What to know about Cardinals depth chart and projected depth chart for the 2017-18 season
The Arizona Cardinals have had a number of injury issues and are struggling to win games, so the team’s depth chart is still pretty much a work in progress.
But the team does have a number for this upcoming season that should help the team prepare for the postseason.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim made a point of bringing back veteran defensive end Derek Wolfe from the New York Jets as a situational pass rusher and has drafted another veteran pass rusher in free agency.
Wolfe is a former second-round pick of the Denver Broncos who spent four years with the Broncos after being drafted by the New England Patriots in 2015.
He played in three games last season for the Jets, playing defensive end in three of them.
The team also brought back center Max Unger, who spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Unger had four sacks in four games last year and was signed to a two-year, $6.8 million contract.
But his production fell off this past season, recording just five sacks.
The former first-round draft pick spent the last three years in Philadelphia.
The team signed former first round draft pick Josh Sitton last week.
Sitton is a veteran who spent six years with Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals.
He was drafted by Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and was later traded to Indianapolis Colts in March.
He spent last season with the Colts.
The Cardinals also have a couple of veteran interior offensive linemen in veteran Justin Britt and veteran defensive tackle Jason Worilds.
Britt spent the past three seasons in Arizona.
He had four career starts in 2014 and 2015.
Worild, a second-year pro out of Michigan State, has spent the final four seasons with Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins.
The Cards are expected to have a mix of players on their roster this season.
They have a lot of offensive linemen on the roster with veteran defensive tackles David DeCastro and John Abraham and a number in the backfield.
Arizona also has a number on their depth chart with former first and second round draft picks J.T. Thomas and Justin Pugh.
Thomas was drafted in the third round of last year’s draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent five seasons in Tampa Bay before being released this past offseason.
He will compete for a roster spot with a couple other former first or second round picks.
The defense will have the chance to see a few more veteran defensive linemen in free agent signings.
Veteran safety Eric Rowe was released by the Baltimore Ravens and was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons.
Rowe had been with the Ravens for six seasons and started eight games in 2015, including one in 2016.
Rowe spent the 2015 season with Atlanta.
Thomas has been a free agent for the past four seasons and will compete with fellow veteran defensive lineman Jourdan Lewis for a job.
The offensive line, including veterans and rookies, will be in a tough spot with the team needing to address its pass rush.
Rookie center Evan Mathis and veteran center Matt Paradis have been inconsistent at times.
Mathis has struggled mightily over the past two seasons, but the team is hoping he will bounce back.
The Arizona offense will also have to figure out what to do with veteran left tackle Alex Boone and rookie right tackle Ty Sambrailo, who has been inconsistent and out of shape since his rookie year in 2015 with the Minnesota Vikings.
The quarterback situation is one of the most critical in this year’s NFL.
Carson Palmer has struggled this season and has thrown the ball a little too often.
The quarterback situation has also been a problem for the Cardinals.
Palmer missed four games during his tenure with the Arizona Cardinals and the team was forced to move on from him in December 2016.
The Cardinals drafted Jared Goff in the fifth round of this year ‘s draft.
Goff started three games for the Rams in 2016 before going down with an injury.
He returned to the Rams’ practice squad last season and played one more game for the team before the Rams traded him to the Houston Texans in late November.
The Texans drafted Jared Allen in the sixth round of that draft.
Allen spent two seasons with Minnesota before being cut in February.
The veteran had started eight regular season games for Minnesota and was named the team captain for 2016.
He started his career with the Kansas City Chiefs before spending the first two seasons in the Carolina Panthers organization.
Allen has yet to play a full season since 2014 and was released in May.
The two sides have been in talks to keep Allen around, but it is unclear if the teams have reached an agreement.
The franchise tag on Allen has reportedly been set at $20 million for the next four years.
The running back position is expected to be one of Arizona’s top issues this season as veteran Darren McFadden is set to enter free agency after two seasons.
McFadden was one of only four running backs to record 1,000 rushing yards last season.
He finished third in the NFL in rushing yards with 2,069 and