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Winston moves to the first unit

Posted by Darren Urban on July 30, 2013 – 5:17 pm

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.

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12 Responses to “Winston moves to the first unit”

  1. By emotionaltieskill on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    Fight for your job! Let see who is serious on putting food on the table. Protect your castle and attack when the enemy is least expecting. The line will be a great improvement over past years. They are more athletic and can move better on the ball. The quarterback will also know to throw the darn ball away instead of holding it for a lose of 15 yards and having to punt and giving the other team good field advantage. Go cardinals!

  2. By hummer53 on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    Darren. Heads up. On the Jim Dray article, some clown on Facebook made a inappropriate comment to another poster. Check it out.

  3. By C on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, what does LT look like at the moment? All Levi, all the time, or is Potter getting any run with the first team?

  4. By sbrown on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    to look at the talent in camp at the O-line,then compare it to who the Cards had starting the last game in SF last season. The huge increase in talent alone is impressive. three draft picks from last year, two more this year plus two FA pick ups this season all add depth to the line. Hope all stay healthy and BA gets the chance to put the best five on the field in StL on Sept 8th. Go Cards !!

  5. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2013 | Reply

    C —

    RE: First team LT

    It is Levi.

  6. By cardsalltheway on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Some really good video, Kurt W. is great. I saw him the first time at Hye-Vee but never at a UNI game, the Rolling Stones and Alice Cooper is another story. I’m thinking Kurt goes to the Rams and does a little video making too? Cooper looks a bit out of shape but jee wiz, no not that wiz. Hi on OL, just handle them correctly for once will ya! Hi on the team after watching vids and hearing the Seahawks are hurting. Stay healthy peeps! D. College is out.

  7. By cardsalltheway on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Oh yeah, the stadium seems to bring out some better video opportunities? Looks good! Tyrann Mathieu, I hope this ain’t all hype like someone else we all know(but I hope the best for him and all the RB’s). Back to Tyrann Mathieu, just shows what a little clean livin can do for ya, he’s a doin some growin. Please don’t revert! D. Wash come on strong.

  8. By david on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    Josh Weinfuss

  9. By ored on Jul 31, 2013 | Reply

    i’m thinking that the new run blocking scheme is taking time,once that happens and everyone accepts they are blockers also,whether they are RBs or revievers,then i think we have our o-line…as a complete unit.that should bring our offense closer to our defense…a complete team,what a concept,too bad it took wasted years to get there,but then again we needed coaches and management with a fresh direction and so far so good.

  10. By Eazy E on Aug 4, 2013 | Reply

    Good for Winston bad for Massie. Levi will probably mess around and lose to a 7th rounder.

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