Cuts begin with Carpenter

Posted by Darren Urban on August 25, 2013 – 5:42 pm

The Cardinals have been making a few cuts here and there as camp has been going on so it’s not like they just started Sunday. But teams must get down to the 75-man limit by Tuesday and so this weekend came the first wave of massive roster changes. With it was one surprise, not so much that he was released but when. Kicker Dan Carpenter is out less than a week after arriving, solidifying Jay Feely’s spot on the team. Bruce Arians had said the kicking battle would go through the end of the preseason, but Carpenter had a field goal blocked and Kent Somers reported the Cards didn’t think Carpenter kicked well in practice.

The rest of the moves aren’t unexpected. Again, with the rosters expanding by 10 beginning with the 2011 season, most of these guys wouldn’t have even been on a team just a few years ago. The harder cuts are coming in a week, when the trim must go to 53.

The younger players will get a lot more playing time against the Broncos Thursday. The Chargers’ game was the “important” one to the starters. So it is interesting to note the play totals from Saturday. A total of 25 offensive players got at least 10 offensive plays in the game. A total of 27 defensive players did the same. Some of the names getting significant playing time are interesting. Defensive end Kenny Rowe got 19 plays. Defensive line swingman Ronald Talley, whom Arians has talked up quite a bit later, got 37 snaps. Rookie OLB Alex Okafor, who has had a quiet camp, got 27 snaps.

New wide receiver Mike Thomas only got two plays; I’d expect him to get much more time in Denver as the Cards try to decide if they should keep him. Safety Tony Jefferson, after playing well in the second preseason game, didn’t get a defensive snap Saturday.

My guess is that Arians and Steve Keim have a pretty good idea who the 53 will be (or at least, say 50 or 51 at this point).

— Oh, and because I know somebody will ask, nothing else has been said on Jonathan Cooper aside from what Arians said yesterday about the leg being broken. I’m sure we will get an update tomorrow when Arians talks before practice. That includes all the other injured players. Not sure how much starters will play Thursday in Denver, if at all.

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26 Responses to “Cuts begin with Carpenter”

  1. By D on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply

    I would trade R. Williams RB to SD for TE L. Green

  2. By Eazy E on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply

    They didn’t even give Carpenter a fair chance and I was rooting for Feely nothing against Carpenter it’s just that Feely shouldn’t have any ”real” competition the way he’s been kicking the ball. Hate that for J-Coop and unfortunately, he’s probably out for the season, A Broken Leg?! I’m looking to my right, and we are shopping Ryan Williams, what gives???

  3. By Coach K on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply

    I am very concerned about left tackle after the San Diego game.

  4. By georgiebird on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply

    Except for Larry and PP, there is not one guy on this team that can’t be either traded or cut.
    The defense looks terrible again for the 50+ straight year. And all those arguing that the defense has been pretty good the past few years are drinking the kool-aid. Our defensive stats have looked good because the opponent has no urgency to continue scoring against us. Once opponents get ahead of us, they sit on the ball with no fear that our offense will come back. Over the course of a year, indifference on the part of opposing offenses improves the Cards’ defensive stats and most people are misled
    Stop the run and stop the 3rd down pass- we’re not close right now..

  5. By BirdGangLeader on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply


    Do you think they give us our takeaways too? Our defense is not terrible. I do agree that its not as good as a lot of people believe due to the mass yardage allowed but i still remain optimistic because we can force turnovers at any point in time of the game. Patrick Peterson was top 5 in INTs last year and we forced mat ryan to throw five picks. Since we our gaining some offense it will be a better year than last. I say we can be a Wild Card if we steal a couple of road games

  6. By Brandon on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply

    I was reading an article about Ryan Williams, getting shopped around. Is it true?

  7. By Sean on Aug 25, 2013 | Reply

    What does that mean for Tony Jefferson if he didn’t get any defensive snaps? Out or in? He was awesome against Dallas, so why not a chance this game?

  8. By Lifetime Fan on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks a lot for posting a story on A. Smith. He has been as you said, “reliable”, and if Arians truly believes in smart, durable players then I can’t see Alfonso not making this team. I haven’t studied the film, but I feel like the guy picks up every assignment, wheter it is protection, hitting a hole or catching a pass. Also, they don’t even give Jefferson a chance to play!!! That usually preludes a cut, which is crazy given the way our safties have played and the playmaking ability Jefferson has shown.

  9. By BluePitt on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    I love BA when you are an IDIOT he calls you an IDIOT!!!! We are going to be fine this year with him at the helm!!!

  10. By J.T. on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply


    I love looking at the blog as a source of Cardinals news but I find it difficult to read your posts because you seem to carry an attitude with you in everything that you say. “Because I know someone will ask…” “For the last time I do not know anything about…” and etc. I get it, it gets annoying answering the same question over and over again. But try to remember that you have what many of us would consider to be a pretty fun job and your job is in its nature one that allows fans to communicate with you and ask you questions.

  11. By charles berge on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    I see what you’re saying. With exception of spark in run game, as bad as any football during streak. Penalties, mental mistakes, receiver errors and yes then there’s Levi Brown. Left that game and all I could say was, WOW!

  12. By James on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    It’s just perseason the defense will be fine guys.

  13. By red bird of death! on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    Defense looked confused, let up crazy plays like in Dallas except more obvious, the JCoop situation is awful I wish him the best. I think Williams is out unless he rushes for 100yrds next week, this season could be a dreadful one …… gods help us.

  14. By azqfan on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    georgiebird, if you do not think the defense was any good last year, you know NOTHING about football.

  15. By georgiebird on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    There are plays during the game that define the defense. In most cases, teams had little problem running or passing at critical times of the game. Horton was good at stopping the run one game and stopping the pass another game. But Horton had little success stopping the pass and the run in the same game.
    There are about 65 plays run against our defense in a game and on many of those plays, the Cards do ok (usually because the outcome is no longer in question). The only unit on the team that is first class regardless of the score is the field goal and punt blocking units- that definitely figured in to the FG miss by NE.

  16. By georgiebird on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe terrible is to strong a word-a little hyperbole on my part. A better description would be “poor” (as in porous). There are bright spots in every year. The takeaways against Ryan (couple of tips) were nice- but the Cards lost and gave up 301 yards to Ryan and 123 yards to White alone. The game couldn’t prove my point more-at crunch time the Falcons went thru us like water.
    As I said last year, when you are the worst team in the NFL -over a 50 year period)- in producing quality LBs, the last thing you want to do is move to a 3-4 defense where big, strong, fast linebackers are a necessity (as is a NT).

  17. By georgiebird on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    I have faith in Arians- I think he’s a real good talent evaluator. However, the Chargers’ game had to shake BA a bit. Turning the Cards around will be tougher than BA imagined.
    BA will now see more of the light. My years of following the Cards is something Arians doesn’t have. Arians sees things that most people don’t and I see things than Arians doesn’t because they are historical repetition of the same mistakes.
    Therefore, 2013 will be a rebuilding year and, hopefully, 2014 will be a year that we might challenge for a wildcard spot if things go right at QB.
    Last year, I called for the cutting of AW and Rhodes and BA followed thru.
    This year don’t be surprised at what might be done by cutdown day. If the right package came along, I would definitely get some value for Dockett. And realizing that Larry is the face of the franchise and a great player/person, Cards would be better off in the long run if we could get value for him that might translate into a franchise QB.

  18. By barry on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    Wow…major loss in this game in more than one way! The left tackle situation is still a concern..I hear Ron wolfley trying to talk up Levi Brown but, this is too much. If its not penalties its losing yards to holding or sacked. Just need to let the guy go in the next round of players or…trade which we will be lucky if anyone wants him..

    think we took him over peterson many years back.

  19. By david on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    I was hoping ron wolfly was on this list

  20. By thebreakneck on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    @georgiebird When you offense can’t much more than a couple first downs and turns the ball over every other snap you are going to have a lot of yards against your defense the time of possession and the number offensive snaps for the other team make a huge difference but the defense was in the top 10 in a couple categories and more than likely would have been in the top 10 in a couple more if our o could have held on to the ball at all. Oh yeah and find one coach in the league that gets one or 2 touchdowns ahead and puts on the breaks that’s ridiculous and we didn’t lose many games by more than 3-14.which amazing given how much other teams possessed the ball.

  21. By thebreakneck on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    @georgiebird also if you are going to say “worst team in a 50 year period to do X” show us some stats or is that just more “hyperbole”.

  22. By barry on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    @david …haha tell me about it..the guys says some wierd stuff. I listend to him describe a play and its just “wacky”.

  23. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    Silver lining: the running game improved game 3.

  24. By georgiebird on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    @the breakneck-
    Stats to show Cards are the worst NFL team in producing linebackers in the past 50 years.
    What are you, my straight man??? Look at the number of Cardinals that have made a NFL pro-bowl team as a starter in the past 50 years. If you find one, your lucky. If you find two it must be reading a Cardinals PR book. And the number of Cardinals’ blown linebacker draft choices in the top three is legendary.

  25. By ored on Aug 26, 2013 | Reply

    we have’nt even played game one of the regular season and i’m pretty sure we’ll play a few before we contemplate trading dd or fitz,i imagine we’ll let our guys have some room to adjust,remember,new staff and new players,they need time for the magic to happen.pretty sure everyone was disappointed with the bolts game,now we learn from it,even though coop won’t be playing for awhile,we’re still better up front than last year,we just need time to gel,when they get comfortable won’t be anymore missed assignments,dropped balls,and dumb plays/fouls.then we can stop over criticizing every play,wanting to cut or trade players while they’re still learning or firing coaches before they have a chance.

  26. By Big Ken on Sep 1, 2013 | Reply

    Carpenter, what a clown.

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