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'Perfect world' for DJ Humphries is to be backup in 2015

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Maybe the first rounder won't start in 2015.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

When the Arizona Cardinals drafted tackle D.J. Humphries, immediately it looked like he would be expected to win the starting job at right tackle over Bobby Massie. Head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim he would compete for the job.

Considering his draft status as a first rounder, one would think he would be expected to be an impact player in Year 1. In fact, that was the idea for a draft pick, according to Keim.

But Arians seemed to pump the brakes a bit at rookie camp on Friday when talking about Humphries starting.

"In a perfect world he can back up this year and learn how to play in  the NFL behind two quality players," Arians told reporters. "There's no need for him to jump out there and start for us."

Arians has said more than once he was happy with the tackle position with Jared Veldheer on the left side and Massie on the right, so drafting a tackle in the first round seemed interesting at first. Of course, Massie will be a free agent after the season, so having a guy already in the system who can take over is not a bad idea, especially one on a rookie contract.

At the same time, teams typically want first rounder to play right away.

That will be a position to watch in the offseason. Arians was likely trying to rachet down the expectations a bit so Humphries doesn't feel any extra pressure. He won't be expected to start, but maybe he will show enough to win the job.

How do you think it will turn out by the end of training camp?