While there is more than a month to boot camp, the Arizona Cardinals will have to make decisions about who will make up the 53-man roster.
Cardinals’ ESPN reporter Josh Winfuss gave an overview of the team’s 53-man roster. There weren’t many surprise decisions, but Wynnfoss ruled out two previous picks in the second round, one of whom was recently signed to the team.
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According to Weinfuss, the former’s first second-round pick is wide receiver Andy Isabella, who was drafted by the Cardinal in 2019. Isabella only had one receiver last season after scoring 30 times in his first two seasons.
Reported in March by CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson That Isabella obtained permission to seek a trade. There was also smoke related to the trade involving Isabella from NFL Network’s Mike Garavolo during day three of the NFL draft, but it didn’t come to fruition.
Isabella is still on the team for now, but the addition of Marquis Brown, the re-signing of AJ Green and second-year appearances Rondell Moore should give quarterback Keeler Murray enough safety during DeAndre Hopkins’ six-game PED suspension.
The other version of the previous second round is Josh Jackson. The Cardinals signed Jackson on June 15 – the day after Jackson participated in a trial.
Jackson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2018. There were high hopes for Jackson because he was the 2017 unanimous All-American. In his rookie season, he made 16 appearances and made 10 appearances in his rookie year. Jackson would start five games for the next two seasons and was traded to the New York Giants in August of 2021. After not playing one game, the Giants waived Jackson and would sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, playing two games and making two tackles. In January, The Chiefs released Jackson.
Jackson had two consecutive under-60 PFF seasons after the junior season. The tragic death of Jeff Gladney leads the Cardinal to search for free agents. Jackson Will compete for a place on the list like Marco Wilson, Byron Murphy Jr., Antonio Hamilton and Jess Whitaker plus seventh-round pick Christian Matthews, Bryon Borders, Nate Brooks and Daryl Baker Jr. make up the rest of the corner back room.
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Both questions concern the futures of Keeler Murray and Rodney Hudson. Murray is looking for a contract extension while Hudson missed the mandatory mini-camp last week. According to coach Cliff Kingsbury, Hudson’s absence was without excuse. But as of now, they’re both on Weinfuss’ depth chart.
Other than that, Winfuss said, “This year’s roster of 53 men is mostly full. The training camp will be used to settle some small battles at the sites.”
Unlike last year, where the Cardinal kept three quarterbacks heading into the season, Winvos owns the team that retains Murray and Colt McCoy. That leaves Trace McSorley, who signed with the team in November.
He also has the team that holds four appearances – James Conner, Daryl Williams, Inoue Benjamin and Keauntai Ingram. Veteran running back Jonathan Ward is not included.
It will be interesting to see what the Cardinals do in terms of free agency. There are still seasoned free agents, and when it comes to pillars, Winvoss added, “This is a (Pakistani corner) position where the Cardinals can have a look at the other players between now and the start of week one.”
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