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Cardinals' 90-man roster taking shape

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Arizona Cardinals have nearly completed the assembly of their 2017 roster.

There's plenty of time between the end of the NFL Draft and the end of training camp, but that window is exactly where the Arizona Cardinals' 2017 roster will take shape.

Nearly two weeks removed from the draft, the Cardinals are now putting the finishing touches on the roster they'll carry through the summer and into training camp. 

Once the Cardinals start camp in late July, general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians will be tasked with trimming the roster from 90 players to 53, and determining which 53 players give the team the best opportunity to make a run at the Super Bowl.

With the team's previous roster construction in mind, CardinalsSource is evaluating what Arizona's roster looks like now, and how it will take shape in the coming months as the journey to trim down to 53 players begins.

Quarterback

Current roster number: 5

Likely 53-man roster number: 2-3

Roster locks: Carson Palmer

Competing for a job: Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton, Zac Dysert, Trevor Knight

Running backs

Current roster number: 5

Likely 53-man roster number: 3-4

Roster locks: David Johnson

Competing for a job: Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny, T.J. Logan, James Summers

Wide receiver

Current roster number: 12

Likely 53-man roster number: 4-6

Roster locks: Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, John Brown, Chad Williams 

Competing for a job: Carlton Agudosi, Jaron Brown, Marquis Bundy, Aaron Dobson, Andre Ellington, Brittan Golden, Krishawn Hogan, Jeremy Ross

Tight end

Current roster number: 6

Likely 53-man roster number: 3-4

Roster locks: Jermaine Gresham, Troy Niklas

Competing for a job: Ifeanyi Momah, Ricky Seals-Jones, Hakeem Valles, Steven Wroblewski

Offensive line

Current roster number: 16

Likely 53-man roster number: 8-10

Roster locks: D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Evan Boehm, Jared Veldheer

Competing for a job: Lucas Crowley, Tony Bergstrom, Daniel Munyer, Dorian Johnson, Kaleb Johnson, Cole Toner, John Wetzel, Will Holden, Ulrick John, Jonathan McLaughlin, Givens Price

Defensive line

Current roster number: 10

Likely 53-man roster number: 6-9

Roster locks: Robert Nkemdiche, Josh Mauro, Rodney Gunter

Competing for a job: Corey Peters, Frostee Rucker, Collin Bevins, Olsen Pierre, Xavier Williams, Ed Stinson, Pasoni Tasini

Outside linebacker

Current roster number: 5

Likely 53-man roster number: 3-5

Roster locks: Chandler Jones, Markus Golden

Competing for a job: Kareem Martin, Jarvis Jones, Cap Capi

Inside linebacker

Current roster number: 8

Likely 53-man roster number: 3-4

Roster locks: Karlos Dansby, Haason Reddick, Deone Bucannon 

Competing for a job: Alani Fua, Zaviar Gooden, Tre'Von Johnson, Gabe Martin, Scooby Wright

Cornerback

Current roster number: 10

Likely 53-man roster number: 4-5

Roster locks: Patrick Peterson, Brandon Williams

Competing for a job: Justin Bethel, Elie Bouka, Rudy Ford, Gump Hayes, Ryan Lewis, Jumal Rolle, Sojourn Shelton, Ronald Zamort

Safety

Current roster number: 9

Likely 53-man roster number: 4-5

Roster locks: Tyrann Mathieu, Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker 

Competing for a job: Tyvon Branch, Christian Bryant, Ironhead Gallon, Harlan Miller, Drico Johnson, Cyril Noland-Lewis

Specialists

Current roster number: 

Likely 53-man roster number: 3

Roster locks: Phil Dawson, Aaron Brewer 

Competing for a job: Richie Leone, Matt Wile


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