Some head-scratching follows Arizona Cardinals final cuts

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Runningback Elijhaa Penny
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Runningback Elijhaa Penny /

A handful of question marks remain following the Arizona Cardinals paring down of their training camp roster on Saturday

The Arizona Cardinals have reached the finish line. After months of evaluating, the club’s front office has officially gotten down to the NFL-mandated 53-man limit. Now that the cutdown day for 2018 is in the books, the second-guessing can begin.

One of the more obvious questions has to do with whether or not the roster will remain the way it is. Many players around the league have become available. Some of whom may actually be better than a few of the Cardinals who survived final cuts.

One of those who is still on the squad, but may not deserve to be, is Brandon Williams. The Cards’ 2016 third-round selection has done very little to convince anyone that he can be a top-flight cornerback. Williams special teams prowess appears to be the reason that he’s still around, but whether that’s a good enough reason to retain his services is certainly up for debate.

Nordly “Cap” Capi once again proved that he can flat-out make opposing teams’ quarterbacks run for their lives. The defensive end racked up four sacks this preseason, the most on the team. Capi was sent packing for the second consecutive summer however, most likely because of his inability to play the run effectively.

The fact that Elijhaa Penny is no longer with Arizona also raised some eyebrows. The 2016 undrafted free agent was asked to play fullback this offseason, but was slated to be newcomer Derrick Coleman‘s backup. Still, Penny could’ve provided depth at the halfback position as well, an area of the offense that is only three-deep at the present time.

The management team’s apparent preference for youth at the wide receiver spot was made perfectly clear this past weekend. Jettisoned were Brice Butler and Greg Little, who have combined for 11 professional campaigns. Instead, the Cardinals have put their faith in Chad Williams, Christian Kirk and Trent Sherfield, a trio of wideouts who are still wet behind the ears.

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Finally, if you feel that the Cards have left themselves thin at linebacker, your concern may be warranted. At the moment, there are just five listed on the depth chart. However, Zeke Turner has been lining up in the box this August, and the safety could very well continue to play there during the regular season.