The Arizona Cardinals have decided to call a couple of offensive linemen up from the now-defunct AAF.
Add the Arizona Cardinals to the list of teams to sign talent from the Alliance of American Football. Per Darren Urban of ArizonaCardinals.com, they have signed two offensive line talents; Andrew Lauderdale and Jeremiah Poutasi.
Once an undrafted free agent in 2017 signing with the New Orleans Saints after playing for New Hampshire, Lauderdale found himself starting on the neighboring Arizona Hotshots AAF team. At 6-6, 289-pounds, Lauderdale was placed at offensive tackle.
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Lauderdale is 25 years old and was named to the Pro Football Focus AAF team of the week once as a left tackle — in week seven with a solid 75.9. He played both right and left tackle for the Arizona Hotshots.
A third-round selection in 2015 by the Tennessee Titans, Jeremiah Poutasi didn’t quite work out in the NFL the way he wanted to. After one season in Nashville, the 24-year-old spent time in Jacksonville, Los Angeles, and Denver before settling in with the AAF’s Salt Lake City Stallions.
At 6-6, 329-pounds, Poutasi’s size is not a question. He could realistically play at any position other than center, which he did during his time back in Utah (went to college in Utah). He was named to PFF’s AAF team of the week in week four as a left tackle with 70.4 grade.
While it’s unclear of if these two players will make the 2019 roster, they do project as competition and perhaps ‘diamond in the rough’ signings for the Arizona Cardinals. Both have experience in the NFL and as high-level starters in the AAF.
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