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Arizona Cardinals OTAs: Rookie DJ Humphries has to do 'a helluva lot' to take starting RT job

Bobby Massie remains the starter at right tackle.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

On draft night, it sounded like the Arizona Cardinals intended on first round pick D.J. Humphries playing right away. After rookie camp and the first day of OTAs, it doesn't sound likely at all.

Humphries started off on the second field for practice. He is currently behind starter Bobby Massie and backup Bradley Sowell, and it is going to take a lot of work to move up.

After rookie camp, Cardinals head coachs Bruce Arians said "a perfect world" would see Humphries sit a year behind Jared Veldheer and Bobby Massie before playing. According to AZCentral's Kent Somers, there doesn't seem to be much competition for the starting job right now.

"It's not D.J.'s job," said Arians. "D.J.'s got to do a helluva lot to ever get that job."

The selection of Humphries in the first round looked like a pick for the future. Massie is a free agent after the 2015 season. But after Humphries was introduced to the media, there was some buzz about him playing. Arians seems to have shut that down a bit.

Obviously a lot can happen and will happen between now and the end of training camp. There could be injuries. Humphries could show he is ready and better than Massie.

But for now, fans will need to be patient if they expect Humphries to start in 2015. In fact, they might need a helluva lot of patience.