Offensive linemen don’t get much recognition unless they are a number one pick, but General Manager Steve Keim is a master at spotting what he sees that will fit the Arizona Cardinals team.
Today the team added another Guard to the depth of the offensive line by signing ex-Buccaneers guard Ted Larsen, a 6-2 305 lb 26 year old kid from North Carolina State.
Larsen has been in the league for 4 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was drafted in the sixth round by the New England Patriots in 2010 draft.
When you think linemen this guys fits the bill with a nasty streak in him as he looks to find contact, Larsen was said to have a great first step and strength to generate a push in the running game. This seems like the mold of the offensive linemen Coach Bruce Arians is looking for and one thing that stands out about Larsen is his durability. Like every other player Larsen has some weaknesses, mainly in regard to his learning of the guard position seeing he was a tackle moved over to guard.
Larsen has played in all 16 games for 3 years of his 4 years in Tampa and started in 11 games his first year with the Buccaneers in 2010, also starting in several games the next three years including 4 last year protecting a rookie quarterback.
The Cardinals will have a very interesting training camp this season and watching all that meat compete for a roster spot should make for a real good show, and with this signing I think finally the Cardinals are taking care of a position that has been lacking for years and now its starting to look promising.