QB Depth Chart Breakdown for Arizona Cardinals Post-Brian Hoyer Release

By Thomas Emerick
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Over the last couple of years, you could make the argument that Brian Hoyer would’ve given the Arizona Cardinals a better option at starting quarterback than the rag-tag passer platoon of Kevin Kolb, Max Hall, John Skelton and Co. that trotted out there to miserable results.

However, the Cards have since reupholstered the most important position in the sport of football and now have no room for Hoyer, as NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting that Arizona has dropped the backup quarterback.

Hoyer played two games after joining Arizona late last year and compiled a 65.8 quarterback rating on 30-for-53 passing. While Hoyer has since been widely reported as released, he may not be subject to waivers.

“For some odd reason, QB Brian Hoyer is listed as contract terminated, so he’s not subject to waivers after all,” Caplan tweeted.

This leaves the Cards’ quarterback depth chart with Carson Palmer as the unquestioned starter with Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley battling for backup roles. Lindley performed terribly after being thrust in as a seventh-round rookie last year, while Stanton only has a pass rating of 63.1 in 12 career games. However, they should be serviceable as understudies —  enough so that Arizona passed on quarterback in the draft.

“I know that early on in the process, I had talked about subscribing to the theory of taking a quarterback every year,” said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. “I still believe in that. The difference is, our draft picks came through free agency with Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.  “We didn’t feel like that was a necessary move we needed to make.”

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