Adding four to the roster

Posted by Darren Urban on April 24, 2013 – 12:50 pm

The Cardinals brought in a few players on a tryout basis coming into their voluntary minicamp, and have decided to sign four of them: TE Alex Gottlieb, T Paul Fanaika and wide receivers Jarett Dillard and Robert Gill. Dillard has three years in the NFL, making 35 receptions in 21 games with Jacksonville. He was cut by the Lions after 2012 training camp. Fanaika, who went to Arizona State, was a seventh round draft pick in 2009 and has spent time with the Eagles, Redskins and Seahawks. Gill is an arena football veteran who ran track in college at Texas State. Gottlieb was cut by the Lions last year as an undrafted rookie out of William & Mary.

The additions bring the Cardinals’ roster number to 65. There are scheduled to be seven draft picks, and likely somewhere between 12 and 15 undrafted rookies, that would put the Cards around 84 to 87 players, leaving about three to six spots for veteran additions after the draft.

A couple other notes:

— New Era is holding a contest through May 17 with the chance for a fan from each team to win a trip to New York. Just put in a photo of yourself wearing a cap and show in the picture how you “speak with your cap.” All the details are right here at The winners get a chance to be in a New Era ad along with their trip.

— Strength and conditioning coach John Lott is holding a football camp May 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Gilbert. Open for kids from first through eighth grade, the camp covers football fundamentals as well as nutrition and strength and conditioning. Money raised goes to buying needed mosquito nets in Africa to prevent the spread of disease. Among the players scheduled to attend are Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell, Lyle Sendlein, Ryan Williams, Levi Brown, Sam Acho, Rashad Johnson and Jay Feely. For more information, call 480-883-3733.

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9 Responses to “Adding four to the roster”

  1. By Coach Kevin on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply


    1. Jonathan Cooper, G.
    Superior athlete to Warmack. Better zone blocker.

    2. Terron Armstead, T
    Superior athlete with as much upside as Lane Johnson

    3. Vance McDonald, TE
    Great athlete who can block and catch with anyone

    4. J.J. Wilcox, SS
    Great size and speed and a big hitter

    5. Tony Jefferson, FS
    Great size and speed and reads the QB eyes well.

    6. Zac Stacy, RB
    Back to back 1000 yard seasons on a bad team in the SEC. Need I say more?

    7. Michael Mauti, OLB
    Big heart player who dealt with injuries this year. Great motor.

  2. By ored on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    nice draft and even though i like armstead,would rather get a pass rusher there,maybe go a tackle from lsu or lousiana tech later.maybe mauti goes undrafted.

    i hope we go hard for undrafted players we had on our board,maybe none will be probowlers but even situational and depth players will keep us at a high level.
    sometimes the only difference between starters and backup players is only consistentcy,so if they can fill in for shorter periods with no drop off maybe the added playing time will help their development.i’m sure some have never been in the right situation and are just waiting for their opportunity.

  3. By Credit Card on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with coach Kevin, Warmack or Cooper, Ogletree, Armstead (hopefully he’ll be around in the third). The rest of the rounds is more pure guessing.

    My real first choice is to see if we can trade down and oick-up an additional 2nd.

    Lastly, move Levi Brown to RG. Russ Grimm was in love with big OL. Today’s game with Vonn Millers — you need an athletic someone equally as quick and athletic. Armstead is the purest LT athlete — good coaching will make up for his lack of experience against quality competition.

  4. By sbrown on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    Coach Kevin, like your picks in rounds 1, 2, 4, 6. I think cards better with a LB in round 3 instead of TE. Anxious to see how Keim / Ariens do with their first Cardinals draft.

  5. By TomAz on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    re the 4 additions:

    Jarrett Dillard holds the NCAA all-time record for touchdown receptions.

    1. Jarett Dillard* 60 2005 2008 Rice
    2. Troy Edwards 50 1996 1998 Louisiana Tech
    3. Darius Watts* 47 2000 2003 Marshall
    4. Ryan Broyles* 45 2008 2011 Oklahoma
    5. Patrick Edwards* 43 2008 2011 Houston
    Aaron Turner 43 1989 1992 Pacific
    7. Rashaun Woods* 42 2000 2003 Oklahoma State
    Ryan Yarborough* 42 1990 1993 Wyoming
    9. Stedman Bailey* 41 2010 2012 West Virginia
    Davone Bess* 41 2005 2007 Hawaii
    Michael Crabtree* 41 2007 2008 Texas Tech
    Dwayne Jarrett* 41 2004 2006 Southern California
    13. Justin Blackmon* 40 2009 2011 Oklahoma State
    14. Braylon Edwards* 39 2001 2004 Michigan
    Greg Jennings 39 2002 2005 Western Michigan
    Austin Pettis* 39 2007 2010 Boise State
    17. Marcus Harris 38 1993 1996 Wyoming
    Clarkston Hines 38 1986 1989 Duke
    19. Anthony Carter* 37 1979 1982 Michigan
    Michael Floyd* 37 2008 2011 Notre Dame
    21. Ryan Grice-Mullen* 36 2005 2007 Hawaii
    James Hardy* 36 2005 2007 Indiana
    Terance Mathis 36 1985 1989 New Mexico
    Roy Williams* 36 2000 2003 Texas
    25. Eugene Baker 35 1995 1998 Kent State
    Trevor Insley 35 1996 1999 Nevada
    Jason Rivers* 35 2003 2007 Hawaii
    Roydell Williams* 35 2000 2004 Tulane
    29. David Boston* 34 1996 1998 Ohio State
    Larry Fitzgerald* 34 2002 2003 Pittsburgh
    Jeff Fuller* 34 2008 2011 Texas A&M
    Emmanuel Sanders* 34 2006 2009 Southern Methodist
    Charles Sharon* 34 2002 2005 Bowling Green State

  6. By sbrown on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    TomAz, who was the QB at Rice those years Dillard played ?
    I like him as a SFA, with NFL experience, good depth guy that can come in and help with his play and help “coach up” Floyd and Taylor.

  7. By ored on Apr 25, 2013 | Reply

    #9-stedman bailey..really.thought i had seen somewhere he was mocked to us..interesting.

  8. By TomAz on Apr 26, 2013 | Reply

    sbrown, the Rice QB was Chase Clement, now of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Clement to Dillard was good for 51 of Dillard’s 60 TD receptions.

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