Arizona Cardinals: Anthony McCloud

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Cardinals began filling out their 90-man offseason roster Thursday.

They re-signed nine practice-squad players to future contracts for the 2014 season. The group included center Philip Blake, wide receiver Dan Buckner, linebacker Kenny Demens, center Tom Draheim, tight end Darren Fells, running back Robert Hughes, safety Orhian Johnson, defensive tackle Anthony McCloud and linebacker Kenny Rowe.

Fells is the most intriguing of the group because of his potential. He's 6-foot-7 and 281 pounds, and with a full offseason of training under the Cardinals' system, he could be part of the team's plans at tight end come 2014.
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The main news coming out of the Cardinals on Tuesday, the team’s first regular-season day off, was the addition of three more players to the practice squad, putting the group at the eight-man maximum.

Undrafted free-agent linebacker Kenny Demens was re-signed Tuesday, two days after he was released from the 53-man roster. Defensive tackle Anthony McCloud and wide receiver Sam McGuffie were also signed Tuesday.

I was a bit surprised when the Cardinals kept Demens, a rookie, on the 53-man roster earlier this week, partly because he flew under the radar during training camp and partly because he was the fourth inside linebacker, behind Karlos Dansby, Jasper Brinkley and rookie Kevin Minter. But I’ve come to learn everything head coach Bruce Arians does has a reason behind it. And sure enough, Arians wanted Demens, so he kept him around long enough to get him.

With the players being off Tuesday, it was a slow news day around the Cardinals’ world:

Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com talked to safety Tyrann Mathieu about containing his excitement ahead of playing in his first NFL game.

Over at FoxSportsArizona.com, Craig Morgan asked and answered a series of questions about the Cardinals’ cornerbacks.

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