The Cardinals have finalized their initial roster, keeping two fewer players than the 53-man maximum in preparation for waiver claim additions on Sunday afternoon.
Some of the notable cuts include tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, cornerback Brandon Williams (waived/injured), wide receiver Chad Williams, rookie tight end Caleb Wilson and recently-acquired defensive lineman Bruce Hector.
Those on the bubble who made the team include inside linebacker Tanner Vallejo, outside linebacker Pete Robertson, undrafted defensive tackle Miles Brown, running back D.J. Foster, guard Jeremy Vujnovich and wide receiver Damiere Byrd.
Cornerback Robert Alford is on the roster, allowing him to come back this season if he is placed on injured reserve for his broken leg. The Cardinals kept 10 of their 12 draft picks, including seventh-round defensive end Michael Dogbe and seventh-round offensive tackle Josh Miles. Wilson, the final pick of the draft, was the only one released, as wide receiver Hakeem Butler (hand) is on injured reserve.
The Cardinals have the top waiver claim priority on players with under four years of NFL service and clearly plan to make moves. They have the two open spots, and a trip to injured reserve for Alford would open up a third.
Guard Max Garcia (knee) was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, which will keep him sidelined a minimum of six weeks. Garcia does not take up a roster spot, nor does cornerback Patrick Peterson during his six-game suspension.
The Cardinals can fill out their 10-player practice squad on Sunday following the waiver claims.
Below is the full list of players released:
Quarterback: Drew Anderson, Charles Kanoff
Running back: Wes Hills (injury settlement), Dontae Strickland
Wide receiver: Pharoh Cooper, Chad Williams, A.J. Richardson, Isaac Zico
Offensive line: Rees Odhiambo (waived/injured), Colby Gossett, Coleman Shelton, William Sweet (waived/injured), Parker Ehinger, Patrick Lawrence, Jacob Ohnesorge
Tight End: Ricky Seals-Jones, Darrell Daniels, Caleb Wilson, Drew Belcher
Defensive line: Bruce Hector, Pasoni Tasini, Siupeli Anau, Sterling Bailey
Linebacker: Vontarrius Dora, Cameron Malveaux, Pita Taumoepenu (waived/injured), Dante Booker
Safety: Jonathan Owens, Tyler Sigler
Cornerback: Brandon Williams (waived/injured), Nate Brooks, Deatrick Nichols
Punter: Ryan Winslow
Cardinals' Initial Roster
|David Johnson||Running Back||5|
|Chase Edmonds||Running Back||2|
|T.J. Logan||Running Back||3|
|D.J. Foster||Running Back||4|
|Larry Fitzgerald||Wide Receiver||16|
|Christian Kirk||Wide Receiver||2|
|KeeSean Johnson||Wide Receiver||Rookie|
|Michael Crabtree||Wide Receiver||11|
|Trent Sherfield||Wide Receiver||2|
|Damiere Byrd||Wide Receiver||4|
|Andy Isabella||Wide Receiver||Rookie|
|Charles Clay||Tight End||9|
|Maxx Williams||Tight End||5|
|Corey Peters||Defensive Tackle||10|
|Zach Allen||Defensive End||Rookie|
|Rodney Gunter||Defensive Tackle||5|
|Clinton McDonald||Defensive Tackle||10|
|Michael Dogbe||Defensive End||Rookie|
|Miles Brown||Defensive Tackle||Rookie|
|Chandler Jones||Outside Linebacker||8|
|Jordan Hicks||Inside Linebacker||5|
|Haason Reddick||Inside Linebacker||3|
|Terrell Suggs||Outside Linebacker||17|
|Joe Walker||Inside Linebacker||4|
|Brooks Reed||Outside Linebacker||9|
|Dennis Gardeck||Inside Linebacker||2|
|Ezekiel Turner||Inside Linebacker||2|
|Pete Robertson||Outside Linebacker||1|
|Tanner Vallejo||Inside Linebacker||3|
|Aaron Brewer||Long Snapper||8|