Punter Wile added to practice squad
The Cardinals brought in punter Matt Wile for a tryout Monday and Tuesday, signed him to their practice squad. They released linebacker Reshard Cliett for him.
Two punts traveled 59 and 57 yards, and his net average was 52 yards, Wile punted well against the Cards two weeks ago when he served as an injury fill-in for the Falcons. Wile's arrival will essentially create an in-season competition at the position.
Drew Butler remains the punter on the active roster. Butler has struggled since returning to the Cardinals following a severe njury and subsequent release. In his two stints with the Cards this season – six games thus far – Butler has averaged 41.3 yards with a net average of 35.4.
General Manager Steve Keim said Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7, "Like any other position there are expectations, and that spot right now, they're living up to expectations. It's a results-based business and if someone's not getting the job done, they'll look and see if there is somebody who can. Coach Bruce Arians had pointed out any new punter would also need to be able to hold on point-afters and field goals.