The Cardinals released their first depth chart of the season yesterday and it has quite a few surprises on it. The release came from Mark Dalton, Director of Media Relations, via Twitter.
— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) August 4, 2014
You’ll have to scroll down to page 19 to find the chart. We did and here’s what we found to be interesting.
Paul Fanaika and Bobby Massie are listed as the starters at right guard and tackle, respectively. Max Starks, despite being signed a couple days ago, is already second on the chart behind Massie. Bradley Sowell sits third at right tackle which isn’t an encouraging place to start.
Tight end Troy Niklas, the second-round pick out of Notre Dame, is listed as a top-four tight end. The same can be said about Rob Housler with his listing being the same.
On defense, Matt Shaughnessy is listed in the top spot at strong side linebacker ahead of Sam Acho. This is likely due to Acho coming off of a season-ending injury and Shaughnessy’s solid play late in the season. John Abraham has the top spot listed at weak side linebacker for now. Alex Okafor is listed second behind him and may be pressed into service if the league throws the book at Abraham for his DUI about six weeks ago.
The inside linebackers are Kevin Minter and Larry Foote, the former Steeler. Kenny Demens and Lorenzo Alexander sit second with Ernie Sims back in the third spot. Anyone else remember when Sims was a first-round pick?
Ted Ginn Jr. looks to be the leader in the kick return game for both punts and kickoffs. We’re not sure why Patrick Peterson is still down there on punt returns but John Brown looks to have a solid spot on kick returns with his straight-line speed.
We know this will change about 738 times between now and the first set of cuts on August 26th when the team has to pare the roster down from 90 players to 75. The final cuts are August 30th when Arizona needs to have its 53-man roster finalized.