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|Description||GLENDALE http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-rasheem-green-jersey , Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have one of the best wide receivers to play the game but, beyond Larry Fitzgerald, the position is a major question mark for the team under first-year coach Steve Wilks. The names of those competing for playing time and/or just a spot on the 53-man roster are hardly that familiar: Brice Butler, J.J. Nelson, Chad Williams, Greg Little, Christian Kirk and Trent Sherfield, among others. Underrated is a good word to describe the group, the coach said. “I think that’s exactly the point, just because (of) the perception that there’s not any big-time there that we don’t have good players,” Wilks said after the Cardinals sweated through an outdoor practice Friday. The receivers on the roster, he said, are better than outsiders might think. Fitzgerald had another banner season a year ago, finishing second in the league and tying a franchise record with 109 receptions for 1 Curtis Samuel Jersey ,156 yards as he climbed to No. 3 on the NFL lists for career receptions and yards receiving. At 34, he was the oldest player in league history to catch at least 100 passes in a season. But nobody else caught more than 33 for the 2017 Cardinals and no other wide receiver more than 31. Add the departure of the Browns — Jaron and John (no relation) — via free agency and there wasn’t a lot left at the position when Wilks and new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy took over. Nelson and Williams are holdovers, Butler signed as a free agent, Little hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2015 and Kirk was Arizona’s second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M. Sherfield is an undrafted rookie from Vanderbilt who has shown promise early in camp. Like his coach, Butler believes the group is far better than people realize. “There’s not a lot of household names, you can say that,” he said, “but we’ve got big talent in the room.” Butler caught 15 passes for a career-best 317 yards and three touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys last season and sees the current situation as a big opportunity. “I’ve just got to do what I’ve got to do, man,” he said. “It’s training camp. It’s about doing the grind day in and day out.” Nelson might be the biggest big-play threat in the group. Exceedingly fast, his 509 yards receiving (on 29 catches) were second on the team a year ago. “He can take the top off, as you guys have seen the last couple of days,” Wilks said. But Nelson’s career has been plagued by inconsistency. Williams has been working with the first team often as he enters his second year following a difficult rookie season. The former third-round pick out of Grambling State also has big-time speed but played in only six games as a rookie, catching three passes for 31 yards. “I feel like I’m way more advanced than I was last year Youth Jerome Baker Jersey , way smarter,” Williams said. “It’s an opportunity for me to really get it going.” The dynamic Kirk figures prominently in the Cardinals’ plans, both as a receiver and kick returner. “The one thing that I love about him is his motor,” Wilks said. “Of course he’s a good player. He’s smart and all that stuff. That’s the reason why we drafted him, but a lot of times you really don’t know what you get until they actually get here and they start going through their routine. This guy goes full speed on every play, every play.” Little, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 220 pounds, “has done some great things” in a comeback attempt that Wilks said might be the player’s last chance after bouncing from team to team following a standout rookie season in 2011, when he caught 61 passes for 709 yards for Cincinnati. “Once you separate Larry, everything else is wide open,” Wilks said. “Everybody’s fighting for that position. Those guys are really competing hard. … It’s going to be interesting to see how things shape out once preseason hits.” The Houston Texans released veteran punter Shane Lechler just before what would have been his 19th NFL season. Lechler was let go after the Texans decided to go with undrafted rookie Trevor Daniel. The 42-year-old Lechler spent the first 13 years of his career with the Raiders before joining the Texans in 2013. He started 206 games for Oakland and never missed a game as a Texan, making all 80 starts in his five seasons with the team. Coach Bill O'Brien said making the final cuts to the roster are always hard, but that this one is particularly difficult. "Shane Lechler's one of the best pros I've ever been around, and if you look back at kind of who I've been around Youth Trenton Cannon Jersey , I've been around some good pros, and he's one of the best, he said. Lechler, a fifth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2000, was a seven-time Pro Bowler and was first-team All-Pro six times. He ranks second in NFL history with 1,444 punts for 68,676 yards. "He was a great leader here, was a captain," O'Brien said. "In my opinion, he's a Hall of Fame punter. So, we had a good talk this morning and we decided to head in that direction. ... We try to make decisions in the best interest of the team, but sometimes those decisions are very difficult." Lechler is the all-time NFL leader in yards per punt with 47.6 and he led the league in yards per punt in five seasons. He was in the top 10 in 11 other years. He led the NFL in punting yards in four seasons, including last year when he had 4,507. In 2011 he had a career-long punt of 80 yards Authentic Stephen Johns Jersey , which led the NFL that year, and he also had the longest punt in the league in 2003 when he booted one 73 yards. Lechler went to high school in East Bernard, Texas where he was the team's quarterback, kicker and punter before a four-year career at Texas A&M, where he was the team's punter and kicked off for the Aggies. "Shane's a Texas legend," O'Brien said. "He's a guy who grew up in this state, comes from a coaches' family, I have a great deal of respect for Shane and wish him the best." O'Brien said he doesn't believe Daniel will be under any extra pressure to perform because he's replacing someone like Lechler. "It's the National Football League. 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