Arizona Cardinals' projected roster

August, 25, 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. Even though Thomas didn't play great against the Bengals, his job hasn't been threatened by Ryan Lindley and won't be.

RUNNING BACK (4)

Dwyer continued to establish himself as the Cardinals' second back behind Taylor. He has the speed and power to be a third-down back that can catch a pass out of the flat. Hughes' spot on the roster continues to be safe because of his ability to be a 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 didn't play with the first team Sunday against the Bengals but that may not be worth reading into because of how much he's showed during camp and the other preseason games. The fifth job may end up coming down to Jaron Brown and Walt Powell, who's been playing well on special teams.

OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

Left guard continues to be the Cardinals' weakest point on the offensive line, although Larsen played well there on Sunday. Bradley Sowell may have played his way back into contention for a position on the roster, especially with how other areas on the team will shake out because of injuries.

TIGHT END (4)

Fells continues to make a case to be the fourth tight end -- for now. He had an up and down game against Cincinnati but his upside is worth being kept around for. His job isn't 100 percent locked down. He'll still have to look over his shoulder the day after final cuts though when other tight ends are on the market.

DEFENSIVE LINE (6)

With Darnell Dockett out for the season with a torn ACL, the rotation on the line shrunk by one but will be fast and furious. Arizona got back nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu this week from injury so his presence will add some depth.

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 especially with Alexander playing more outside linebacker than inside. Benard may end up being cut or used as trade bait.

INSIDE LINEBACKER (4)

With the news from Arians last week that Alexander is playing more inside linebacker, that opens the door for Desmond Bishop, who's been looking better with each passing day. Arizona has time to see if Bishop can continue his comeback, but when he's back to full strength, his depth will be utilized.

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)

Mathieu returned to practice last week but that doesn't change the four safeties who'll be kept on the roster. All that'll eventually change is who's starting. Johnson continues to be steady. Bucannon is learning the position and has become a vital contributor as the nickel linebacker.

PUNTER (1)

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

KICKER (1)

Catanzaro continues to hold a lead race to be Arizona's kicker. A missed field goal by Jay Feely on Sunday didn't do much for his chances at keeping the job.

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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