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Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) attempts a field goal as punter Matt Wile (6) holds during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Bears recovered the missed field goal and ran it back for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

New kicker. New punter. New holder. New kick and punt returner.

The Arizona Cardinals special teams underwent a major renovation since the end of last season, and for good reason: The unit was directly responsible for three losses with an argument to be made for as many as two more in 2016.

Gone is kicker Chandler Catanzaro, replaced by Phil Dawson; punters Drew Butler, Ryan Quigley and Matt Wile were swapped out for Andy Lee, who will also do the holding; and the combination of Andre Ellington, Brittan Golden and J.J. Nelson plus Patrick Peterson, at times, in the return game have all stepped aside for one individual, Kerwynn Williams.

The only familiar face is long snapper Aaron Brewer, though he joined the Cardinals after Week 3 last season.

In other words, there are no players returning in 2017 in the role they had at the start of 2016.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever gone to training camp in 34, 35 years, whatever the heck it’s been, where I had nobody that had ever been to training camp with me. So I was looking at four new faces, from a training camp standpoint,” special teams coordinator Amos Jones. “Obviously, Matt and Brewer had been with us to finish the season but from a training camp standpoint, just the regiment of getting them acclimated to how we do things, everything was new in that respect.”

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The Arizona Cardinals have not made a move yet, but it seems like the team has an eye on improving the punting position.

After a fierce competition between Matt Wile and Richie Leone during the preseaon, which seemed to look like Wile took the job, the Cardinals are rumored to have eyes on a different punter.

Cardinals will pursue P Andy Lee, cut by the Panthers today. Seems a good fit for both sides.

Andy Lee has been one of the best punters in the NFL over the past decade, with three Pro Bowl appearances and three All Pro nods.

Last season, the 35 year old Lee averaged 49.1 yards per punt with a net average of 40.1 yards per punt.

He also had 18 of his 36 punts land inside the 20 yard line.

Lee has a history with Phil Dawson as well, so there won’t be much in the way of needing to get used to working together.

What do you think? Bring in Lee or roll with the winner of Wile or Leone?

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