Arizona Cardinals New Offensive Line Work In Progress
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals offensive line was a topic of conversation at OTA’s Tuesday
The Arizona Cardinals started another round of OTA’s on Tuesday and one of the pieces azcardinals.com wrote about the session was the play of the offensive line. Unable to make contact in OTA’s, little can be said about the progress of the line.
However there were still a couple of people that head coach Bruce Arians was willing to talk about. One was rookie lineman D.J. Humphries, who still remains the only unsigned draftee and centers Ted Larsen and A.Q. Shipley.
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In the piece a great point about the non-contact is brought up. You aren’t going to learn much when the guy you want to talk about isn’t able to hit anyone. Arians said of Humphries though that he still had a lot to learn. I think though that is to be expected at this point. He was only on the field for the seventh day for the Cardinals.
The two other guys discussed were Larsen and Shipley. Both are fighting for the starting center position after the departure of Lyle Sendlein. Arians said Shipley knows the offense well. That likely comes from his time with Arians in Indianapolis. However Larsen was with Arians the last season. I would expect Larsen to be up to speed, at least on the playbook. Execution is a whole different ballgame.
I am a bit surprised that Larsen is still around but I think some of that can be thanked in his inconsistent play. He’s not always making mistakes. He does have flashes of brilliance. He showed that last season in my opinion but overall I think his play has been too inconsistent. For Arians to infer that Shipley may be ahead of Larsen at this point certainly says a lot.