Arizona Cardinals 2011 starters and 53 man roster

The NFL season officially begins today for the Arizona Cardinals.  Here is what their starting lineup will look like as they take on the Carolina Panthers at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  You will see how it has changed from last year, and how the draft picks are positioned on the depth chart.

Offense-

Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kevin KolbThe big deal of this season was getting Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be the starting quarterback.  Larry Fitzgerald recently signed a new contract, and will be the starting number one receiver for the Cardinals.  Wide receiver Andre Roberts beat out Early Doucet for the starting number two receiver.  This opportunity opened up when Steve Breaston left for the Kansas City Chiefs when the NFL lockout ended.  Rookie DeMarco Sampson will be the third string receiver.  Running back Alfonso Smith made team due to rookie Ryan Williams season ending injury.  The Cardinals had high hopes for Williams, which is why they let Tim Hightower go.  Now, a lot of the running game will rely on Beanie Wells, who has had injury issues in his previous two seasons.  Rookie Anthony Sherman beat out veteran Regan Maui’a as the starting fullback.  Maui’a was the starter last year, but now is out of a job. Rookie Rob Housler has been kept as the fourth string TE even though the Cardinals picked up Todd Heap when the Baltimore Ravens released him.  Rex Hadnot was with team last year, but did not start.  He beat out Deuce Lutui to start at right guard.  Lutui was the starter last year.  Daryn Colledge came over from Green Bay and won the starting position at left guard.  Center Lyle Sendlein, and tackles Levi Brown and Brandon Keith will remain as starters from last year.

Cardinals players who started last year on offense – Larry Fitzgerald (WR), Levi Brown (LT), Lyle Sendlein (C), Brandon Keith (RT)

Defense –

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl WashingtonDan Williams was not the starter at NT as a rookie last year, but he will be the starter going into game one this year.  Rookie David Carter from UCLA was a big surprise this preseason, and will be the backup.  Daryl Washington will be one starting inside linebacker.  He also started as a rookie last season.  Steward Bradley is Paris Lenon’s backup at the other inside linebacker position.  He was a starter with Eagles before signing with the Cardinals as unrestricted free agent.  Clark Haggans will start again this season as the left outside linebacker.  Rookie Sam Acho is Clark Haggans backup.  Joey Porter will start again at the right outside linebacker position.  Rookie Patrick Peterson will start at right cornerback due to the season ending injury to Greg Toler.  A.J. Jefferson became the starter at left cornerback in only his second season.  Rookie Korey Lindsey made the team as third string left cornerback.  Both defensive end Calais Campbell and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett retained their starting jobs from last season.  Strong safety Adrian Wilson and free safety Kerry Rhodes also kept their starting jobs from last year.

Cardinals players who started last year on defense – Calais Campbell (DE), Darnell Dockett (DT), Joey Porter (ROLB), daryl Washington (ILB), Paris Lenon (ILB), Clark Haggans (LOLB),  Adrian Wilson (SS), Kerry Rhodes (FS)  

The Cardinals have a new punter in Dave Zastudil, who beat out last year’s starting punter Ben Graham.  The kicker will again be Jay Feely.  Go to the Cardinals website to see the entire 2011 Arizona Cardinals roster.

Players who made the eight man practice squad are as follows:

Quan Sturdivant, rookie inside linebacker sixth round draft pick; rookie center Ryan Bartholomew; cornerback Marshay Green; wide receiver Brandyn Harvey; rookie defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin; defensive end Ronald Talley; wide receiver Isaiah Williams; and rookie tackle D.J. Young.

Players on Injured Reserve:

Max Hall (QB), Sean Jeffcoat (WR), Max Komar (WR), Brad Thorson (Rookie T), Floyd Womack (G)

~ by Troy Erickson Realtor on September 11, 2011.

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