Feely loses battle for Cardinals’ place-kicking position

Jay Feely made 98 of 115 field-goal attempts in his four seasons with the Cardinals.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Longer kickoffs and younger legs earned rookie Chandler Catanzaro the Cardinals’ place-kicking job.

That became clear Moday morning when veteran Jay Feely was among 13 players released by Arizona in the first wave of cuts that were due by Tuesday to trim NFL rosters to 75 players.

Feely, 38, made 30 of 36 field-goal attempts last season and 98 of 115 over his four seasons in Arizona, but the Cardinals were concerned with his lack of distance on kickoffs.

Feely broke the news earlier in the day on social media, thanking the Cardinals for his four years here:

Feely made 1 of 2 field-goal attempts Sunday night — hitting from 24 yards and missing from 48. Catanzaro made his only attempt from 23 yards. One of his kickoffs went nine yards deep in the end zone; he kicked the other one out of the end zone.

Two other veterans were among Monday’s cuts: Quarterback Ryan Lindley and offensive tackle Max Starks.

The other cuts were linebackers Keenan Clayton, JoJo Dickson and Derrell Johnson, wide receivers Reggie Dunn and ASU product Kevin Ozier, center Tom Draheim, safety Orhian Johnson, defensive tackle Justin Renfrow, cornerback Brandon Sermons and running back Damien Thigpen.

Inside linebacker Kevin Minter and left guard Jonathan Cooper were scheduled to return to practice on Monday with Arians terming Minter "a full go" while Cooper is still nursing a turf toe.

Minter called his pectoral injury "a pull or a strain-type deal." 

While there was some concern Minter might not make it back by the season-opener, Minter said "it wasn’t really that bad in the beginning."

Minter said he got a second opinion on the injury that confirmed what the Cardinals staff was telling him. The trainers are still mulling whether he should wear a harness. 

Interestingly, Cooper has fallen behind Ted Larsen on the depth chart while Minter has maintained his No. 1 spot over Lorenzo Alexander. Even Tyrann Mathieu is still listed at No. 1 at free safety despite practicing just three times in camp.

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was scheduled to undergo surgery on his torn ACL ON Monday at 1 p.m., with Dr. James Andrews performing the procedure.

— Arians said at least five roster spots could be impacted by Thursday’s preseason finale in San Diego.

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