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98.7 FM hosts predict the Arizona Cardinals’ 53-man roster

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield (16) makes a catch in front of cornerback Deatrick Nichols (39) during an NFL football practice Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Saturday marks the deadline for the Arizona Cardinals to cut their preseason roster down to 53 players.

Backend players have a chance to force their way onto that roster with strong performances in the preseason finale Thursday against the Denver Broncos, but outside factors weigh heavily as well. Will Markus Golden (ACL injury) and Jermaine Gresham (Achilles tear) be included on the 53-man roster, or will they remain on the PUP list and be sidelined for at least six games of the regular season?

Do the Cardinals go with the young undrafted players with high upside, like receiver Trent Sherfield and linebacker Dennis Gardeck? Or do veterans hoping for a rebirth like receiver Greg Little get the edge?

Doug Franz, John Gambadoro and Ron Wolfley of 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station are making their 53-man roster predictions before Thursday’s game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Of note: Franz, Wolfley, Paul Calvisi and Gambo believe Sherfield, an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt will make the cut over Little. All four believe Golden will be included on the 53-man roster, but only Wolf and Gambo believe Gresham will be off the PUP list by the start of the year.

The four see defensive end Vontarrius Dora making the cut as one of the last defensive lineman.

The most shocking pick: Doug has rookie kicker Matt McCrane making the team over vet Phil Dawson.

Ron Wolfley

QB (3) – Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen, Mike Glennon

RB/FB (5) – David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, T.J. Logan, Derrick Coleman, Elijhaa Penny

TE (3) – Jermaine Gresham, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe Holmes

OL (9) – D.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, Mason Cole, Justin pugh, Andre Smith, John Wetzel, Evan Boehm, Will Holden, Daniel Munyer

WR (6) – Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, Trent Sherfield

DL (8) – Chandler Jones, Robert Nkemdiche, Markus Golden, Corey Peters, Olsen Pierre, Rodney Gunter, Benson Mayowa, Vontarrius Dora

LB (6) – Josh Bynes, Deone Bucannon, Haason Reddick, Scooby Wright, Dennis Gardeck, Gerald Hodges

DB (10) – Patrick Peterson, Jamar Taylor, Budda Baker, Antoine Bethea, Tre Boston, Chris Campbell, Bene Benwikere, Rudy Ford, Deatrick Nichols, Brandon Williams

ST (3) – P Andy Lee, LS Aaron Brewer, K Phil Dawson

Doug Franz

QB (3) – Bradford, Rosen, Glennon

RB/FB (5) – Johnson, Edmonds, Logan, Coleman, Penny

TE (3) – Seals-Jones, Holmes, TBD (Another tight end cut by another team)

OL (9) – Humphries, Iupati, Cole, Pugh, Smith, Wetzel, Boehm, Holden, Korey Cunningham

WR (6) – Fitzgerald, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson, Sherfield

DL (8) – Jones, Nkemdiche, Golden, Peters, Pierre, Gunter, Mayowa, Dora

LB (6) – Bynes, Bucannon, Reddick, Wright, Gardeck, Hodges

DB (10) – Peterson, Taylor, Baker, Bethea, Boston, Campbell, Benwikere, Ford, Nichols, A.J. Howard

ST (3) – Lee, Brewer, Matt McCrane

Paul Calvisi

QB (3) – Bradford, Rosen, Glennon

RB/FB (5) – Johnson, Edmonds, Logan, Coleman, Penny

TE (2) – Seals-Jones, Holmes

OL (9) – Humphries, Iupati, Cole, Pugh, Smith, Wetzel, Boehm, Holden, Cunningham

WR (7) – Fitz, Kirk, Williams, Butler, Nelson, Little, Sherfield

DL (9) – Jones, Nkemdiche, Golden, Peters, Pierre, Gunter, Mayowa, Dora, Jacquies Smith

LB (6) – Bynes, Bucannon, Reddick, Wright, Gardeck, Hodges

DB (9) – Peterson, Taylor, Baker, Bethea, Boston, Campbell, Benwikere, Ford, Nichols

ST (3) – Lee, Brewer, Dawson

John Gambadoro

QB (3) – Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon, Josh Rosen

RB (4) – David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, TJ Logan and Derrick Coleman

WR (6) – Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Chad Williams, JJ Nelson, Brice Butler, Trent Sherfield

TE (3) – Jermaine Gresham, Ricky Seals-Jones, Gabe Holmes

OL (9) – Justin Pugh, DJ Humphries, Mason Cole, Mike Iupati, Andre Smith, John Wetzel, Evan Boehm, Korey Cunningham, Daniel Munyer

LB (6) – Deone Bucanon, Haason Reddick, Gerald Hodges, Josh Bynes, Dennis Gardeck

DL (9) – Markus Golden, Chandler Jones, Jacquies Smith, Rodney Gunter, Robert Nkemdiche, Corey Peters, Vontarrius Dora, Olsen Pierre, Benson Mayowa

CB (5) – Patrick Peterson, Bene Benwikere, Jamar Taylor, Brandon Williams, Deatrick Nichols

S (5) – Antoine Bethea, Budda Baker, Tre Boston, Rudy Ford, Ezekiel Turner

ST (3) – Aaron Brewer, Phil Dawson, Andy Lee

Doug & Wolf

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