Cardinals' 2010-2011 Roster Assessments

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Key: (No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Age, Exp. College). Players bolded in CARDINAL RED are team's best players, while those in GREEN are bubble players.

41 Abdullah, Hamza, S, 6-2, 215, 26, 6, Washington St.

Good sized backup SS candidate, who can hit, but needs to show significant improvement in pass coverage to stick.

27 Adams, Michael, CB, 5-8, 181, 24, 4, Louisiana-Lafayette.

Feisty ST ace and backup CB is one of the best tacklers on the roster. Needs to improve his press techniques to win the nickel job.

3 Anderson, Derek, QB, 6-6, 230, 26, 6, Oregon St.

Big armed QB has major incentives to show that his one big year in Cleveland was not a fluke. Has the people aropund him here to excel if he can improve his timing and accuracy.

57 Baggs, Stevie, OLB, 6-1, 241, 28, 1, Bethune-Cookman.

CFL sack star who comes to the Cardinals ready to try to become this year's situational edge rusher, a la Bertrand Berry.

23 Barksdale, Rashad, CB, 6-0, 208, 25, 2, Albany St.

Has the size and athleticism at CB the Cardinals covet. Was turning some heads with the Jets before he got injured. Has an ideal chance to make it here.

84 Becht, Anthony, TE, 6-6, 270, 32, 11, West Virginia.

Best blocking TE the Cardinals have had under Whiz. Should be more a fixture this year with the intention to run the ball more.

52 Beisel, Monty, ILB, 6-3, 244, 31, 10, Kansas St.

Level of play has diminished due to back problems. If he's stronger, because he's a good ST player and can play both ILB spots, he has a chance of making the roster and even starting if he really gets after it.

78 Branch, Alan, DE/DT, 6-5, 338, 25, 4, Michigan.

Suddenly offers the team an imposing rotational DE and DT in short yardage situation.

15 Breaston, Steve, WR, 6-0, 189, 26, 4, Michigan.

First year as the #2 WR...the question is can he develop the excellent timing and chemisty with Leinart and Anderson that he had with Warner.

73 Bridges, Jeremy, T/G, 6-4, 326, 30, 8, Southern Mississippi.

Versatile backup who held up well as a starter at LT down the stretch and now has a chance to win the RT job. His versatility is a real asset.

32 Broughton, Nehemiah, FB, 5-11, 255, 28, 3, The Citadel.

Rugged FB candidate who may surprise as a pass receiver out of the backfield, as he had close to 500 yards receiving at The Citadel.

50 Brown, Cody, OLB, 6-3, 244, 23, 2, Connecticut.

Comes to camp this year with a fresh chance to make a huge impact on the team as an edge pass rusher after spending his rookie year on the IR.

75 Brown, Levi, T, 6-5, 324, 26, 4, Penn State.

Big mauler who moves over to LT, his natural side, after struggling at times as a pass protector on the right side.

86 Byrd, Dominique, TE, 6-3, 255, 26, 4, USC.

May be the best pass receiving TE on the roster. Made the team because of it last year, but wasn't activated. Can he stick again with the team becoming more run oriented? Chemistry with fellow Trojan Leinart may be the key.

21 Calvin, Jorrick, CB, 5-10, 182, 22, R, Troy.

Put up very good numbers two years ago at Troy, has the requisite size and athleticism to be a solid nickel back and kick returner, but will need to try to transition into the NFL from one year at Troy followed by a year of missed games.

93 Campbell, Calais, DE, 6-8, 290, 23, 3, Miami (Fla.).

Had a very good season last year despite fading a bit down the stretch. Has Pro Bowl potential if he can prove to be a better wrap-up tackler.

71 Clark, Jeremy, DE, 6-3, 309, 26, 2, Alabama.

Three year starter at Aabama and PS member of the Giants, may be better suited to playing 4-3 DT or beef further up to play 3-4 NT.

62 Claxton, Ben, C, 6-2, 301, 29, 4, Mississippi.

Made roster as the backup C last year after solid pre-season. With improved depth this year, may have a harder time.

59 Davis, Will, OLB, 6-2, 261, 23, 2, Illinois.

Showed flashes of good ST and pass rush ability last year. Could be one of the biggest surprises this year and become a solid rotation player.

90 Dockett, Darnell, DE, 6-4, 285, 28, 7, Florida St.

After two very good seasons in a row and his first pro Bowl berth has become the leader of the Birdgang. Plays with relentless passion.

80 Doucet, Early, WR, 6-0, 212, 24, 3, LSU.

His emergence as a bona-fide playmaker from the slot made it easier to trade Boldin. Showed much improved hands, quickness and toughness, especially in the red zone.

81 Dray, Jim, TE, 6-5, 246, 23, R, Stanford.

7th round pick who has shown remarkable determination and toughness rebounding from a major knee injury. Has a chance to win the #3 TE job, especially with the team's new commitment to the run.

73 Dykes, Keilen, DE, 6-3, 305, 25, 2, West Virginia.

Coaches have liked his ability, but can't wait another year for him to get healthy. It's make or break for him this year.

66 Faneca, Alan, G, 6-5, 305, 33, 13, LSU.

9 time Pro Bowler gives the young offensive line as good a leader as they could ever want or hope for. Could galvanize the line and instill the smashmouth mentality it needs to be dominant.

4 Feely, Jay, K, 5-10, 205, 33, 10.

Veteran kicker who kicks well in all conditions who has already bonded well his his new teammates.

11 Fitzgerald, Larry, WR, 6-3, 217, 26, 7, Pittsburgh.

Despite being a starter at WR in the Pro Bowl again, was not entirely pleased with his own play last year. Has become an excellent leader, and needs to play faster and more determined than ever to reach his personal goals.

16 Gant, Edward, 6-3, 190, 26, 1, North Alabama.

Coaches like this young WR with good size, smarts and hands. Will need to show he can be good on STs to make the roster as the #5 WR.

5 Graham, Ben, P, 6-5, 235, 36, 6, Deakin (Australia).

All World punter last year...no one was better at all aspects of the craft...may get the credit he deserves this year.

30 Green, Marhsay, CB, 5-9, 175, 24, R, Mississippi.

2009 Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP who had a 65 yd. int. return and a long punt return. Held WR Michael Crabtree in that game to 4 catches. Has speed and quickness, needs stronger leverege and technique to win a roster spot as a nickel, and may have a decent chance.

70 Hadnot, Rex, G/C, 6-2, 320, 28, 7, Houston.

Mauler who helped propel the Browns' impressive running game down the stretch last year. Has a solid chance to win the RG job, and can save a roster spot by being a good option at center.

53 Haggans, Clark, OLB, 6-4, 243, 33, 11, Colorado St.

Was the most consistent linebacker on the team last year by a wide margin. Plays smart, instinctively and aggressively. Hard to trick on bootlegs and screens, and can get good pressure on the QB.

6 Hall, Max, QB, 6-1, 201, 24, R, BYU.

Has the competitive desire and innate accuracy to be a solid backup. May even develop into a starter down the road.

54 Hayes, Gerald, ILB, 6-1, 246, 29, 8, Pittsburgh.

Was more aggressive than usual earlier in the year, but faded a great deal down the stretch due to back injury. Team needs a big rebound year from him.

95 Highsmith, Ali, ILB, 6-1, 230, 25, 3, LSU.

Struggled when used at WILB last year. Was released then re-signed to PS. Could be one of the more motivated players in camp this year to prove that he is a lot better than what he showed. Probably has to beat Paris Lenon out for a roster spot, which may be tough.

34 Hightower, Tim, RB, 6-0, 222, 23, 2, Richmond.

Showed he could do it all last year..turn in long gains, rush for 100 yard games, block well in protection and be a productive receiving threat out of the backfield. Remains an excellent TD runner in the red zone.

91 Iwebema, Kenny, DE, 6-4, 280, 25, 3, Iowa.

Emerged as a good rotational DE last year. Has quickness, strength and a burst to the bal.

20 Jefferson, A.J., CB, 6-0, 190, 22. R, Fresno St.

Wowed scouts at the combine with size, speed and vertical jump (44"). Was an outstanding kickoff returner at Fresno St. Late developing CB prospect who needs to react well to the coaching.

67 Johnson, Herman, G/T, 6-7, 382, 25, 2, LSU.

Mammouth lineman who showed surprising flexibility at tackle last pre-season. May be in the mix for the RT or RG jobs.

49 Johnson, Rashad, S, 5-11, 203, 24, 2, Alabama.

More was expected from him last year as a rookie. This year he could earn a role as nickel FS so that the coaches can be flexible with Wilson and Rhodes.

44 Jones, Herana-Daze, S, 5-11, 205, 28, 5, Indiana.

Provides the team with a solid SS backup and ST standout. Good tackler. Led the Bengals in ST tackles two years in a row (2006 & 2007) before getting slowed by injuries.

17 Jones, Onrea, WR, 6-0, 202, 26, 1, Hampton.

Has turned in good performances in the past two pre-seasons, but needs to find a way to contribute on STs to stick as #5 WR.

65 Kees, Ryan, DE, 6-6, 275, 24, 1, St. Cloud St.

Plucked off the Giiats' PS late last year. Has good size and motor. Could be a surprise.

72 Keith, Brandon, T, 6-5, 338, 25, 3, Northern Iowa.

Expected to win the RT job. Very good athlete for his size. Has brute strength at the point of attack and good feet in pass protection.

69 Knips, Casey, T, 6-8, 300, 23, R, South Dakota St.

Classic Russ Grimm project. Has size and good athleticism, but needs to improve strength and technique.

18 Komar, Max, WR, 5-11, 202, 22, R, Idaho.

Slot WR who put up big numbers for the Vandals. Has a legitimate chance to make the team if he proves to be a good ST player.

82 Leach, Mike, LS, 6-2, 238, 33, 11, William and Mary.

One of the best LSers in the NFL. Good hustler in coverage as well.

7 Leinart, Matt, QB, 6-5, 232, 26, 5, USC.

Has the experience in the system to step into starting role and flourish. With the team's added emphasis on a running game, he will need to be efficient in converting third downs and getting the team into the end zone.

51 Lenon, Paris, ILB, 6-2, 235, 32, 9, Richmond.

Team hopes he is the 122 tackle payer he was with the Lions, not the 47 tackle player he was last year with the Rams.

76 Lutui, Deuce, G, 6-4, 338, 26, 5, USC.

Mysterious AWOL who is slated to earn $1.75M this season coming off his best year as a pro. Has to reconcile his differences with the team and win his job back over much improved in-house competition.

45 Maui'a, Reagan, FB, 6-0, 260, 25, 3, Hawaii.

Rugged smashmouth FB has very good chance to win the job if he blocks like a madman and offers the team STs ability.

37 McBride, Trumaine, CB, 5-9, 180, 24, 4, Mississippi.

Started some games for the Bears and was waived due to being slowed by injuries. Lacks ideal size, but has the quickness and technique to be productive.

47 Miller, Justin, CB/KR, 5-10, 195, 26, 6, Clemson.

Recently signed to compete for nickel job and kickoff returner (he has 4 career kickoff return TDs and has the speed to hit a crease and race to daylight). Has all the physical aspects you want in a good CB, but has lacked discipline in his technique.

60 Moosman, David, C/G, 6-5, 293, 23, R, Michigan.

Versatile interior lineman who has good technique but needs to add strength.

85 Mougey, Darren, WR, 6-6, 230, 25, 1, San Diego St.

Ex-college QB converted to WR who is a big target with soft hands and could run the reverse option pass, a play the Whiz loves. Will need to show some ST ability to win #5 WR job.

64 Muhtadi, Dean, DE/DT, 6-3, 296, 23, 1, Maryland.

Still hold almost all the Maryland weightlifting records, including 36 reps at 225. Good, strong competitor who may be one of the biggest surprises.

79 Palmer, Jonathan, G, 6-4, 336, 26, 1, Auburn.

Spent time on PS last year. It will be interesting to what improvements he's made under Grimm's tutelage.

89 Patrick, Ben, TE, 6-3, 264, 25, 4, Delaware.

Atoned for four game suspension last year by blocking and catching well down the stretch. Really started to pound people, and was a factor catching the ball up the seams.

68 Pestock, Tom, T, 6-6, 317, 25, 1, NW Missouri St.

Is in his second year playing for Grimm. Curious to see what improvements he's made.

55 Porter, Joey, OLB, 6-3, 255, 33, 12, Colorado St.

Brings the edge passing threat and competitive attitude the Cardinals need in order to win games on defense.

25 Rhodes, Kerry, FS, 6-3, 214, 27, 6, Louisville.

Versatile FS who can help deep, deliver big plays from the box and cover man to man. Brings a flair and a passion for winning.

12 Roberts, Andre, WR, 5-11, 195, 22, R, The Citadel.

3rd round draft pick who possesses speed, excellent hands, and exciting YAC ability. Should win punt return job as well.

97 Robinson, Bryan, NT, 6-4, 304, 35, 14, Fresno St.

Incumbent veteran starter at NT who provides leadership and enthusiasm.

29 Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique, CB, 6-2, 182, 24, 3, Tennessee St.

Coming off Pro Bowl invitation and season ending knee injury. Has been working diligently to get back to full strength. Needs to improve his reads and his tackling.

48 Schofield, O'Brien, OLB, 6-2, 231, 23, R, Wisconsin.

4th round draft pick who is rehabbing a knee in hopes to play this season and contribute as an edge rusher. Was dynamic in that role at Wisconsin.

63 Sendlein, Lyle, C, 6-3, 305, 26, 4, Texas.

Coming off best year as a pro. Plays smart and with great energy and enthusiasm.

19 Skelton, John, QB, 6-5, 244, 22, R, Fordham.

5th round draft pick who has proto-typical size, a big-time arm and surprising mobility.

46 Smith, Alfonso, RB, 6-1, 208, 23, R, Kentucky.

Speedy RB with good size. Will hope to land a spot on the PS.

83 Spach, Stephen, TE, 6-4, 260, 27, 5, Fresno St.

Battled back strong from knee injury and needs to show further improvement as a blocker and receiver. Could double as a FB/H-Back.

36 Stephens-Howling, LaRod, RB, 5-7, 180, 23, 2, Pittsburgh.

Made enormously positive contributions as a rookie ST player, kick returner and change of pace RB.

87 Stewart, Juamorris, WR, 6-3, 205, 23, R, Southern.

Productive college WR with good size who doesn't dazzle in one particular phase of the game per se, but gets the job done. Will need to be a factor on STs.

28 Toler, Greg, CB, 6-0, 191, 25, 2, St. Paul's.

Ideal size and athleticism to be a good starter at RCB opposite DRC.

61 Tyler, Devin, T, 6-7, 308, 23, R, Temple.

Helped to put Temple football back on the map. Graded well in his game versus Penn. St. two years ago, which is a good way to measure his potential.

56 Walker, Reggie, ILB, 6-0, 238, 23, 2, Kansas St.

Surprise UCFA last year who won a roster spot by thumping RBs at the goal-line and in short yardage situations. Could win the SILB job this year due to Hayes' back issues.

22 Ware, Matt, S, 6-2, 215, 27, 7, UCLA.

Starting to play his best football as a nickel FS. Needs to shirk the injury bug.

58 Washington, Daryl, ILB, 6-2, 230, R, TCU.

2nd round pick who brings speed, athleticism and suddenness to the weak side of the defense.

96 Washington, Mark, OLB, 6-3, 245, 1, Texas St.-San Marcos.

Good athlete whom the coaches are high on and who can make the roster if he shows versatility and STs prowess.

98 Watson, Gabe, NT, 6-4, 329, 26, 5, Michigan.

Made solid contributions last year despite lingering knee issues. May need to beat Bryan Robinson out to retain his spot on the roster.

26 Wells, Beanie, RB, 6-1, 228, 21, 2, Ohio St.

Big, fast, stiff-arming home run threat, who aspires to become one of the elite RBs in the NFL.

74 Wells, Reggie, G/T, 6-4, 312, 29, 8, Clarion.

His versatility will be put to the test this year as he will have to switch back over to the right side to compete at the RG and RT positions.

92 Williams, Dan, NT, 6-2, 327, Tennessee.

1st round pick who made 70 tackles last year on the interior of the Volunteer's line. Brings the total package of strength, short area quickness and agility to the middle of the Cardinals' defense.

14 Williams, Stephen, WR, 6-5, 199, 23, R, Toledo.

All-Time leader in recpetions and yards at Toledo who has the size, hands and speed to be a strong contender for the #5 WR job. May need to be a factor on STs to be activated each week.

24 Wilson, Adrian, S, 6-3, 226, 30, 10, North Carolina St.

Dynamic hitter and highlight reel Pro Bowl star who needs to play better in coverage.

31 Wright, Jason, RB, 5-10, 212, 27, 6, Northwestern.

Versatile RB and STs player who played well in cameo appearances. Might have a harder time making the roster this year due to team needs in other areas.
 
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I am REALLY hoping for Barksdale to return to the form he displayed before his injury. I would like to see him turning some heads here too. Here's hoping John Lott has been able to work some magic with this kid. That would be a great plus if Rashad could get back to the way he was before.

I wasn't aware that Biesel has a bad back too. That sucks, since right now he is starting at SILB in place of Hayes, (bad back).

I think EVERYBODY better be pulling for JC, (Jorrick Calvin), to make it here. We are really thin at CB. He could become a difference maker.

Will Davis----I really like his size-----I wonder if there is ANY way he could transition to the inside as a SILB? Just a thought.

Marshay Green----dynamite comes in small packages-----lets hope this one goes off for us.

Ali Highsmith-----wish he would show something, (anything) that resembles what they saw in him to bring him in.
 
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Players in CARDINAL RED:

QB (3): Leinart, Anderson, Skelton

RB (4): Hightower, Wells, Stephens-Howling, Wright

FB (0):

TE (2): Patrick, Becht

WR (4): Fitzgerald, Breaston, Doucet, Roberts

OL (9): Brown, Faneca, Sendlein, Wells, Keith, Bridges, Hadnot, Lutui, Johnson

NT (3): Robinson, Watson, Williams

DE (4): Dockett, Campbell, Iwebema, Branch

ILB (4): Hayes, Lenon, Walker, Washington

OLB (4): Haggans, Porter, Brown, Davis

CB (3): Rodgers-Cromartie, Toler, Adams

S (4): Wilson, Rhodes, Ware, Johnson

ST (3): Feely, Graham, Leach

Total: 47

Roster Considerations:

1. RB Jason Wright: Can the Cardinals afford the luxury of keeping 4 RBs again this year in light of other needs? Wright gives the team versatility and ST ability. Ideally, you'd like to keep him, but realistically you may not be able to.

2. Gs Deuce Lutui and Reggie Wells: With the Cardinals' need to acquire another CB, should they try to trade Lutui or Wells? The Browns need a starter at RG and they just drafted CB Joe Haden at #7 to play opposite CB Eric Wright. Would the Browns be interested in trading CB Sheldon Brown for Lutui or Wells?

3. NTs Bryan Robinson and Gabe Watson: Can the Cardinals afford to keep 3 NTs this year in light of their need for depth at other positions?

4. ILB Gerald Hayes: Can the Cardinals realistically count on him being healthy enough to play and play well this year? Is Monty Beisel or Reggie Walker a strong enough option as Hayes' replacement? Walker looks like a solid choice for the roster. But, can he start? Beisel's level of play has not been what it was before his back issues. Perhaps the Cardinals will have to wait for team cuts to find a good option here...but not having that player in training camp makes it all the more difficult to assimilate him into the defense.

5. OLB Cody Brown: He's listed in red, but even though he was a 2nd round pick, is there a chance he could be beaten out by Stevie Baggs or Mark Washington...or sometime into the season if O'Brien Schofield is ready to come off the PUP list?

Open Spots/Current Rankings of Candidates:

1. FB: Nehemiah Broughton, Reagan Maui'a. Edge thus far to Broughton, but another FB to challenge for the starting job may be on the way.

2. #3 TE: Stephen Spach, Dominique Byrd, Jim Dray. The question here will be whether Dray can beat out Spach. Byrd may be kept as a #4 TE as he was last year, but keeping 4 TEs is not ideal. If Spach or Dray can double as a FB/H-Back, he can seal up a roster spot.

3. #5 WR: Edward Gant, Onrea Jones, David Mougey, Stephen Williams, Max Komar, Juamorris Stewart. Will the Cardinals even keep 5 WRs on the roster? They might be inclined to keep two of these players on the PS to promote if need be, but go with 4 WRs on the roster. For one of these WRs to win the #5 spot, either of two things have to happen: (1) he establishes himself as an immediate impact player in the offense; (2) he establishes himself as one of the best ST players on the team, a la Sean Morey...which actually gives Max Komar, for example, a decent chance. Gant and Jones know the system and the coaches like them, but neither has shown STs ability to date. Mougey and Williams give the team two big targets as compliments to the 6-0 WR trio of Breaston, Doucet and Roberts. Thus one of these two players may fit the first criterion.

4. ILB: Monty Beisel, Ali Highsmith. Both these players are good STers. The concern with Beisel is the dropoff in his play last year and the concern with Highsmith was how he struggled at WILB when he was given his chance last year. But, one or both of these players could erase those concerns with good training camps and lock up roster spots.

If Hayes cannot play, one has to wonder if Paris Lenon could be switched to SILB with Daryl Washington becoming the starter at WILB. This would give Beisel or Highsmith a chance to make the roster.

5. #5/#6 OLB: Stevie Baggs, Mark Washington, O'Brien Schofield. It's most lileky the Cardinals will keep at least 5 OLBers and possibly 6. Baggs has the best shot to fill Bertrand Berry's role as situation pass rusher. Schofield may be a nice option if and when he can come off the PUP list. The coaches are high on Mark Washington, and if he can show the versatility to be able to play inside if need be, his chances of making the roster would be greatly improved.

6. #4, #5 CB: Rashad Barksdale, Trumaine McBride, Jorrick Calvin, Marshay Green, A.J. Jefferson. In this day and age teams almost always carry 5 CBs. Barksdale and McBride have the edge in experience, but Calvin is a draft pick (which always gives the team the added hope that he will win one of the spots) and Green and Jefferson were signed as UCFAs because Donnie Henderson told them they would be given a legitmate chance to win the nickel back job. Calvin, Green and Jefferson all add excellent STs ability as gunners and return men. This is going to be one of the more interesting competitions.

7. #5 S: Herana-Daze Jones, Hamza Abdullah. There's always a chance the Cardinals will elect to keep 5 safeties. The Cardinals could use a natural backup SS type to compliment the backup FSs in Ware and Johnson. Jones is a very good ST player and Abdullah made some strong impressions in his brief stint at the end of last season.

Given these considerations and the current options, which players make your 53 Man Roster?

Mine right now would be:

QB (3): Leinart, Anderson, Skelton
RB (4): Hightower, Wells, Stephens-Howling, Wright
FB (1): Broughton
TE (3): Patrick, Becht, Spach
WR (5): Fitzgerald, Breaston, Doucet, Roberts, Williams
OL (9): Brown, Faneca, Sendlein, Hadnot, Keith, Bridges, Wells, Lutui, Johnson
NT (3): Williams, Watson, Robinson
DE (4): Dockett, Campbell, Iwebema, Branch
ILB (4): Lenon, D. Washington, Walker, M. Washington
OLB (5): Haggans, Porter, Brown, Davis, Baggs
CB (5): Rodgers-Cromartie, Toler, Adams, Barksdale, Calvin
S (4): Wilson, Rhodes, Ware, Johnson
ST (3): Feely, Graham, Leach

PS (8): QB Hall, WR Gant, WR Komar, TE Dray, T Tyler, DE/DT Muhtadi, CB Green; CB Jefferson.
 

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Broughton, like draft pick Roberts, played college ball at the Citadel.
 

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Mitch,

I noticed you don't even have Hayes on the roster. Are you assuming he gets IR.
 

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If I'm a Cardinals fan, I'm concerned. That is some solid analysis, but it will essentially come down to Matt Lienart. The defense will be better with the acquisitions made in the offseason. Kerry Rhodes is a top 5 safety and will vastly improve that defense. I expect Cromartie also to return to form. The loss of Anquan Boldin doesn't concern me. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet are both solid players who have shown capable of stretching the field. Kurt Warner's replacement, Lienart will be key in allowing the Cardinals to run a balanced attack. If he can be efficient, then the Cardinals will be hard to stop with that 2 headed running game of Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells. If he's a liability, they will rely heavily on the run game and limit the use of their star wideouts.
 
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Mitch,

I noticed you don't even have Hayes on the roster. Are you assuming he gets IR.

I have Hayes in the roster notes, pa, but I don't see him being healthy enough to make the team (so yes, the IR, or a settlement of some sort), even though the team right now is thinking he may. Beisel has been battling back issues as well. Your thumpers on defense can't be thumpers with back issues.

As for Schofield, Reddog, I think he will be placed on the PUP list and activated if and when he is at full health and cleared to play. It may be sooner than we think or about mid-season or not at all this year.
 

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I have Hayes in the roster notes, pa, but I don't see him being healthy enough to make the team (so yes, the IR, or a settlement of some sort), even though the team right now is thinking he may.

What do you base this off of?
 
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If I'm a Cardinals fan, I'm concerned. That is some solid analysis, but it will essentially come down to Matt Lienart. The defense will be better with the acquisitions made in the offseason. Kerry Rhodes is a top 5 safety and will vastly improve that defense. I expect Cromartie also to return to form. The loss of Anquan Boldin doesn't concern me. Steve Breaston and Early Doucet are both solid players who have shown capable of stretching the field. Kurt Warner's replacement, Lienart will be key in allowing the Cardinals to run a balanced attack. If he can be efficient, then the Cardinals will be hard to stop with that 2 headed running game of Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells. If he's a liability, they will rely heavily on the run game and limit the use of their star wideouts.

Well said, Sporty.
 

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I have Hayes in the roster notes, pa, but I don't see him being healthy enough to make the team (so yes, the IR, or a settlement of some sort), even though the team right now is thinking he may. Beisel has been battling back issues as well. Your thumpers on defense can't be thumpers with back issues.

As for Schofield, Reddog, I think he will be placed on the PUP list and activated if and when he is at full health and cleared to play. It may be sooner than we think or about mid-season or not at all this year.

They think he'll be fine based on seeing him, you base your conclusions on what precisely?
 

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Very solid analysis Mitch, you never cease to amaze. Keep up the good work. I think Whis has really rounded out the roster well with competition at all positions and if we are to return to the Super Bowl we can not stand in the mud. They have given fans great optimism with there drafting and signings. If the Offense is balanced run heavy to pass and the D can stop the run we should be a serious force this coming season. We need to be able to get to the Qb and it will be SF who???
 

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Mitch you never cease to amaze.I really am impressed with your effort and fandom behind it.There will always be someone to dissagree so keep your head up and keep doing what loads of us enjoy reading.Peace brother.Stay motivated as you do your best work thinking positive.

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Wow, Mitch! Thank you.

I'm going to be referring back to this thread over and over. Gooooood stuff!
 
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