Alex Boone is ending his holdout, per Adam Schefter’s report, and will join the San Francisco 49ers in time for Week 1 of the NFL season. It should only help the team’s starting offense, which struggled to generate points in the preseason – two field goals in seven possessions.
But is Boone ready to step in at his right guard spot and contribute immediately, or will he need more than a few days of practice to not only knock off the rust but get into better condition before the season opener at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday?
Beyond the real-world implications wrought by Ray McDonald’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, the defensive lineman’s legal trouble is another blow to an already weakened San Francisco 49ers defense.
It is not so much a matter of if but when McDonald is served with a six-game suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell under his more stringent policy for domestic violence offenses.
General manager Trent Baalke issued a statement.
Arizona announced its 53-man roster amid minimum fanfare. Most of the roster was expected, however there were a few moves that raised eyebrows. The decision to keep six receivers likely caused there to be only four cornerbacks kept. Six outside linebackers was also interesting, however there weren't enough options to keep more at inside linebacker.
A lot can still happen between Saturday night and "Monday Night Football," but here's my first stab at the Cardinals' depth chart for 2014.