Breaking down the most underrated players of the Arizona Cardinals

Sion Fawkes
Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals Antoine Wesley (85) and tight end Darrell Daniels (81) celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals Antoine Wesley (85) and tight end Darrell Daniels (81) celebrate a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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Antoine Wesley, WR

Wesley is the one receiver who has gotten little if any real press time regarding becoming a major contributor for the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, with Hopkins on the roster, he would be listed as your fourth or fifth pass catcher, tops. But Wesley enjoyed a solid 59.3% catch percentage, 19 receptions, and three touchdowns while playing in a cameo role.

He is also a massive target for Kyler Murray, standing at 6’4 and weighing 206lb. If nothing else, he is the type of player you want in the red zone, preferably as an option to consider beyond Zach Ertz and perhaps Trey McBride.

Wesley should get plenty of playing time in the first month of the season when the Cardinals are missing Hopkins. And if he performs well during that time, don’t let him fade back into obscurity when Hopkins does return. Keep giving him the ball.

It is also important to point out that Wesley played in just 44% of all the Cardinals’ offensive snaps, 460 total. So when you do the math, he had one reception per every 25 snaps last season. And that was with seeing targets in just eight of the team’s 17 games.

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