Arizona Cardinals' projected roster

August, 18, 2014
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Examining the Arizona Cardinals' roster. The roster has not changed since last week.

QUARTERBACK (3)

Arizona will carry two active quarterbacks -- Palmer and Stanton -- again this season. Thomas made a case to be kept as the third-string quarterback in the first preseason game and Ryan Lindley helped solidify Thomas' job on Saturday.

RUNNING BACK (4)

All that's changed in the running back corps this week is that Dwyer proved he has the quickness to get outside and Hughes all but locked up his roster spot as the Cardinals' short-yardage bruiser and fullback.

WIDE RECEIVER (5)

It's safe to say the top four spots have been locked up, especially after how John Brown has been playing. Jaron Brown may have locked up that elusive fifth spot over the past week. He had another impressive game and he's been looking very good in practice, and no one else has been playing well enough to take it from him.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)

After being the biggest concern all offseason, the right side seems to be the most stable area of the offensive line. Sendlein is coming back from injury soon and Larsen's experience will make him a prime candidate to be the swing guard/center. Starks has been injury riddled but he's a good option as the backup tackle. Cooper has been hurt and not playing up to par in the past week, which gave Watford time to play with the first team but it doesn't look like he'll be overtaking anyone anytime soon.

TIGHT END (4)

All that's changed in the tight end room is that Fells has used his massive hands to hold on to that fourth tight end job for now -- he may have to look over his shoulder the day after final cuts though when other tight ends are on the market.

DEFENSIVE LINE (7)

Why fix the defensive line if it’s not broken? It's still not broken. The rotation is being ironed out and whenever Ta'amu returns, he and Williams will split time. The two rookies will earn their stripes eventually. Rucker has played like a premium backup.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (5)

With Abraham back, outside linebacker becomes a focal point again. His starting job was promised to him but Shaughnessy, Acho and Okafor have all been playing above expectations in camp and the preseason. This unit is versatile enough to combat any offensive scheme it faces. And Benard continues to fly under the radar and be a quiet yet productive contributor.

INSIDE LINEBACKER (4)

Inside linebacker is pretty much set with this quartet, although it didn't look like the group of old against Minnesota. Demens showed in Minnesota how valuable Minter is. By signing Desmond Bishop, Arizona has time to see if another backup option can emerge, but for now this is the four who will be on the roster. Like the last tight end spot, an ILB may be added after final cuts.

CORNERBACK (6)

Peterson and Cromartie are the starters. Powers is the nickel cornerback. Bethel will be in on dime situations. McCann and Williams will be backups and contribute on special teams. It's as simple as that and nothing has changed.

SAFETY (4)

Jefferson is playing like a man focused on being a starter in 2014 and Johnson continues to be steady. Bucannon is learning the position and has become a vital contributor as the nickel linebacker. Mathieu may be taken off the PUP list this week.

PUNTER (1)

Zastudil has been steady and strong the past few seasons, and this year shouldn’t be any different.

KICKER (1)

Catanzaro took the lead in the competitive race to be Arizona's kicker in Week 1 of the preseason with a series of booming kickoffs and Jay Feely didn't do anything to overtake the rookie. As long as Catanzaro can continue making his field goals and extra points while booting his kicks out of the end zone, the job will be his to lose.

LONG-SNAPPER (1)

Leach, who is as consistent as they come in the Cardinals’ locker room, will be their long-snapper until he either says it’s time to retire or he can’t walk anymore. Whichever comes first.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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