Last season, AJ Jefferson was the starting cornerback for the Cardinals opposite Patrick Peterson. However, it appears he will have very stiff competition to remain the starter. The Cardinals brought in William Gay through free agency, Jamell Fleming in the 3rd round of the draft, and also will get a former starter, Greg Toler, back from an injury that caused him to miss the entirety of the 2011 season.
Right now, it seems like William Gay has the edge in terms of winning the starting job. Gay, who was experience in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s scheme from his time in Pittsburgh, has been taking all the first team snaps in OTAs. He’ll have plenty of competition and is no lock to be the week 1 starter, but he’ll get the first crack at the job. With Patrick Peterson going into his 2nd season and likely an upgrade in some form opposite him, the Cardinals could see an improvement on their 6.9 YPA allowed last season, good for a run of the mill 12th in the league.