The Cardinals have yet to announce any of the 22 cuts/roster moves they need to make by Saturday afternoon.
They will come soon enough, and there will probably be more moves continuing to come long after this weekend, because that’s what the Cardinals under General Manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians do.
“You are always searching the waiver wire,” Arians said. “There is always a diamond in there you can find. The bottom five guys on the roster are never safe. You want to keep it that way. You are always churning. You don’t worry about chemistry yet with those five guys. If there is one better that brings something, especially if you are talking about role
The team must be at 53 players by 1 p.m. Saturday Arizona time. Anyone who comes in a waiver claim forces another player to be released.
One player who could have been on the bubble sounded safe the way Arians talked about him. Asked how newcomer defensive lineman
“Looking forward to seeing him out there some more,” Arians said.
There was less optimism from Arians when he talked about the two offensive tackles who are battling for a reserve roster spot.
“Both gave up too much pressure, mental errors,” Arians said. “(I was) disappointed.”
RUST FOR MINTER, COOPER
Arians sounded generally pleased with the first padded play of linebacker
The same goes for Cooper, Arians said. The guard got better as the game went on, but like Minter, he needs to practice in pads. That kind of work is limited this time of year, however. Teams only have so many padded practices they can have in-season per the collective bargaining agreement. The Cardinals could have two leading into the regular-season opener, but Arians said he wants to save one.
GOODWIN CALLS PLAYS AND THE FUTURE OF THOMAS
Offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, hamstrung by a rookie quarterback and a more-than-vanilla call sheet, did well as a first-time playcaller in Thursday’s game, Arians said.
“He was poised and had good communication with a rookie quarterback having to tell him the same play every time two or three times,” Arians said. “We had no delay of games, we had no 12 men on the field (penalties). That part of it was pretty solid.”
The Cardinals would have liked to do much better with the production. They generated just 98 total yards of offense and were 1-for-12 on third downs. QB
“He’s a project just like we thought,” Arians said. “Ups and downs, ‘Wow’ throws, ‘Oh (expletive)’ throws. What we thought he’d be. I think he’s got a good future.”
Linebacker James Harrison did meet with the Cardinals Friday at the team facility. Arians said nothing definitive on whether the Cards would sign Harrison. Harrison’s agent told the Arizona Republic Harrison wouldn’t be signing. …