The most notable name in this category is WR Lance Long. Long impressed during training camp a year ago an ended up on the Cardinals' practice squad for the duration of the season. Long continued to progress this offseason but still has an uphill battle to make the roster. Long displays a sufficient skill set – particularly as a slot receiver – but Arizona deploys one of the top wide receiving corps in all of football.
Long's ability to contribute on special teams – both in the return game and on kickoff coverage – certainly will help his chances. However, with Steve Breaston, Jerheme Urban and Early Doucet already providing excellent depth, Long will have to be flawless when training camp opens in late July. His ultimate fate could be determined with a head-to-head battle against special teams ace Sean Morey who secured one of the final roster spots last year.
Garvin could also provide depth in the secondary but at just 5-foot-8 and 182 pounds he's severely undersized as a cornerback at the NFL level. The Cardinals are well stocked at the position but adding Garvin as a backup would be a welcome addition to defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Another interesting prospect who's currently a long-shot to make the roster is CB Jameel Dowling.
Contrary to Garvin, Dowling (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) has the size to matchup against any receiver in the NFL. There are still concerns regarding Dowling's speed but he demonstrates the ability to play cornerback and safety as well as special teams. Furthermore, he displayed tremendous improvements at his Pro Day workout and could be a player to keep an eye on for the future.
While the underdogs will have their work cut out, they'll have plenty of support from the Cardinals' coaches and players. Everyone roots for the underdog and their presence on the roster always helps build chemistry on and off the field. If nothing else, they'll have a shot to land on the practice squad but earning a roster spot would be the ultimate accomplishment.
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