The Cardinals made a roster move Tuesday, releasing cornerback Korey Lindsey (who had been acquired off waivers at the end of the preseason last year) to make room for undrafted rookie receiver Gino Crump, who played at the University of Arizona. Crump took part in the Buffalo Bills’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Lindsey spent most of last season on the practice squad, a healthy inactive for three games and failing to appear in the one game he did dress for. Crump had 65 catches for 610 yards last year for the Wildcats. The Cards had been down a receiver after cutting Marc Wilson last week when they signed linebacker Quentin Groves.
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The Cardinals added nine players to the offseason roster Wednesday, signing them to “futures” deals. That included six from the Cards’ practice squad: C Ryan Bartholomew, CB Korey Lindsey, DT Ricky Lumpkin, RB William Powell, TE Steve Skelton and LB Quan Sturdivant (WR Jaymar Johnson, the seventh member of the practice squad, was not signed).
The Cardinals also brought in three new players: G Chris Stewart, who spent a little time with the Jets last season;, pass-rushing linebacker Antonio Coleman, who spent time with the Bills and Giants (and is pictured below); and tight end Martell Webb, who was briefly with the Eagles, Jets and Bucs.
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The Cardinals have brought punter Ben Graham back, although it’s because the man who replaced him, Dave Zastudil, is suffering from some inflammation of the knee that cropped up late in the Giants’ game. The Cards want to make sure they have a healthy punter available this week in case Zastudil can’t go.
Zastudil’s issues Sunday were well-chronicled — his final punt was a line-drive 40-yarder that was returned 18 yards, helping set up the Giants’ game-winning drive, although his knee (the Cards didn’t say which) may have been bothering him by then. Zastudil did have his right knee surgically repaired during the 2009 season and he ended up missing all of the 2010 season because it wasn’t quite ready (leading to his leaving his howmtown Browns). Zastudil averaged 45 yards a kick Sunday and is averaging 44.5 yards for the season (with a 36.0 net average).
Graham was released in final cuts in favor of Zastudil, who had been signed late in training camp. To make room for Graham, the Cardinals released cornerback Korey Lindsey, who was re-signed to the practice squad. To make room there, the Cards released safety Mark LeGree.
I know many have been hoping Graham would come back. But this figures to be short-term until Zastudil’s return to health. I’m sure we will have a chance to catch up with Ben after practice (as well as coach Ken Whisenhunt). We can hear Graham’s thoughts on the business of the NFL.
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As expected, the season for cornerback Crezdon Butler is over. Butler dislocated his ankle last week at practice, and the Cardinals put him on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season. To fill Butler’s roster spot, the Cardinals are bringing back defensive lineman Ronald Talley from the practice squad. Talley’s practice squad is expected to be filled by Wednesday.
The Cardinals did make a practice squad move Tuesday, however, signing former Viking receiver (and close friend of Larry Fitzgerald) Jaymar Johnson, while releasing wide receiver Brandyn Harvey.
Butler did play on special teams in the opener but the health of veteran Michael Adams likely meant it would have been tougher for him to find the field. The Cardinals probably were overstaffed at defensive back as well, given the presence of fellow waiver-wire acquisition Korey Lindsey.
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As long speculated, the Cards have acquired veteran running back Chester Taylor, at least according to multiple outlets (including his agent’s Twitter). That comes as no surprise. The Cards needed a veteran running back to join Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Taylor, even though he is older (will be 32 at the end of the month) and his numbers have been dwindling, seems a perfect fit. He can give you a few carries, he can catch the ball, he can block, he has long played a backup role (to Adrian Peterson and then Matt Forte) and most importantly, he was available. He was expendable in Chicago after the Bears signed Marion Barber.
I remember Taylor lighting up the Cards in November of 2006 for 136 yards in Minnesota when he was a starter for the Vikings (before Peterson came in the next year). He signed a big contract with the Bears before 2010, but only averaged 2.4 yards a carry.
The Cards have also apparently nabbed a couple of cornerbacks off waivers: Crezdon Butler of the Steelers and Korey Lindsey of the Bengals. The Cards need depth there and it can’t be a shock these were two names targeted: defensive coordinator Ray Horton coached Butler last year as DBs coach with the Steelers, and Cards defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi was in Cincinnati and still probably has knowledge of the Bengals situation (although Lindsey is a rookie).
Picking up three means the Cards will have to release three from the current roster — again, why coach Ken Whisenhunt mentioned the roster was “in pencil” Friday.
The practice squad won’t be announced until tomorrow. Wide receiver Isaiah Williams’ agent tweeted Williams would be coming back to the practice squad.
UPDATE: Some afternoon details that emerged on Twitter and elsewhere. An NFL source said the Cards had agreed on a practice squad deal for DT Ricky Lumpkin. St. Louis-based reporter Howard Balzer reported the Cards had released TE Stephen Spach, and Kent Somers reported the Cards also cut LB Quan Sturdivant. I’d expect Sturdivant to come back to the practice squad assuming no one claims him off waivers.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Chester Taylor, Crezdon Butler, free agency, Isaiah Williams, Korey Lindsey, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Quan Sturdivant, Roster, Stephen Spach
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