It took only four practices before the Cardinals moved newly signed veteran right tackle to the first unit, supplanting Bobby Massie. There Winston was Tuesday for the Cards’ fifth practice, next to guard Paul Fanaika (who is in for the injured Daryn Colledge) as the Cardinals continue to evaluate what they want to do with the offensive line.
“I don’t assume anything in the business anymore after the odyssey I’ve been on,” Winston said of his promotion. “I come to every camp to work hard and earn my stripes. I believe in that and I believe that’s the only way that you are going to make teams consistently. It doesn’t matter what team I am on, I’m getting reps, I’m getting seen and you have to make the most of it. Whether it’s the first team or the third team, I’m going to continue to work hard and try to be the guy they brought in here.”
Winston (below, next to Fanaika) said the line is going to be a work in progress “for a little while” and that isn’t surprising. Tuesday’s move doesn’t necessarily signal the end of Massie’s hopes, just like it isn’t inconceivable for second-string Nate Potter to surpass Levi Brown at left tackle at some point. It was interesting to hear Bruce Arians praise Fanaika too earlier Tuesday. Not that Colledge’s spot is in trouble, but it’s easy to believe these jobs are as open as Arians promises.
– Patrick Peterson made a nice interception Tuesday afternoon, then pitched the ball to safety Rashad Johnson. As the multi-talented Kent Somers noted, it’s hard to see Peterson giving up the ball in a real game. He wants to make something happen.
– Speaking of that, another few plays for Peterson on offense Tuesday. At one point, he ran a play on offense and when it was over, raced back to toss his white tank top to a ball boy before scrambling to play defense on the very next snap. He’s going to get tired running around like that.
– DE Calais Campbell came out late in the practice but he still had his helmet on the sideline so I’m not sure if that meant something happened to him or others were just getting reps.
– Seahawks WR Percy Harvin reported on Twitter he has to have hip surgery. A huge blow to Seattle and now, the top two teams in the division are missing their top receivers with injuries (SF and Michael Crabtree.) Harvin might be back for the second Cards-Seahawks game in December but he figures to miss the Thursday night game in Arizona in October.
– The players are off tomorrow. Practice resumes Thursday with a closed workout at the team’s Tempe facility. They come back to University of Phoenix Stadium Friday for an open practice.
Tags: Bobby Massie, Calais Campbell, Eric Winston, Levi Brown, Nate Potter, Patrick Peterson, Paul Fanaika, Percy Harvin
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