Arizona Cardinals 2013 NFL Season Primer: Full Predictions and Roster Analysis
We should keep that in mind when looking at the overall numbers at the position. Final Roster Cuts Stick with ESPN.com as our 32 team site reporters break down all of the final roster moves heading into the regular season. Blog QB numbers: There had been some thought that the Cardinals might choose between keeping a third quarterback ( Ryan Lindley ) or a fifth running back ( Ryan Williams ). Arians had already said Williams was going to stick around. We didn’t know whether Lindley would remain on the roster after finishing his 2012 rookie season with zero touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Lindley played well against Denver in the final exhibition game, however, and he wasn’t among the players Arizona released on this initial reduction to 53. It’s still too early to say whether Lindley has any roster security. What’s next: The Cardinals could be in the market for another interior defensive linemen after the team released nose tackle David Carter .
But as noted last month, the number of released players claimed off waivers can be a misleading way to measure roster strength. Sometimes, the connections a player has around the league can make him appealing. The Cardinals received Indianapolis Colts tackle Bradley Sowell and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu off waivers. Sowell was with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin in Indianapolis last season. Goodwin was the Colts’ offensive line coach, so he would know Sowell well.
Waiver claims and Cardinals’ roster strength
Can he lead the Cardinals to the playoffs in 2013? Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Welcome to the 2013 NFL season. This piece is intended to give you complete coverage of the Arizona Cardinals as they try to improve upon a 2012 campaign in which everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. Rock bottom was Week 15, the now infamous 58-0 drubbing at the hands of the division-rival Seattle Seahawks . It was the worst loss in franchise history and perhaps was the last straw team president Michael Bidwill had for former head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Roughly half the players on the 53-man roster are new over last year, not including the complete overhaul of the coaching staff and new general manager Steve Keim. To get you ready for the new season, the following list of articles has been written by yours truly and fellow Bleacher Report FC Andrew Nordmeier.
Team Report – ARIZONA CARDINALS
“I had a good opportunity in front of me, regardless of the situation,” Lindley said of last season. “You just want to do the best you can, and I didn’t do that last year. That’s probably the only part that eats of me.” BY THE NUMBERS: 17 — That’s the number of years that have passed since the Cardinals had an offensive lineman make the Pro Bowl. (Lomas Brown, 1996). QUOTE TO NOTE: “I told them don’t go buy a car yet.” — Bruce Arians to his squad after some initial cuts. STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL Arians and his staff introduced new concepts in almost every practice this spring and summer.
Arizona Cardinals lose top 10 pick before season starts, as rookie Jonathan Cooper heads to IR
Wendell Bryant. Andre Wadsworth. You get the point. And what makes it worse is that, because the Cardinals’ record is typically bad, a lot of those wasted picks have come very high in the first round. You can’t put guard Jonathan Cooper in that list yet, of course. But Cardinals fans have to wonder when this curse will be lifted, because Cooper will not play this season. Cooper, the seventh overall pick of the draft, will be put on injured reserve, the team announced. [Play fantasy football on the go: Live/mock drafts, real-time scoring and more on iPhone, iPad and Android ] That’s quite a blow to an offensive line that desperately needed an infusion of talent (which is why the Cardinals spent such a high pick on a guard), and to the team as a whole. Cooper broke his leg in the team’s third preseason game, and there was some hope that he would be able to return before the end of the season.