Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Breaking down the depth chart at St. Louis
By Josh Weinfuss
The Arizona Cardinals’ depth chart for Sunday’s game at St. Louis was unveiled Tuesday, but since today is my first day, I thought I’d give it a quick once over.
Not much really stood out with the exception of tight end. Rob Housler firmly owns one spot and Jim Dray is listed as the other starting tight end because Jeff King is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Dray is in his fourth season out of Stanford and has always been a slow-and-steady type of player. He looked bigger during training camp, which led to him having an impressive stay in Glendale -- good enough for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to enlist him as a starter. He has seven career receptions for 87 yards, including two for 15 yards a season ago. Arians is known for using a two tight end set, but showed glimpses of three tight end packages during the preseason. Dray won’t be called upon to make the big catches -- that’ll be Housler’s job -- but Dray will be an important cog in the Cardinals’ blocking scheme.
It's safe to say that Ryan Williams was stunned after being cut by Arizona on Monday. "This release was like seeing Bigfoot," he said.
This has surprised me since camp: Tyrann Mathieu is listed as the third punt returner behind Peterson and Arenas. We all know Peterson will be the main guy, but I think everyone’s expecting Mathieu to get a chance or two to return punts -- maybe even along side Peterson like Arians has hinted to in the past.