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Gambo: Defense has to find depth during camp

Aug 4, 2010, 2:32 PM | Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 4:21 pm

The Arizona Cardinals biggest concerns in training camp are the lack
of depth at inside linebacker and cornerback, two areas that may be
addressed with veteran players that are cut from other teams.

Arizona tried to sign Keith Bullock to man the inside linebacker spot
vacated by Karlos Dansby’s departure to Miami. But Bullock signed with the
New York Giants. With Gerald Hayes’ back injury expected to keep him out
a few weeks, Arizona has Paris Lenon, a 9th year player, and Monty Beisel,
a 10-year vet currently starting at the two inside linebacker spots.

Reggie Walker a second-year player out of Kansas State and rookie Daryl
Washington from TCU are the backups.

At cornerback Coach Ken Whisenhunt would like to see Greg Toler earn the
starting spot across from Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie but he will have
to beat out Trumaine McBride in camp for that honor. The backups are
Michael Adams and Justin Miller. General Manager Rod Graves will be active
in scouring the wires when cuts begin to see if any talent slips through the
cracks enabling Arizona to find a veteran corner that could challenge for
playing time.

Another area to look at in camp will be pass rush. Arizona brought vetean
sack master Joey Porter in and are expecting him to be an everydown
outside linebacker. They also like the veteran Clark Haggans. The jury is
still out on Will Davis and Cody Brown, the backups. Brown was a second-
round pick last season but missed the entire year due to injury. Brown is
making the transition from defensive end to linebacker inthe 3-4 system
so all eyes will be on him and how he progresses during camp and how
quickly he can pick things up.

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