It’s early but the Arizona Cardinals fortunes at receiver could be changing
Before training camp got started last season, then Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thought he had a great room of receivers. They had 12 on the roster and Arians was high on almost all of them.
Then once camp got going, the disappointment was worn on his shoulder. Arians let it slip that he was disappointed in all but two of those receivers. Of course one of the only ones not in the doghouse was Larry Fitzgerald.
Why the disappointment showed on the field for the most part during the regular season as well. Guys like John Brown and J.J. Nelson couldn’t catch balls. Jaron Brown has his inconsistencies. Chad Williams didn’t develop as quickly as the Cardinals would have liked.
The only one again doing his thing was Fitz. Sure, everyone made some nice plays last season but as a collective group, it was not much to write home about.
Fast forward to Saturday’s first camp practice under new head coach Steve Wilks. On paper, the Cardinals haven’t made Earth-shattering news with their additions at receiver.
They do however have some veterans who have been around. It actually could be a difficult decision as to which five or six receivers they will keep coming out of camp.
After Fitz, and likely rookie Christian Kirk, anyone could make the roster. During his Sunday morning press conference, when asked which players stood out on the first day, Wilks mentioned two receivers, Greg Little and Trent Sherfield.
Little is trying to resurrect his once promising career. Little started his career with the Cleveland Browns. He hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2014 with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sherfield is a rookie from Vanderbilt. They equally are going to have to push themselves the same however. There are 12 receivers on the current roster and only half of them at most will make it to the final 53-man roster.