With WR Early Doucet recently signing a new two-year deal after a far more productive 2011 campaign than Andre Roberts, the Cardinals’ designated No. 2 wide receiver, we hear it would be a mistake to automatically assume Doucet is the early favorite for the No. 2 role next season over Roberts. “Formation-wise, he’s still a No. 3,” a daily team observer said of Doucet. “Things could change depending on the draft, but I see Doucet in the same role, but I see him on the field a lot in multi-WR formations.”
As for Roberts, despite struggling early and being very sporadic in 2011, word is he remains the Cardinals’ No. 2 WR, at least for the time being. “I think the coaches feel the quarterbacks last season just didn’t look Andre’s way enough, especially (Kevin) Kolb,” the observer said.
It was a different story for Doucet, who shapes up as one of the more solid No. 3 WRs in the league entering the 2012 season after setting career highs in catches (54), receiving yards (689) and touchdowns (five) and playing in every game after being limited by injuries in each of the previous two seasons. “They were waiting for a year like that from him,” the observer said. “Early did have a couple of big drops, most notably when he stumbled in the endzone at the end of the Bengals game (a 23-16 loss in Week 16 at Cincinnati). But he’s a big, muscular receiver who works very hard, and they think he’s a really good third receiver.”
As for the possibility that the Cardinals will be setting their sights on a No. 2 WR type in this year’s draft, team sources believe it will probably be the third or fourth round at the earliest before that need is addressed (the team lost its No. 2 pick to the Eagles in the trade for Kolb last offseason).