The Arizona Cardinals surprisingly kept just five wide receivers on the initial 53-man roster on Friday. Many thought they would keep as many as six receivers. Of course things could change depending on what happens in next couple of days on the waiver wire, but five should be good enough for this offense. They also kept four tight ends.
Obviously the Cards have Larry Fitzgerald as their number one receiver. This year though he has what should turn out to be a legitimate number two in rookie Michael Floyd. Floyd finally showed the other night what he can do. He had a circus-like catch for a touchdown. It was what we were all waiting for. After that, one would expect Andre Roberts to be the number three and Early Doucet the number four.
It is kind of amazing now for Doucet going into his fifth season that he still can’t be regarded better than a three or four, yet the Cardinals think enough of him to hold on to him. Fact is, he still has potential. In my opinion though, it’s potential that just won’t show up.
The nice surprise in the preseason was the emergence of rookie LaRon Byrd. He physically looks like Fitz and also plays like him. He made some really nice grabs this preseason and it was clear from week one of training camp and the first preseason game, Byrd was going to be a force to be reckoned with.
The thought though as recently as yesterday before the cuts were announced that if Byrd was going to make the roster it would be as a sixth receiver. However I truly believe Isaiah Williams and DeMarco Sampson played their way off the roster with mistakes. Let’s hope quarterback John Skelton can find these guys some balls to catch this season.