick spent seven years with the organization as the starting quarterback. A dispute with ownership in 2011 eventually resulted in a trade to the Raiders, where he suited up the next two campaigns. To wrap up his career, Palmer landed in the Arizona desert in April of 2013 and spurred one of the most successful runs in the history of the Cardinals in that state, accumulating a 38-21-1 record as a starter. His injuries woes emerged at inopportune times, though, as he was only available for one of the team's two playoff runs. In 182 regular-season games played, Palmer averaged 254.1 yards per contest, completed 62.5 percent of his passes and accrued 294 touchdowns versus 187 interceptions for an 87.9 quarterback rating.
Recently dumped by Dallas, Mayowa will look to make the most of his opportunity with Arizona this summer. As of now, Mayowa figures to be able to carve out a depth pass-rushing role should he take advantage of the opportunity. The 26-year-old provides a nice balance of experience and potential as he heads to the desert.
Penny, who went undrafted out of Idaho in 2016, has spent his first two professional seasons at running back, where he racked up 124 yards and two scores on 31 rushes (4.0 YPC) in 2017. His transition to a blocking role could be a signal that Arizona's new coaching staff doesn't view him as a legitimate candidate for the backup job behind workhorse running back David Johnson. However, it could also be viewed as a lack of confidence in tight end Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) being ready for Week 1. Either way, Chase Edmonds, who the Cardinals plucked in the fourth round of this year's draft, now seems to be the preferred handcuff to Johnson in advance of 2018 fantasy drafts.
As an undrafted free agent, Agudose joined the Saints during training camp, but was ultimately released prior to the season. He subsequently found his way to the Cardinals' practice squad before joining their active roster for a three-week stretch late in the season. He will now look to make an impression during the offseason.
Iupati landed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Cards during the 2015 offseason, but his health has been an issue in each of the last three seasons. After missing four games combined in those first two campaigns, he injured his triceps Week 1 of last season and didn't log another snap once he opted to undergo surgery to repair a bone spur. Due the lack of reps, GM Steve Keim likely was reticent to devote $8 million to Iupati in 2018, so the two sides agreed to reduce that number to $5 million in order to suit up as the starting left guard.
While Kirk didn't make much of a contribution on offense, the rookie gave Cardinals fans plenty to be excited about after ripping off a 38-yard return on a punt he could've taken to the house had he not tripped in the open field. Kirk, who's worked with the first-team offense since the start of training camp, is competing for the No. 2 job at wideout behind the established Larry Fitzgerald.
Scott will fill the 90-man roster spot voided by starting center AQ Shipley's placement on injured reserve. He will receive an opportunity to state his case for a roster spot as a depth cornerback and special teams player during the preseason.
Seals-Jones didn't get the start at tight end -- that honor went to Gabe Holmes -- but his hookup with Sam Bradford marked the veteran quarterback's sole pass attempt of the game. The preceding bodes well for Seals-Jones serving as the top pass-catching TE in Arizona in 2018, especially with Jermaine Gresham still in recovery mode from an Achilles tear in Week 17 of last season. On the legal front, though, Seals-Jones awaits the resolution of a July arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz., which may eventually result in a suspension from the NFL.
Any missed opportunity for a wide receiver is significant in Arizona, where a host of players are taking part in a wide-open competition for roles behind Larry Fitzgerald. Butler's absence should free up more first-half reps for J.J. Nelson, Christian Kirk and Chad Williams.
Veteran pickup Kasim Edebali has gotten most of the attention ever since starter Shane Ray went down with a wrist injury. Dora, however, showed flashes as an undrafted free agent last year, notching two sacks in the 2016 preseason. No matter who starts Week 1 opposite Miller, Dora or Edebali, they'll likely tumble down the depth chart as Ray and Shaq Barrett will be due back early in the season. Still, a strong showing through the preseason and early part of the season could lead to sustained snaps later on.
Young sustained a hamstring injury one week ago and has yet to show any rehab progress. Perhaps the slowed development prompted to Cardinals to look for a temporary replacement, but either way Young's brief tenure in Arizona appears to be over.
Dixon injured his ankle earlier in the week, and will miss the remainder of the season as a result. He played one regular-season game with the Panthers last season, and will have to wait until next year for another opportunity.
That said, Johnson isn't likely to handle a huge workload Friday, but Wilks did suggest that the running back figures to see more action in the next two games than he did in the Cardinals' preseason opener, when he was one the field for just two snaps on offense.
In his last stop with the Panthers, Wilks operated a 4-3 defense, from which he aims to deploy Jones and fellow pass rusher Markus Golden (knee) as defensive ends. Jones has experience at the position, racking up 36 sacks in four seasons with the Patriots. Since he was dealt to the Cardinals in 2016, he's wreaked havoc as a strong-side linebacker, notably leading the entire NFL with 17 sacks last season. As he and his teammates reported for the offseason program Tuesday, Jones relayed that he currently weighs 265 pounds but is willing to bulk up further if Wilks wants him to do so, per Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. It remains to be seen if additional pounds will hinder Jones' chances of retaining the sack title this year.
Lee signed his original deal with the Cardinals last September, but his newest contract will keep him in the desert through the 2020 season. The veteran averaged 47.3 yards per punt with a net average of 39.7 yards per boot last season, downing 29 of 88 inside the 20-yard line.
Brewer missed most of last season with the broken wrist he sustained in early October, but the Cardinals deemed the long snapper important enough to justify designating him as one of their two players to return from injured reserve. He took back long-snapping duties for the club's final three contests and will now have some job security heading into 2018 after agreeing to the extension.
Hodges signing comes shortly after Arizona linebacker Jeremy Cash (knee) was ruled out for the season, so Hodges will add some quality depth to the position. Hodges appeared in 11 games with the Saints last season in a reserve role before being let go by the team in February.
Ford landed on injured reserve last December due to a knee issue. The second-year safety has apparently made a full recovery from the injury and has been a standout in OTAs in minicamp, despite having not logged a single defensive snap as a rookie. With the competition wide open at safety entering training camp, there is a possibility Ford could see an expanded role in 2018.
A second-round selection by the Browns back in 2011, Little turned in his best campaign as a rookie, notching 61 catches on 121 targets for 709 yards and two touchdowns. He last made a 53-man roster in 2014 with the Bengals, totaling six grabs for 69 yards over six games, but the lack established options at receiver for the Cardinals could give him an outside shot of landing a job with a strong showing during the preseason.
Primarily a stud special teamer for the first half of his rookie campaign, Baker was pressed into action Week 9 after strong safety Tyvon Branch suffered a torn ACL. Baker parlayed a nine-tackle performance in that game into a starting gig thereafter, a seven-game span in which he racked up 50 tackles. Due to his nose for the ball and the Cardinals' propensity to deploy five or more defensive backs on most plays, the 2017 second-round pick will have a regular spot in the secondary for the foreseeable future.
With a torn ACL and MCL, Cash's season is over. He'll remain on IR unless an injury settlement is reached.
This will be the sixth time in his career that Allen has been let go by the Buccaneers, and it comes after a preseason finale where the guard played every snap. Allen could potentially end up on the team's practice squad.
The development isn't surprising in the least considering Gresham tore his Achilles in Week 17 of last season. The debilitating nature of the injury makes an appearance early on difficult to comprehend, but the veteran remains committed to play Week 1. There's no telling if he'll achieve that goal, but tight end will be in decent hands, if not. Expect second-year pro Ricky Seals-Jones, who recorded 12 catches (on 25 targets) for 201 yards and three touchdowns from Week 11 to 15 in 2017, to fill in in the event Gresham's absence extends into September and beyond.
Cole was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round of this year's draft and has seen plenty of reps at center while working behind the starter Shipley, who suffered a torn ACL. When Cole was drafted, he was seen as a good enough player right out of Michigan to have a legitimate shot at the starting job.
Boston signed with the Cardinals earlier this week after finishing the 2017 season as a top-10 safety in pass coverage, per Pro Football Focus. The 34-year-old Bethea, on the other hand, received a slightly lower grade in coverage this past season, but he was significantly better in run support. However, it might not matter who is formally considered the starter at free safety here, as both defensive backs could see significant playing time under creative head coach Steve Wilks.
Benewikere's signing with Arizona comes on the heels of the team losing starting cornerback Tramon Williams to Green Bay in free agency. After a promising sophomore campaign in 2015 in which he recorded 59 tackles and seven passes defensed, Benwikere has had a pair of disappointing seasons, totaling just 12 tackles and five passes defensed over a combined 16 games over the last two years. He's shown the potential to be a contributor on defense, but he could be relegated to a backup role with Arizona.
This doesn't come as much surprise as the Cardinals likely wouldn't have agreed to the significant five-year, $45 million contract they reached with Pugh had the offensive lineman not been in good medical standing. While it's not certain if the 2013 first-rounder will fully participate in voluntary offseason workouts next month, there doesn't appear to be any reason Pugh won't be on the field for the start of training camp.
Selected 13th overall in last year's draft, Reddick split time between inside and outside linebacker as a rookie in Arizona's 3-4 scheme, notching 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 445 defensive snaps (27.8 per game). He said in early April that he expected to play inside linebacker as the Cardinals transition to a 4-3 base defense, but it now seems Josh Bynes is ticketed for that role. While Reddick's versatility should come in handy for the Arizona defense, it won't necessarily lend itself to a three-down role or a plethora of pass-rushing opportunities. Chandler Jones and Markus Golden (knee) figure to serve as the primary edge rushers, assuming the latter recovers from a torn ACL in time for Week 1. Reddick should have a clear spot in the base defense, but he may need to compete with Golden or Bynes to earn snaps when the Cardinals deploy nickel formations.
The reason for Bynes' absence has not yet been revealed. Perhaps there's a minor injury that's keeping him on the sidelines, but if the Auburn product misses a string of practices, there will be justified concern moving forward. Consider him day-to-day until more information is provided.
Nkemdiche is dealing with a mild case of tendinitis, but the defensive end's ability to play Saturday would suggest the injury isn't anything severe. The 2016 first-rounder should open the game with the first-team defense.