Throughout the entire offseason, most of the attention surrounding the Arizona Cardinals has been at the quarterback position. Then, after Ryan Williams was selected with the team’s second-round pick in the draft, the focus turned to running back. With the Cardinals focusing elsewhere, one position that could end up in ruins is wide receiver.
Yes, Larry Fitzgerald is still in the desert – at least for now. But if things don’t get better in a hurry, he could be forced to leave Arizona, where he’s spent the first seven years of his NFL career.
With Fitzgerald’s situation aside for now, a look below him on the depth chart isn’t very promising. Steve Breaston was seemingly fazed out of the offense down the stretch in 2010 and it’s uncertain if he’ll be back this year. Breaston is scheduled to be a restricted free agent but that might change whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
After Breaston, things could easily be considered bleak. Yes, there is some talent but that talent is relatively unproven and undependable, at least at this point.
Early Doucet is a classic example of talent that hasn’t developed. Doucet, set to enter his fourth year in the league, has been plagued by injuries and has been unable to stay on the field consistently. Should Breaston end up leaving, Doucet would be in line to take over the second wideout spot – a proposition unlikely to strike fear into many opposing defenses.
Following Doucet on the depth chart is a group of second-year players. Andre Roberts, a third-round draft pick in 2010, along with undrafted free agents Stephen Williams and Max Komar.
Roberts flashed his ability during the second half of the 2010 campaign but he appears to be more of a possession receiver rather than an option to stretch the field. Roberts did make some big plays but most came on underneath routes, rather than beating defenders with speed downfield.
Williams and Komar should both be commended for what they’ve accomplished so far after coming to Arizona as rookie free agents. Both logged a good deal of snaps a year ago and made a handful of plays during their time on the field. Both players, however, should more than likely be backups and if one is forced into a No. 3 wide receiver role – a critical spot in coach Ken Whisenhunt’s offensive scheme – it won’t bode well for the Cardinals’ passing game.
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