Arizona Cardinals Offensive Line Shows Improvement
Jul 29, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) signals prior to the snap during training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Cardinals offensive line on Friday night against the Green Bay Packers looked vastly improved over what we saw last season. Granted, this was preseason, however both starters and backups showed they can give the quarterback time to throw.
Quarterbacks Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, and Ryan Lindley all appeared to have plenty of time to throw the ball, although Stanton had to be mobile at times. Mobility though is one of the strengths of Stanton, so there really isn’t much of an issue there.
The only negative I could find was the false start by Levi Brown deep in their own territory in the first quarter. Also the run blocking early on was a little suspect, however running back Stepfan Taylor found his grove and ended up with 63 yards rushing.
I’m going to say all is well and we can’t yet say this group is back amongst the top tier of lines in the NFL. What we can say though is the Cards appear to have the pieces necessary to provide ample protection most of the time to their quarterbacks. It is just one game but what else do we have to compare against at this point?
Caoch Bruce Arians has not finalized who will be the starters and backups. He did say he has a pretty good idea who the guys they will be keeping are but other than that, it is still up in the air. Let’s hope the improvement continues!