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Cardinals Position Overview 2021: Safety

Budda Baker leads spot that has veteran options

Budda Baker, sporting a new jersey number, leads the safety room.
Budda Baker, sporting a new jersey number, leads the safety room.

With July here and training camp scheduled to start soon, azcardinals.com will take a look at the Cardinals' individual position groups during this quiet time in the NFL and give our opinions about where the groups stand prior to camp. Today, safeties.

LOCKS: Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson, Shawn Williams

Baker is a star, one of the anchors to the defense. From there, it's work. Thompson is the guy the Cardinals have been targeting since last year to be Baker's running mate in the secondary, but through two seasons, Thompson's potential has been overwhelmed with injury issues that have kept him off the field. If he stays healthy, he'll have that chance again. Williams, the veteran signed after his career with the Bengals, not only helps on special teams but delivers a veteran backup if needed (for example, if Thompson gets hurt again.

WORK TO DO: Chris Banjo, Deionte Thompson, Charles Washington, James Wiggins

There isn't a safety on the roster who doesn't have a chance to make the team. But they all can't. Banjo, Washington and draft-pick Wiggins all have/can shine on special teams. Deionte Thompson, like Jalen Thompson a former fifth-round pick, has also seen time. This will be a position that will be watched closely in the preseason, and will likely provide some of the most difficult choices when the cutdowns arrive.

UPGRADE ODDS: Low

The Cardinals already have more safeties that are roster possibilities than they can probably keep. So adding any to this spot is unlikely.

Images of the Cardinals' safeties heading into training camp.

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