The Cardinals traded for Jamar Taylor in the offseason in hopes he could finally be the one to settle down as Patrick Peterson’s cornerback running mate.
Instead, he only lasted a short time as a starter, replaced by Bené Benwikere in Week 4, before he was officially released with six games left in the season.
It was one of a handful of moves the Cards made Tuesday, a day after coach Steve Wilks said the team was considering a multitude of personnel options. Another decision that catches the eye – the team signed former Browns (and Arizona State) kicker Zane Gonzalez to the practice squad, a potential nod to the future with current kicker Phil Dawson’s contract expiring after the season.
The team brought back veteran cornerback David Amerson, who had been signed and released last week, to replace Taylor on the roster. The team also promoted cornerback Chris Jones and wide receiver Jalen Tolliver from the practice squad and released defensive end Vontarrius Dora.
Taylor, getting some time against the Raiders Sunday after the knee injury to safety Budda Baker, got beat on a double-move by Raiders tight end Jared Cook for a touchdown early in the game. After that, Taylor lost reps to newcomer Leonard Johnson.
Once Baker returns, Benwikere figures to slide back to cornerback – unless Wilks makes further changes – and the Cardinals won’t use a third cornerback as much.
Dawson missed last week’s game with a hip injury, and Matt McCrane filled in to make all three of his extra points. McCrane was released Monday with Dawson ready to return, but the Cardinals worked out Gonzalez recently and will get a chance for an extended tryout and potentially use him in 2019.
Gonzalez was a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns after a stellar career at ASU, his 96 field goals the most in NCAA history. But he struggled in Cleveland. He made 15-of-20 field goals as a rookie, then missed three of five field-goal tries and two extra points in two games this season before the Browns cut him.
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