The Athletic’s 32 beat writers breakdown each team's needs and surpluses heading into cut-down day. Scott Bordow shares his thoughts on Cardinals roster construction.
Biggest Need: Offensive tackle
Conceptually, the Cardinals have a strong bookend in left tackle D.J. Humphries and right tackle Marcus Gilbert. But Humphries has never played more than 13 games in his three-year career and Gilbert hasn’t played a full season since 2015. Even more troubling: The top backups are two seventh-round picks, rookie Joshua Miles and 2018 seventh-rounder Korey Cunningham. That’s not an ideal situation for a team that’s going to throw the ball as much as Arizona.
Last night the Cardinals traded away Korey Cunningham to the Patriots for a 6th round pick. This isn't a bad trade other than leaving them very thin at offensive tackle position. now the only backup is 7th round pick Joshua Miles who probably isn't ready to play if throw into action.
Surplus: Wide receiver
The Cardinals don’t have a lot of depth at any position but the signing of Michael Crabtree does give them eight wide receivers who could make the roster, and coach Kliff Kingsbury won’t keep more than seven. The odd man out likely will be Pharoh Cooper or Damiere Byrd, both of whom also can return kicks.
Cardinals are definitely in need of offensive tackle help. The problem is, most of the league is in need of some type of offensive line help. Only the Cowboys and Eagles are considered to have a "surplus" accord to the Athletic.
The Cardinals do have a depth WR group. Knowing how Kingsbury's scheme needs a bunch of good WRs to function as planned, I think Cardinals will keep 7 and possible 8 on the 53 man roster. I'm not sure if any trades will be made prior to the 53-man cut-down happening on Saturday, but I think the Cardinals will be active on the waiver wire, to help improve the team. I wouldn't be surprised if an offensive tackle wasn't one of your waiver pickups.