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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / State Of The League: Arizona Cardinals

State Of The League: Arizona Cardinals

A First Look at the 2021 Cardinals!
Publish Date: 08/15/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 13: Center Rodney Hudson #61 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the NFL preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at State Farm Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! Let’s visit the desert as we begin our review of the NFC West with the Arizona Cardinals!

Arizona Cardinals Preseason Projected Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup
QB Kyler Murray Colt McCoy
RB Chase Edmonds James Conner
WR1 DeAndre Hopkins KeeSean Johnson
WR2 A.J. Green Andy Isabella
WR3 Christian Kirk Rondale Moore
TE Maxx Williams Darrell Daniels
LT D.J. Humphries Joshua Miles
LG Justin Pugh Sean Harlow
C Rodney Hudson Michal Menet
RG Justin Murray Brian Winters
RT Kelvin Beachum Josh Jones
DL Jordan Phillips Leki Fotu
DL Rashard Lawrence Corey Peters
DL J.J. Watt Zach Allen
EDGE Chandler Jones Dennis Gardeck
ILB Isaiah Simmons Tanner Vallejo
ILB Zaven Collins Jordan Hicks
EDGE Markus Golden Devon Kennard
CB1 Byron Murphy Marco Wilson
CB2 Malcolm Butler Darqueze Dennard
CB3 Robert Alford Tay Gowan
FS Budda Baker Chris Banjo
SS Jalen Thompson Charles Washington
K Matt Prater
P Andy Lee
LS Aaron Brewer
KR Andy Isabella Rondale Moore
PR Christian Kirk Rondale Moore

*BOLD player name = Rookie*


Arizona Cardinals 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (16th overall): LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

Round 2 (49th): WR Rondale Moore, Purdue

Round 4 (136th): CB Marco Wilson, Florida

Round 6 (210th): EDGE Victor Dimukeje, Duke

Round 6 (223rd): CB Tay Gowan, UCF

Round 7 (243rd): S James Wiggins, Cincinnati

Round 7 (247th): C/OG Michal Menet, Penn State


Arizona Cardinals Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Larry Fitzgerald WR 38 ARZ Retiring?
Dre Kirkpatrick CB 32 ARZ
Domata Peko DT 37 ARZ
Isaiah Irving OLB 27 ARZ
Vontarrius Dora OLB 29 ARZ
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Acquired via
J.J. Watt DE 32 HOU ARZ Free Agency
Rodney Hudson C 32 LV ARZ Trade
A.J. Green WR 33 CIN ARZ Free Agency
Malcolm Butler CB 31 TEN ARZ Free Agency
Matt Prater K 37 DET ARZ Free Agency
Brian Winters G 30 BUF ARZ Free Agency
James Conner RB 26 PIT ARZ Free Agency
Darqueze Dennard CB 30 ATL ARZ Free Agency
Colt McCoy QB 35 NYG ARZ Free Agency
Shawn Williams SS 30 CIN ARZ Free Agency
Ross Travis TE 28 NYJ ARZ Free Agency
Tae Hayes CB 23 MIN ARZ Free Agency
Xavier Williams DT 29 CIN ARZ Free Agency
Jack Crawford DT 33 TEN ARZ Free Agency
Ito Smith RB 26 ATL ARZ Free Agency
Daryl Worley CB 26 LV ARZ Free Agency
Antoine Wesley WR 24 BAL ARZ Free Agency
Greg Dortch WR 23 ATL ARZ Free Agency
Demetrius Harris TE 30 CHI ARZ Free Agency
Margus Hunt DE 34 CIN ARZ Free Agency
Marcus Henry C 28 DAL ARZ Free Agency
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Departed via
Mason Cole C 25 ARZ MIN Trade
Patrick Peterson CB 31 ARZ MIN Free Agency
Kenyan Drake RB 27 ARZ LV Free Agency
Angelo Blackson DE 29 ARZ CHI Free Agency
Haason Reddick OLB 27 ARZ CAR Free Agency
Dan Arnold TE 26 ARZ CAR Free Agency
Trent Sherfield WR 25 ARZ SF Free Agency
De’Vondre Campbell OLB 28 ARZ GB Free Agency
Krishawn Hogan WR 26 ARZ CAR Free Agency
J.R. Sweezy G 32 ARZ NO Free Agency
Brett Hundley QB 28 ARZ IND Free Agency
Kevin Peterson CB 27 ARZ TEN Free Agency
Zane Gonzalez K 26 ARZ DET Free Agency
Johnathan Joseph CB 37 ARZ Retirement
Player Position Age 2020 Team 2021 Team Info / Notes
Robert Alford CB 33 ARZ ARZ
Markus Golden OLB 30 ARZ ARZ Market Value
Kelvin Beachum RT 32 ARZ ARZ
Andy Lee P 39 ARZ ARZ
Tanner Vallejo OLB 27 ARZ ARZ
Corey Peters DT 33 ARZ ARZ
Charles Washington S 28 ARZ ARZ
Darrell Daniels TE 27 ARZ ARZ
Dennis Gardeck OLB 27 ARZ ARZ
Ezekiel Turner ILB 25 ARZ ARZ
Max Garcia G/C 30 ARZ ARZ
Chris Banjo S 31 ARZ ARZ
Josh Mauro DT 30 ARZ ARZ
Kylie Fitts LB 27 ARZ ARZ
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