The Arizona Cardinals continue their efforts to rebuild their offensive line with the signing of guard Max Garcia.
Garcia, a former 2015 fourth-round pick by the Denver Broncos, will be happy to reunite with two of his coaches from his Broncos stint; former Broncos head coach and current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, and former Broncos offensive line coach turned Cardinals offensive line coach Sean Kugler. He should also be familiar with former Florida Gators teammate and current starting tackle D.J. Humphries.
Garcia currently projects as depth as a swing guard for both Justin Pugh and J.R. Sweezy. In 2018, he suffered a season-ending ACL tear. However, he does have a history as a starter. He has started a total of 41 games, including all 32 in 2016 and ’17. Per Pro Football Focus, he allowed seven sacks in that two-season span.
Ultimately, Garcia lost his starting job in Denver to Ronald Leary. With the Arizona Cardinals, Garcia might have the chance to contend for the starting left guard spot against newly signed J.R. Sweezy and perhaps a rookie draft pick.
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