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Arizona Cardinals' projected roster

Examining the Arizona Cardinals' roster.

QUARTERBACK (3)

Arizona will carry two active quarterbacks -- Palmer and Stanton -- again this season. Thomas was given the third job earlier in the week when Arizona released Ryan Lindley.

RUNNING BACK (4)

Dwyer continued to establish himself as the Cardinals' second back behind Ellington. He has the speed and power to be a third-down back that can catch a pass out of the flat. Taylor has been solid but has fallen behind Dwyer. Hughes' spot on the roster continues to be safe because of his ability to be a fullback.

WIDE RECEIVER (6)

It's safe to say the top four spots have been locked up, especially after how John Brown has been playing. Jaron Brown earned his spot with an impressive training camp and preseason while Walt Powell solidified his job as a special-teams addition during the final preseason game.

OFFENSIVE LINE (8)

Larsen appears to be the answer for now at left guard while Cooper continues to work on regaining the form he displayed before his injury last August. Bradley Sowell has 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 has earned a spot as the fourth tight end because of his upside, although 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 (7)

With Darnell Dockett out for the season with a torn ACL, the rotation shrunk by one but with Alameda Ta'amu’s return from injury and the addition of Tommy Kelly, the line’s depth grew to a good size for the regular season.

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.

INSIDE LINEBACKER (4)

With Alexander playing more outside linebacker, Desmond Bishop has been getting more reps and improving on a weekly basis. Arizona has time to see if Bishop can continue his comeback.

CORNERBACK (5)

Peterson and Cromartie are the starters. Powers is the nickel cornerback. Bethel will be in on dime situations. Williams won the fifth job with his performance Thursday and will find a role on special teams.

SAFETY (4)

Mathieu has returned to practice but has yet to play. Johnson and Jefferson continue to be steady at safety but Bucannon is learning the position and may become a starter before long.

PUNTER (1)

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

KICKER (1)

Catanzaro won the job as Arizona’s kicker earlier this week and he looked good Thursday night.

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.