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In the trade which saw CB Javier Arenas go to Arizona and FB Anthony Sherman move to Kansas City there should only be winners. That said, the Cardinals may end up with one of their better acquisitions of the offseason if they use Arenas correctly. He was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft but being on the same team as the two Brandon’s, Flowers and Carr, saw him relegated to sub-packages. That said, slot corner may well be his best position anyway as he’s got better year on year. His slot cover snaps per reception have improved year on year from 7.2 to 9.7 and, last year, sixth-best in the league with 11.4 (although three of those above him played less than 125 snaps, while he played 284). When you add in the fact Patrick Peterson is poor in the slot and his return skills, this is a great move for Arizona. My main caveat now is why did it come to this? Why is a player performing so well on the field found disposable? Answers on a postcard… As for Sherman, he’s no mug either but not really fair compensation for Arenas. Averaging 236 snaps on offense in his two years with the Cardinals he’s a pure FB who does an average job as a pass blocker and a slightly better than average one when leading the play.

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