The cheap arizona cardinals jerseys have reportedly claimed an offensive lineman off waivers. According to Adam Caplan, they will be adding offensive tackle Bradley Sowell.
Sowell is a a second year undrafted player out of Ole Miss. He was signed originally by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and eventually signed off their practice squad by the Indianapolis Colts. He played 10 games for the Colts in 2012, all in a backup role, where Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians coached last season. He played a total of 60 offensive snaps in the regular season and another 75 during the Colts' playoff game. He played right tackle and, for seven snaps in Week 12, left guard.
If this reports is true, the team will have to make a roster move immediately. This would make it seem that either Nate Potter or Bobby Massie has likely seen their last days with the arizona cardinals jerseys cheap. It would seem unlikely they would keep five tackle on the roster.
Another possibility is that they cut someone else while trying to trade one of the two backup tackles.
Sowell also has seen action at tight end. He played a little in 2008 in college and practiced at the position last year when there were injury issues for the Colts. However, at his size, that does not look to be something he would do long term.
Defensive line man David Carter had a big impact his rookie year, but since then has been unable to do much. Now he finds himself out of work after the Arizona Cardinals cut him on Friday.
Head coach Bruce Arians explained the decision to the media on Friday.
"David was in a battle with Ronald Talley and Talley's strength at the point of attack, the ability to play nose tackle stronger was better," he said. "David has a lot of hustle and a lot of effort, but was struggling to hold the point as much as those guys were."
That is an important thing for the defense, as that is what nose tackle Dan Williams excels at. If he is out of the lineup, his replacement needs to be able to do that too.
It can be seen as a surprise, but he did not have a great preseason, despite the forced fumble late in their last game. He was also a late round draft pick from the previous coaching staff. he just did not make enough plays.
In the end, as he was a project pick when drafted, the team got more than they bargained for his rookie year and then less than they expected thereafter. Now, unless he can picked u p by another team, he will need to look past football for his next job.
When rookie guard Jonathan Cooper broke his leg in the preseason game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, head coach Bruce Arians spoke of how the team would wait for him to come back.
The team changed its mind on Friday, when they placed him on season-ending injured reserve, rather than the injured reserve that allows one play to return to the active roster.
Why the change in heart? Arians explained it to the media on Friday.
"I don't think it's fair to our football team in case we get somebody who can come back sooner if there is another injury, so we felt like we needed to keep that spot open," he said. "As much as we wanted to get Jon back, the chances of him coming back and getting in football shape weren't as realistic as we had hoped for."
Tight end Jeff King's knee injury and surgery perhaps contributed to the decision. The position has not gotten much production in the preseason and King might be able to bolster it. Arians said that, despite not knowing anything about King's surgery results, using the slot on IR that can return is a possibility.
Cooper now gets the equivalent of a medical redshirt. He can get completely healed and come back for next offseason. However, he will not benefit from game reps his first season.
I don't think there was a wrong answer here. Playing in a few late season games would have been good for him, and he would have been able to give the leg a real test and a chance to strengthen it with game reps.
Defensive backs for the cheap cardinals jerseys are frequent targets of Darnell Dockett's, well, obnoxiousness. He bumps them. Pokes them. Screams at them.
"I'm the guy that gets on their nerves, but at the end of the day I'm like a big brother," he said. "I can pick on them, but nobody else can."
Dockett sees a lot of himself in them: fearless players committed to making the big play. Considering that three-quarters of the Cardinals' starters at defensive back are gone from last season, that's an encouraging sign.
The cardinals jerseys cheap need this group to deliver in 2013. With the talent at quarterback in the NFC West, it will be vital for the secondary to master shutting down the read option and passing attack. Coach Bruce Arians believes his players will as long as they make forcing turnovers a priority.
"Absolute key," Arians said.
It was entertaining to watch the defensive backs at practice in the preseason. Every session would start with strip drills aimed at taking the ball away.
The coach expects the same aggressiveness from his pass defense.
"There's no reason to drop an interception," he said. "Some guys are DBs because they couldn't play wide receiver. That's why they got put to DB in college, because they couldn't catch. Every tipped ball should be ours."
Last season's defense ranked second in the NFL in interceptions with 22, led by cornerback Patrick Peterson's seven. Arians believes his young star is complemented by teammates adept at making similar game-changing plays.
Starting opposite Peterson is Jerraud Powers, who came with Arians from Indianapolis. In the Cardinals' preseason game against Dallas, he showed why the coach wanted him by his side, stripping the ball from Dez Bryant as well as recording an interception.
It was Powers' interception in a big game against Green Bay last season that turned the Colts' season around, Arians said, and sent them into the playoffs.
It is more than that, though. Powers has a knowledge of his position that comes with making 42 starts, which is why he was the only injured player Arians had travel with Indianapolis last season.
"I live for making momentum-changing plays," Powers said.
Peterson is impressed by the talent he has seen around him. He said he wasn't sure what to expect after the Cardinals released starting cornerback William Gay and safeties Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson in the off-season. The team secured three cornerbacks in free agency — Powers, Bryan McCann and Antoine Cason, and landed Javier Arenas through a trade — to join Jamell Fleming and cornerback Justin Bethel.
The only returning safety was Rashad Johnson, while free agency delivered Yeremiah Bell, who will start at strong safety, and Curtis Taylor and Jonathon Amaya, who have since been cut.
"This group is definitely different from the groups I've been with in the past," Peterson said. "A lot of guys have great hands and can run after the interception, which is huge.
"We don't want to be known as the typical defensive backs that can't catch balls, that can't secure the catch and are always tipping down balls and things like that. We just want to be a well-rounded group, make sure we're communicating with each other and make sure we're making smart, physical plays."
Peterson said communication is key to putting players in a position to create turnovers. When the secondary is watching video with the coaching staff, there is an emphasis on checking to see if players are talking to each other and "going through our cadence," Peterson said.
"It's very valuable, especially being here in the Bird's Nest with the crowd noise, you have to have communication down to a tee. One mistake can turn to six points. We want to be able to go out there and shut offenses down in their tracks."
Free safety Tyrann Mathieu, too, has shown signs of being the playmaker he was in college, especially in the first preseason game.
Against Green Bay, he had a hit that caused an incompletion in the first quarter, and in the third, he made a tackle at the line of scrimmage on consecutive plays and then sacked quarterback Graham Harrell for a 12-yard loss.
"I just want to be a difference maker," he said. "I want to make the coaching staff proud."
Mathieu said he knows Arians' priorities became he has heard them from Day 1: turnovers and points allowed. That's it.
"It comes down to making plays," Mathieu said. "People can talk about my size all they want, that I'm not big enough or whatever. What matters is getting things done and using your instincts to be a game changer."