Roster Changes Still to Come

As the preseason winds down, final cuts are rapidly approaching. Many players are still scrambling to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The Cardinals made several personnel changes earlier this week and will be forced into more decisions following Friday's game against Denver. Brad Wilbricht breaks down the Cardinals current roster and projects who might be on the way out.

While most of the focus has been on the quarterback controversy between Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner, the Cardinals have several crucial decisions to make in order to finalize the roster. Following their third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, the team released CB Marcus Brown, WR Jemalle Cornelius, DE Bryan Robinson and center Hercules Satele. This was the first of numerous cuts the Cardinals will need to make prior to the regular season opener in San Francisco.

On offense, undrafted free agent QB Anthony Morelli is likely on his way out. With an outstanding preseason thus far, QB Brian St Pierre has all but locked up the third spot on the depth chart. The Cardinals also need to trim their current stable of running backs. Steve Baylark and Chris Vincent are the two most likely to be cut, but both are candidates to be placed on the team's practice squad.

WR Sean Morey
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The competition at the wide receiver position has been fierce and several capable players will be cut. Due to the experience of veteran receivers Sean Morey and Jerheme Urban, Lance Long and Jamaica Rector are currently on the outside looking in. However, Long and Rector will be strongly considered for a spot on the practice squad.

Although the Cardinals are thin on depth along the offensive line, the team will need to part ways with multiple players. At tackle, Peter Clifford and Kelly Butler are expected to be released. In addition, it's doubtful that guards Carlton Medder and Jasper Harvey will make the active roster. All players boast practice squad potential and could be called up if injuries occur.

On the defensive side of the ball, there are log jams along the defensive line and at the linebacker position. The Cardinals are fortunate to have a tremendous balance of youth and experience in the trenches. Unfortunately, defensive ends Jason Banks and Keilen Dykes may be challenged to find their niche on the team. With rookies Calais Campbell and Kenny Iwebema performing at a high level, it's highly unlikely Banks and Dykes will be needed.

In the secondary, several players could be affected. Cornerbacks DeMario Minter, Michael Adams and Travarous Bain are all fighting for one spot on the roster at best. It's possible that all three players will be cut, with one possibly landing on the practice squad. Furthermore, rookie free agent safety Dennis Keyes has an uphill battle to secure a roster spot. The Cardinals are loaded at safety with Adrian Wilson, Aaron Francisco and former cornerback Antrel Rolle.

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