Cardinals sign specialists, Christian claimed

The Arizona Cardinals signed a pair of specialists Wednesday morning including former Jets punter Ryan Quigley.

The Arizona Cardinals were left with no choice but to address their special teams issues this week, and Wednesday, the organization announced the signings of punter Ryan Quigley and long snapper Aaron Brewer.

The Cardinals also announced the signing of veteran linebacker Joplo Bartu after placing linebacker Alani Fua on the team's injured reserve list.

The flurry of roster moves Wednesday followed decisions that came Tuesday to release rookie long snapper Kameron Canaday and fifth round draft pick, safety Marqui Christian. A day after being let go by the Cardinals, Christian was claimed off of waivers by the Los Angeles Rams, who play against Arizona Sunday in Glendale.

Even with the addition of Quigley, the Cardinals have kept veteran punter Drew Butler on the team's roster to hold on field goal attempts. Butler is averaging an NFL worst 33.7 net yards per punt and injured his Achilles' in the Cardinals' loss to Buffalo Sunday, but will remain on the roster unless Arizona elects to use a different holder.

Quigley spent the last three seasons punting for the New York Jets where he averaged 45.1 yards per punt. Quigley downed 71 punts inside the 20-yard line over three years in New York after entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College.

Quigley represents an upgrade over Butler at this point in the year, as Butler is averaging 40.7 yards per punt. Since 2014, Butler's average has regressed each season, to the point where a strong performance for Quigley could spell the end of Butler's tenure with the Cardinals.

Brewer played the last four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he snapped for the team in eight playoff contests including in Super Bowl 50. Brewer's contract in Denver was not renewed during the offseason, and he spent preseason camp battling for a roster spot with the Chicago Bears before being cut. 

On Wednesday, Arians said he hopes to have Canaday back with the team in the future, but that Canaday needed to get his nerves under control.

Bartu takes the place of Fua, who was a reserve inside linebacker and special teams player for the Cardinals. Bartu has played in 41 games over three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars and is only three seasons removed from a 100-tackle campaign during his rookie season in Atlanta. Bartu was released by Jacksonville in August after spending the preseason in Jaguars' camp.


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