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Cardinals waiving CB Tramaine Brock, Zach Zenner

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12/2/2019 11:36:45 AM
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The Arizona Cardinals are waiving cornerback Tramaine Brock, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Nick Shook of NFL.com, This according to a source informed of the move.

Brock was Arizona's best cover corner in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus, but that didn't help much against the Rams. Jared Goff completed 32 of 43 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals, who allowed an average separation of four yards per target, the second-highest mark in the NFL in Week 13, per Next Gen Stats.

The numbers get worse from there: Goff attempted a pass into a tight window on just 2.3 percent of his attempts Sunday, the lowest amount of such attempts in the league for the week (the next closest mark was Derek Carr's and Drew Brees' 10 percent). Goff also targeted open receivers (three-plus yards of separation with nearest defender) on 58.1 percent of his 43 attempts, and wide-open receivers on 23.3 percent of attempts.

Simply, the Cardinals did the bare minimum in pass coverage Sunday. Brock is obviously not the lone player at fault for such a performance, but at 31 years old and in his first (and now, only) season in Arizona, he seems like a logical release for a team that likely wants to get a better look at its younger players in the final four weeks of the season.

The Cardinals are also releasing running back Zach Zenner, Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the move. With Arizona's backfield at full strength, the Cardinals deemed Zenner expendable, and he'll go on waivers.

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