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Arizona Cardinals finalize 53-man roster

The Arizona Cardinals kept two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster as the team decided to release Matt Barkley.

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians have insisted their 2016 team has more talent than any of the previous teams the pair has worked with together. 

On Saturday, the Cardinals decided on what talent they'll take into the regular season as Arizona finalized its 53-man roster. CardinalsSource will have in-depth evaluations of each position group throughout the week leading up to Arizona's season opener against New England next Sunday.

Highlights

  • For the first time in the Arians era, the Cardinals elected to keep just two quarterbacks, as third-team signal-caller Matt Barkley was among the players Arizona elected to part ways with.
  • After strong showings in each of the last two preseason contests, undrafted rookie Lamar Louis earned a roster spot as a special teams player. Louis did his best work on kickoff coverage and put his name in the conversation for a roster spot with four special teams tackles against Houston.
  • The Cardinals decided to keep nine defensive linemen, including a surprise choice in third-string defensive tackle Olsen Pierre. Pierre played well during the preseason, but teams rarely hang onto more than seven or eight defensive linemen at a time. 
  • Arizona cut veteran defensive lineman Red Bryant, who the team signed around Thanksgiving last year to provide additional depth. Bryant worked with the second and third team defensive lines during fall camp. 
  • The Cardinals kept just five receivers, cutting veteran Brittan Golden as well as camp standouts Jaxon Shipley and Chris Hubert. 
  • Despite using 12-personnel so frequently, Arizona will move forward with just three tight ends on its active roster. Both Ifeanyi Momah and undrafted rookie free agent Hakeem Valles were among the players cut Saturday.
  • 2015 fifth round draft choice Shaquille Riddick was cut as the Cardinals decided to keep just four outside linebackers. Arizona has traditionally kept five outside linebackers on the 53-man roster under Arians. 
  • 2016 sixth round draft choice Harlan Miller was among the team's cuts Saturday as Miller was the only draft pick from this year the Cardinals parted ways with.
  • Arizona decided to keep nine offensive linemen on the 53-man roster, giving reserve offensive tackle John Wetzel a roster spot ahead of reserve guard Antoine McClain and fellow tackle Robert Crisp, who were both cut Saturday.

Quarterback 

Carson Palmer Drew Stanton

Running back

David Johnson Chris Johnson
Andre Ellington Stepfan Taylor

Wide receiver

Larry Fitzgerald Michael Floyd John Brown
J.J. Nelson Jaron Brown

Tight end

Jermaine Gresham Darren Fells
Troy Niklas

Offensive line

Jared Veldheer Mike Iupati A.Q. Shipley Evan Mathis D.J. Humphries
John Wetzel Earl Watford Evan Boehm Cole Toner

Defensive line

Rodney Gunter Corey Peters Calais Campbell Frostee Rucker
Ed Stinson Xavier Williams Josh Mauro Robert Nkemdiche
Olsen Pierre    

Outside linebackers

Chandler Jones Markus Golden
Alex Okafor Kareem Martin

Inside linebackers

Kevin Minter Deone Bucannon
Alani Fua Gabe Martin
Lamar Louis

Cornerback

Patrick Peterson Brandon Williams
Justin Bethel Marcus Cooper

Safety

Tyrann Mathieu Tyvon Branch
Tony Jefferson D.J. Swearinger
Marqui Christian


Specialists 

Chandler Catanzaro Drew Butler Kameron Canaday

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