When the Cardinals pared down their “final” roster, one of the most glaring decisions was the move to have just eight defensive backs, especially when cornerback
The Cardinals have also, under coach Ken Whisenhunt, historically carried nine defensive backs on the roster.
The numbers changed over the weekend, when the Cards claimed a pair of cornerbacks off waivers: Crezdon Butler, who played with Pittsburgh last season, and
Both players had caught the Cardinals’ eye during the draft process the past two years, and the team was looking for developmental players at the position.
“We had good grades on both of them,” Whisenhunt said. “It was an area that we wanted to certainly continue to look at, so we put claims in and fortunately got both of them.”
Butler got into four games for the Steelers last season. Both players are practice-squad eligible if they don’t hold on to a spot on the 53-man roster.
The additions were part of a handful of weekend moves that were finally all announced Monday. The Cards added Butler, Lindsey and running back
Both Sturdivant and Talley are eligible for the practice squad. They cannot be brought back until they clear waivers. The Cards still have two spots left on the practice squad to fill.
The Cards added a pair of undrafted players as well. Center
“Your reps, that’s what you really recognize, is (catching) your breath,” wide receiver
Whisenhunt said the first Monday practice after final cuts always takes some getting used to after a long preseason.
“It’s a different feel,” Whisenhunt said. “But the focus is on a regular season game and that’s exciting. It was a good day.”
“I wanted to change ASAP, but they told me I just had to be patient,” Bradley said with a smile.
Bradley wore 55 when in Philadelphia, but that is taken by