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Kerwynn Williams cut as Massie returns

Posted by Darren Urban on September 22, 2015 – 1:01 pm

The Cardinals had to make a roster move to create room for reinstated tackle Bobby Massie, so Tuesday the team cut running back Kerwynn Williams — who had just been promoted from the practice squad Saturday. It wasn’t the only move. On the practice squad, the Cardinals released guard Anthony Steen and tight end Brandon Bostick, and signed to the practice squad running back Mike Gillislee, who had spent time with the Miami Dolphins.

With Massie back and Williams out, it means the Cardinals have decided to keep 10 offensive linemen on the 53-man roster. It’s a big group, especially considering that Mike Iupati is likely healthy enough to play. So there are no injuries of those 10 linemen. Who is active on Sunday against the 49ers will be an interesting choice. You figure first-round pick D.J. Humphries will remain an odd man out, but there are a lot of other variations available.

 


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29 Responses to “Kerwynn Williams cut as Massie returns”

  1. By jaime on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    i dont get DJ, i mean come on whats with this guy? Get in there and do some work jeez its time to play ball and rule your position, dominate and destroy those defensive players!!! Lets go DJ!!

  2. By Eric G on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Too many good offensive linemen on the roster is finally a nice problem after 27 years in the valley. Thank god for Keim’s ability to understand where games are won.

  3. By clssylssy on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Seems like a poor statement to send rewarding bad behavior while penalizing hard work and making a contribution to the team so, in that vein, what is the organization doing to light a fire under Goodell to reinstate Daryl Washington?

  4. By Scott H on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Love that we have all this BIG, healthy beef on the O-line. I don’t even want to hear any suggestions about trading someone. Things are just fine the way they are. And think about it – where do we really need to up-grade right now??? We’re pretty solid across the board, folks.

    I ain’t interested in draft picks that aren’t gonna show up ( maybe! ) until next summer. We have a REAL contender RIGHT NOW and I want everyone staying right where they are!

  5. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    So, Iupati has counted as part of the 53? Wasn’t sure when he came back, someone would need to be cut or not.

  6. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Iupati

    Yes, he’s been on the 53 the whole time.

  7. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Darren,

    we saw PP returning punts. Exciting, but do you think it is foolish.

    Earlier in preseason, I posed the question, is PP as important to the defense as Palmer is to the offense. You said Palmer was more important, but yes, PP was a key to the way the cards run the defense.

    Knowing that, do you think it is wise to have PP returning punts (especially after what happened to Honey Badger) ??

    I like seeing him back there because he looks in great shape and could break one off, but dang, it is like running AE 20 times a game. Yes, he is really good, but we need him for the whole season.

    Thoughts?

  8. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Peterson

    Personally, I would not do it.

  9. By John M. on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Why not put Williams back on the practice squad? Is Gillislee any better than Williams? He’s already proven that he could step in and help out the offense. Sometimes I really don’t understand but we’ll see if Gillislee makes it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Williams picked up by another team in the coming weeks.

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    John M —

    RE: Practice squad

    Just because Gillislee is there doesn’t mean Williams won’t be there. Has to clear waivers first. There are two open PS spots.

  11. By Robert on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    DJ is a first round draft pick and are you telling me there was no other player available like Inside LB that could have made the 53? i still think that is of concern and considering the DJ possible bust and last years second round TE Niklaus bust, to date, that is 2 potential bad misses.

    As far as left tackle, they better keep Palmer upright and use a TE to help whomever plays LT..we have some good TE blockers so what is the big deal to chip the DE on that side?

    Palmer is playing like an all pro…we must keep him upright!

  12. By Robert on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    I would trade Massey tight now for a stud IL and get Buckanon back to safety. He is going to get hurt playing that deep inside the box

  13. By Don on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    clssyissy

    Massie served his punishment and was reinstated. The EXACT thing would be so had Washington served his punishment as required, obviously he didn’t!
    To many people unable/unwilling to grasp reality. This is not Goodell’s fault, this is not the FO fault. This is Washington’s fault. Because of privacy issues he is the only one who is allowed to speak publicly on the issue yet he won’t. Washington is history, he hasn’t played in 2 years and in the NFL that is a long time. We don’t need him.

  14. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Robert —

    Do you think Massie is that good that we’d be able to get a “stud” IL for him?

    I wish trades were that easy. Sheesh, people were talking in preseason about trading Logan Thomas, like we were going to get something for him.

  15. By Scott H on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Jaime –

    Quite obviously, DJ is NOWHERE NEAR to getting in there to rule, dominate, or destroy. I wish he were. But he’s not.

    I do share your frustration, however, in response to our first round pick being nowhere to be found right now. To be fair, first round O-lineman should probably not be expected to dominate in their first year. But many of them are usually more in the picture / more of a factor than DJ is right now.

    Then again, we can ask ourselves – are we just so fortunate right now with the depth we have along the O-line that there is no need to push Humphries along right now? Fair question. And looking at it from THAT perspective….that is hardly a bad thing!

  16. By shannon robinson on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Anthony Steen may be brought back later in the year.

  17. By Dynosoar on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Don,

    If I could I’d give you 101 thumbs up!

    Our only 11 win season since St. Louis in ’75 came without Washington playing. He did play on an 11 loss season for our Cardinals.

    We don’t need him. I’d also say, we haven’t had a true pass rushing threat in at least three season, and we’re 10-6, 11-5 and 2-0 in those seasons. I’m not concerned at all.

    Bring on the blitzes because we’re a winning team with them. (So are the Jets.) Besides, isn’t a blitz at it’s roots just a pass rush, you just don’t know where/who it’s coming from so game planning is more difficult.

    JTDG,

    I also wouldn’t use PP for punt returns, but if he breaks one or more for touchdowns and stays injury free, I’ll take my crow smoked with hickory and dipped in a home made habanero sauce.

  18. By Coach K on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Darren,

    I think we need to look at DJ as a swing guard instead of tackle. What say you?

    Also, we continue to have trouble getting a pass rush from the edge. What changes do you see on defense to get some pass rush?

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: DJ/Pass rush

    I think, with Massie due to become a free agent at the end of the season, he needs to be a tackle.

    As for pass rush, it’s going to be a cobbled together version of bodies and blitzes, like every year. It’ll stay that way until they are able to find that dynamic edge guy.

  20. By Big Ken on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    They have churned a lot of guys through the practice squad I recent years. It is definitely not a set group by any means. Surprised Phil Sims isn’t back or did the Raiders sign him?

  21. By BigBobDiesel on Sep 22, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren, did you know Tony Jefferson is going to be on Ink Master tomorrow night?

  22. By Darren Urban on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    BigBob —

    RE: TJ

    I didn’t know that.

  23. By don on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    isn’t DJ the back-up LT now ?
    if Massie can’t win back the starting RT position . i’d definitely look for a trade there . he’s a decent young player . and , i’m sure a big upgrade for many teams .. plus there’s always injuries .. and he’s gone next year anyway right ? . perhaps someone has a need there . and a surplus ILB.. Keim likes . anything is possible . i’m still not convinced Watford owns the job . we’ll see
    GO CARDS ! ! !!

  24. By Dynosoar on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    I’m wondering how well Excel will translate with a copy paste.

    In the next post are My Power Rankings, based solely on Win/Loss and Strength of Schedule of opponents played. My tie breaks are as follows.

    Hehe! this should be fun.

    1. Win/Loss Overall Record
    2. Strength of schedule of opponents played
    3. Win/Loss Division Record
    4. Win/Loss Conference Record
    5. Alphabetical order of team mascot (Tied teams are tied in rankings)
    6. Does NOT take into account scores or how well a team looked/looks and/or injuries

  25. By Dynosoar on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    1 Patriots
    2 Broncos
    3 Bengals
    3 Jets
    5 Cowboys
    5 Packers
    7 Panthers
    8 Falcons
    9 Cardinals
    10 Bills
    11 Browns
    12 Raiders
    13 Steelers
    14 Chargers
    15 Dolphins
    15 Chiefs
    17 Redskins
    18 Forty Niners
    18 Jaguars
    20 Titans
    21 Rams
    21 Vikings
    23 Buccaneers
    24 Eagles
    24 Giants
    26 Ravens
    27 Texans
    28 Colts
    29 Bears
    29 Seahawks
    31 Saints
    32 Lions

    (sadly, we are last of the 2-0 teams due to Strength of Schedule of opponents played. In fact, we have the lowest SoS in the entire NFL.)

    ultimately, however, only wins and losses matter and not SoS, but it does help sort out a ranking system that is more realistic and not “popularity” or “who do I like best.”

  26. By Cramsey on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    I’m not too concerned about DJ yet. Look at Coop a couple of years ago. Yeah that was injury related at first, but even after he came back he was pretty shaky for most of last year. He still needs to get better, but I feel like he has turned in to a solid player on the right side of the line.

    Give DJ some time. He was touted as someone with freakish athleticism that needs to work on technique. Give that a year to come together and we’ll see where he is next year. If we still have the same conversation going in a year or two, it’s time to worry. But right now, we have a very functional line up front and there is no need to throw him to the wolves.

  27. By Leesters on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    Peterson returned the punt because the other guy muffed his. I think he got cut the next day. I don’t see them using PP as a the stating PR.

  28. By zzzott on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    DJ is very young. Came out a year early against NFLs advice. Didn’t bring his lunch pail on day 1 and doesn’t seem to be the most motivated. Immature is what BA calls him. He CAN be good if he puts his mind to it, but that’s on HIM. We’ll see how and; F he responds to the challenge…

  29. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 23, 2015 | Reply

    Leesters,

    JJ Nelson did not get cut after muffed punt.

    PP returning punts is in Darren’s article.

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