The Arizona Cardinals are hoping that a contingent of newly-acquired players will pave the way for a return to the postseason
The Arizona Cardinals’ roster underwent a major overhaul this offseason. The hiring of a new coaching staff, equipped with their own ideas, created a need for some fresh personnel. The Cardinals’ front office went to work, acquiring players who will fit in well with first-time head coach Steve Wilks and his assistants.
The organization is hopeful that the hard work of it’s executives will pay off. All of the new acquisitions are being counted on to do one thing. Produce on the football field in a way which will help the Cards reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Quarterback Sam Bradford could have the biggest impact of all of the recent additions. Despite the drafting of the highly-touted Josh Rosen during the first round of April’s draft, the veteran free agent will be the starter. If his health cooperates, Bradford could very well be the surprise pickup of 2018.
Tre Boston was insulted by a low-ball offer made to him by Arizona in May, but ended up signing with them anyway. Though listed on the current depth chart as a backup, the 26-year old should get plenty of opportunities to showcase his impressive skill-set. Boston could prove to be one of the biggest bargains of the free agent class.
Justin Pugh, who was signed to a five-year, $45 million contract, may be the Cardinals’ most-important investment. The offensive line has been a sore spot in the desert for quite some time now. The franchise is looking to Pugh to lift the play of the unit in ’18 and beyond.
There’s been a revolving door at the Cards’ number-two cornerback spot for years. Jamar Taylor, who arrived via a trade with the Cleveland Browns in May, is the latest candidate for the job. If the 27-year old proves himself worthy, Arizona could field one of the best secondaries in the NFL this coming fall.
The Cardinals have decided to go with a youth movement at wide receiver, and rookie Christian Kirk will be counted on to produce right away. The 21-year old has a great mentor to learn from, with the legendary Larry Fitzgerald still around. For now, second-year wideout Chad Williams is the starter, but Kirk will play a vital role in new coordinator Mike McCoy‘s offense, nevertheless.
Big things are expected from the club’s new blood. A bevy of talent has been added to a team that wasn’t bad to begin with. Perhaps the Cards are much closer to a return to the postseason than many prognosticators think.