Sam Acho LB ARI 7 Months

ESPN Cardinals' reporter John Weinfuss believes OLB Sam Acho has lost his starting spot to OLB Matt Shaughnessy

Playing on a one-year, prove it deal, Shaughnessy was a revaluation last season, recording 36 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and seven pass breakups for the Cardinals. Shaugnessy decided to stay in Arizona instead of moving to New England this offseason. Perhaps the opportunity to start was a contributing factor in that decision. Acho has never recreated the form he showed his rookie season and will likely be a rotational player in 2014.

Sam Acho LB ARI Jul 04 '79

Cardinals placed OLB Sam Acho on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Acho suffered the injury in Arizona's Week 3 loss to Detroit. Since an impressive rookie season (seven sacks, four forced fumbles) in 2011, Acho has seemingly flatlined as a player, and was only playing about 50 percent of the snaps in new DC Todd Bowles' defense. He's signed cheaply through 2014, but the Cards need to find a more explosive edge presence in the offseason.

Sam Acho LB ARI Sep 09 '77

Cardinals fourth-round rookie OLB Sam Acho recorded two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery in Week 12 against the Rams.

His transition from college defensive end is going swimmingly, with five sacks in five starts since taking over for a washed-up Joey Porter. Acho's surprisingly quick development bodes well for a Cardinals defense desperately in need of a young pass rusher. He should be a fixture for 2012.