Cardinals coach Bruce Arians got his final look at his players on Thursday in Denver before this weekend’s cuts.

After a long exhibition slate, excitement is drumming up for the Cardinals, who can finally see their regular season opener against the Lions on the horizon.
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But the work-week doesn’t begin until Monday, and coach Bruce Arians isn’t full throttle quite yet.

It’s a catch-22, Arians said of his current emotions. You hate cut day, but you’re really excited about the season starting. I’ll feel a lot better Monday than I do (Friday).

The Cardinals will whittle their roster down to 53 players by Saturday at 1 p.m. Some of the cuts seemed predestined, but others will go down to the wire. Arians said the team will keep between five and seven receivers on the roster but didn’t hint at who could Adrian Phillips Youth Jersey grab the final spots.

Some of it never goes away, Arians said. You just kind of hide those feelings and put them away, but they never go away.

I don’t prefer either/or, said Jones, who began his NFL career as a defensive end with the Patriots. As long as I can get after the quarterback, that’s what I’m excited about.

Wilks said his decisions will Anthony Miller Authentic Jersey be affected by the personnel on hand. The Cardinals have several key playmakers on the defensive side of the ball, including Jones, fellow outside linebacker Markus Golden, cornerback Patrick Peterson, money linebacker Deone Bucannon and safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Budda Baker.

The Cardinals have boasted one of the best defenses in the NFL for several years, which is why Wilks prefers to tweak rather than renovate.

We’re not going to change too much, Wilks said. If it’s not broke, don’t worry about trying to fix it.

General Manager Steve Keim believes the debate between the 4-3 and 3-4 is overblown, anyway. He points out that the Cardinals use their nickel defensive package more than their base defense, which adds a fifth defensive back and takes away someone from the front seven.