Roided-out rosters: Updated for Cardinals

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The Cardinals kept promising tackle Elliot Vallejo over backup center Pat Ross. They released former 49ers linebacker Brandon Moore and kept safety Oliver Celestin.

Otherwise, their initial 53-man roster looks very much like the one scraped together earlier today. I've made the appropriate changes to the suggested Cardinals roster.

This team appears to have improved depth in the defensive front seven. An injury at center or tackle could prove costly for the offensive line.

The receiving situation should remain among the best in the league even without Bryant Johnson. Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin won't need much help if they're healthy and the line provides adequate pass protection.

I've updated the roided-out rosters to reflect the Cardinals' cuts today. Download here if you can't wait for future versions showing the Rams' and Seahawks' cuts.

With that, we take a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' roster as it stands:


Running backs

  • Keepers (5) -- J.J. Arrington, Edgerrin James, Tim Hightower, Terrelle Smith, Tim Castille

  • Missed cut (2) -- Chris Vincent, Steve Baylark

  • Key issue -- Hightower appears ready to siphon off some of James' carries. Can he handle the finer points of the position, notably pass protection? And can he stop fumbling? Rookie runners can have a hard time protecting the football. Hightower's slippery fingers might make coaches nervous. James remains a workhorse, but he won't get far even if he makes the first defender miss.


Tight ends

Offensive line

Defensive line


Defensive backs