|Offense||12th||64.0 (30th)||284.5 (6th)|
|Defense||17th||79.0 (10th)||237.5 (22nd)|
|75||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||232||7/5/1990||6||San Diego State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||4||Pittsburg State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||OLB||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|
|23||Johnson, Chris||RB||5-11||203||9/23/1985||10||East Carolina|
|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|
|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|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||2||Boston College|
|Wheeler, Philip||LB||6-2||245||12/12/1984||10||Georgia Tech|
|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|
|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)|
|Gwacham, Obum||DE||6-5||246||3/20/1991||3||Oregon State|
|71||John, Ulrick||T||6-5||307||5/20/1992||4||Georgia State|
|34||Miller, Harlan||FS||6-0||182||6/20/1994||1||Southeastern Louisiana|
|Painter, Vinston||T||6-4||318||10/11/1989||3||Virginia Tech|
|86||Seals-Jones, Ricky||TE||6-5||243||3/15/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
This move should come as no surprise. Zamort was declared out for the season after tearing his ACL in July. Combine that with his absence of NFL experience, and it's obvious why he cleared waivers.
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.
Although Bucannon replicated his practice participation from last week with a limited showing Thursday, head coach Bruce Arians said the dollar linebacker will "be on a snap count" in his first game action since May ankle surgery. If he's active Monday, Bucannon may not play exclusively at money backer, as he's been building up his knowledge of the other LB positions. IDP relevance may be difficult to come by right away, though, due to the performance of rookie Haason Reddick (15 tackles) in his stead.
The move comes after the Cardinals placed Pro Bowl back David Johnson (wrist) on injured reserve. In Johnson's absence, the Cardinals decided to bring back veteran Chris Johnson and sign D.J. Foster, who was previously on the Patriots' practice squad. These moves left no room for John on roster, and he now will look for a team in need of offensive line assistance to join.
After hitting field goals of 27 and 40 yards earlier in the game, Dawson missed a 42-yarder as time expired in the fourth quarter that would have won the game. After a Jacoby Brissett pick, Dawson got another chance and ripped a 30-yard winner in overtime. The 19-year vet is four of six on field-goal tries to start the season.
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.
Golden is looking to hang onto a roster spot as a depth wide receiver and kick returner. This injury has been hindering Golden since Monday, and his next chance to play is Aug. 26 in Atlanta -- an important game if he wants to solidify his Week 1 spot on the depth chart.
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.
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed as much Friday, when he ruled out fellow wide receiver John Brown (quadriceps). Williams was deactivated for Sunday's eventual loss to the Lions, so an appearance in Week 2 will mark his first as a professional. However, snaps may not be aplenty playing behind Larry Fitzgerald, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson.
Gwacham missed nearly all of last season with an undisclosed injury but he has since recovered. His play in nearly half of New Orleans' defensive snaps indicates he has a strong chance at a backup or depth role along the defensive line in 2017.
Surprisingly, Jaron Brown (11) and J.J. Nelson (7) were targeted more often than Fitzgerald was Sunday (6), in the first of many games the Cards will play this season without David Johnson. It will be interesting to see if head coach Bruce Arians shifts to a more pass-heavy offense in Johnson's absence, as that would seemingly steady the target floor of Fitzgerald despite the potential emergence of younger pass catchers around him on the depth chart.
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.
Since training camp kicked off, Golden has dealt with plantar fasciitis and an ankle injury, the latter of which forced him out of practice for multiple days last week. However, he was able to take the field Saturday, when he added a solo tackle to his tackle for loss from the first week of the preseason. In order to preserve the pass rusher's health, don't be surprised if the Cardinals hold Golden out of practice on a few more occasions during camp.
After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.
Head coach Bruce Arians indicated Monday that Humphries could miss as much as two weeks, so his Week 2 status isn't a huge surprise. The 23-year-old exited early during Sunday's loss to the Lions and was replaced by John Wetzel, who will likely fill in for him against the Colts.
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.
A starter as part of a five-man defensive backfield for the Cardinals, Branch notched four tackles (two solo) during his limited time on the field. If Saturday's configuration is any indication, he could be in line for significant snaps alongside fellow safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Antoine Bethea in the regular season.
Fresh off NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Nelson didn't receive a full allotment of reps in the initial practice of Week 3 prep. On the bright side, he was able to participate in the first place, so the coaching staff may just be easing him into the mix. Furthering Nelson's cause is the continued absence of John Brown (quadriceps), who is trending toward another DNP. With a Monday night matchup with the Cowboys on tap, Nelson will be seeking a touchdown for the seventh time in eight games dating back to last season.
Palmer failed to connect with Larry Fitzgerald on 4th and goal from the one-yard line early in the second quarter, but did eventually find pay dirt in the fourth on a 45-yard pass to J.J. Nelson to spur a late comeback from a 13-3 deficit. While the running game stumbled in David Johnson's (wrist) absence, Nelson and Jaron Brown stepped up at wide receiver with John Brown (quad) out and Fitzgerald having a quiet day. Arizona's offense still possesses enough weapons to make Palmer dangerous in favorable matchups, though Week 3's Monday Night Football matchup with the Cowboys isn't one of those.
For those keeping track at home, this is Wheeler's second signing with the Cardinals in 10 days -- his third since July. The roster opening came as a result of tight end Jim Dray's release Tuesday. Expect Wheeler to play in a special teams role with situational defensive snaps.
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.
Iupati did not practice this week after playing 70 of 75 offensive snaps against the Lions in Week 1. Head coach Bruce Arians indicated Alex Boone will start in Iupati's absence.
After sitting out Tuesday's session, Seals-Jones made a mark in his return, accounting for an acrobatic touchdown grab on an inaccurate throw from fourth-string QB Trevor Knight. Due to the presence of tight ends Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah in front of him, Seals-Jones has his work cut out for him regarding a spot on the 53-man roster.
Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.
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.
With star back David Johnson (wrist) landing on injured reserve earlier this week and not expected back until December, Kerwynn Williams will get the first crack at serving as the team's lead back. However, since Ellington profiles as the Cardinals' top healthy pass catcher out of the backfield, Williams won't be in store for a Johnson-like workload, and the newly signed Chris Johnson could also see snaps in shorter-yardage situations. Williams is still on track to see most of the touches at running back, but Ellington could carry intrigue in deeper PPR formats while David Johnson is sidelined.
Williams got only two fewer carries than Chris Johnson, but Johnson gained 22 more yards. While the 2013 seventh-rounder got the start, his ineffectiveness forced coach Bruce Arians to look elsewhere. There are still carries to be had in this backfield sans David Johnson (wrist), but Williams won't get many unless he shows improvement moving forward.
Earlier projections suggested that Johnson would miss 8-to-12 weeks while recovering from surgery, but Rapoport's report intimates that the running back is likely trending toward the longer side of that timetable. At this point, it looks as though Johnson, who would have been eligible to come off IR and play as soon as Nov. 9 against the Seahawks, will target the Cardinals' Week 13 game against the Rams on Dec. 3 for his return to the field. If that return date holds true, Johnson would be able to make five appearances before the regular season ends, which may be enough games for fantasy owners to justify rostering him for the duration of his absence. While Johnson is sidelined, Kerwynn Williams could receive the first crack at serving as the Cardinals' lead back. If Williams falters in that capacity, Andre Ellington and the newly re-signed Chris Johnson could notice a positive bump in their snap counts.
Jones has become a very rich man in a short span, progressing from the franchise tag on Feb. 27 to a long-term deal by the outset of the new league year. The contract was earned after he guided the Cardinals to an NFL-leading 48 sacks last season, though Calais Campbell's eight have left behind Arizona for Jacksonville in free agency. Still, Jones (11 sacks) and Markus Golden (12.5) form a fearsome pass-rushing duo, and the former will be seeking out the fourth double-digit tally of his career during the 2017 campaign.
For the second week in a row, Dansby has appeared on the team's first injury report, exchanging a shin injury for a hip concern. On this occasion, he actually was able to participate, meaning he should be able to avoid a game-day designation yet again. For the season, Dansby has logged 96.5 percent of the defensive snaps, which has translated to the second-most tackles (17) on the Cardinals.
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.
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 kicked off the week with a limited showing at Thursday's practice, but Arians' comment indicates he's marching toward a return. Assuming he avoids a setback with his rib injury, he'll push Troy Niklas and Ifeanyi Momah down the depth chart at tight end.
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.
Boone, who the Vikings cut over the weekend after he refused to take a pay cut, will provide the Cardinals with depth at guard and could even challenge for a first-string gig. Over his previous eight seasons in the league, the Ohio State product has started 73 games for the 49ers and Vikings.
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's absence wasn't surprising, given that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians suggested earlier in the week that it would be "miraculous" if the wideout suited up Monday night against the Cowboys. Until Brown is able to complete at least a limited portion of practice, he shouldn't be viewed as a good bet to return to game action. J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown will be the primary beneficiaries of increased targets and enhanced snap counts if John Brown indeed misses a second straight contest in Week 3.
In Arizona's first game without David Johnson (wrist), Chris Johnson and not Kerwynn Williams found room to operate, outgaining Williams on the ground (44 versus 22 yards) while logging a similar snap count (17 to 18 on offense). Both backs have experience in the system, but Arians appears to trust in Johnson for more of the backfield reps. As a result, expect an uptick in Johnson's 11 rushes from Week 2.
Brown had a scare during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win at Indianapolis when Colts safety Matthias Farley landed on his left knee, which experienced an ACL tear last October. In the midst of the incident, Brown racked up four catches for 73 yards on a team-best 11 targets, while J.J. Nelson broke out for a 5/120/1 line. If Larry Fitzgerald continues to the attract most of the attention directed at Cardinals wide receivers and John Brown (quadriceps) remains a regular DNP, (Jaron) Brown is a great candidate to receive frequent looks from Carson Palmer.
Reddick made his mark at Temple as a defensive end/outside linebacker, but his ability to pick up inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl pushed his stock high enough to be selected 13th overall by Arizona in the recently concluded draft. Such adaptability will help him earn snaps right off the bat as a pass rusher in nickel formations, despite sitting behind Dansby and Bucannon on the depth chart. During his final collegiate season, Reddick racked up 65 tackles, including 10.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception across 14 games. With such a varied skill set, he should further bolster a Cardinals defense that ranked first in the NFL last season in the sack department.
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 was expected to play despite working as a limited participant in practice throughout the week, while the calf issue could ultimately force the Cardinals to limit his snap count Sunday. He's slated to provide depth at defensive end behind starters Josh Mauro and Frostee Rucker.
Mauro was slated to be a restricted-free-agent this offseason but inked a new deal keeping him in desert through at least the 2018 season. In 15 games this season, the defensive tackle recorded a career-best 42 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. At 25 years old, Mauro will head into next season as the likely right defensive end starter.
Limited in practice all week, Niklas will brush off a hip issue, but he won't enter the starting lineup in place of the absent Jermaine Gresham (ribs). Instead, No. 3 tight end Ifeanyi Momah will earn the start, which could forecast limited snaps for Niklas.