Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said recently that it is “hard to say” who will be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, but one of the competitors believes he will make it an easy call before the regular season gets underway.
The Cardinals signed Brice Butler as a free agent this offseason and his starting experience over five years with the Raiders and Cowboys is limited to seven games. Butler, who has 73 career catches, doesn’t think that will keep him from making it clear that he’s the best choice for such a role in Arizona.
Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is doubtful for Week 16. Coates is likely going to miss this week’s game, which should open up snaps for Eli Rogers and Cobi Hamilton.
Wheaton injured his shoulder in practice prior to last week’s game, while Heyward suffered a torn pectoral in last week’s game. Richardson could play Sunday as veteran running back DeAngelo Williams is still recovering from knee surgery.
The move clears the path at WR for Eli Rogers to pretty much be the team's WR2 option, at least until Sammie Coates can recover from a couple of broken fingers on the same hand. Cobi Hamilton should also be involved in the offense, but it could also opens the door for TE Ladarius Green to be more involved once he can get back into game shape.