OL battle lines are drawn

Posted by Darren Urban on July 26, 2013 – 12:43 pm

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.


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11 Responses to “OL battle lines are drawn”

  1. By Travis on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    lotta beef! love it

  2. By Chuck 1 on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    In next year’s draft, I hope that Keim takes another flyer in the 6th and/or 7th round. After all, the reward might be greater than the risk. Tsk tsk.

  3. By tyman on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Wow crazy good off-season signings.

  4. By david on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    I thought it was lindley gill and fleming.

  5. By mal on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply


    Who’s that (really hot) girl (reporter?) standing behind Winston during the vid of his locker room interview?

  6. By kauaicardsfan on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    Thanks Goodness football is back! I was already climbing the coconut tress LOL,
    Anyway would Potter, Levi or Massie be potential guards as well on the O-line? Or are they only fighting for tackle positions?
    I dont know but Potter and Levi on the same side would look pretty solid unless the guard has to pull a lot but as a pass protection I think that would be a solid wall !

    As always Mahalo for keeping us informed!

  7. By credit card on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    My opinion on how the line looks before the first practice game, and before injuries:

    Keepers: Winston, Massie, Potter, Cooper, Sendlein, Colledge, Watford,

    Bubble: Brown, Kelemete, Rachal, Johnson-Webb

    Practice players: Bice, Winston, Wediege, Gibson, Fanaika, Caprioglio

  8. By Shawn Balint on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    If you had this kind of line last offseason maybe Peyton Manning calls PHX home.

  9. By Rio on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    love what is going on with this team.

  10. By Eazy E on Jul 26, 2013 | Reply

    Palmer naw he ain’t been a cardinal for more than a few months. More like Fitz, Calais, Dockett, and Pat.

  11. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jul 27, 2013 | Reply

    Love the conditioning, fitness Abraham and Winston are showing. Professionals.

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