The Cardinals brought in punter Matt Wile for a tryout Monday, and Tuesday, signed him to their practice squad. Drew Butler remains the punter on the active roster.
To make room for Wile on the practice squad, the Cardinals released linebacker Reshard Cliett.
Wile punted well against the Cards two weeks ago when he served as an injury fill-in for the Falcons. In that game, Wile’s two punts traveled 59 and 57 yards, and his net average was 52 yards. Wile’s arrival will essentially create an in-season competition at the position. Butler has struggled since returning to the Cardinals following a severe ankle injury and subsequent release. In his two stints with the Cards this season – six games thus far – Butler has averaged 41.3 yards with a net average of 35.4.
“Like any other position there are expectations, and that spot right now, we’re not living up to expectations,” General Manager Steve Keim said Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7. “It’s a results-based business and if you’re not getting the job done, we’ll look and see if there is somebody who can.”
Coach Bruce Arians had pointed out Monday any new punter would also need to be able to hold on point-afters and field goals. Some practice time will give Wile a chance to show that as well. As Kent Somers astutely pointed out, as bad as a shanked punt might be, a blown hold on a key field goal would be worse.
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Steve Keim promised he’d keep churning the bottom of the roster, and he did again Tuesday, signing veteran linebacker Sio Moore. Moore, in his fourth NFL season, had 7.5 sacks as a (mostly) starter for the Raiders in 2013 and 2014. He played for the Colts in a reserve role in 2015 and began this season with Indianapolis before being released. He started four games for the Colts this year with 28 tackles. He also signed with the Chiefs this season, appearing in one game.
He replaces linebacker Joplo Bartu on the roster. Bartu was waived with an injury settlement after suffering a hamstring injury.
The Cardinals also added linebacker Reshard Cliett to the practice squad. Cliett was a 2015 sixth-round pick of the Texans.
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