Old or Experienced?
The 53-man roster for the Arizona Cardinals has been set. Now, a NFL roster is not set in stone. It will change frequently. The roster now could be much different by Sunday, and change even more in the upcoming weeks.
The first takeaway for the Cardinals roster is that it is the oldest in the NFL. Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice has calculated out every single team’s age by taking the average of all of the players on the roster. The Cardinals are filled with players that come to the average of 27.28 years. This is more than four years than the youngest team in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns coming in at 24.24. What this shows is that the Cardinals are in win now mode. The team is not loaded in young talent aside from a few players. Many of their core players are older and it shows the urgency to win in 2017.
But for now readers can take a look at the full 53-man roster via the official Arizona Cardinals website.
Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, and Blaine Gabbert
David Johnson, Andre Ellington, Elijhaa Penny, and Kerwynn Williams
Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, and Brittan Golden
Jermaine Gresham, Ifeanyi Momah, and Troy Niklas
Will Holden, D.J. Humphries, John Ulrick, and Jared Veldheer
Mike Iupati and John Wetzel
A.Q. Shipley, Evan Boehm and Daniel Munyer
Patrick Peterson, Brandon Williams, Tramon Williams, and Justin Bethel
Budda Baker, Antoine Bethea, Tyvon Branch, Rudy Ford, and Tryann Mathieu
Markus Golden, Chandler Jones, and Kareem Martin
Josh Bynes, Karlos Dansby, Haason Reddick, and Philip Wheeler
Josh Mauro, Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters, Olsen Pierre, Frostee Rucker, and Xavier Williams and Rodney Gunter
For the offense, it was very wise for them to keep three quarterbacks. Gabbert looked good during the preseason, so it is good to see him stick around. For running backs the team has moved T.J. Logan to injured reserve designated to return. In his place they signed punter Andy Lee off waivers. For some this probably does not mean much, but Lee was actually the punter in San Francisco many years when Phil Dawson was the kicker there. So it looks like the Cardinals will be much improved in the kicking game, something they struggled with last year. Nothing too surprising when it comes to the wide receivers. The Cardinals gave the sixth receiver spot to Brittan Golden over Aaron Dobson. Dobson though is still on the team as he was placed on injured reserve.
For the defense, a surprising release was Cap Capi, who was very productive during the preseason. Unfortunately, for the Cardinals, Capi did not clear waivers to be eligible for the practice squad. Capi has now joined with the New York Giants. A few notable players that did clear waivers to rejoin the Cardinals included Scooby Wright and safety/cornerback Harlan Miller.
Another note, it should not be a surprise that the Cardinals have three linebackers on the practice squad. They have dealt with depth issues and injuries at the linebacker position so far in 2017.
Below is a full list of players on the ten-man Cardinals practice squad.
Wide Receiver: Carlton Agudosi
Guard: Dorian Johnson
Cornerback: Ryan Lewis
Safety/cornerback: Harlan Miller
Tight End: Ricky Seals-Jones
Running Back: James Summers
Defensive Tackle: Pasoni Tasini
Inside Linebacker: Scooby Wright III
Outside Linebacker: Bryson Albright
Outside Linebacker: Obum Gwacham