FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 04: Guard Deuce Lutui #76 of the Arizona Cardinals practices during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on August 4, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Deuce Lutui showed up to training camp a year ago and was almost 400 pounds. He signed a two-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason, only to have that deal taken away because he showed up there weighing over 380 pounds.
When he signed again with the Cardinals for less money than he made a year ago, he was told the team would not have a ton of patience for his weight. On Monday, it looked like Deuce is going to have a struggle to regain his starting role. He did not practice with the team, as he was doing conditioning work with coach John Lott.
It is no doubt that Deuce is a talented player and could be a very good guard. In fact, if you have ever visited TBOLITNFL, you would know he wants to be the best in the league.
Ken Whisenhunt, as Darren Urban put it on Twitter and in the post he write after practice Monday, " didn't once mention Lutui's weight, but said it was an effort to get Deuce into proper condition to play football."
Apparently, the team is not pleased with where he is at.
On Sunday he worked with the second and third-string squad. He is currently behind Rex Hadnot on the depth chart.
I know it is just one day, but it looks like Deuce is not is great standing. I'm not sure I would say that he is in danger of not making the team, but it may get to that point.
If Deuce really wants to be considered even in the same conversation as guys like Logan Mankins, or even just Leonard Davis, next offseason he needs to make changes. He will need to make John Lott his best friend even on the offseason. That seems like it would be the only way to keep him in control and able to play at a level that is acceptable to the team.