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Cardinals 53-man roster prediction after 2-week training camp


With the team’s red and white practice on Saturday, the Arizona Cardinals concluded their second week of training camp. Entering this coming week, they will be preparing for their presidential opener on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The battle of the position and the battle of the roster is going on. If the roster were to be reduced to 53 players today, I wonder what it would look like for the Cardinals.

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Kyler Murray, Colt McCoy

The Cardinals have had three quarterbacks on the roster over the past two seasons but it will be difficult to keep all the other players they want. But Trace McSorley is a man to see if he looks good at preseason. He will definitely get a lot of work.

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James Conner, Eno Benjamin, Darrell Williams, Keonte Ingram

Ingram looks really good so far. The question will be whether he tries hard enough to replace Jonathan Ward in the special teams. Maybe they’ll keep five running backs and shorten another position to keep them.

(DeAndre Hopkins – 53 will not count) AJ Green, Hollywood Brown, Rondell Moore, Antoine Wesley, Greg Dort, Andy Isabella

Wesley’s injury complicates things. If he can recover before the season, they can only have five receivers. But with Hopkins out and potentially starting the season, with Wesley, Isabella could find herself on the roster again.

Dort feels like a lock. So does Wesley. If her injury is so severe that she must go to the injured reserve, the door opens again for Isabella.

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Zach Ertz, Maxx Williams, Trey McBride

With the return of Williams, this closes the tight end room, unless they are going with four on the roster, which would indicate more use of the tight end on offense.

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DJ Humphries, Justin Pugh, Rodney Hudson, Will Hernandez, Calvin Beacham, Josh Jones, Sean Harlow, Lacitus Smith, Justin Murray

Seven places seem to be locked. They really like Smith and believe that he will be a good center in the future. Final place will go to Murray and Josh Miles. Murray’s latest injury has caused trouble for him, although he has the advantage of being able to play tackles and guard.

JJ Watt, Zach Allen, Rashard Lawrence, Leckie Fotu, Michael Dogbe, Kingsley KK

I don’t think they will go beyond that in players or numbers.

Marcus Golden, Devon Kennard, Dennis Gardek, Cameron Thomas, Myjai Sanders

With Isaiah Simmons expected to play some on the defensive edge, he won’t need much more than that. Victor Dimukje and Jesse Lemonier are strange men.

Isaiah Simmons, Nick Vigil, Zeven Collins, Zeke Turner, Ben Nieman, Joe Walker

With the defense looking more and more like 4-3, he would need more bodies in this position. Turner is Simmons’ backup in multiple roles. Neiman and Walker probably have an edge over Vallejo.

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Byron Murphy, Marco Wilson, Antonio Hamilton, Josh Jackson, Christian Matthews

It’s partly because Wilson is out with a groin injury, but Matthews has gotten more reps in practice and hasn’t looked bad. He has the length that the team likes. Jackson, too. This is a situation where they can add someone in free agency or through a discount.

Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson, Deonte Thompson, Charles Washington;

James Wiggins can come here too.

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Matt Prater, Andy Lee, Aaron Brewer

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