Now that everything’s official, Bruce Arians was able to talk about the new arrivals and moves yesterday. The most important thing: It’ll be Levi Brown versus Nate Potter for the left tackle job and Eric Winston (pictured below) versus Bobby Massie for the right tackle job. Arians didn’t see those players being tried at guard, either. At least not yet.
“We’ll allow that competition to go at tackle,” Arians said. “If it clearly cuts itself and we feel we have a better player that might be a guard, yeah, we’ll look at it.”
Can Potter dislodge Brown? And considering that Massie finished pretty strong last season, the right side should work out well one way or the other. Arians did say he didn’t see flip-flopping sides anymore. That is something for the spring, so that if a player was thrust into a new side as an emergency in a game he’d at least have an idea of how it works. But it isn’t going to be part of training camp.
— Arians talking about adding Winston and Abraham: “If someone is available who is a quality player and you can add him to your roster, why not?” The addition of Abraham definitely jacked up a lot of the defensive players. More on that in a bit in a homepage story.
— The loss of Ryan Swope bothers Arians because he liked Swope, but the coach said it was an injury and unfortunately “those things happen all the time.”
“I feel bad for him because he’s a great young man and I knew how much it meant to him,” Arians said. “You could tell it was eating him up. I jst wish him the best. I went through this with Austin Collie last year. There’s a time to stop.”
— About competition, Arians said all 22 starting jobs were available. Then someone reminded him that he might acknowledge quarterback and one wide receiver are set. Arians considered this. “Probably,” he said with a smile, and then a few seconds later, he added, “and one corner.”
— Please tell me you understood that meant Palmer, Fitz and Peterson.
Tags: Bobby Massie, Bruce Arians, Eric Winston, Levi Brown, Nate Potter, offensive line, Ryan Swope, training camp
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