Cardinals have surplus of defensive backs

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Arizona has nine defensive backs on the roster, but coaches say it's impossible to have too many at the critical position.

The Cardinals have nine defensive backs on the roster now, but coaches theorize that it's impossible to have too many defensive backs entering a season. A couple of those players, rookie Jamell Fleming and veteran William Gay, are being looked at in multiple roles, including playing some safety in sub packages.

Rookie Bobby Massie, the fourth-round choice, is going to get every chance to win the starting right tackle job. The Cardinals gambled in the draft, going with receiver Michael Floyd in the first round instead of taking an offensive lineman, such as tackle Riley Reiff or guard David DeCastro.

The Cardinals had Massie rated higher than a fourth-round selection and the hope is that he arrives in camp with something to prove.

The team didn't draft an outside linebacker nor a defensive end. It could use depth at both spots. It wouldn't be surprising to see veterans Clark Haggans, a linebacker, and Vonnie Holliday, an end, re-sign with the team soon. Both could be solid role players and leaders at their positions.

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