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Initial Roster Aftermath For 2020

A look at the players who are available for Week One

Whenever we get to this time of year there are always the caveats -- waiver claims can change the roster by the time we get to Monday, the initial roster is fluid, etc. Except it's a little different this year, given the coronavirus. The chances of waiver claims are less this time around, simply because teams don't know what exactly is out on the street right now. It's the same reason the practice squad will be mostly populated with the names that were on the Cardinals' cut list the last couple of days.

As for the roster as it stands, here is the breakdown:

  • QB -- Kyler Murray, Brett Hundley, Chris Streveler (3)
  • RB – Kenyan Drake, Chase Edmonds, Eno Benjamin (3)
  • WR -- Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, Trent Sherfield (6)
  • TE -- Maxx Williams, Dan Arnold, Darrell Daniels (3)
  • OL -- D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Mason Cole, J.R. Sweezy, Kelvin Beachum, Justin Murray, Lamont Gaillard, Josh Jones, Max Garcia, Josh Miles (10)
  • DL -- Zach Allen, Corey Peters, Jordan Phillips, Leki Fotu, Rashard Lawrence, Michael Dogbe (6)
  • LB -- Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks, Isaiah Simmons, Devon Kennard, De'Vondre Campbell, Haason Reddick, Kylie Fitts, Dennis Gardeck, Ezekiel Turner, Tanner Vallejo (10)
  • CB – Patrick Peterson, Dre Kirkpatrick, Byron Murphy, Kevin Peterson (4)
  • S -- Budda Baker, Jalen Thompson, Chris Banjo, Deionte Thompson, Charles Washington (5)
  • Specialists -- K Zane Gonzalez, P Andy Lee, LS Aaron Brewer (3)

-- It seemed pretty clear -- especially after GM Steve Keim talked about him on the radio Friday morning -- that CFL QB Chris Streveler was going to stick around. I still think Hundley is the backup, but they are going to try and work on roles for Streveler is my guess. That's the reason to keep him.

-- Once Hakeem Butler was cut, it was fairly clear who the receivers would likely be. I can see Butler returning to the practice squad, but I thought A.J. Richardson and JoJo Ward did well enough to in camp to be PS candidates too.

-- Ten offensive linemen is a lot but it's looking like a lot of teams are leaning in that direction for COVID preparedness. Murray, Gaillard and Garcia have all shown they can play multiple spots.

-- Happy to see Michael Dogbe make it; he looked like a beast compared to last season after putting on 15 pounds of muscle. Apparently his game has shown an uptick as well. That's a young D-line; they will have to show up early.

-- Ten linebackers too, including three -- Dennis Gardeck, Ezekiel Turner and Tanner Vallejo -- who excel on special teams. I thought Evan Weaver might make it, but Vallejo got that spot. Weaver you'd figure is PS material.

-- Only four cornerbacks and five safeties. The cornerback thing is better understood with the context that a) Budda Baker can cover sometimes if needed and b) I think they like the coverage skills of linebackers De'Vondre Campbell and Isaiah Simmons.

All in all, really no surprises -- which felt inevitable in a training camp with no games.

S Budda Baker and WR Larry Fitzgerald celebrate before the Red & White Practice at camp in 2020