Arizona currently has five running backs at its disposal but at least one will be let go prior to final cuts. Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower and LaRod Stephens-Howling are locked into the 53-man roster, leaving the competition to Jason Wright and Alfonso Smith. Both players will focus primarily on special teams with Wright holding a significant advantage in experience. Furthermore, Wright enters his second season in the desert and is familiar with the Cardinals' offense should he be called upon in a reserve role. Like Hall, Smith is an ideal candidate for the practice squad for 2010.
With a surplus of wideouts, Arizona will need to make several cuts at the position in the coming months. Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and company have no part in this discussion but names such as Onrea Jones, Ed Gant and Deryn Bowser will be taking center stage. With the top three wide receivers solidified and third-round draft pick Andre Roberts expected to hang around, only one or two spots remain. Jones has the leg up at this point but anyone is capable of making the team with a lights out performance during training camp.
The Cardinals' linebacking corps is relatively short-handed with nearly every player having a chance to secure a roster spot. At outside linebacker, much will depend on the health of incoming rookie O'Brien Schofield. If he's unable to contribute in 2010 it could open up a spot for Stevie Baggs or Mark Washington. The competition at inside linebacker could develop into one of the year's most fierce battles with Reggie Walker and Ali Highsmith fighting for the final spot. Both players could find a home on the active roster if a veteran such as Monty Beisel or Paris Lenon is let go.
Another spotlight battle could be brewing along the defensive line, arguably one of Arizona's deepest positions. The arrival of rookie Dan Williams will cost a fellow defensive tackle a spot on the roster. Keilen Dykes and Dean Muhtadi will have an uphill battle and even Alan Branch's status isn't set in stone due his underwhelming performance. At defensive end, Calais Campbell and Kenny Iwebema are expected to retain their spots on the 53-man roster. Their presence won't help the cause of Jeremy Clark or Ryan Kees who will probably end up on the outside looking in.
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