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***UPDATE 8/28/14: After the game against San Diego, my final 53-man roster has Kelly as the final defensive lineman. Benard is in as the "wild card" spot, but may get replaced by a later pick-up. My last two in are McCann and Benard. My first three out are Bishop, Golden, and Powell.
- - - - - Coming into this season, many of us Cardinals fans have had high hopes for an improved offensive attack. However, in that "all-important" third pre-season game, Arizona sputtered to an unimpressive three points in the opening half, including a mind-numbing interception return served up by Carson Palmer. Sure, maybe there was some miscommunication on the play, but such a mistake was reminiscent of last season's early struggles. Nonetheless, last season's third pre-season game was hardly reflective of the team's overall ability, ultimately earning a 10-6 record despite an ugly blow-out loss to the Chargers. Hopefully, this year's 19-13 loss to Cincinnati will likewise bode well for when the games count.
QB (3): Palmer, Stanton, Thomas.
RB (4): Ellington, Hughes, Taylor, Dwyer.
WR (5): Fitzgerald, Floyd, Jaron Brown, Ginn, John Brown. Golden maybe in the "wild card" slot.
OL (9): Sendlein, Fanaika, Cooper, Veldheer, Massie, Larsen, Watford, Potter, Sowell. Sowell can't help himself from false starting, but with Starks looking like he didn't want to be out there (and subsequently deservedly cut), I have to think Sowell will make the first edition of the 53-man roster.
TE (4): Carlson, Housler, Niklas, Fells. Niklas continues to disappoint and is a long-term project. Fells also leaves much to be desired, but is probably in over Hardy, whom we haven't seen much of. Fells could be replaced by a waiver-wire player.
ST (3): Leach, Zastudil, Catanzaro (for now -- maybe someone else comes in if he stinks it up against San Diego). Feely's fate was sealed after a miss on a 49 yard attempt, still far longer than any kick made by Catanzaro. Best of luck to Feely -- hopefully Catanzaro can beef up his tackling skills, just in case one of his kicks doesn't reach the endzone (his only tackling attempt thus far had him feebly flailing to the ground).
DL (7): Campbell, Williams, Ta'amu, Rucker, Martin, Stinson, and ONE more. Not at all impressed by Tupou or Sopoaga. Haven't seen Gaston in a while. Haven't seen McBean at all. If not one of these guys, look down the waiver-wire
LB (8): Shaugnessy, Acho, Abraham, Minter, Foote, Okafor, Alexander, Demens. Haven't seen too much that stands out from Bishop. Benard still in the running for the "wild card" slot, or could potentially unseat Demens or Alexander.
DB (9): Peterson, Cromartie, Bethel, Mathieu, Bucannon, R. Johnson, Jefferson, Powers, McCann.
Wild Card (1): One spot left. I have it between Golden, Benard, or Bishop. Let's see what happens at San Diego.
NEXT WEEK, @ SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Players to follow: Fells vs Hardy. Golden in a non-WR role. Benard and Bishop vs Demens and Alexander. Any of the scrub defensive linemen to see who stands out.
NINETEENTH SEASON UNDERWAY
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