There was practice today.
The rookies and a handful of vets — mainly the QBs and guys who didn’t get a chance to work a lot this offseason because they were rehabbing — took the field for the hour in the muggy (for Arizona) July sun. It’s different under Bruce Arians, and today was one of those examples. Most of the roster will arrive Thursday for physicals and the run test, but this again gives the rookies a little bit of a head start so they can be better prepared to run with the vets in a few days. (I’ll have a story on the homepage later today.)
One of the veterans out there was left tackle Levi Brown, who wasn’t able to do everything this offseason while he came back from his triceps injury. Mike Jurecki tweeted out that Brown didn’t do as well this offseason as coaches were hoping, and also that the Cards could bring in another tackle. As for the latter point, I wouldn’t be surprised with a roster move. I expect multiple roster moves as Arians and his staff, along with GM Steve Keim, see these guys in pads for the first time and evaluate their abilities that way. Does that mean adding a “name?” (I know I still get questions about veteran tackle Eric Winston, for instance.) I’m not sure about that. The Cards have $10.6 million in cap space. They still have to sign first-round pick Jonathan Cooper and Brown’s contract would be a heavy price for a backup (not to mention the dead money if he were released, which I just don’t see right now).
Multiple times Arians has called Brown “elite” this offseason. There has also been work from second-year tackles Nate Potter and Bobby Massie at left tackle, which Arians said had to do with having linemen as versatile as possible. Arians, however, also would not name any starters at the end of offseason work, and it was tough not to interpret that as leaving the door open to whatever combination he and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin wanted to use. Using that as a guideline, Brown — and the other offensive linemen — have a lot on the line the next few weeks.
Tags: Bruce Arians, Eric Winston, Levi Brown, Steve Keim
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