The Arizona Cardinals Quality of the O-Line
It’s been a few years, I have seen Earl Watford rise from absurdity to being widely unknown once again. Earl Watford has starting quality attributes that goes widely unnoticed, he played a few games as a starter while the suspension of Bobby Massie was in full affect, and mostly kept the pocket reasonably clean. He has great power, he can run-block very well, holds his block very well, and seems to be solid at the point of attack. The Arizona Cardinals, after Bobby Massie returned, put Watford back on the bench, instead of rolling the dice on Watford. Watford will again have a chance to start this offseason, depending on if the Cardinals fast-track him to the bench in favor of a free agent. This time, it’s at his more legit position, right guard, and he could earn himself a contract extension if he were able to keep the right guard position.
There are a few guys who could be in-house guys that could seize the right guard position, but it lacks the amount of starts and reps needed to be the starter. The good thing is that the Arizona Cardinals should already have the right tackle position down to a tee, with D.J. Humphries already being penciled in as the starter. Like being mentioned before, the Arizona Cardinals could be expecting Jonathan Cooper competing for the center position, and with Cooper being given a whole offseason to compete, I expect him to seize the position.
Here are some In-house/Resigning that could happen:
Ted Larsen (free agent)
Lyle Sendlein (free agent)
Bobby Massie (free agent)
Bradley Sowell (free agent)
I don’t want to be negative, I do think that Bobby Massie is on his way out because of the high demand of right tackles in the NFL, and he could demand a good dollar amount. Guys like Ted Larsen, Lyle Sendlein, and Bradley Sowell are always potential guys who could return (and seem like guys the Cardinals don’t like to let go too far). Of the whole list, if there is one guy that you should be focusing on to possibly take the starting right guard position, my best guess would be John Fullington. He had a descent training camp in my opinion, and could be permanently on the roster if Larsen, Sendlein, or Sowell leave. They always need long snappers, why not?
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