The trading deadline came and went Thursday and the Cardinals — as well as most of the NFL — did not make a deal. Many were wondering about the Cards getting an offensive lineman in a trade.
UPDATE: General manager Rod Graves said in the end, while there were the normal amount of conversations with teams about trades over the past two weeks, “there was not enough interest to consummate a trade.”
“So many different factors come into play,” Graves said, noting medical history of the player, age, contractual situations and the coaches’ feelings on a particular player being able to fit in to the locker room and the system. “You don’t have a plug-and-play situation” in the NFL, Graves said.
— After practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt was talking about the two reserve tackles already on the roster: rookie Nate Potter and veteran Pat McQuistan (who can also play guard.)
Whiz said the Cards are feeling “a lot more comfortable” with McQuistan, who has been active on game days and serves as an important backup swingman now that Adam Snyder has been out and Rich Ohrnberger has been in the starting lineup. You still get the sense McQuistan is there for a reserve/just-in-case role. It might be different for Potter. Whisenhunt played question-and-answer with himself about the rookie today. Does Potter’s progress “mean he is ready to play in a regular-season game? At some point, you have to look at it,” Whisenhunt said, noting that Potter’s practices have been good and the rookie playing “is something we’re looking at doing at some point.”
Potter can play both right and left tackle, so I don’t know which side at which he’d get his first crack. Nor does that mean Potter is on the verge of playing, say, this weekend, necessarily. But he’s on the radar and clearly, the coaches have been evaluating him. Josh Weinfuss will have more on Potter — and rookie running mate Senio Kelemete — later this afternoon on azcardinals.com.
Tags: Nate Potter, Pat McQuistan, Rich Ohrnberger, Rod Graves
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