The first depth chart of 2015

Posted by Darren Urban on August 10, 2015 – 1:20 pm

The Cardinals released the first depth chart of the 2015 season, with their first preseason game coming Saturday night. As noted at the very top of the chart in the team’s press release, the chart is compiled by the media relations staff. It’s a useful tool, but it isn’t the end-all be-all in terms of what the Cardinals are doing on the field. Reading too much into it can be a mistake.

For instance, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu are listed as the starting safeties, while in practice it is Deone Bucannon and Rashad Johnson who have been running with the first unit. In the end, all four get a lot of snaps. Ifeanyi Momah is running first unit at tight end and has earned it — but will he stay there when Jermaine Gresham gets back into football shape? And with so many quality defensive linemen, it probably shouldn’t matter right now that, for instance, Matt Shaughnessy is running third team because that will all be sorted out as preseason games go by. Rodney Gunter is fourth-team in the deep unit — but barring something crazy, he’s going to be on this roster.

That being said, here’s a look at the depth chart:


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  1. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    A few of things jump out at me;

    First, how can Shaughnessy, Mauro and Gunter make this team? They can’t. Two of these guys will be gone.

    Second, how is Woodley behind Alexander? Alexander probably shouldn’t even make this team. OLB may be the biggest unknown on this team. Preseason will have us going against backups a lot and teams will not scheme, neither will the defense. so it gives guys in this unit a chance to make plays one on one against tackles. But who on this unit will step up??

    Third, lots of depth at safety, not much at CB.

    Forth, there could be 6 receivers on this team, but if they go to 5, don’t be surprised if Jaron Brown is the odd man out. Arians loved speed in Pittsburgh. JJ Nelson and John Brown are making this team to go with Floyd and Fitz. It will be interesting if Golden steals that 5th spot away.

    Finally, center is a weak spot. No doubt about it. But that left side is strong. It will be interesting to see what Cooper can do in a game. Keim says he is playing like his old self. Heard on the Doug and Wolf show that he is moving great but still doesnt hit with any power or aggression. It will be fun over the preseason games to see which Cooper shows up.

  2. By NJAzCardsFan on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    Darren- Any idea on who is in the lead for the 3rd QB spot…???
    Will the 4th QB end up on the PS?

  3. By Darren Urban on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: QB

    Logan Thomas is still in the lead. It’s his job to lose.

    I don’t expect four QBs in any situation.

  4. By Crow on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    is something wrong with fells at TE is he hurt………not on the depth chart just wondering

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    Crow —

    RE: Fells

    He’s there.

  6. By Richard S on Aug 10, 2015 | Reply

    No John Brown?

  7. By Lady B on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply

    Again, as stated in the article, this was created by the MEDIA Relations Department, not BA and no one on his staff.

    – Shaughnessy will likely be on the roster, he is taking 3rd team reps but he’s playing a new position this yr, he’ll start in different schemes, depends on what Bettcher is dialing up.

    – Alexander is getting old and likely in his final yr but he is a leader on and off the field, he moves on special teams and everyone knows that’s his role. He is a player rep, captain last yr, they’ll keep him.

    – Jaron Brown would have been the odd man out but if Floyd is as hurt as I think he is, they may have to keep him around for a while. Did you see that picture he posted … his hand is a club … he’ll be out for a bit, multiple games into the regular season, mark my word.

    – Center IS a weak spot for us, and as far as Cooper goes, can’t really say which “Cooper” we’re going to see, just hoping he gets it together.

    Not sure we’ll contend for the Super Bowl this year, but as long as we’re healthy, and Bettcher steps up, we could be a threat in the NFC.

  8. By Big Ken on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply

    Logan Thomas is still in the lead? Now that’s something to watch. Or is it the best of the worst?

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply

    Crow and Richard S;

    Look more closely. Fells is a starter on depth chart. John Brown is behind Floyd.

  10. By jasonc on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply


    This is the year! Keim’s first draft class enters year 3 and we will finally be able truly evaluate his class. Mathieu looks great! Can Okafor build off last year? At the very least we have 5 players from that draft class as starters on this initial depth chart and Watford who should factor in this year as well.

  11. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply


    I agree that year 3 is big. This is how I view it.

    Honey Badger is exciting. Even if he not a starter, he will play a ton.

    This is a make or break year for Coop. 2 games in 2 years started. From every report, he is moving fast and 100%, but I am also hearing toughness questions and hearing him getting beat.

    Not buying Minter, He will play run downs, but I am not in his camp. Unless he can play at a high level, he was a poor 2nd round pick.

    Watford looks like he will have an opportunity at RT now Massie is suspended. I was excited when I watched him at practice as a rookie. But, he was so inconsistent an heard he was really immature. Question mark here.

    Ellington might be sitting behind Chris Johnson. Parcels use to say if you are in the training room, you are no use to me. Got to believe BA is losing patience when you look at the draft of David Johnson and the offer to Chris Johnson. This is a wait and see.

    Taylor is hanging on due to special teams. If CJ is brought on board, spots are getting tougher.

    So, yep, we will see if Keim scored or not. But will you admit you would rather have Vacarro and Collins the last two years and them going into year 3???

  12. By faster on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply

    i read a lot about palmer, but how is stanton doing? is he fit for a full season?

  13. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply

    Faster —

    RE: Stanton

    Stanton is in good health. Playing as expected.

  14. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 11, 2015 | Reply

    Lady B;

    The cards won’t keep more than 7 d-lineman. They might keep 6. So Campbell, Peters, Rucker, Stinson, and Redding are in. There is 5.

    Now you have 4 guys; Shaughnessy, Ta’amu, Gunter, Mauro battling for 2 spots. Gunter is a draft pick and , unless he is bad, will get a spot most likely. Especially since he can play nose. So one spot up for those 3 guys. Maybe Redding, who is pretty old, slips. But I doubt it. If I am looking at a back up, I take Mauro over Shaughnessy. But we will see.

    OLB- You are keeping 4, maybe 5. Woodley, Golden and Okafor will be on the team. That leaves 1-2 spots for Alexander, Riddick, and Martin. Again, I would go with the potential of the young guys over the vet who has not much left.

    WR- I do agree that Floyd’s injury has given both Golden and Brown a chance to stay on the team for a little while. With Golden being used on Punt/KO returner, Jaron Brown’s days could be numbered when Floyd returns.

  15. By jasonc on Aug 12, 2015 | Reply


    Injuries have been the biggest problem with Keim’s draft class. Of course it’d be easy to say we’d rather have had two players who have been fortunate in that department. I would rather have Mathieu than Vacarro….can you be sure we’d have taken him in round 3 after taking Vacarro?

    I know Vacarro and Collins were your guys and they have been good players….they don’t call you the draft guy for nothing. My point is still the same. Keim has 5 starters from that draft class heading into the third season and if they can stay healthy I see 4 of them being difference makers. It’s going to be an exciting season! Providing Carson can stay clean!!

  16. By Lady B on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    John The Draft Guy,

    Good breakdown. I’m interested to see how the 2’s and 3’s play this weekend. You can’t REALLY tell until game time.

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