Five Names Arizona Cardinals Fans Need to Know in 2017

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Evan Boehm might be the starting center in his second season as a pro

Evan Boehm was a highly regarded center coming out of the University of Missouri. He was a four year starter lauded for his toughness. His strength was a big selling point, and proved to be a smart player as well. Other limitations kept him out of the first three rounds, but the Cardinals took him in round four.

Drafted to be the eventual starter at Center, he found himself behind AQ Shipley in year one. However, he proved his value at the end of the season, stepping in at right guard and doing a solid job, even against great players like Michael Bennett and Aaron Donald.

With Shipley entering free agency this off-season, the center position is unsettled. Head coach Bruce Arians has said he’d like to bring his veteran snapper back, it’s no sure thing. Boehm is standing by, ready if needed.

If Shipley does return, it doesn’t mean Boehm won’t get plenty of playing time. The Cardinals could also use a starter at right guard, and Boehm did gain valuable experience there. Either way, there is a very good chance that he plays early and often in his second season in the NFL.