The Cardinals recently made a very questionable decision to get rid of Lamont Gaillard practically on the eve of training camp. However, their offensive line looks better now than ever before during the Kyler Murray/Kliff Kingsbury era.
Rodney Hudson may be one of the league’s older players, but you cannot take away that he’s only one season removed from his last Pro Bowl and All-Pro season. In fact, PFF rated Hudson as the league’s top center.
D.J. Humphries played at a Pro Bowl level in 2020, while Kelvin Beachum and Justin Pugh received average grades and ranked toward the middle of the pack of all qualifying tackles and guards, respectively.
Arizona also has Justin Murray, Brian Winters, and perhaps even Josh Jones ready to lock down the final spot on the offensive line. While you cannot call anyone from the above trio solid players, their performances may improve given the arrival of Hudson, along with the performances that Humphries, Beachum, and Pugh have brought to the table.
But it’s clear that the Cardinals’ offensive line will click in 2021 with the arrival of Hudson. This should mean more pathways in the running game for Murray, Chase Edmonds, James Conner, and perhaps Chris Streveler. And hopefully, fewer penalties, which the unit struggled with during the 2020 season.