Two-quarterback roster? Maybe

Posted by Darren Urban on August 6, 2013 – 12:26 pm

The Cardinals have four quarterbacks on the roster right now. It’s possible, Bruce Arians said, they could end up with just two.

Carson Palmer is the unquestioned starter. Drew Stanton is the unquestioned backup. And reality is Ryan Lindley is the third-stringer — Caleb TerBush isn’t really in the mix — unless Arians and the Cardinals go in another direction. Arians has been on teams “for a number of years” that have kept just two quarterbacks on the roster. He’d do it again.

“If it comes down to Ryan and another guy at another position, we’ll determine what’s more valuable to our football team at that time,” Arians said. “We’re going to keep the best 53.”

The Cardinals and Ken Whisenhunt tried it in 2007. That backfired. Matt Leinart broke his collarbone against the Rams five games into the season, and the team signed Tim Rattay to back up backup Kurt Warner. Then Warner had Julius Peppers fall on his left elbow early in the very next game, forcing Rattay on the field with just a couple of practices. Warner managed to play the rest of the season with a brace, but it was an issue that convinced Whisenhunt never to have fewer than three QBs on the roster going forward.

As for other current Cards’ news and notes:

— DT Ricky Lumpkin has a low ankle sprain, another blow to the ailing defensive line. Arians said the Cardinals will sign a defensive lineman or two, which are necessary with Lumpkin, Everrette Thompson and Dan Williams all out right now. ‘We’ll get a couple fresh bodies and coach real hard for two days,” Arians said. “We’ll see how good of a coach Buck (Brentson Bucker) is.”

— LB Daryl Washington missed the walkthrough while attending his latest court date for his assault case. He returned soon after and said nothing yet has been resolved and his next court date is set for October.

— RB Rashard Mendenhall will be back at practice. G Daryn Colledge will not play against the Packers. Arians said most injured guys are questionable. He still has hope that LB Karlos Dansby and WR Kerry Taylor (hamstrings) could play in Green Bay.

— Center Deveric Gallington,  tweeted out he was going to sign with the Cardinals. The Cards have been searching to find more center depth. Gallington was an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech who spent some time this offseason with the Raiders.

— The Cardinals, surprisingly, haven’t had one scuffle — or even had a hint of a scuffle — all through camp. It was suggested to Arians it could be air-condition-related. Arians smiled. “I do all the scuffling,” he said. More seriously, “We have a no fighting policy,” Arians said. “We don’t play the Cardinals. Normally you still have a (fight). I would think (being) outside it would draw more of that heat.”

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14 Responses to “Two-quarterback roster? Maybe”

  1. By Eric G on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Offensive Line,

    Please, for the love of god, protect Palmer at all costs. We, the fans, cannot take another year like last year. If we lose Palmer due to injury, the season will be over, period.

    Thank you,
    Die hard fans that have suffered enough over the last 25 years.

  2. By Cactus jeff on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Here is what I saw @ practice. Floyd is not the same player, he could be a fantasy star. Never been a Roberts fan but he looks good too. Housler and Fitz are beasts. Bad news no depth at WR. OL has HUGE upgrades with Winston and Cooper. Palmer looks like a B+ QB. Drew Staton looks Kolbish.

    Defense is simple, Tyrann and Peterson are cray good. Minter looks small, doesn’t pass eye test. I can’t see how Rashard Johnson starts. So surprisingly, my biggest concerns are depth at QB and WR and no playmakers at linebacker (changes when Washington is able to play).

    I see the cards scoring a lot of points, the secondary creating a lot of big plays but the defense not being able to stop the run. In-division record 2-4, out of the division 7-3…

  3. By ored on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    would be ironic if we kept only two and then decided sometime during the season we should have/need another qb and signed kolb after he is released from buffalo.that would work if he could do another 4-0 start and finish for once.

  4. By Scott H on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Nice to hear that mendenhall is moving in the right direction. No doubt he is the real deal if healthy. Unfortunately, that “if” is HUGE right now.

    That 2007 season was really something for Warner. That was REALLY the beginning of the resurrection. It seemed he was out-playing Leinart all through camp and pre-season, but…Leinart was ( supposedly ) the future and he had actually showed a lot during his rookie season. He just could NOT get it going in 2007 and it was clear Whiz wasn’t sold on him. The fact that Whiz was using Warner off the bench as a change-of-pace QB during the first 5 games seemed to indicate that Warner was going to be the QB at some point if the light didn’t go on for Leinart. I actually believe the injury to Leinart was a relief for Whiz because it took the decision out of his hands and paved the way for the guy who needed to be under center for this team.

    The fact that Warner came back so quickly from the elbow injury showed just how bad he wanted be a winner again. I picked him up off waivers in my fantasy league a few weeks later, amidst many chuckles from the other guys in my league. Then, Warner started to ROLL and, well, no one was laughing anymore. Except me, of course! He took my team to a league championship that year, took the Cardinals to a SB the next. Ah, those were the days….

    My fantasy team has remained dominant since his departure. The Cardinals? Been missing ever since.

  5. By Jeff on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    Picked Warner up? I drafted him last pick in my league even though Leinart had been drafted in the league and was going to start in real life. People laughed. Then they laughed when I said he would be one of the best QBs at the end of the season. Guess who was laughing at the end of the season when they won the championship. Unlike you, however, I retired with Warner.

    Warner never lost it. He just had to figure out how to get over that hand injury and then he was a scapegoat in NY where they drafted Eli to start. Palmer got a lot of blame in Oakland even though he was one of the few playing well. Of course a lot of his stats came in garbage time. Garbage time started in the first quarter for Oakland. I think Palmer will do well in AZ and if the line holds up we can surprise some teams this year.

  6. By Coach K on Aug 6, 2013 | Reply

    With all due respect for Ryan, it’s not good for him to stay in Arizona. I think he needs a fresh start and a new environment. The Cardinals need three quarterbacks and there is much better quality on other rosters that could get cut. For example, the Steelers have a guy John Parker Wilson who I think is a huge upgrade over Ryan, yet he may not make the Steelers roster if the Steelers keep only three.

  7. By riwjr on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    If only two QB’s are kept on the 53 man roster keep another on the practice squad

  8. By Scott H on Aug 7, 2013 | Reply

    Jeff –

    Hey, glad to see someone else jumped on that Kurt Warner express and toasted the rest of his fantasy league as a result. Just to continue the story, I got even MORE laughs when I actually made Warner a keeper on draft day the following season! Unfortuantely, I had an off year…I came in second.

    I have to say, it did look to me like warner had lost it at the end of his time with the Rams, his one season with the Giants, and his first few years in Arizona. I know he had the hand issue, but…he just didin’t look like the same QB. At the rate he was fumbling the ball, he was becoming a turnover machine. His comeback would have been a great story no matter where he did it. I just think the fact that he did it with the Cardinals ( a perennial loser ) made it all the more re-markable.

  9. By Eric on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    From everything I have heard, Lindley hasn’t done much at camp this year but throw picks. Whiz picked him late even though his college numbers weren’t that good, not sure why he is still on the team really…

    My guess, if the Cards do have a 3rd QB on the roster, it will be someone they pick up on the waiver wire after last cuts. And if they don’t, they will keep TerBush or find another young guy for the practice squad.

    Keim has shown he will be active, I think there could be a few guys (WRs, S, maybe LB) that get signed after teams make their final roster cuts….

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