Jul. 28, 2012; Flagstaff, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Young (67) on the field during training camp practice on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
The loss of Levi Brown, despite the regular season not having started yet, is already impacting the Arizona Cardinals. Teams around the NFL have not made any major cuts yet, so the Cards are having to scramble with what they have already on their roster to replace Brown.
According to a few reports, it seems they have it all figured out already. The Cardinals are set to take on the Titans on Thursday and it appears a young and rather unfamiliar face will get the start at left tackle.
If you keep up with the site and the Arizona Birdgang Podcast, then you know we predicted that D.J. Young would have his name called first to try and grab the starting job. Per Mike Jurecki, that is exactly the case. However, just because he is getting the start, that doesn't mean it is his job to lose.
Ken Whisenhunt also noted that he will be shifting the team's current right tackle, D'Anthony Batiste, to the left side before the starters exit the game. He wants to get a good look at both guys before he is forced to make a decision for when the Seahawks come to town.
Don't be surprised if Jeremy Bridges is given a tryout as well. Whenever the Cardinals are in a pinch, Bridges is usually the veteran they call upon to help fill the void. Whether or not he can do that over an extended period of time is unknown, but he could and should get a shot.
As for the other positions along the offensive line, they will likely stay relatively the same. The interior is set with Daryn Colledge, Lyle Sendlein and Adam Snyder. Whiz said that he wants to keep Snyder at right guard and will not be moving him. As for right tackle, that could change if Batiste moves to the left side. In that case, Bridges and rookie Bobby Massie would likely be in a battle once again.
As I said yesterday, I would expect the team to look at players that are currently outside of the organization for help. Left tackles never have grown on trees, but for what they have on the current roster, none of them are adequate as they stand. We will probably find out in about a week who could be the team's left tackle.