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Arizona Cardinals' cut projections

The Cardinals must reduce their roster from 90 players to 75 players by midday on Tuesday.

After suffering their third consecutive loss of the preseason Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals have less than a 48-hour turnaround to cut their roster down from 90 to 75 players in anticipation of the first round of NFL roster cuts. 

By midday Tuesday, the Cardinals will have made 15 cuts and begun preparations for their fourth and final preseason contest which kicks off Thursday night at home against Denver.

After Thursday's matchup, Arizona will once again have a quick turnaround as the team must finalize its 53-man roster by Saturday September 3. 

With roster cuts looming, here are 15 players the Cardinals may consider cutting by Tuesday's deadline.

Jake BernsteinA converted center who ran with the Cardinals' third team offensive line at guard during camp, the Vanderbilt product demonstrated more potential than Arizona's reserve offensive tackles, but not enough to make it past Tuesday.

Elie Bouka: Bouka actually has a shot at sticking around beyond training camp and perhaps cracking the practice squad, but the University of Calgary free agent has yet to practice because of an injury, so it's hard to project his potential.

Marquis Bundy: Bundy has an excellent frame for a wide receiver and some intriguing athletic potential, but the Cardinals' receiving corps is just too deep this season. Arizona has eight quality receivers fighting for six roster spots, and while Bundy became an understudy of Larry Fitzgerald during camp, this was a tough camp for rookie wide receivers to make an impact. 

Daniel Dillon: Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday morning Kameron Canaday won the long snapper job vacated by Mike Leach, so Dillon will likely become a roster casualty by the end of the day on Monday.

Amir CarlisleCarlisle was caught in between playing running back and wide receiver in college at Notre Dame, and focused solely on playing receiver with the Cardinals. Carlisle had a few nice grabs during training camp, but like Bundy, couldn't do enough to climb up the depth chart during preseason competitions.

Clay Debord: We liked Debord's frame out of Eastern Washington and thought he might have a chance to sneak up on a player like John Wetzel or Robert Crisp and challenge for a backup tackle role, but Debord's skill set is just too raw at this point.

Matthias FarleyA nickel corner and safety at Notre Dame, Farley demonstrated good instincts from the safety position during camp for the Cardinals, but the team is extremely deep at safety after the addition of Tyvon Branch this offseason so Farley's quest to make the team has always been a long shot.

Iosia Iosia: By far the best name of any Cardinals' player, Iosia was added to the roster last week as the Cardinals continue to explore various undrafted rookies with potential. Unfortunately for Iosia, he entered one of the most intense competitions for a roster spot on the team at defensive line and is up against too many veteran options.

Lamar LouisLouis had one of the most difficult paths to make the team of any Cardinals player considering he barely cracked the starting lineup at LSU, but Louis turned into one of the team's most successful special teams players this preseason and made his best case for a roster spot Sunday with great kick and punt coverage efforts against Houston.

Franky Okafor: Okafor is at the bottom of the depth chart for the wide receivers and was outperformed by other players like Bundy and Carlisle who will also likely be cut by Tuesday.

Olsen Pierre: Pierre improved over the course of the preseason and may have played himself into consideration for a spot on Arizona's practice squad, but the return of Robert Nkemdiche and Frostee Rucker from injury squandered any hopes Pierre had of sneaking onto the roster.

Shaun PraterA corner who can play on the outside and in the slot as a nickel defender, Prater had a much better first half of camp than second half. Prater ended up well behind Cariel Brooks, and despite having NFL experience, likely won't end up sticking with the Cardinals beyond Tuesday.

Givens Price: A project player from the get-go, Price was signed as an undrafted free agent who had experience as both an offensive and defensive lineman in college at Nebraska. While Price's frame is somewhat prototypical for an offensive tackle, his skills need a lot of work and his technique is far from refined.

Hakeem VallesLike fellow tight end Ifeanyi Momah, Valles is a receiving-first option who isn't the right fit for a Bruce Arians offense. Nevertheless, Valles has potential, but needs to work on adding weight to become more of a blocking presence at the line of scrimmage.

Garrett SwansonThe Cardinals brought in the ex-Fresno State punter to compete with incumbent Drew Butler for the starting job, and while Butler struggled mightily with hang time last season, Swanson never really made the competition close during training camp. 

Tyrequek ZimmermanZimmerman has been activated and released from the Cardinals' 90-man roster a handful of times over the past year, which isn't exactly a vote of confidence in his ability to stick with the team. Zimmerman has always been a fringe option in the defensive backfield for Arizona, and he may be looking for a new team come Tuesday. 

 


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