Arizona Cardinals roster churning has started
By Scott Allen
Along with trading for cornerback Jamar Taylor, the Arizona Cardinals also made other roster moves this past week
The Arizona Cardinals made some roster moves this past week that didn’t make the headlines but should be notable nonetheless. Several players were cut last Monday ahead of their trade with the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
The Cardinals as we all know by now acquired cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Browns at the end of the week in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. There was some roster trimming during the week as well.
They cut receiver Jonah Trinnaman, cornerback Elijah Battle, offensive lineman Austin Olsen and linebacker Mike Needham. They signed receiver C.J. Duncan, offensive lineman Greg Pyke, linebacker Airius Moore, and defensive tackle Siupeli Ana.
As you can see, and as we warned, the roster is an ever changing thing during the offseason. What looks good to us may not to the team and vice versa.
Point in case, Mike Needham was a player I thought we should all keep an eye on. Well, the Cardinals apparently had seen enough already. He didn’t even make it out of OTA’s.
That doesn’t mean he won’t catch on elsewhere but from here it seemed like a little bit of a surprise. But that’s why you and I don’t get paid to make these decisions. We’ll assume this was a good one being this early in offseason workouts.
You’ll notice receivers and offensive lineman were cut and signed. Those may be two positions the Cardinals are going to be looking at carefully.
These moves won’t be the last at those two areas. They are considered the weak link of the offense. It only makes sense to get the best possible players in here.
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If players are coming in and not showing anything, then there is little time to waste. That’s what makes roster predicting tough in May but still fun to do.