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Numbers games: Cardinals roster in perspective

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals spent Saturday on the sideline after reducing their roster to 53 players Friday.

I've put together a chart comparing their current positional roster counts against Week 1 rosters since 2003. The goal is to provide perspective and to help us figure out where the team might make adjustments over the next week.

The numbers in the defensive front seven are somewhat inconsistent because I've changed a few player designations as the team has moved toward more of a 3-4 defense. Overall, the Cardinals have one fewer player in the front seven than they did on opening day in 2008.

The rest of the positional counts should be more predictive. Arizona is carrying seven receivers, matching its highest opening-day count over the last six seasons, while Anquan Boldin and Early Doucet fight through injuries. Tight end Ben Patrick is not counting against the 53-man limit while serving a four-game suspension.

I'll provide similar charts for the other teams in the division. Seattle's roster moves jumped out because the team released a projected starter in free safety Brian Russell. Note that the numbers from 2003-2008 reflect opening-day counts. Current rosters figure to change as the week progresses.