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Cards Keep Four Tryout Players

Posted May 27, 2014

Veteran running back Parmele stays; Lewis among four released

Running back Jalen Parmele (46), here working out at rookie minicamp last weekend during a tryout, was among four tryout players signed by the Cardinals Tuesday.

When rookie minicamp opened, Bruce Arians said there were a handful of guys in on a tryout basis that caught his eye.

The Cardinals’ coach wasn’t kidding.

Tuesday, the Cards – already with a maximum 90 players on the roster – decided to sign four of the 17 tryout players brought in over the weekend. Topping the list was veteran running back Jalen Parmele, who unlike everyone else at the minicamp boasts five years of NFL experience.

Also signed were former Arizona State wide receiver Kevin Ozier, Oklahoma tackle Cory Brandon and South Carolina cornerback Jimmy Legree.

The four players waived to make room for the moves were cornerback LeQuan Lewis, running back Tim Cornett, wide receiver Corey Washington and tackle Kadeem Williams. Lewis, a veteran, had signed earlier in the offseason. The other three all were undrafted rookies signed just after the draft earlier this month.

“A couple of the tryout guys appeared to have not only a good skillset but they could handle the knowledge and the information,” Arians said Friday. “I was a little disappointed in a couple of the rookies that had been here with the number of mental errors we had out there.”

Parmele, drafted by the Dolphins in the sixth round in 2008, has also spent time with the Ravens, Jaguars and Titans. Tennessee cut him during training camp last year. He has 187 yards on 47 carries in 35 career games. Brandon came into the league in 2012 with the Bears and was released at the end of camp last year. Legree and Ozier were undrafted this year.

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