3 Arizona Cardinals players on the 53-man roster who won’t last in the desert

The Arizona Cardinals have what should be their 53-man roster heading into Week 1. But a few players probably won’t be sticking around all year.
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3 - Josh Dobbs, QB

Call this one an ultra-bold projection, but Josh Dobbs is that classic case of the “fill-in veteran” who needs to fend off a rookie and a returning seasoned vet. He’s that guy who, after he throws a pair of picks in the same half will see himself pulled in favor of the backup, Clayton Tune in this place, as my quick-hit predictions suggest.

Tune plays well enough to keep the job, and Murray returns at some point to upscale the Arizona Cardinals offense even more. This leaves Dobbs as the odd man out, even if it means the Redbirds are reverting to a two-quarterback approach shortly thereafter. 

At the end of the day, it costs the Cards a fifth round pick. But we can all agree that the Redbirds have given up more for less in the past. 

Look for Dobbs to be the starting quarterback next week against the Washington Commanders, then start the countdown for when Tune ultimately replaces him. Once Murray returns, it’s only a matter of time before Dobbs and the Cards part ways. It will cost the Cardinals money in dead cap, but it’s nothing they can’t handle.