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Cardinals' WR situation 'wide open' behind Fitzgerald

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

With the Cardinals' QB situation continuing to be totally up in the air, and second-round rookie Ryan Williams creating an eyebrow-raising logjam at running back, it's easy to lose sight of the team's other position battles. But it appears the competition for the team's second and third receiver spots behind Larry Fitzgerald couldn't be more wide open, with free-agent holdovers Steve Breaston and Early Doucet looking like they could get a serious run for their money from second-year pros Andre Roberts and Stephen Williams.

We hear both Roberts, who got off to a shaky start as a rookie but finished strong, and Williams, who did just the opposite, have stood out in recent players-only workouts. Doucet, meanwhile, continues to rehab from offseason surgery — he was placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a hip flexor injury against Carolina in Week 15 — and has not been attending any workouts. Both Doucet and Breaston have health issues that continue to be cause for concern [the duo missed nine games combined last season].

"I think the depth chart right now would have Fitzgerald one, Breaston two and Roberts three ahead of Doucet," said one team observer who has been on hand at more than a few of the Cardinals' workouts, including one earlier this week at Scottsdale Community College that had about 20 participants, most of them either free agents or players from other teams. "They really liked Roberts as the season wore on, and he looked incredibly fast and athletic the other day."

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