The Arizona Cardinals as promised made some roster moves on Tuesday. One was expected after Sunday’s loss. Another we were sure would happen based on injury news. A couple were made that we did not see coming.
First, it’s over folks. The Kameron Canaday experiment has ended in Arizona. The rookie long-snapper had a rough start to the season after beating out Danny Dillon in training camp.
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Canaday botched two big plays. The first was in the New England Patriots game when he snapped the ball low for holder Drew Butler on a game-winning field goal attempt. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro’s timing was thrown off and he missed wide left.
In Sunday’s loss to the Bills, Canaday snapped one high over the head of Butler. It allowed the Bills Aaron Williams to scoop up the ball and run it back for a touchdown. It was a 10-point swing that for all intent and purpose ended the chances for a Cardinals comeback.
After the game coach Bruce Arians hinted Canaday’s job was in jeopardy. Now we will wait and see who the replacement will be.
The Cardinals also released a couple of other players. In a surprise move, the Cardinals cut safety Marqui Christian. He was a fifth-round draft pick out of Midwestern State.
Christian was inactive for each of the first three weeks. He was impressive in preseason however, so the move is a head scratcher. There was thought the Cardinals could try to re-sign him to the practice squad but he needs to clear waivers first.
Also released was second-year linebacker Shaq Riddick. He was on the practice squad. He was another player that really never got a shot to show what he could do on gameday.
In a move anticipated after tight end Troy Niklas injured his wrist in Sunday’s loss, he was placed on injured reserve. Replacing him off the practice squad is tight end Ifeanyi Momah. Momah was a bit of a surprise cut at the end of camp. Now he gets his chance.
As for Niklas, could this be the end of the road as a member of the Cardinals. Once again, his season is flushed by injury. The third-year player out of Notre Dame played well in the preseason and many thought he would make a huge contribution in 2016.
In a final move on Tuesday, the Cardinals signed linebacker Cam Johnson to the practice squad to replace one of the voids there. He was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 and was a member of the Cleveland Browns until the beginning of this month.