Splitting right side reps and OTA notes

Posted by Darren Urban on May 27, 2014 – 1:27 pm

Last week, Bobby Massie (at right tackle) and Earl Watford (right guard) started getting some work with the first unit. It wasn’t that surprising, given how open the job is right now. Bruce Arians clarified it a little more after Tuesday’s OTA, which again featured Massie and Watford with the first unit. By the time the Cards go through six OTAs, Arians said, Massie-Watford and Bradley Sowell-Paul Fanaika will each get three with the first unit. The reps will continue to be divvied up, and let’s face it, nothing can be determined now because offensive linemen aren’t even blocking now. There’s no way to prove yourself in the time of year when, as Arians likes to say, the Cardinals are just playing soccer. The true depth chart/starting jobs won’t be figured out until training camp and the preseason.

(Although, for instance, Massie must sidestep too many mental errors right now, the bugaboo that Arians and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Harold Goodwin like to bring up.)

— Tuesday’s workout was moved an hour earlier with the heat. No bubble will be used when there are this many players. You can only have so many guys inside. Besides, Arians said, “we need the heat to get in shape.” They’ll get in shape, that’s for sure. With some missing players and the fact Arians uses two fields, all the main guys were taking a ton of reps Tuesday. If you were looking to see, for instance, Larry Fitzgerald vs. Antonio Cromartie, there were plenty of opportunities.

— The rookies are a little banged up after minicamp. First-round pick Deone Bucannon has a minor turf toe, Arians said. WR Walt Powell also had to sit out.

— The early thoughts on Andre Ellington from Arians? Hopefully 25 to 30 touches a game, which is a ton and basically unheard of these days for a running back. A lot of that will have to do with Ellington’s receptions (Arians has made no secret he wants to use Ellington a bunch as a receiver). There’s no question Ellington is the No. 1 back. How that translates to the stat sheet, we will see.

— Arians did say the Cardinals will use more two-back packages than last season, and that’s not the time when a tight end moves back there. There will be no true fullback on the roster, but both Jonathan Dwyer and Robert Hughes are beefy enough to be in there, I’d think.

— As the team waits on word about Daryl Washington’s status, Arians said he would like to add a veteran inside linebacker if the right guy came available. That’s not a big surprise.



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6 Responses to “Splitting right side reps and OTA notes”

  1. By Justin001 on May 27, 2014 | Reply


    Are you saying that Massie continues to make mental errors or are you referencing his problems from last year?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 27, 2014 | Reply

    Justin —

    RE: Massie

  3. By hummer53 on May 27, 2014 | Reply

    Guess we can assume no tryout players were added over the weekend and any resulting cuts from last weeks 90 man roster. The heat is something these guys should be able to handle especially in shorts and shirts. There’s a marching band with high school kids practicing for hours right next to facility in the mid-day sun for goodness sakes.

  4. By C on May 27, 2014 | Reply

    I love that the parenthetical about Massie’s mental errors includes a typo. 😉 Thanks for the scoop, Darren! Great work as always.

  5. By edward on May 27, 2014 | Reply

    Massie is good but i think he doubts himself too much. We should have kept winston. but its way too early to tell.

  6. By br on May 28, 2014 | Reply

    Dont count out Bradley Sowell just yet, I firmly believe he can slide over to RT and do a solid jo, or Nate Potter may emerge at RT as well I think RG Is more of a concern especially if Watford isnt ready. Winston may very well have priced himself out of a Cardinal uniform, or SK is just waiting closer to training camp when his price should drop like last year.

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