Massie a right tackle and O-line improvement

Posted by Darren Urban on February 21, 2014 – 3:10 pm

Bobby Massie finished his 2012 rookie season playing pretty well at right tackle after a horrendous start to his career. He seemed like a natural piece of the 2013 offensive line, until the Cards signed veteran Eric Winston as training camp began. Over the season, Massie eventually got a few snaps at right tackle, but he never displaced Winston, who is an unrestricted free agent. If Winston comes back, Massie will be his competition. Massie isn’t playing guard or on the left side, as the Cardinals try to improve the offensive line.

“(Bobby) is a right tackle,” Arians said. “He’s not a left tackle. We experimented with that and he struggled with it. He’s a right tackle and he’s talented. The biggest thing right now is to be more consistent every day in his work habits.”

Does Massie fit in to the 2014 starting line? He very well could. But so much is up in the air, and it goes well beyond Massie and Winston. It’s assumed, and probably not incorrectly, that the Cardinals will seek an offensive lineman or two in free agency. It’s likely they will look into Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert if he reaches free agency (Kansas City GM John Dorsey said Friday the Chiefs have talked to Albert’s agent at the combine about an extension) and reports surfaced Friday that the Cards might also look into Rams tackle.guard Rodger Saffold (Rams GM Les Snead said Friday re-signing Saffold was a priority.)

It is realistic to think the Cards could have new starters at four of five positions on the line by the time games count in 2014 (center Lyle Sendlein is likely safe.). It’s also possible the line doesn’t change. Friday, Arians wouldn’t commit to the Cards having a new player in the lineup (other than the return of injured guard Jonathan Cooper), saying only the line needed to get bigger and stronger.

“Whether it is adding pieces to the puzzle or improving the players we have, we have Coop back, Earl (Watford) to the development, you add those two young guards will make us more athletic and create good competition with the veterans,” Arians said. “We are looking at adding pieces, one tackle, two, whatever we find is best to fit our locker room.”

The Cardinals also probably want to get cheaper at parts of the line, especially if they pay a premium for a free agent. That too can impact the equation — and make a guy like Massie more attractive.


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19 Responses to “Massie a right tackle and O-line improvement”

  1. By All day on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    I would love to see them get a LT in the first, a CB in the 2nd and a TE in the 3rd

  2. By D on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    I doubt they will want to spend the money B. Albert will get in free agency, thinking the Dolphins who need more than AZ on the Oline and have more money to spend will outbid teams for Albert.
    Saffold is young, only 25 would be an upgrade for the Cards, has been a little inconsistent but could be due to the QB issues and Off changes in St.Louis too.

    If E Winston wants more than Mr. Keim wants to spend, I could see them signing a Charles Brown to compete with Massie.

  3. By vsancards on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    @Darren – how does Coach Arians feel about developing Sowell? I thought he made strides throughout the season. He has the right frame, seems like he responds to coaching. Maybe we have what we need right in front of us.

  4. By Darren Urban on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    vsan —

    RE: Sowell

    Bradley isn’t going anywhere. Now, I’d doubt he’s a starter unless other efforts to improve the roster fall through, but they like his effort and tenacity.

  5. By Coach K on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    This would be a dream come true:

    Rd.1- Morgan Moses or Cyrus Kouandijo (Tackle)
    Rd.2- Kyle Fuller or Marcus Roberson (corner)
    Rd.3- Craig Loston or Deone Bucannon (safety)
    Rd.4- Christian Kirksey or Jordan Tripp (outside backer)
    Rd.5- Arthur Lynch or Colt Lyerla (tight end)
    Rd. 6- Deandre Coleman or George Uko (D-tackles)

    Give me any of these two picks down 6 rounds and I’ll
    by buying SuperBowl tickets right after the draft ends.

  6. By Dynosoar on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    Coach K,

    I don’t know about your picks, but I love your confidence in your picks. Here’s to your Super Bowl tickets, enjoy the game. Homefield advantage sure sounds sweet and possible.

    I liked Sowell as well. Gonna be a fun season.

  7. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Too much talent in this draft not to find a LT. Wish we were at 7 this year instead to land one of those top 3 tackles (Mathews, Robinson, and Lewan)

    I agree that if Massie steps up, we may only need one more guy added to the line. (a LT). I think , to save money, I would not be surprised to see Winston walk and Colledge cut. But, why let these two go unless you need to. Unless there is someone they need to sign, Winston might be back and Colledge stay.

    Looking at the top LTs;

    Monroe – Ravens have over 20 million in cap space. If they want him back, he will be back. Only thought here is Oher is also a FA.

    Veldheer – Raiders have 46million in cap space. Basically, anyone they want, they can get in FA. He stays

    Albert – The Chiefs will have to be creative to get Albert back as they are limited in cap space (6 million) But the Dolphins, in need of a tackle, have 36 million of cap space and should be active in FA

    As for Safford, he is one of those middle of the road guys. Not sure his best spot is LT. The rams are in cap hell so, they too will need to make some moves to sign him. Safford will be an upgrade but he is not going to make people think Joe Thomas.

    The one that makes the most sense is Anthony Collins. Although the Bengals have lots of cap space to bring him back, they could bring in a LG and move Whitworth back to LT. Once again, if Collins hits the open market, can we win the bidding war.

    Could you look at guys like Trueblood or Charles Brown?
    My guess, the cards look at the draft. If a Tackle doesnt fall to them in the first couple rounds, then they look at vets after the draft (like they did with Abraham and Winston last year)

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    In case if you were wondering;


    Top 51 Cap:
    Total Cap:
    Dead Money:
    Est. Cap Space:

  9. By Mike on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    All I care about is getting better at the O line and beating the other NFC west teams especially since Carson is our quarterback.

  10. By Chuck 1 on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply


    Do you know, or can you find out, which players the Cards have interviewed at the Combine?

  11. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Interviews

    That isn’t released. I can guess many of them, and you could too, probably.

  12. By Steve Kelly on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Sowell is athletic, salary is low and continued to improve thru out the year. As much as people complain we were one of the top 5 teams in football last year. The problem wasn’t the line. And we are a Russell Wilson away from being in the Super Bowl.

  13. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply


    On Sports rumors, cap may go to 132 million. I saw a tweet also say the same thing.

    What that does is allow the cards to have 23 million. Of course, all the teams above are 10 million dollars better.
    The rams go from 3 million to 13 million, giving them room to bring back Safford.

    I think it is going to be either Anthony Collins, a draft pick, or a vet after the draft.

  14. By Chuck 1 on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Steve Kelly,

    You do know that the Cards’ OL was rated the worst in the NFL the last two seasons don’t you?

  15. By ored on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    as far as free agent bidding,wonder how miami feels after letting long and dansby go,there should be a lesson to learn there somewhere,but maybe it was just a perfect storm of bad coincidence for them.

    will oakland continue to throw money around hoping some sticks to players that make their team better.

    ravens let reed go,signed qb to huge contract,just signed suggs,both offensive tackles are free agents,and now problems with should be an interesting FA season,may be that we end up drafting a LT earlier than we had planned and just roll the dice that we get a good one,we probably learned something from the levi pick.

  16. By Big Ken on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    It’s such a deep draft and we have a top notch scouting dept. If we don’t get that LT (Lewan) in the first it wont be the end of the world. Look at some of these messed up teams, you know they are gonna make draft mistakes.

  17. By birdnerd on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    Love the concept of building enough depth in Free Agency before the draft, and letting management focus on best available in the draft. Would hate to settle for Koundijo or Moses…or even Martin (think he will be a very average left tackle…and don’t need inside guys for a #20 pick). Would love to see us look at the draft board when we are up, and look at the best guy and take him, or see value in trading back a few picks and picking up a 3rd or 4th round pick.

  18. By vsancards on Feb 24, 2014 | Reply

    @Chuck1 – Cards Oline rated the worst over the entire season. That said, I was at the last game against SF. That was the best I have seen the Oline play in years. Re-watch the game, Palmer was only sacked 1 time (threw TD to Roberts on the next play) and was barely pressured against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

  19. By Eazy E on Mar 3, 2014 | Reply

    Forget that cheap mess. I’m the kind of guy usually that you pay for what you get.

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