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Predicting the Arizona Cardinals’ Final 2014 Depth Chart

Predicting the Arizona Cardinals' Final 2014 Depth Chart

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The Arizona Cardinals are a team on the rise, with plenty of young talent and a great coach in Bruce Arians. This is a fairly complete team, with only a few real holes in the roster. With that said, here is a prediction of what the final Arizona Cardinals' depth chart will look like as we inch closer to the regular season.

Quarterbacks (3)

Carson Palmer
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Quarterbacks (3)

Carson Palmer
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Carson Palmer
Drew Stanton
Logan Thomas

Carson Palmer is coming off a decent season, and he should remain the starter. Drew Stanton is a reliable backup, and he should be able to take over easily if Palmer goes down. Thomas is the Wild Card here. His preseason performance has been excellent so far, and he looks like a future starter.

Running Back (3)

Andre Ellington
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Running Back (3)

Andre Ellington
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Andre Ellington
Stepfan Taylor
Jonathan Dwyer

Expected to play a Jamaal Charles-type role in 2014, expectations are high for Andre Ellington. The talent is there for him to be a star. Stepfan Taylor is a good change-of-pace back, and a lock to be Ellington’s backup this season. Jonathan Dwyer is an underrated talent, and if given a chance, he could produce.

Wide Receiver (6)

Larry Ftizgerald and Michael Floyd
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Wide Receiver (6)

Larry Ftizgerald and Michael Floyd
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Larry Fitzgerald
Michael Floyd
John Brown
Ted Ginn Jr.
Walter Powell
Jaron Brown

Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd once again headline the Cardinals' receiving core, while John Brown has made waves this offseason as a slot receiver. After those guys, there is a considerable drop off with Ted Ginn and Walter Powell.

Offensive Line (10)

Jared Veldheer
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Offensive Line (10)

Jared Veldheer
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Jared Veldheer (OT), Jonathan Cooper (OG), Lyle Sendlein (OC), Paul Fanaika (OG), Bobby Massie (OT), Nate Potter (OT), Earl Watford (OG), Ted Larsen (OC), Anthony Steen (OG), Max Starks (OT)

This is a much improved unit for the Cardinals. Jared Veldheer is an elite left tackle, while Jonathan Cooper should be a very good guard right away. The rest of the line has talent and seems to be improved.

Defensive Line (6)

Calais Campbell
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Defensive Line (6)

Calais Campbell
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Calais Campbell (DE)
Dan Williams (NT)
Darnell Dockett (DE)
Kareem Martin (DE)
Ed Stinson (DE)
Bruce Gaston (DT)

Calais Campbell, Dan Williams and Darnell Dockett give the Cardinals a formidable defensive line, while rookies Martin, Stinson and Gaston have good potential.

Linebackers (8)

Kevin Minter
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Linebackers (8)

Kevin Minter
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John Abraham (OLB)
Kevin Minter (ILB)
Desmond Bishop (ILB)
Matt Shaugnessy (OLB)
Alex Okafor (OLB)
Lorenzo Alexander (ILB)
Larry Foote (ILB)
Sam Acho (OLB)

Without Daryl Washington or Karlos Dansby, this linebacking unit is considerably weaker. Kevin Minter needs to step up big time.

Defensive Backs (10)

Patrick Peterson
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Defensive Backs (10)

Patrick Peterson
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Patrick Peterson (CB), Deone Bucannon (SS), Rashad Johnson (FS), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Justin Bethel (CB), Jerraud Powers (CB), Tony Jefferson (SS), Curtis Taylor (FS), Bryan McCann (CB), Tyrann Mathieu (FS)

Patrick Peterson remains one of the best corners in the NFL, while Antonio Cromartie is an upgrade on the other side. Mathieu will start once he returns from the PUP list.

Special Teams

Jay Feely
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Special Teams

Jay Feely
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Jay Feely (PK)
Dave Zastudil (P)
Mike Leach (LS)
Ted Ginn (KR/PR)

Jay Feely is a solid kicker, while Dave Zastudil gets the job done as a punter. Mike Leach is a reliable long snapper, and Tedd Ginn can be explosive as a return man.