Reactions to Arizona Cardinals Cut-Down Day

On Saturday the Cardinals cut their roster down to 53 players before the league imposed deadline. On Sunday, the team announced 14 players had been added to the practice squad (out of a possible 16, a new change for 2020). Unless noted, these are up to date as of the evening of 09/09/2020.

Cut: WR Hakeem Butler

Butler, Arizona’s 4th round pick in 2019, was probably the most surprising of the cuts the team made. The 24 year old second year player spent his entire rookie year on Injured Reserve with a broken hand suffered in training camp. Reports surfaced not long after the roster move was made that the Cardinals tried to trade Butler unsuccessfully. 

The former Iowa State Cyclone was a projected 2nd round pick in 2019 before falling to the 4th round. Butler has not been signed to any team or practice squad. 

Cut: CB Ken Crawley

One of the newest Cardinals, Crawley was signed in August three days after being cut by Las Vegas. Now Crawley will again be looking for a new home, just over 2 weeks after being signed. Rather than keep Crawley on the roster, the Cards elected to keep just four cornerbacks on the initial 53. The Cardinals appear confident in the coverage abilities of Isaiah Simmons and De’Vondre Campbell. They also kept 5 safeties, giving them some flexibility on the back end.

Cut – Practice Squad: TE Dylan Cantrell

For much of camp, Cantrell was locked into a battle for the 3rd TE spot with Darrell Daniels. For now, Daniels has won that job, but Cantrell was able to make it through waivers and was added to the practice squad. Cantrell is a former 6th round pick who has not seen the field in a regular season game thus far in his career, whereas Daniels is a Cardinals practice squad veteran and saw limited special teams snaps in 2019 including a forced fumble on Steelers punter Jordan Berry. 

Cut – Practice Squad: DE Trevon Coley

Coley is a former 14 game starter for the Cleveland Browns, and given a true preseason this year, he may have just made Arizona’s opening day roster. In a somewhat crowded 6-man defensive line room, Coley was the odd man out. Coley was signed to the practice squad, so he still has a chance to make some noise.

Cut – Practice Squad: Jonathan Bullard

Being that Bullard made six starts for the Cardinals in 2019, this one is a bit of surprise. Before being added to IR, Bullard played in nine games, starting six, and had 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks.  Instead of Cole and Bullard, the Cards ended up keeping 2019 7th round pick Michael Dogbe, 2020 4th round pick Rashard Lawrence, and 2019 2nd round pick Zach Allen. Arizona was able to get Bullard through waivers and on to the practice squad, so its not a total loss, and I would expect to see Bullard on the field at some point this season.

Complete list of cuts:

  • S Kentrell Brice
  • WR Johnnie Dixon (waived/injured)
  • RB D.J. Foster
  • CB Chris Jones
  • OL Koda Martin
  • WR Andre Patton
  • WR A.J. Richardson
  • LB Reggie Walker
  • RB Jonathan Ward
  • WR JoJo Ward
  • LB Evan Weaver
  • CB Jace Whittaker
  • WR Hakeem Butler
  • DL Miles Brown
  • OL Sam Jones
  • P Ryan Winslow
  • OL Brett Toth

Initial 2020 Practice Squad:

  • S Kentrell Brice
  • DL Jonathan Bullard
  • TE Dylan Cantrell
  • DL Trevon Coley
  • RB D.J. Foster
  • CB Chris Jones
  • OL Koda Martin
  • WR Andre Patton
  • WR A.J. Richardson
  • LB Reggie Walker
  • WR JoJo Ward
  • RB Jonathan Ward
  • LB Evan Weaver
  • CB Jace Whittaker

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