The Cardinals made some moves Tuesday in an effort to upgrade the blocking potential under new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, signing veteran tight end John Phillips and also signing rookie guard Colby Gossett away from the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad.
To make room on the roster, the Cardinals released tight end Gabe Holmes and offensive lineman Blaine Clausell.
The Cards also swapped out a pair of players on the practice squad, releasing kicker Matt McCrane and defensive end Ufomba Kamalu and signing back offensive lineman Kyle Friend and defensive end Vontarrius Dora, who played well for the Cardinals in the preseason.
Phillips is in his 10th NFL season, having played for the Cowboys, Chargers, Broncos and Saints. He has 55 career receptions and five touchdowns. He played just one game in 2017 for the Saints and was released by the Saints at the end of the preseason. Although Phillips missed the entire 2010 season with an ACL tear, he played in 111 of a possible 112 games in his career other than that prior to 2017.
Gossett was a sixth-round pick for the Vikings out of Appalachian State.