Arizona Cardinals: 5 most represented schools on roster
By Scott Allen
They aren’t just good at college football, they are good at producing top-notch NFL talent. The Tigers have provided the Cardinals with five players from their school. You’d almost think Clemson was a farm team for Arizona.
Running back Andre Ellington joined the team in 2013. He had a nice rookie season but injuries have plagued him over the past season and a half. He did provide two of the better runs of the 2015 season though with a 48-yard touchdown run at the Seattle Seahawks and a 63-yarder at the Detroit Lions.
Kicker Chandler Catanzaro surprised some by making the squad in training camp 2014, beating out incumbent Jay Feely. “Cat Man” as he is affectionately called, has a very nice leg on him and can reach the end zone on kickoffs, something Feelty had a hard time doing. His biggest downfall right now is extra-points. After the point after touchdown score attempt was moved back to the 15-yard line for a 33-yard attempt in 2015, he missed five extra points in the regular season.
Receiver Jaron Brown has been a nice surprise. His production in 2015 fell a bit from 22 receptions in 2014 to just 11 last season. A lot of that though had to do with the emergence of rookie J.J. Nelson. Brown was more of a fifth or sixth receiver much of the 2015 season.
Safety Chris Clemons has played sparingly over the past couple of seasons for the Cardinals. However he was just signed to a new contract this week. The fifth and final Tiger on the roster is guard Antoine McClain. The two-year pro has moved around from practice squad to practice squad since entering the NFL in 2013.