The Arizona Cardinals built a number of cornerback additions to improve a secondary that confirmed flaws in the course of the stop of the 2021 season.
Arizona signed previous 1st-round Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney in March and drafted cornerback Christian Matthew in the seventh spherical of the NFL draft. The Cardinals also signed former second-round cornerback Josh Jackson soon after the second working day of necessary minicamp.
Sad to say, the devastating death of Jeff Gladney on Memorial Working day morning could pressure the crew into incorporating a veteran piece.
Professional Soccer Emphasis graded secondaries heading into the 2022 NFL year. The Seattle Seahawks have been offered the worst mark in the NFC West, as they ended up rated 30th.
PFF’s Michael Renner rated the Cardinals’ secondary 27th and labeled the team as getting “major flaws.”
“The Cardinals concluded 24th in workforce coverage grade past calendar year, and for some reason, this unit went all but ignored about the class of the offseason,” Renner wrote. “It was not until eventually they drafted cornerback Christian Matthew in the seventh spherical out of Valdosta State that they dealt with this unit.”
Arizona has been in speak to with free of charge agent Robert Alford, who had the greatest cornerback PFF quality (66.9) on the Cardinals in 2021. Byron Murphy Jr.’s PFF coverage grade was 62.1 and rookie Marco Wilson struggled as he posted a 47.8 protection grade.
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On the other hand, safety Budda Baker manufactured his fourth Pro Bowl last period and Jalen Thompson experienced 101 tackles and scored a 71.8 protection grade. The Cardinals’ security duo is arguably one particular of the very best in the league.
The Cardinals at the moment have Murphy and Wilson as their prime two cornerbacks. The Cardinals’ defense allowed 3,645 yards and 30 passing touchdowns, which ranked seventh and tied for 25th, respectively, in the league. Of study course, it need to be famous that 8 groups authorized 27, 28 or 29 touchdown passes.
Other than Matthew and Jackson, Breon Borders, Jace Whittaker, Antonio Hamilton and Nate Brooks make up the rest of the corner team. Depth concerns harm the Cardinals in the back again stop of the 2021 time. Key injuries down the stretch to Alford and Wilson forced the team to give downs to Kevin Peterson, Whittaker and Borders. Hamilton had a 64.7 coverage quality in 313 snaps.
In accordance to OverTheCap, the Cardinals have $11.5 million in cap place to do the job with. There is a chance that Arizona can incorporate a veteran cornerback or two to help deepen the depth chart.
Just after the passing of Gladney, Kingsbury acknowledged that the Cardinals will scour for added cornerback support.
“That’s a tragic scenario and we have an understanding of that, but we are often attempting to improve our roster,” Kingsbury explained during OTAs. “And that is a place that we would like to carry in a couple much more veteran gamers that we could just before teaching camp, and so we’ll see what’s out there in the next few of weeks.”
Injuries happen, and if an personal injury hits any of Arizona’s top rated two corners, it could spell even much more difficulty.