The early announced cuts for the Arizona Cardinals hit the defensive backfield
The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly releasing a couple of cornerbacks. This was not totally unexpected.
The team actually had some depth in camp at the position this year, despite the season ending injury to Robert Alford. The team went out and picked up Dre Kirkpatrick to add to the depth chart.
That move eventually made today’s decision possible. The team is releasing cornerbacks Jace Whittaker and Chris Jones.
There is a good chance Jones will get picked up somewhere else this weekend. As for Whittaker, the undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona, if he clears waivers, he could be added to the Cardinals practice squad later this weekend.
Jones was announced first earlier in the morning on Saturday which lead to some speculation Whittaker might have made it. He reportedly had a very good camp.
The presumed starters will be Patrick Peterson and Kirkpatrick. Byron Murphy Jr. will likely be one of the backups. The others on the roster, for now, are Kevin Peterson and Ken Crawley.
The teams have until 1 p.m. Arizona time to make their cuts, which means the rest should be announced soon. The Cardinals made five cuts on Friday, which left 16 more to go heading into today.
Assuming the math is correct, that now leaves 14 players to be cut. One of the biggest questions remaining is will the Cardinals keep two or three quarterbacks. Many believe they may keep three, which would also lend itself to the reason why the Cardinals made these two cuts this morning.
Whatever the case, as we’ve discussed this week, what we see as the final 53 today will likely not be this way come next week as the Cardinals prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers in their 2020 season opener.