Cardinals DE Spot Makes List of Top 10 Unfilled Roster Hole

Football Outsiders has out their list of “The Top 10 unfilled roster holes,” and the Cards make the list with their unsettled DE spot. Here’s the story:

7. Arizona Cardinals: Defensive End

When Antonio Smith seemed likely to depart, the Cardinals’ organization should have planned accordingly and made a move to acquire a defensive end with pass-rushing capabilities to replace him, like the Packers’ Michael Montgomery. Instead, Smith did depart for Houston, while the Cardinals didn’t add a single defensive end in free agency and spent only the 204th pick of the draft on an end, Illinois’ Will Davis. Now, a defense that was 23rd in the league in our adjusted sack rate stat a year ago replaces one of their best pass-rushers with Calais Campbell, who didn’t register a single sack last season.


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