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If Veldheer goes down, a Humphries switch

Posted by Darren Urban on August 24, 2016 – 10:05 am

One of the important parts of the end-of-preseason roster choices will be how the Cardinals choose to divvy up their offensive line spots. As of now we have the five starters — from left tackle across, it’ll be Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Evan Mathis and D.J. Humphries. Beyond that, you figure they keep fourth-round center Evan Boehm and Swiss Army knife lineman Earl Watford, who is still recovering from a knee injury. Does rookie guard Cole Toner stick? Guard Antoine McClain? Tackle John Wetzel? Do they add a guy?

Watford started two games at right tackle last year and is a strong possibility to play there if Humphries goes down. For now, coach Bruce Arians made it a little more clear how they would handle the backup tackle situation on the left. If Veldheer got hurt, Arians said, the move would likely be to switch Humphries — who spent his college days as a left tackle — back over to the left, and then fill in the right.

Arians also had a good line about what the Cardinals ask their offensive tackles to do.

“Block the best players on the other team,” Arians said. “That’s pretty much it. those defensive ends get paid a bunch of money. They get paid a million dollars a sack, you get paid half-a-million for 59 good blocks.”

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7 Responses to “If Veldheer goes down, a Humphries switch”

  1. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 24, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,

    Got to believe the “other” tackle , whether he is starting at RT or backing up as a swing, is not on the team yet.

    Cuts are coming and got to believe Keim and company have someone in mind.

    I think a second year tackle , who was a first round pick, should start. But not at the expense of getting Palmer hurt.

    So, there are not many names out there to sign right now. Jake Long is probably done. Will Beaty is done. So I get why Keim hasn’t made a move. Right now, the best option is Humphries..

    Got to wonder who may be a cut in the next couple weeks.

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Tackle

    Fair and likely accurate. But you have to plan as if someone better won’t be there.

  3. By TLT fka DTL on Aug 24, 2016 | Reply

    Based on Keim’s Monday interview, seems Toner likely to make roster. So, if 8…he’s #8. If 9, McClain or Wetzel? Both on Practice squad? Toner was T in college, G now, flexible like Watford? Boehm possible G backup as well as C?

    PS: Toner amazing patience with jerk Gambo in interview..are those interviews compulsory?

  4. By Big Ken on Aug 24, 2016 | Reply

    I think Gambo needs to be cut.

  5. By georgiebird on Aug 24, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    Can you explain AGAIN how the Practice Squad works? Are our guys exposed to other teams whether they are rookies, 2nd year guys or other veterans. And does the acquiring team have to put the player on the active roster for the whole year aside from “injury”.
    Thanks.
    .

  6. By Darren Urban on Aug 24, 2016 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Practice squad

    Cuts happen first. PS eligible guys must clear waivers. If they do, they can be invited to join a practice squad — whether it’s this one or another team’s.

    Once on the PS, another team can try and sign to an active roster (not to a practice squad.) If a PS guy is signed to an active roster, he must remain on the active roster for at least three weeks. If he is cut, he must again pass through waivers before coming back to the practice squad.

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