|Offense||10th||69.8 (32nd)||286.2 (3rd)|
|Defense||22nd||90.3 (9th)||250.3 (26th)|
|75||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||4||Pittsburg State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||ILB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||4||Washington State|
|37||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||2||Arizona State|
|10||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|
|Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||3||Northern Iowa|
|96||Martin, Kareem||LB||6-6||272||2/19/1992||4||North Carolina|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||3||Boston College|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||4||Notre Dame|
|90||Nkemdiche, Robert||DT||6-4||296||9/19/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|3||Palmer, Carson||QB||6-5||235||12/27/1979||15||Southern California|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DT||6-5||293||8/27/1991||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|92||Rucker, Frostee||DE||6-3||280||9/14/1983||12||Southern California|
|86||Seals-Jones, Ricky||TE||6-5||243||3/15/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||6||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||10||Michigan State|
|71||Watford, Earl||G||6-3||300||6/24/1990||5||James Madison|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||2||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||6-0||200||9/9/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|25||Williams, Tramon||DB||6-0||192||3/16/1983||11||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Williams, Chad||WR||6-1||204||10/19/1994||R||Grambling State|
|33||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|
|46||Brewer, Aaron (IR)||LS||6-5||232||7/5/1990||6||San Diego State|
|44||Golden, Markus (IR)||OLB||6-3||260||3/13/1991||3||Missouri|
|76||Iupati, Mike (IR)||G||6-5||331||5/12/1987||8||Idaho|
|22||Logan, T.J. (IR)||RB||5-10||196||9/3/1994||R||North Carolina|
|38||Zamort, Ronald (IR)||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||1||Western Michigan|
|Albright, Bryson||DE||6-5||245||3/15/1994||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|Anau, Peli||DE||6-3||250||10/26/1993||R||Northern Arizona|
|34||Miller, Harlan||FS||6-0||182||6/20/1994||1||Southeastern Louisiana|
|78||Painter, Vinston||T||6-4||318||10/11/1989||3||Virginia Tech|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Painter was called up from the practice squad in order to provide the Cardinals with depth at offensive line for the team's Week 4 bout with the Niners. He evidently didn't do much to impress, though, considering Arizona replaced him with Earl Watford in a corresponding transaction Monday.
Peters has 10 tackles (nine solo) and one pass break up through five games this season, and he'll avoid missing his first game of the season. He'll be tasked with stopping Bucs' running back Doug Martin and pressuring quarterback Jameis Winston.
Williams isn't exactly off to a great start in the first week of training camp. First, the 2016 third-round selection was listed behind Bethel on the Cardinals' initial depth chart of training camp, according to Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. To make matters worse, Williams didn't work with the first-team defense when Bethel sat out Friday's practice due to a knee concern, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Instead, Zamort filled in for the veteran. While Williams may be in a couple in name, signs already appear to indicate that Bethel will be a starter, assuming he's healthy.
Pierre did not practice this week after sustaining the injury Sunday against Eagles. Xavier Williams is set for an increased workload against the Bucs, especially with Robert Nkemdiche (calf) listed as questionable.
In recent days, Zamort was taking advantage of Justin Bethel's absence from practice due to a hyperextended knee, running with the first-team defense over 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams. However, Zamort proceeded to tear his ACL on Saturday, ending his brief dalliance in a significant position. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, the performance was likely enough to earn a place on injured reserve with the Cardinals for the upcoming season.
The Cardinals released Wright to make room on the roster for fellow linebacker Philip Wheeler. Wright failed to tally any statistics in Monday's season-opening loss to the Lions. He now figures to either find a new landing spot or join the Cardinals' practice squad.
The appearance will mark Bucannon's first since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 13 of last season. The team opted to avoid surgery initially, but he underwent the knife in early May with the hope of a return by the regular-season opener. While those expectations were clearly optimistic, the Cardinals will be gifted a key member of the defense Sunday. If active, he'll split reps at dollar linebacker with rookie Haason Reddick.
Through two-plus seasons, Dawson has had no trouble with the longer PAT, missing just two of them, with neither miss having come in 2017. Field goals have been another story, though. After missing one in each of his first three contests as a Cardinal, he's righted the ship with just one misfire (a blocked 51-yarder in Week 5) on six attempts over the last trio of outings. Nevertheless, he ranks only 23rd in scoring (6.8 points per game) among kickers with at least five appearances, likely due to Arizona's status as the 20th-most potent offense (19.8 points per game) of the current campaign.
The Cardinals' decision to wait until Monday means the 2017 fifth-round pick will be eligible to return from injured reserve until after Week 8. Logan could be back around midseason, as his timetable was estimated at 12 weeks when he suffered a dislocated wrist in early August. The return game represents his best shot at a significant rookie-year contribution.
The Texans think they have a find in undrafted free agent Stephen Anderson, a hybrid tight end/H-back type, who will make the team's 53-man roster. Anderson's emergence throughout the offseason activities and preseason sealed Denham's roster fate.
After playing solely on special teams in the regular-season opener, Golden picked up 20 of 66 offensive snaps in Week 2, when he tallied a 29-yard gain on his sole reception. A similar snap count will come to pass Monday if Brown is sidelined again, but Larry Fitzgerald (62), Jaron Brown (50) and J.J. Nelson (50) comprise the top three spots at wideout, so Golden will be hard-pressed to earn more reps without another body going down.
During the first week of training camp, the Cardinals worked out a few veteran cornerbacks, likely to gauge each one's health, but injuries to Justin Bethel (knee) and Ronald Zamort (torn ACL) seemingly forced their hand earlier than expected. With the addition of Williams, the organization upheld its standard of plugging and playing a vet corner opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson. However, that veteran will likely be Bethel, if he recovers from a hyperextended left knee. If Williams is able to obtain a large role, though, he's coming off two seasons with the Browns in which he notched 105 tackles (83 solo), 15 passes defended and two interceptions in 27 games, 22 of them starts.
With John Brown (quadriceps) ready to return, Williams will be deactivated on game day, as he was in Brown's last appearance in the season opener. During his two appearances, Williams hauled in two of three targets for 23 yards.
Fitzgerald's numbers outpaced all receivers on the afternoon and represented his first 100-yard receiving effort since Week 3. The 34-year-old has now seen double-digit targets in four of seven contests as well, giving him one of the safest fantasy floors of any receiver. With 42 receptions through six games, the multi-time Pro Bowler remains well on pace for his third straight 100-catch campaign. He'll look to keep up his stellar production against the Rams in Week 7.
The gig is one of the most coveted due to the presence of Peterson, whose lock-down status forces quarterbacks to pick on the other corner. Last year, Bethel's recovery from foot surgery derailed his chances, and training-camp acquisition Marcus Cooper took full advantage of the opportunity, parlaying a 69-tackle, four-interception campaign into a three-year, $16 million deal with the Bears. Bethel will aim to do the same due to his own unrestricted free agency next offseason.
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, due in part to a sprained MCL that sidelined him for three games, he's merely a rotational defensive end at this point in his career. That said, Rucker could be in line for a bit more work in the upcoming campaign following the departure of long-tenured defensive end Calais Campbell.
Mathieu -- who was on the mend from a 2015 ACL tear and a 2016 shoulder subluxation -- has been a playmaker in the Arizona secondary when healthy, but has yet to put together a full 16-game season heading into his fifth NFL season. His ability to stay healthy in 2017 will be key for a Cardinals defense that lost five starters in free agency this offseason.
Lead back David Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist in the Week 1 loss to the Lions on Sunday and is expected to require 8-to-12 weeks to recover, so the Cardinals elected to bring Foster aboard to address their depth at running back. It's not expected that Foster, who appeared in three games with New England as a rookie in 2016, will be in store for meaningful snaps with Arizona right off the bat, but that could change if the likes of Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny are unable to provide much production on the ground or as pass catchers out of the backfield.
Albright will therefore join the Bengals following the conclusion of the current season. He was a reserve player for the Bills before being cut in December of 2016, but the fact that Albright was signed via a futures contract gives hope that he could find a spot on Cincinnati's roster come September.
Golden is out for the season after Monday's MRI revealed a torn ACL, which he sustained during Sunday's matchup with the Niners. Despite being off to a slow start this season, his absence is undoubtedly a blow to the Cardinals defense. Kareem Martin, a 2014 third-rounder, is expected to slide into the starting lineup as a result.
Peterson exited in the second half of the Cardinals' 38-33 victory over the Buccaneers and did not return. The 27-year-old indicated he felt sore but will "definitely play next week" against the Rams.
The Cardinals are dealing with a variety of issues on their offensive line, so Wetzel's presence will be essential Sunday. Look for him to take the field barring any setbacks.
Humphries finally looks to be clear of the knee injury he sustained against the Lions in Week 1 after putting in a full practice Friday. The 23-year-old will likely return to his spot at starting left tackle Sunday.
Shipley underwent surgery to repair a muscle issue in his shoulder during the offseason. It was unclear how along in his recovery he was, but his participation during Saturday's exhibition contest -- in which he logged 15 snaps -- indicates he is on track for a healthy start to the season.
Nelson was cleared of his hamstring-related injury designation heading into the contest, but he wasn't able to make any appreciable impact. The speedster's sole contribution was on an end around, as Larry Fitzgerald and, to a much lesser extent, John Brown largely dominated the targets on the afternoon. Nelson's week-to-week fantasy upside remains substantial due to his game-breaking speed, but he can often be big-play-dependent as far as his production. He'll look to bounce back in a Week 7 tilt against the Rams.
The veteran signal caller posted a spectacular 81.8 percent completion rate and 139.4 rating for the contest, while also averaging 12.9 yards per attempt. All three numbers -- along with his trio of touchdown passes -- were season highs for Palmer, who once again displayed a prolific connection with Larry Fitzgerald to the tune of 10 receptions, 138 yards and one score. With the newly signed Adrian Peterson turning back the clock Sunday with 134 yards on 26 rushes, Palmer notably put up less than 30 pass attempts for the first time all season. If Peterson's performance is more than a one-game outlier, the balance he'll bring to the offense could make Palmer even more effective than he's already proven to be this season. The 37-year-old will look to deliver once again versus the Rams in Week 7.
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed as much Friday, but it's difficult to see Penny getting many offensive snaps, even with a committee approach likely in the absence of David Johnson (wrist). Instead, Kerwynn Williams will head the backfield, while Andre Ellington spells him and Chris Johnson picks up some of the scraps. No matter the breakdown of reps for that trio, Penny was seemingly guaranteed some work by Arians in Week 2.
This move comes as no surprise, as head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Iupati would need to undergo surgery on his elbow to repair a bone spur. It was quite the turn of events, as the guard indicated a few days earlier that there was "100 percent chance" he would start this week. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined roughly eight weeks, which is around the time he will be eligible to return from IR.
Peterson provided the Bucs with a glimpse of the turn-back-the-clock performance he would deliver when he ripped off a 27-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 75-yard opening possession. He eventually went in from one yard out midway through the fourth quarter as well, a score that would end up giving the Cardinals just enough cushion to withstand Tampa's furious comeback. While he was also stymied on multiple carries and is no longer sports the elite-level ability of his heyday, Peterson's effort certainly served notice that he has more left in the tank than what he had a chance to show in his brief Saints stint. He'll look to prove that his Week 6 breakout was no outlier when he faces a vulnerable Rams rush defense in Week 7.
With Jermaine Gresham (ribs) still questionable for Monday's game against the Cowboys, Seals-Jones will add some depth to the temporary depth to the tight end position. Regardless of whether Gresham is active or not, Seals-Jones is not expected to play much of a role in the team's offense Monday night or any time this season.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
Drescher was waived with an injury settlement by the Saints at the end of August. The 29-year-old will take over at long snapper for the Cardinals after Aaron Brewer suffered a broken hand in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
When asked about a potential QB controversy between Drew Stanton and Gabbert on Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians was defiantly in Stanton's corner as the backup to Carson Palmer, likely due to his experience within the offense. The question was somewhat valid due to Gabbert directing the offense on six scoring drives in three preseason games, including four for touchdowns. His overall line is also fair -- 30 for 48 for 412 yards and one touchdown versus one interception -- but indecisiveness has reigned, as evidenced by eight sacks taken. It'll be interesting to see if Gabbert's performance will force the Cardinals to keep three signal-callers on the 53-man roster.
Head coach Bruce Arians is giving the elder statesmen of the QB room (Stanton and starter Carson Palmer) the night off, thereby giving Blaine Gabbert an opportunity to display his knowledge of the offense. Stanton is in a pseudo competition with Gabbert for the backup role, but with four years in the system, the former would likely only lose the spot if Gabbert impresses thoroughly in the preseason.
Many expected the addition of Adrian Peterson to shake up Arizona's backfield, but few could have guessed that it would have been so dramatic, with 134 yards and two scores in his first game in red and black. Ellington, meanwhile, saw his production take a dive from 82.7 yards per game over the past three weeks to nada. Arizona was up 31-6 after three quarters and so there was less need for a scat back like Ellington than a power-puncher like Peterson. Moving forward, Ellington might still be able to make an impact as a receiver, his strongest suit and an area in which Peterson has seldom been a major factor, but Ellington's value has definitely taken a big fall in the past week.
Williams has carried the ball five times in the past three weeks and has no yardage. He was a lower-level player even after David Johnson's injury with just five offensive snaps on Sunday. It's probably safe to assume that those snaps will fade into oblivion with the arrival of Adrian Peterson.
Four weeks removed from surgery on his dislocated left wrist, Johnson only recently switched over to a cast on the region. "Rehab's going great," he said Wednesday. "No timetable. Wait and see how it goes." Johnson's comments preceded Arians', so the Cardinals may be tentatively circling a date on the calendar for the running back's return. While Johnson won't be activated from IR at the earliest possible date (Thursday, Nov. 9), the team doesn't actually play on Thanksgiving, instead traveling to Houston on Sunday, Nov. 19 before hosting the Jaguars on Sunday, Nov. 26. As he continues to progress through his recovery, expect the Cardinals to hone in on his first game action since Week 1.
Jones now has five sacks in as many games, and his 21 total tackles are well on pace to surpass last season's numbers. A leader on the Cardinals defense through five games, Jones is playing up to the hype of his five-year, $83 million deal from the offseason.
Despite landing on the injury report weekly with a variety of leg concerns, Dansby has taken the field for 319 of a possible 340 defensive snaps this season. The usage has equated to 31 tackles (23 solo) through five games, which is slightly below his career mark of 6.7 tackles per game entering the 2017 campaign.
The Cardinals defensive line was already short on depth with backup defensive ends Olsen Pierre (ankle) and Robert Nkemdiche (calf) both inactive Sunday. If Williams is unable to return, nose tackle Rodney Gunter would be the only reserve defensive lineman available for Arizona.
After 11 seasons with the Niners, Lee spent his previous two with both the Browns and Panthers. He failed to win the punting battle with the Bengals during training camp, but the Cardinals were in need at the position. The veteran will now begin his 14th season in Arizona.
Brewer broke his wrist Sunday against the Eagles so his season comes to an end after only five games. The Cardinals signed former Saint Justin Drescher to take over long-snapping duties.
Baker (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) was a top contributor to Washington's dominant pass defense in 2016, and at the Combine he confirmed he was one of the draft's best athletes at the position with a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and elite agility numbers. It's not clear whether Baker will play a true safety role or see some looks at corner, but he makes a strong pass defense stronger one way or another.
Gresham has now caught three or fewer passes in four of five games and has yet to total 50 yards receiving or a touchdown on the season. Arizona has never really featured the tight end under head coach Bruce Arians and, with Adrian Peterson capable of balancing the offense a little more than it has been to start the season, Arizona is unlikely to be pressed into throwing the tight ends the ball more.
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.
If Okine clears waivers, he'll then be eligible to sign elsewhere.
Momah is getting the nod at tight end with Jermaine Gresham (ribs) absent and Troy Niklas hampered by a hip injury. Granted, Niklas is available, but head coach Bruce Arians will role with the healthy body in the top unit.
Brown reportedly came into the contest as healthy as he's been all season and was able to get into the end zone for the second consecutive contest, bringing in a 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer on what appeared to be a partly busted coverage early in the third quarter. He continues to serve as an effective complement to Larry Fitzgerald and will look to build on Sunday's season-high yardage total versus the Rams in Week 7.
After going without a target in Week 1, Brown was on the receiving end of 35 passes from Carson Palmer over the ensuing four games, helping him rack up 17 catches for 244 yards and one touchdown. The downtick in looks Sunday coincided with his lowest snap count of the season -- 34 of the 65 offensive snaps -- which ranked third among Cardinals wideouts behind Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown. Because (John Brown) has resembled his explosive self (17.8 YPC and two touchdowns) the last two contests, (Jaron) Brown doesn't appear to be any better than the third option in the passing attack at the moment. With a trip to London on tap, (Jaron) Brown will look to bounce back against the Rams' 13th-ranked pass defense.
The Cardinals selected Reddick 13th overall in the draft in April for his versatility, which has been on full display during the first four games of his career. He filled in ably at dollar linebacker for Deone Bucannon the first three games of the season before reverting to a reserve role upon the latter's return this past Sunday. With Golden on IR, Reddick will operate as an outside linebacker, a position from which he racked up 9.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss during his senior season at Temple. It's unclear if Reddick will slot into the starting lineup again, but working opposite Chandler Jones should provide Reddick with opportunities to knock down opposing quarterbacks.
The Cardnials exercised caution with Bynes by sidelining him for nearly a week for him to recover from a hamstring issue. He received first-team reps in his return, as Karlos Dansby got the day off. The Auburn product seemingly is on track for a healthy start to the season.
Nkemdiche hasn't played since a Week 2 matchup with Dallas, but even when he was healthy he wasn't logging a full workload. Xavier Williams and Rodney Gunter will be the lone reserve defensive linemen for the Cardinals.
Mauro's calf injury limited his activity in the Cardinals' first two practices of the week, but he was upgraded to a full participant Friday to clear up any concern about a potential Week 5 absence. Mauro should be in line to start at defensive tackle, but with five tackles and one sack through four games this season, there's not much IDP utility to mine here.
Niklas helped Arizona build its lead in the first quarter with a 14-yard touchdown reception, his first touchdown since Week 8 of the 2015 season. If that last sentence wasn't a big clue, Niklas is not a tight end that should be on your radar. The former second-round pick had just two catches this season coming into Sunday's game and plays in an Arizona offense that does not feature much action for the tight ends.